The New York Islanders officially released the reverse retro jersey. It was just as boring as the concepts predicted.
Well, they did it. The reverse retro jerseys were announced for all 31 teams in the league including the New York Islanders. If you took a look at the concepts which we wrote about here and also here then you know what they look like already.
It’s a navy blue, instead of the royal blue they usually wear, and the white stripe is on top of the orange stripe instead of the other way around, like on the home jersey.
Take a look for yourself if you haven’t seen the teaser:
Boring! It’s essentially the same jersey as their home jersey with a darker shade. The other 30 teams got creative with their jerseys and the Islanders went even more vanilla than anyone could have guessed.
The sad part, these aren’t necessarily ugly jerseys. They look fine, it’s just not fun or creative at all. They could’ve got creative and went orange, or used the lighthouse crest, or even the other one we can’t mention by name for fear of triggering anyone over the age of 40 years old.
It’s just a missed opportunity that’s the sad part. These reverse retros are a marketing opportunity and we saw teams like the Rangers bring back the statue of liberty logo, the Kings went back to the purple and yellow, the Blues went red with the ’90s logo look.
Here’s a preview of the other reverse retros:
This isn’t just about the Islanders ’90s logo, I get it not everyone will like it. It’s about passing up on a real opportunity to do something different and fun.
Well, I guess get in line at the Pro Shop so you can buy your slightly darker blue Islanders jersey. Sigh, maybe next time they will do something a little more forward-thinking.