SAN JOSE – The San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) today officially unveiled their highly-anticipated “Heritage Jersey,” which will be worn on three occasions during the 2015-16 season in celebration of the team’s 25th anniversary.
The scheduled Heritage Jersey nights are Nov. 3 vs. Columbus, Dec. 1 vs. Pittsburgh and Jan. 18 vs. Ottawa.
The Heritage Jersey was designed by Terry Smith, who created the original Sharks logo and uniforms, and many of the other iconic designs associated with the team.
According to Smith, the idea was to create a sweater that honored the tradition of the original Sharks jersey, worn from 1991 through 1998, and update it with a touch of the current uniform design, blending the Sharks 25 years of history.
“After a lot of thought, we determined that we would combine elements from the past with elements of the present,” said Smith. “We decided to go back to the original stripping patterns used on the original sweaters as a way to honor the past. We opted to use the darker teal and other adjusted colors used on the uniforms today to connect with the present. We made some slight adjustments on the original crest and shoulder patches to update them slightly to make them cleaner, but the changes are subtle. You will have to look pretty hard to see the differences. We wanted to preserve the integrity of the original designs and patterns.
“Sometimes the best way to honor the past is simply to remember it as it was. The look was pretty cool back then, and for those who didn’t get to experience the first time around we hope they find it just as cool today. We hope we our choices will allow the fans to enjoy the best of the past and present as we honor 25 years of Sharks hockey and all of the men who have taken ice as proud members of the men in teal.”
The Heritage Jersey was officially unveiled in person today at the 2015 Sharks Fan Fest.
The Heritage Jersey and a wide variety of Sharks-themed 25th anniversary merchandise is available now at the Sharks Store at SAP Center at San Jose.