When the Penguins made their NHL debut at home on Oct. 11, 1967, the team wore the colors dark blue, light blue and white. Both the home (white) and away (light blue) uniforms simply had the word "Pittsburgh" written diagonally down the front of the sweater with three dark blue stripes around the sleeves and bottom. The logo, although not on the sweater, featured a hockey-playing penguin in a scarf over an inverted triangle, symbolizing the golden triangle of downtown Pittsburgh. The penguin and triangle were set inside a circle bearing the team name.
The following season (1968-69), the uniforms were changed so that the logo appeared on the game sweaters. The logo remained essentially the same, although the penguin was no longer wearing a scarf. The white home uniforms had a wide band of dark blue around each sleeve and the bottom, while the light blue away sweater had bands of white trimmed in dark blue.
The uniforms were changed again four years later (1972-73). The circle around the logo was removed, leaving only a penguin and triangle. Added to the uniforms were inserts of color on the shoulders.
On Jan. 30, 1980, the Penguins wore black and gold for the first time. With the Steelers winning the Super Bowl and the Pirates capturing the World Series title in the same year, the struggling Penguins hoped to gain fan support by aligning their colors with the other teams in the "City of Champions."
Boston protested the color change to the NHL, arguing that black and gold had always been exclusively associated with the Bruins. However, the Penguins prevailed by virtue of a precedent set by the Pittsburgh Pirates hockey club of the late 1920's, which sported the colors. The Pens' new uniforms were the same design as the previous ones, with black replacing dark blue and gold replacing light blue. From 1981-82 through the 1984-85 season, the team alternated wearing gold sweaters with white at home.
The black and gold uniforms remained unchanged until 1992-93, when the triangle and penguin logo was modernized. The white home sweaters featured the new logo on the front and gold shoulder inserts. The black away sweaters had the city's name diagonally down the front, much like the original team uniforms, with the new logo on each shoulder.
During the 1995-96 season, the Penguins were one of five NHL teams to introduce a third jersey. The Penguins' new uniform, which made its debut on Jan. 27, 1996 vs. the Philadelphia Flyers, featured a black background with a new, modernized logo design including innovative striping and a blend of team colors. This sweater eventually replaced the black "Pittsburgh" away sweater in 1997-98, and served as the team's uniform away from the Igloo.
During the 1999-00 season, the Penguins introduced a new third jersey with an eye for the past. The black sweater features the popular "skating penguin" logo, which the team wore during its 1991 and 1992 Stanley Cup championship seasons, and the newest color addition, Las Vegas Gold. That sweater, and its white counterpart, were made the team's official home and road uniforms, respectively, in 2002.
During the 2007-08 season, the Penguins began sporting new uniforms as part of the new Rbk EDGE Uniform System - designed to meet the performance demands of today's NHL player. After more than two years of research, the NHL and Reebok created a uniform system that features technologically-enhanced materials and fabrics that are more breathable, more water-resistant, more comfortable and more compatible with equipment. The Penguins' logo and colors remained the same, although there were some modifications to the striping on the sides of the jerseys. And, it wasn't just the uniforms that changed - the socks and pants were improved to increase performance as well.The introduction of these new uniforms at the start of season marks the first time in the history of North American professional sports that a uniform innovation has been implemented league-wide.
The Penguins went back to the future during the 2014-15 season, unveiling 'Pittsburgh Gold' third jerseys reminiscent of the sweaters the Penguins wore during their back-to-back Stanley Cup championship seasons of 1991 and '92.
At the outset of the team's 50th season in 2016-17, the Penguins announced that they would be returning full-time to a 'Pittsburgh Gold' color scheme, eliminating Vegas gold. The third jersey from the '14-15 and '15-16 seasons became the full-time home jersey, with an accompanying white version added for road contests.
The 2017-18 season saw the adoption of Adidas as the official uniform retailer of the NHL.The Pittsburgh Penguins color scheme remained 'Pittsburgh Gold' for home games as well as a white version for road games. These new jerseys included new textures along with a metallic crest.
The Penguins kicked off the 2018.19 campain by unveiling a new third jersey. The new design incorporated elements from the popular 2017 Stadium Series uniform while acknowledging the heritage of gold jerseys worn by Mario Lemieux and the Penguins in the 1980s.
Per Adidas: "Creating a signature look for these new thirds, the crest spotlights the standalone skating penguin on a single-toned gold sweater. Mixing the past with the present, the contrasting black sleeves are highlighted with white and gold striping that are inspired from the Penguins' 1984 jerseys, while the letters and numbering mirror the current home and away jerseys. Additional design details include the sleeve numbers being raised to the shoulder of the jersey to mimic the 1980s look."