The Calgary Flames are going full retro.
The team announced this morning, in an unveiling video, that they are returning to the classic look they skated with from the team's inaugural season in Calgary through the mid-'90s. The change is for next season and beyond.
"Since re-introducing the retro look in alternate jerseys back in 2009, we've heard the feedback from a large portion of our fan base," said Flames Director of Marketing Ryan Popowich. "They love the original look and really wanted us to return to it. It took a while to get all the pieces in place to make it happen. Adding the retro inspired Heritage Classic white jersey last season was the final piece of the puzzle and the time has finally arrived where we can deliver to the fans what they've always wanted - for us to go full retro."
Video: The Flames are returning to a classic look
The current alternate jersey, which featured the red retro look from the '80s, will now be the red home jersey, while the recent Heritage Classic jersey will act as the team's away jersey.
"My teammates and I love them," said Flames captain Mark Giordano who participated in the retro jersey unveil video. "The first thing that comes to mind is that these were the jerseys worn when they won the Cup back in 1989. There is a certain amount of pride for the current players knowing that we carry on a legacy and tradition. They look great and feel even better on. I think they are the coolest jerseys in the League."
The current red home jersey, featuring the black-crested flaming C, will now act as the team's alternate jersey for the upcoming campaign.
The team's return to retro branding is its final nod to the current 40th season celebrations that started with the 2019-20 campaign.
This week culminates the 40th-season celebration with the anniversary of the inaugural home game on Friday, Oct 9, where the Flames skated to a 5-5 tie with the Quebec Nordiques at the Stampede Corral.
In addition to the jersey change, the team's primary branding will also switch to the original colour scheme - which is made up of red, yellow and white, losing the accented black that has been part of the branding since the mid-90s.