The Colorado Avalanche, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, today unveiled its adidas Reverse Retro jersey as part of a league-wide announcement of the Reverse Retro collection for all 31 teams.
Blending both the past and present, the Reverse Retro jersey is based on the uniform the organization wore during its time in Quebec City as the Nordiques. The crest features the iconic Nordiques igloo logo, modernized in the Avalanche's color scheme. The hem showcases the return of the fleur-de-lis symbol, modeled from Quebec's provincial flag, with a fleur-de-lis patch also placed on the shoulder.
One of the few Reverse Retro jerseys in white, the sweater is a nod to the snow found in both northern Quebec and the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the franchise's two homes.
Video: The Avs' Reverse Retro blends the past and present
"The Avalanche's reverse retro jersey is unique in that it represents our club's rich history and bright future, utilizing the Nordiques' iconic marks and remixed in the Avalanche's beloved burgundy and blue," said Declan Bolger, Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Colorado Avalanche and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment. "We believe the sweater pays tribute to the franchise's time in Quebec City, the first 25 seasons in Colorado, and will be popular for not only Avalanche and Nordiques fans, but for all fans of the game."
The jersey design also includes a wide burgundy stripe at the waistline of the sweater and narrower burgundy stripes at end of each sleeve's hemline-the same design used on the Nordiques' original home uniforms. On the back of the sweater, a horizontal white nameplate is situated above blue numbers trimmed in burgundy. The lettering of the nameplate is in burgundy, while the font on the sweater is in the similar block-style that was used by the Nordiques.
Inside the wide collar, which is colored in burgundy, are other details blending the franchise's past and present. On the back neck is the text 'COL' and '79'--representing the year Quebec entered the NHL--with the adidas' colorful reverse retro mark in between.
The Quebec Nordiques began playing in the World Hockey Association in 1972 before joining the NHL as part of a four-team expansion in 1979. The franchise relocated to Denver in the summer of 1995 and have spent the past 24 seasons in Colorado.
The Reverse Retro jerseys are available for presale today at AltitudeAuthentics.com and orders will be shipped on Dec. 1.
The full uniform design of Colorado's reverse retro look, as well as a schedule of when it will be worn, will be announced at a later date.
Video: The Colorado Avalanche's adidas Reverse Retro jersey