It’s been a long day and I’ve heard just about everything since the Winnipeg Jets jerseys were unveiled on Tuesday morning.
A couple of Jets fans (both season ticket holders) called them dull. Three people said to me they’re excited to see the third jersey. One person said, “They’re OK. They certainly aren’t offensive.” Another wondered if the Jets were “going to wear the same jerseys all year or change them after 20 games.”
The response to the jerseys was mixed, but I didn’t hear anyone say they hated them. And that’s the one thing about Tuesday’s unveiling of the first uniforms to be worn by the new Winnipeg Jets. There is nothing wrong with the jerseys. It’s impossible to criticize.
Sure, you can say the blue is dull and there will never be a blue like the early 1990s Jets and that’s probably true. But there is nothing about this jersey that would suggest to me or anyone I spoke to on Tuesday that would make me NOT buy one.
In fact, I would be surprised if they aren’t sold right out within hours of the general release.
Now, I would call them “conservative.” Both small ‘c’ and capital ‘C.’ According to the release sent out by the Jets yesterday: “The jerseys consist largely of two shades of blue. The primary navy blue base of the home dark jerseys is referred to as “Polar Night Blue” which is found on many of today’s Royal Canadian Air Force planes, including the Dash 8. The lighter, secondary blue is called “Aviator Blue” which is similar to the historical colours by used the RCAF, including traditional RCAF flags and the jerseys of the 1948 RCAF Flyers. The jersey also features the previously unveiled primary logo on the front, with the secondary logo placed on the shoulders of each jersey.”
Great. They aren’t the beautiful blue of the late early 90s Jets, but they do have history on their side.
According to Jets executive vice-president and general manager, Kevin Cheveldayoff, “We wanted to create a look that worked well with Reebok’s modern and innovative ‘Edge System’ uniforms. However, it was also vitally important to us to honour the rich history of hockey in our city, and fit the era of the Royal Canadian Air Force which inspired the primary crest design. The result is clean, simple and traditional.”
Can’t argue with that. And what the heck, regardless of any opinion, they probably have more staying power than the uniforms worn the University of Maryland Terrapins football team this weekend.
Now, frankly, I thought those uniforms were epic, but I must admit, I wouldn’t buy one. I would be amazed if very many Maryland fans bought them, either. But you have to admit, they caused a commotion. Kind of look like a couple of jockeys from Pimlico ran into each other and created the defensive lineman you see in the accompanying photo.
Anyway, ignore that nightmare. You can get your new, yet traditional, Jets jersey right here at River City Sports. And it would be good idea to pre-order: