So I’m sure you’ve heard the rumors swirling about the possible return of the third jersey this season for NHL teams. There have been images appearing all over the internet of potential jerseys for select teams. The guys over at Icethetics have been following the story since the rumors first began, and they have images of all the thrid jersey designs from the teams that may have submitted a proposal to the NHL. For the Penguins, the potential third jersey was an easy selection. With the success of the Winter Classic and the sales of the throwback blue jersey, the 1968 design is expected to be the alternate jersey for the upcoming season.
But I began to think, if I could choose any past jersey to bring back to become the new third jersey, which would I pick? There have been a number of different designs over the years, some all-time favorites and some forever hated. So let’s take a look back at some of the “best” vintage Pens jerseys.
The Pen’s first jersey, unveiled in their inaugural NHL season in 1967.
Some crazy color mash-ups in the early 1970's.
The Penguins finally turned all black and gold in January of 1980.
Slight changes throughout the 1980’s and early 1990’s.
Another logo change in the 1992 season, along with the diagonal city name. Also one of the original third jerseys in the NHL was introduced in January of 1996, eventually becoming the teams’ away sweater in the late 90’s.
I have to admit, other than the baby blue Winter Classic throwbacks, my favorite vintage jerseys are the all-yellow sweaters introduced in 1980 (4th set, far left) and the original 1996 third jersey (6th set, far right). Those are my opinions, but I want to know what you think. If you had the power to choose an alternate throwback jersey for the upcoming season, which would it be? Which are your favorites? Or would you introduce a new look, perhaps like one of these?? (All below images courtesy of Icethetics)
~Dan @ Pittsburgh Puck Talk