The thread woven between Penguins past and present is a badge of honor this city has worn for the past 30 years: Pittsburgh has been represented by the best hockey players in the world.
From Lemieux and Jagr to Crosby and Malkin, the parallels are endless. The diagonals, however, well those had been reserved for only the former superstars… until now.
As Pittsburghers all over the world have worn their names, the Penguins current superstars finally have an opportunity to return the favor. The Reverse Retro jerseys are here, and the diagonal Pittsburgh is back.
The thread woven between Penguins past and present continues to grow stronger.
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Penguins stars of years past have worn the letters of the city across their chests.
The letters have accompanied some fantastic goals.
The letters have accompanied many celebrations.
And now, the list of stars continues.
For the first time since the 1996.97 season, the Pittsburgh Penguins will wear a jersey with a diagonal "PITTSBURGH" text on the center of the chest as part of the NHL's adidas Reverse Retro alternate uniforms for the 2020.21 season.
The adidas Reverse Retro jerseys mark the first time that all 31 teams will participate in a League-wide alternate jersey program. adidas worked closely with the NHL and each team to design a Reverse Retro jersey representing unique and historical moments in each club's history, while refreshing the color and design combination for an all-new presentation.
While the Penguins wore black jerseys with the diagonal "PITTSBURGH" text from 1992.97, the 2020.21 version will feature the same script, but will be on a white uniform, signifying a "reverse" take on the classic throwback.
The last time Penguins fans saw jerseys with a diagonal city script, they were being worn by NHL greats such as Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Larry Murphy. Now, fans will get to see three-time Stanley Cup champions Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang represent the city of Pittsburgh in these unique throwback uniforms.