Good morning Toronto Maple Leafs fans and fellow jersey watchers!
Is it really a good morning though?
First of all, most of us in Southern Ontario are recovering from a wicked wind storm that saw wind gusts that would get their cars impounded on the QEW. Second of all, we had this dropped on us from the Maple Leafs yesterday:
The Maple Leafs part of this “reverse retro” series being put out by Adidas is inspired by the 1970 Leafs jersey featured in our header image, but is swapping the white for grey, which....why?
I’ve always liked this jersey for its simplicity, and to be honest, the Maple Leafs didn’t have much to choose from. They’ve done the Arenas already, and have two different St. Pats jerseys (neither of which are good). Their Winter Classic against the Red Wings in Ann Arbour was cluttered and messy. The only other choice could have been the blue shoulder yoke thirds, and they were too recent to be considered “retro”.
- The “good “ St. Pats jerseys had weird numbers, a silly logo, and were white. All hits against them. Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images
- These St. Pats jerseys are bad because wordmarks are bad on jerseys. Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images
- The Arenas jerseys were just reintroduced and can’t count as retro any more. Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images
- Too many stripes! Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images
- These were great, but again, too new. Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images
- These were good, bottom stripes aside Photo by Jana Chytilova/NHLI via Getty Images
The Leafs jersey history isn’t stellar, most of them could fall into the “act like you’ve been there before” attitude, and have stayed “classic” and “clean” for most of the teams history.
Except that one season the lettering was red on the Leaf, that was wild and crazy.
With the “Reverse Retro” jerseys being unveiled soon, the fantastic crew over at Icethetics have made mock ups about what they think the jerseys could be, and they’re usually on the ball with these things. First, let’s gander at the Pacific:
The new #ReverseRetro #NHL jersey reveals are coming soon from @adidashockey. Until then, we have predictions with help from @orionataylor and @Steinosaur19.— icethetics (@icethetics) November 13, 2020
Here's our look at the Pacific Division and the stories behind our predictions!https://t.co/XUTeS17rNv pic.twitter.com/mYr0F1owuF
In order from left to right, top to bottom:
Amazing, fantastic, meh, ugly, fine, bleh, great, okay.
Now, the central:
Another day, another set of #ReverseRetro jersey previews from @adidashockey and the #NHL—this time for the Central Division.— icethetics (@icethetics) November 14, 2020
Check out our predictions (with @orionataylor & @Steinosaur19) along with the stories behind each one!https://t.co/JNyWagJgy9 pic.twitter.com/ZtzFwUvAVd
Again: Bland, fine, good, meh, bad, awesome, ugly.
The Stars went with what they won the cup in, and that’s okay but they should have followed in the Ducks webbed footprints and brought back the Mooterus, or gone with a California Golden Seals cover. Or even better, gone with a North Stars theme to spite the Wild. the Blues jersey surprised me with how much I enjoy it.
The Metro Division #ReverseRetro jerseys were previewed today by @adidashockey and the #NHL. I have @Steinosaur19 and @orionataylor along to help with predictions.— icethetics (@icethetics) November 13, 2020
Here are the designs we expect and the stories behind them!https://t.co/t0rdcBSpgo pic.twitter.com/cF79SUEvr0
So I rank these as “Get over the Whalers already”, good, very good, why no Fisherman?, Great, fine, bad, surprisingly great.
Seriously, get over the Whalers.
Finally, the best division, the Atlantic:
The last batch of the #ReverseRetro jersey teasers arrived from @adidashockey and the #NHL today.— icethetics (@icethetics) November 15, 2020
With help from @Steinosaur19 and @orionataylor, here are our predictions for the Atlantic Division—and the stories behind them!
READ: https://t.co/awtgTv5dWp pic.twitter.com/NcGL15JDth
Boring, great, awful, meh, sadly amazing, great(?), an abomination, fine.
I hate that I’m complimenting the Sabres, Senators, and Canadiens, but damn those are good jerseys. The Bruins are wearing a Bruins jersey, those Detroit jerseys are absolute garbage, and WHY ARE THE LIGHTNING NOT WEARING THE STORM JERSEYS?
LOOK AT THEM:
I am officially done with this “retro” nonsense if teams are going to ignore their past.
In other news the USHL is postponing games because “minimum standards” could not be met, wink wink.
I’m sorry, I know we shouldn’t share clickbait, but what the hell?
Retool? Retool? Now? In this economy?
The Jets* retro should have been based off the Thrashers baby blue jersey:
Enjoy your day everyone!