MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens revealed Friday the jersey they will wear in the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, a game against the Boston Bruins to be played outdoors at Gillette Stadium, home of the NFL’s New England Patriots, in Foxborough, Mass, on January 1, 2016.
The jersey recalls multiple elements related to the Canadiens rich history. The chest stripe is a shade of blue inspired by the first-ever Canadiens jersey worn after their founding in 1909. The central crest features a “CH” with colors inverted from what has been the norm for 90 years. The “C” is white and the “H” is red, as they were in 1923-24, the season the team won its first Stanley Cup® championship as part of the NHL. An image of a globe on the sleeve borrows from the “World Champions” design worn by Montreal the following season to celebrate its championship, a season where the franchise also began its longstanding rivalry with the newly-founded Bruins, then playing in their inaugural campaign. The jersey also features a distinctive red collar originally is reminiscent of that worn in 1945-46, a season that culminated in the Canadiens, led by the “Punch Line” of Maurice Richard, Hector “Toe” Blake, and Elmer Lach, defeating Boston to earn their sixth Stanley Cup® Championship.
“In looking at jersey designs that would mark the occasion of heading outdoors to face the Bruins in the NHL Winter Classic®, one of the NHL’s premiere events, we wanted to underline and pay homage to our earliest meetings with our hosts,” said team Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Gilmore. “Fans who tune into the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will come from not only our two respective markets, but from around North America and the world. We look forward to sharing with them, through the story behind this new sweater, a look into what has helped shape unquestionably one of the most preeminent and storied rivalries in all of professional sports.”
The NHL Winter Classic® jersey is now available to purchase online via retailer Tricolore Sports at tricoloresports.com, and at shop.NHL.com, the official online store of the NHL. Starting Saturday, Nov. 7, NHL Winter Classic® jerseys will be available for purchase at all physical Tricolore Sports outlets throughout the Bell Centre.