The New Jersey Devils unveiled the franchise’s very first third jersey on Tuesday and it’s… something.
Fans have long wanted the team to create a black jersey and they delivered this design that franchise legend Martin Brodeur played a part in.
“The organization has been playing the same jerseys for almost 40 years now,” Brodeur told ESPN.com’s Greg Wyshynski. “When I was playing here, the fans always said how awesome it would be to have a black jersey. Getting back to the organization, seeing the excitement around the team, I think it’s going to leave a nice mark to make a third jersey, which is something our fans appreciate.
(Do you have Blackhawks Winter Classic 2019 jersey vibes like me?)
As with many new jerseys, these contain elements that touch on the franchise’s past. The look is influenced by the Newark Bulldogs, a semi-professional team that was part of the Canadian-American Hockey League in 1928-1929. The years 1995, 2000 and 2003 are inside the pass, representing the Devils’ three Stanley Cup titles. The five shoulder stripes are for the five players whose numbers have been retired by the franchise: Brodeur (30), Ken Daneyko (3), Scott Stevens (4), Patrik Elias (26) and Scott Niedermayer (27).
If you were wondering, the “Jersey” jerseys of the Devils not have “PANTS” written on the pants.
The Devils plan to wear these jerseys 13 times this season. This number, 13, is in honor of the team captain, Nico Hischier, who wears the number 13. They will make their debut for their December 8 game against the Flyers and go on sale this Friday as the season of the holiday shopping kicks off.
Success or failure: the historic “Jersey” jerseys of the Devils