JerseyWatch 2021

The 2021-22 NHL season marks a major milestone as the league expands to 32 teams by welcoming the Seattle Kraken.

Admittedly, I don’t have a ton of solid information at this point due to a number of factors—not the least of which is the ongoing global pandemic. But below you’ll find the details I do have so far.

What’s not yet clear is the future of the 31 Reverse Retro jerseys that launched this past season. Will some return in 2021-22? I’ll follow up on that question very soon.

Continue on for team-by-team JerseyWatch reports.

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Carolina Hurricanes
Currently no expected changes to report.

Home jersey overhaul coming?

Rumored After adding new road and third jerseys in recent years, the rumor mill now has the Hurricanes rethinking their red home uniform. There’s not a lot to go on here but as always, the rumor stems from comments by team owner Tom Dundon. We’ll keep an eye on it.

Stadium Series moved to 2023

Expected The Hurricanes will host their first outdoor game during the 2022-23 season after the 2021 event was canceled due to the pandemic.

updated
June 29, 2021
NHL All-Star
Currently no expected changes to report.

Vegas tapped for 2022 All-Star Weekend

The Vegas Golden Knights will play host to the NHL All-Star Weekend for the first time in 2022. The event will take place “during the traditional midpoint of the regular season.”

South Florida had been named to host in 2021, but the event was canceled due to the pandemic. It’s unclear when the Panthers will get another chance to host.

updated
June 29, 2021
NHL Heritage Classic
Currently no expected changes to report.

Heritage Classic returns in fall 2022

The NHL announced plans to stage a Heritage Classic in March 2022 without naming a location or participating teams.

updated
June 29, 2021
NHL Stadium Series
Currently no expected changes to report.

Stadium Series heads south

Confirmed The Nashville Predators will host the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2022 Stadium Series at Nissan Stadium on Feb. 26. It will be Tampa Bay’s first appearance in an outdoor game.

Postponed The Carolina Hurricanes had been set to make their first outdoor appearance with the 2021 Stadium Series at Carter-Finley Stadium before the event was postponed due to the pandemic. The Hurricanes say they plan to stage the game in 2023.

updated
June 29, 2021
NHL Winter Classic
Currently no expected changes to report.

Outdoors in the State of Hockey

Confirmed The Minnesota Wild will host the 2022 Winter Classic against the St. Louis Blues at Target Field on New Year’s Day. Both teams are expected to wear some type of retro uniform, as is standard for this event. This will be the second outdoor appearance for both teams.

updated
June 29, 2021
Nashville Predators
Currently no expected changes to report.

Nashville to host Stadium Series

Confirmed The Predators will host an outdoor game in Nashville for the first time, taking on the Tampa Bay Lightning at Nissan Stadium in the 2022 NHL Stadium Series.

updated
June 29, 2021
Tampa Bay Lightning
Currently no expected changes to report.

Lightning to make outdoor debut

Confirmed Tampa Bay will play an outdoor game for the first time in franchise history when they visit the Nashville Predators at Nissan Stadium for the 2022 NHL Stadium Series.

updated
June 29, 2021
Arizona Coyotes
Currently no expected changes to report.

Coyotes launching new jersey

Confirmed In an April email to season ticket members, the Coyotes confirmed a new uniform will be released this summer ahead of the 2021-22 season.

Analysis The team has not been specific with regard to the details of this new jersey, but given the extra attention the original Kachina design has gotten in recent seasons, a white Adizero version may be coming. It could pave the way for a return to the Kachina branding.

updated
May 9, 2021
Calgary Flames
Currently no expected changes to report.

No extra sweaters for Calgary

Expected A source tells Icethetics the Flames are planning no alternate uniforms for 2021-22—sticking to their throwback home and road designs only. (But plans are in the works for a new third jersey in 2022.)

updated
May 9, 2021
Columbus Blue Jackets
Currently no expected changes to report.

Blue Jackets with blue pants?

Possible Late in the season, the Blue Jackets experimented with navy blue pants over their traditional red. They reportedly wanted to look a little less like the New York Rangers. Will it become a permanent change in 2021-22? Stay tuned.

updated
May 9, 2021
Edmonton Oilers
Currently no expected changes to report.

Royal blue ready to return?

