When the Islanders unveiled their new Third Jersey Wednesday night at Nassau Coliseum, they showed off a look unlike any that’s ever been worn in the franchise’s 40-year history.
Islanders fans are most accustomed to the royal blue or white sweaters with the classic emblem on the front consisting of an outline of Long Island and “NY Islanders” creatively displayed. The new Third Jersey, which is set to debut Nov. 23 against the Philadelphia Flyers, is predominately black and has gray, blue and orange along the sleeves, sides and shoulders.
Terry Goldstein, The Islanders Director of Retail Operations, said the Islanders started working on the Third Jersey prototype a year ago and ultimately landed on the Black Jersey after getting feedback from the Islanders organization and players.
“We view this (Third Jersey) as just a fun, alternative jersey,” Goldstein said. “With our white and our blue jerseys we look back at our history, and with the black jerseys, we’re looking forward.”
The Black Jersey has the team’s name across the front with the player’s number below. The numbers also appear on each sleeve as well as on the back. The top of the jersey is gray with the traditional Islanders logo on each shoulder. The collar and edges of the sleeves are royal blue which matches the team’s royal blue helmets and gloves. The jersey has a gray, orange and blue triangle under each arm and matches the new black pants that will feature an inverted triangle directly below, creating a diamond.
The National Hockey League allows teams to introduce a new jersey idea every three years. Originally, there were nine designs for the Third Jersey.
“The jersey has to fit the personality of the team,” Goldstein said. “Currently, the personality of our team and our fans is that they love the traditional Royal and White and we’re not changing that for a long time, but on a couple of games we wanted to have some fun with something different.”
He added, “It’s going to be a different look. Hopefully we win in these jerseys and our fans will love it.”