The Detroit Red Wings unveiled their 2016 Stadium Series jerseys Monday night, and they are pretty far from your typical Original Six sweater.
Overall the jerseys aim for a modern take on several classic Red Wings’ uniform details, from the updated “D” logo to the arched nameplate font.
On the front, the team went with a modern take on a retro logo, using an update of the classic “D” logo in a diagonal white stripe on a red jersey. The jersey is complete with the winged wheel logo on the left shoulder, oversized numbers on the sleeves, and the words “Red Wings” along the collar.
The Red Wings explained the reasoning behind the new look:
The coloration of the uniform is primarily red, with simplified white accents, creating a bold, striking stadium scale visual while staying true to the color identity of the franchise. The crest features a redesigned “D” logo, updated in its design style to connect more directly with the iconic modern day Winged Wheel logo. The single white diagonal stripe across the chest celebrates the iconic stripe of this storied Original Six™ franchise. Its diagonal placement is inspired by modern automotive aesthetics, and is a tribute to the automotive industry that has been a foundation of the city of Detroit. Stadium size numbers on the sleeves and back have been redesigned to better connect with the modern font style of the new “D” crest. The nameplate lettering is arched, as a way of connecting to the design of the team’s current nameplate lettering.
While some of the gameday wear has yet to be shown off, we do know the players will be rocking some beautiful white gloves.
The Red Wings will take on the Colorado Avalanche at Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, on Feb. 27 in the second game of the NHL Stadium Series.
-- Mark Garbino