Yesterday, the Winnipeg Jets unveiled their home and away uniforms for this upcoming year. In front of three different fighter jets and various military personnel, the jersey was finally made available 98 days after the team announced it would be moving to Winnipeg.
Of course, there are opinions, both bad and good, about the new uniforms that Winnipeg will trot out next year. As The Rat Trick’s self-proclaimed uniform expert, I have bestowed the honor upon myself to judge whether or not these jerseys are great.
The uniform is made up primarily of two blue colors: a dark “polar night blue” and a lighter “aviator blue”. Both are homages to the Royal Canadian Air Force. The aviator blue in particular harkens to the colors on traditional RCAF flags. One color missing is the red, which was worn by Jets in the 70s and 80s. The red appears on the logo and shoulder patch, but nowhere on the jersey’s striping.
The striping on the jerseys is charaterized by two wide stripes on the elbows and two more adjacent stripes on the bottom. The away jersey has an additional polar night blue stripe that runs down from the shoulders to the ends of the sleeves.
“We wanted to create a look that worked well with Reebok’s modern and innovative Edge System uniforms,” said Jets Executive Vice President and General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff. “However, it was also vitally important to us to honor the rich history of hockey in our city, and fit the era of the Royal Canadian Air Force which inspired the primary crest design. The result is clean, simple and traditional.”
The final design, in my opinion, is somewhat of a success. The home jersey looks pretty good to me, though I really would have liked a very thin silver stripe between the two blues on the stripes on the sleeves. I like the colors themselves, as the two blues really look great together.
Unfortunately, I didn’t like the away jerseys as much. The shoulder stripes in my opinion were simply too much, and the elbow stripes should have been polar night blue with a aviator blue trim (along with the silver, of course).
But if I was to have a more far-reaching complaint, it’s that these uniforms don’t exactly honor the Jets of yore. The blue was lighter back in the old days, and the red certainly had a more prominent role. When I heard on Draft Day that the Jets would be reusing the blue and red from way-back-when, I was expecting the same color scheme with updated striping. What we got wasn’t anything like that at all. The tribute to the RCAF is great, but I would’ve liked more incorporation of the original Jets.
So there’s my two cents on the matter. What do you think Panther fans? Do you agree with me? Leave a comment at the bottom.