Rumored Admittedly, I don’t have a solid basis for this report, but there have been rumors about a possible return to royal blue for the Oilers. Whether it would replace the bright orange home sweater or the navy blue alternate, I couldn’t say at this point.

It has been a few years since they team has employed its throwback look, but they do have an Adizero version which launched in 2018 as part of their 40th anniversary celebration.

updated
May 9, 2021
Florida Panthers
Currently no expected changes to report.

Will a third jersey finally happen?

Possible The Panthers were slated to introduce a new third jersey in 2019-20, but things never came together for the decision makers and so it was shelved. Two years later, is it still a possibility? I’m not exactly holding my breath.

All-Star Game moved to 2022

Confirmed The Panthers will host of the 2022 NHL All-Star Weekend after the 2021 event was canceled due to the pandemic. They’re likely to wear the event logo on their uniforms throughout the season.

updated
May 9, 2021
Minnesota Wild
Currently no expected changes to report.

Wild to host next Winter Classic

Confirmed Minnesota will host the 2022 Winter Classic on Jan. 1 after the 2021 event was canceled due to the pandemic. When it does happen, the Wild will host the St. Louis Blues at at Target Field.

Third jersey still in the works

Possible In 2019-20, the Wild were slated for a new third jersey but Michael Russo of The Athletic reported the team wasn’t thrilled with the TV camera tests and scrapped it. source

Russo added that if the Wild got the Winter Classic, a new third jersey would likely wait at least another season—now looking like 2022-23. source

updated
May 9, 2021
New York Islanders
Currently no expected changes to report.

Fifty years on the Island

Expected The Islanders are likely to have a new logo marking their 50th anniversary in 2021-22. A throwback jersey is unlikely since the team current wears uniforms identical to those from their early years.

New Arena The Isles are slated to begin play in the new UBS Arena this season. Teams often wear commemorative patches or decals when opening a new building, so that’s something to keep an eye on.

updated
May 9, 2021
New York Rangers
Currently no expected changes to report.

Ready for a third jersey revival?

Speculation The Rangers were among teams rumored to be adding a new third jersey last season. Following the acclaimed return of the Lady Liberty jersey as part of the Reverse Retro series, could the possibility be back on the table this year?

updated
May 9, 2021
Ottawa Senators
Currently no expected changes to report.

Senators turning 30

Expected Though it’s been a tumultuous time for the Senators on and off the ice, they could plan to mark their 30th anniversary in 2021-22. The team celebrated 25 years during the 2016-17 season, so I’m just doing the math there. There’s been no announcement yet.

updated
May 9, 2021
San Jose Sharks
Currently no expected changes to report.

Sharks going stealth again

Expected After giving it a year off, the Sharks are expected to bring back their black third jersey in 2021-22. The team shelved it this past season to give more time to their 30th anniversary throwback and grey Reverse Retro.

updated
May 9, 2021
Seattle Kraken
Currently no expected changes to report.

Kraken jerseys coming soon!

Confirmed The Kraken will officially release home and road jerseys this summer ahead of their inaugural season in 2021-22.

Analysis A preview of the designs were shown in 2020, but actual sweaters have yet be revealed or put on sale to fans. Expect them to be available at or before the expansion draft on July 21.

Expansion Draft Logo A logo for the expansion draft itself should be released very soon. I have seen the design which marks a major departure from the Vegas version—which itself played off the NHL Draft logo system.

Inaugural Season Logo It’s become common practice for a new team to wear a jersey patch commemorating its inaugural season. I anticipate we’ll see Seattle’s before they take the ice in October.

updated
May 9, 2021
St. Louis Blues
Currently no expected changes to report.

Winter Classic brings another throwback

Expected The Blues will face Minnesota in the 2022 Winter Classic—making their second outdoor appearance. The last time St. Louis was in it, they debuted the throwback they wear as a third jersey today. I’m told a “vintage white” version of it will be used in this game.

updated
May 9, 2021
Vegas Golden Knights
Currently no expected changes to report.

Five seasons in Vegas

Possible When they take the ice in October, the Golden Knights will be starting their fifth season in Las Vegas. Teams don’t always have anniversary logos after only five years, but not having one would seem like a miss considering the team’s logo is a “V” (the Roman numeral for five).

