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Islanders Excited For Third Jerseys

The Isles are fans of the orange numbers, Long Island silhouette on new third jerseys

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders got some new threads on Monday. 

The team unveiled sleek, new third jerseys for the 2018-19 season, updating the team's Stadium Series alternates with a few new twists. While there's been plenty of reactions from fans, pundits and social media, it's the opinions of the guys who are going to wear them that matter most. 

"I like them a lot," Matt Martin said. "Obviously it has some similarities to our jerseys from the Yankee Stadium game. A few touches on there I like, the Island on the collar and the orange numbers, which go back to the team's first year in the league. I think they're cool and I'm looking forward to wearing them this season. Another third jersey to add to the collection."

Video: Islanders comment on third jersey

The orange numbers - which are throwbacks to the jersey numbers in the 1972-73 season - and the silhouette of Long Island on the collar were two of the favorite features on the new jersey. 

"I like the tab on the back of Long Island, it's pretty cool," Martin said. "Fans won't be able to see it when we're wearing it, but it's a nice little feature for us to see when we're putting it on. I like heritage, going back to retro things, so the orange numbers are a nice touch."

Anders Lee said he's a big fan of the orange numbers, which the Islanders last worn during the final regular season game at Nassau Coliseum in 2015. He's excited to wear the retro numbers on the new sweater. 

Tweet from @NYIslanders: 🔸 Orange numbering reminiscent of the #Isles inaugural 1972-1973 blue sweater. 🔸

"We all loved them," Lee said of the orange numbers. "These small little touches add some character to the jersey. That's what fun about these thirds is you can have something different, untraditional. Islanders on the back is a nice little touch and obviously the island on the inside of the collar is cool."

Mathew Barzal, who takes his fashion sense seriously, said he's excited for the color of the new jersey and is eager to see how the gloves, socks and pants match. 

"It'll be interesting to see what gloves we were and the rest of the getup. The jersey looks great, adidas did a good job," Barzal said. "I'm excited to wear them." 

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