Bold, Bright, Brilliant – The NHL Reverse Retro Jerseys

This hockey season Adidas has added some flavour with an additional unique jersey for all 31 NHL teams.

Each NHL team will be sporting a reverse retro jersey, which will reflect some flashy looks, mixing in history with some old logos for some of the teams and even reintroduced some familiar looks with a modern twist.

Back in early December, Sports Business Journal’s Mark Burns reported that the Washington Capitals had the top-selling Reverse Retro jersey during the first week of sales.

Other popular early hot sellers included, the New York Rangers (Statue of Liberty crest), Anaheim Ducks (Mighty Ducks), Colorado Avalanche (Quebec Nordiques tribute), and Arizona Coyotes rounding out the top five.

After their official release, being able to purchase an authentic Reverse Retro Capitals jersey has been as difficult as landing a PS5. The Capitals star, Alex Ovechkin Reverse Retro jerseys sold out online in minutes on the first day of sales. Less than an hour later all sizes of the team’s blank Reverse Retro jerseys were gone too.

Below I have ranked my official top three reverse retro jerseys:

3: Carolina Hurricanes

With the Carolina Hurricanes reverse retro jerseys, they have paid homage to their Hartford Whalers roots. The jerseys design is a primarily grey sweater featuring the classic Hartford Whaler logo in blue and green, the negative space creating an H, as well as with blue and green accent stripes on the sleeves and bottom. The nameplates and numbers are in green and are bordered by blue.

For older hockey fans, the most exciting appearance could be that of Pucky the Whale. The former Hartford mascot takes a prominent place with the new designs, appearing as the shoulder patch on the jerseys.


2: Colorado Avalanche

In the case of the Avalanche, the Nordiques’ igloo logo is recreated in Colorado’s burgundy and blue, and the fleurs-de-listhat run around the torso of the white jersey are in burgundy. This is the first time the Avalanche will wear a Nordiques logo on their jerseys since relocating to Denver from Quebec City in 1995. The overall look is well thought out, as the design incorporated the Avalanche’s burgundy, while paying tribute to the organization’s Quebec roots.


1: Los Angeles Kings

A classic Los Angeles sports colour scheme, along with a vintage Kings logo, highlights two different eras of Kings hockey. The Kings Forum blue and gold colour scheme dates all the way back to when the team first came into existence in 1967. The jersey contains the crest from the late 80s and early 90s, paying homage to the Gretzky era. By combining the colours from the 1960s and 1970s, mixed with the logo from the 1990s, the Kings hit this one out of the park!