ST. LOUIS - Sometimes, there's just no need to mess with a good thing.
The Blues have gone vintage with their new third jersey, borrowing heavily from the team's inaugural uniforms from the 1967-68 season (and from the jersey worn during the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Busch Stadium).
The new Heritage Jersey, like the original from 1967, features the iconic Blue Note emblem on top of a vintage light blue base with the original gold and white stripes along the sleeves and waistline. The design also borrows from the Blues' primary home jersey by featuring the fleur-de-lis from the flag of St. Louis inside the jersey's collar.
"This is my favorite jersey in the NHL. Period," said Blues forward Alexander Steen.
"It brings back that old-school staple and pays tribute to all those guys that have built this organization to get it to where it is," said Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo. "We're here now because of them, and we're paying tribute to that. The fans, along with the players, will have a really good response to this jersey."
The jersey was revealed on Sunday during the team's Ice Breaker event at Ballpark Village. It was designed by adidas.
Video: Tarasenko reveals the Blues Heritage Jersey
The Blues will wear the new Heritage Jersey during Saturday home games at Enterprise Center beginning with the 2018-19 season, including key dates such as Oct. 6 vs. Chicago, Oct. 27 vs. Chicago, Nov. 24 vs. Winnipeg, Dec. 29 vs. Pittsburgh and Feb. 9 vs. Nashville.
"That original jersey was one of my favorites growing up. Going back to that and wearing it at home is going to be pretty cool," said new Blues forward Pat Maroon, who signed with his hometown team in July. "I think the fans are really going to enjoy this jersey. It's going to be a special feeling when I put that jersey on."
The Blues Heritage Jersey will be available to purchase exclusively at two locations: outside Busch Stadium near the St. Louis Cardinals team store and at Fan Cave Sports, located at St. Louis Premium Outlets in Chesterfield (18251 Outlet Blvd #839, Chesterfield, MO 63005). Visit stlouisblues.com/heritage to view store hours for both locations. In mid-September, when Enterprise Center re-opens following renovations, the jersey will be available at team store locations throughout the arena.
"It's nice we have a third jersey that's connected to team history," added Vladimir Tarasenko. "When you look at past years, you see the players who wore this jersey before and it just gives you more responsibility. It's more fun for fans when you have more than two jerseys, and I really like the design. I think fans will like it."