The Penguins are going vintage. Pittsburgh introduced its new third jersey, the same jersey the team initially wore during the 1968-69 season.
It’s a little bit different than your usual jersey. - Kris Letang
Five Penguins players modeled the team’s new/old jersey on Wednesday at Dick’s Sporting Goods in the Mall at Robinson. Tyler Kennedy
, Kris Letang
, Alex Goligoski, Paul Bissonnette and Eric Godard donned the light and dark blue color pattern.
“It’s always nice to have a different color, change it up a bit,” Kennedy said. “I like it. It reminds you of the old times, the old Pittsburgh Penguins. It brings a lot of memories back for the fans. It’s great for hockey.”
The Penguins originally wore the jerseys from 1967 until 1980, when they altered their color scheme to black and gold. Godard was the only player attending the event that was alive before the team made the switch. He was one month old.
“You always look back at teams and how their jerseys change,” Godard said. “It’s always kind of cool to see where they came from.”
Pittsburgh broke out the third jersey from the vault for last year’s NHL Winter Classic against the Buffalo Sabres on New Year’s Day. The Penguins will again debut the third sweaters this season against Buffalo at Mellon Arena on Nov. 15.
“I like the dark blue and the (light) blue,” Letang said. “It’s a little bit different than your usual jersey.”
FSN play-by-play broadcaster Paul Steigerwald emceed the event. After the players showcased the newly restored jerseys, Steigerwald asked them questions on a stage set up in the middle of Dick’s. Behind the stage, a large TV broadcast last year’s Winter Classic game. More than 500 enthusiastic Penguins fans were estimated as attending the event.
“I think all the fans are great,” said Godard, who stayed for a lengthy autograph session following the proceedings. “They’re always happy to see you. They’re always cheering for you, giving you a pat on the back. It’s a really good feeling.”
“It’s a great city to play in,” Letang said. “I will never change my opinion on this. I’ve been to every city. Here, it’s like they’re always behind you. When you have a tough time they cheer for you. It’s great to see them.”
The third jersey will be worn for select home games during the 2008-09 season.
“I really like the jersey,” Godard said. “It looks pretty sharp.”