Out of nowhere today the Original 6 NHL teams just stunned everyone by debuting brand new sweaters! WHAT!? ARE THEY GOOD!? ARE THEY SHIT!? EVERYONE FREAK OUT!? CHANGE IS WEIRD! … relax, the jerseys are only for EA Sports NHL 19. That’s right the real teams will not be actually wearing these jerseys on the ice… yet.
The collaboration of Adidas, EA Sports and the Original Six teams are being labeled The Digital Six. The 6 jerseys will be first available in Hockey Ultimate Team mode on Nov. 5 and additional game modes on Nov. 19.
The thing with hockey and it’s fan is they love tradition, they love old school, they don’t handle change well. They take a longgggg time to adjust to anything new. This is especially true in the sense of the storied Original 6 teams that started the league. Of course they’ve all tried different looks with little tweaks and some aggressive third jersey choices throughout the years with varying degrees of hits (the Rangers Lady Liberty sweaters) and misses (the Bruins mustard bear).
Here we have a similar approach with these new digital jerseys (Sorrey… Sweaters) , some are traditional approach and some are… well… awful.
Detroit – The Red Wings jerseys here are almost perfect. The candy stripe socks and single red accent line on the sweater itself make ’em pop. It’s an homage to the Wings sweaters of old with the striping. Straight, simple, sexy.
Montreal – Les Habitants de Montreal took a safe route here. Even if you’re the embodiment of Canada you put Red, White, and Blue (bleu, blanc et rouge… Sorrey) and it’s going to look smooth. They ditch the logo on the chest for the MTL abbrev and it’s got a beautiful old school feel.
New York – Like I said you take the Red, White, and Blue and throw it on anything and it will…. Welp I was wrong. These look like some K-Mart clearance specials. These shouldn’t even be practice jerseys, these are dish rags. The only saving grace here are white gloves. White gloves fuck.
Chicago – The Blackhawks have iconic (potentially racist depending on how you feel about ’em) jerseys. When they rock the all red and all blacks they are tops in the league. They know this and so they really only made a small tweak. They added a couple stripes and made some of them a prominent green. Boy oh boy does it look like shit. I assume the green is because of the green feather in the hawk logo and I assume it has some type of significance I’m blissfully unaware of but this looks like when all the white guys in the 90’s tried to be Rastafarian and listened to reggae all the time. Get some albino dreads out of the back of the helmet and smoke em if ya got em. Maybe…. MAYBE, this works on a white sweater but on the black it looks like junk.
Toronto – What? No seriously this is it? This looks like they tried to play off the 72 Summit Series sweaters and ended up with what you would expect in a game that couldn’t get the actual team licensing and property. Can’t wait to play with the Toronto Blue Leaves! John Tavares didn’t sign for this…
Boston – From the look of it the Bruins just said fuck it do whatever you want Adidas. Murder out the logo and throw some stripes on it! 3 Stripes?? NO MORE! MORE STRIPES! YESSS! Never go half stripe, either stripe the whole thing or keep the stripe guy in check.
Ultimately does any of this matter? No. These are made up jerseys for a video game. 97.9% chance these are just for the game itself and will never be worn on the ice. HOWEVA, if I was making moves in Detroit I would highly consider mass producing those bad boys and getting them on the ice and scrape up every penny you can.
What do you think? Like em? Love em? Hate em? Who cares? Leave some comments and let me know.