It’s been known for some time now that the New York Islanders had plans to introduce a black alternate jersey this season as a tribute to their first year in Brooklyn. But now we’re learning that the color of the sweater isn’t the only element that’s being modified.
On Thursday, Icethetics, a blog that tracks hockey logos and jerseys, posted an exclusive first look at the crest that will appear on the new sweater. The blog quotes “a reliable source” as saying it will be a modified "NY" letterform, similar to the logo used on the 2014 Stadium Series jersey but without the garish chrome treatment.
There’s also no island in the background, or a Brooklyn Bridge element similar to the one on black-and-white jerseys worn by the team’s roommates at Barclays Center, the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets.
Other changes include rounded corners and a shortened hockey stick formed at the bottom of the “Y.” The “tape job” will still feature four orange strips to represent the franchise’s four Stanley Cup championships.
The blog hasn’t seen the jersey itself yet, but expectations are that it will feature the Brooklyn inaugural season patch that was uncovered by another jersey blog, Sportslogos.net.
Islanders fans have been dreading a black-and-white jersey ever since the idea first came to a light a couple years back, and their feedback killed the idea of using the two-tone look as their primary colors. But there’s less resistance to the idea of a b/w alternate, and seeing this clean uncluttered logo might make the idea even easier to swallow when the uniform officially debuts on Sept. 21 in the team’s preseason opener.
At least, that’s the way it looks from here. What do you think of it?
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