Gold Helmets The team introduced chrome gold helmets for select home games in this past season—which were never paired with their gold third jersey. They were met with mixed reaction and are unlikely to return.

updated
May 9, 2021
Anaheim Ducks
Anaheim Ducks
Currently no known updates to report.
updated
Arizona Coyotes
Arizona Coyotes
Currently no known updates to report.

Coyotes launching new jersey

Confirmed In an April email to season ticket members, the Coyotes confirmed a new uniform will be released this summer ahead of the 2021-22 season.

Analysis The team has not been specific with regard to the details of this new jersey, but given the extra attention the original Kachina design has gotten in recent seasons, a white Adizero version may be coming. It could pave the way for a return to the Kachina branding.

updated
May 9, 2021
Boston Bruins
Boston Bruins
Currently no known updates to report.
updated
Buffalo Sabres
Buffalo Sabres
Currently no known updates to report.
updated
Calgary Flames
Calgary Flames
Currently no known updates to report.

No extra sweaters for Calgary

Expected A source tells Icethetics the Flames are planning no alternate uniforms for 2021-22—sticking to their throwback home and road designs only. (But plans are in the works for a new third jersey in 2022.)

updated
May 9, 2021
Carolina Hurricanes
Carolina Hurricanes
Currently no known updates to report.

Home jersey overhaul coming?

Rumored After adding new road and third jerseys in recent years, the rumor mill now has the Hurricanes rethinking their red home uniform. There’s not a lot to go on here but as always, the rumor stems from comments by team owner Tom Dundon. We’ll keep an eye on it.

Stadium Series moved to 2023

Expected The Hurricanes will host their first outdoor game during the 2022-23 season after the 2021 event was canceled due to the pandemic.

updated
June 29, 2021
Chicago Blackhawks
Chicago Blackhawks
Currently no known updates to report.
updated
Colorado Avalanche
Colorado Avalanche
Currently no known updates to report.
updated
Columbus Blue Jackets
Columbus Blue Jackets
Currently no known updates to report.

Blue Jackets with blue pants?

Possible Late in the season, the Blue Jackets experimented with navy blue pants over their traditional red. They reportedly wanted to look a little less like the New York Rangers. Will it become a permanent change in 2021-22? Stay tuned.

updated
May 9, 2021
Dallas Stars
Dallas Stars
Currently no known updates to report.
updated
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Red Wings
Currently no known updates to report.
updated
Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton Oilers
Currently no known updates to report.

Royal blue ready to return?

Rumored Admittedly, I don’t have a solid basis for this report, but there have been rumors about a possible return to royal blue for the Oilers. Whether it would replace the bright orange home sweater or the navy blue alternate, I couldn’t say at this point.

It has been a few years since they team has employed its throwback look, but they do have an Adizero version which launched in 2018 as part of their 40th anniversary celebration.

updated
May 9, 2021
Florida Panthers
Florida Panthers
Currently no known updates to report.

Will a third jersey finally happen?

Possible The Panthers were slated to introduce a new third jersey in 2019-20, but things never came together for the decision makers and so it was shelved. Two years later, is it still a possibility? I’m not exactly holding my breath.

All-Star Game moved to 2022

Confirmed The Panthers will host of the 2022 NHL All-Star Weekend after the 2021 event was canceled due to the pandemic. They’re likely to wear the event logo on their uniforms throughout the season.

updated
May 9, 2021
Los Angeles Kings
Los Angeles Kings
Currently no known updates to report.
updated
Minnesota Wild
Minnesota Wild
Currently no known updates to report.

Wild to host next Winter Classic

Confirmed Minnesota will host the 2022 Winter Classic on Jan. 1 after the 2021 event was canceled due to the pandemic. When it does happen, the Wild will host the St. Louis Blues at at Target Field.

Third jersey still in the works

Possible In 2019-20, the Wild were slated for a new third jersey but Michael Russo of The Athletic reported the team wasn’t thrilled with the TV camera tests and scrapped it. source

Russo added that if the Wild got the Winter Classic, a new third jersey would likely wait at least another season—now looking like 2022-23. source

updated
May 9, 2021
Montreal Canadiens
Montreal Canadiens
Currently no known updates to report.
updated
NHL All-Star
NHL All-Star
Currently no known updates to report.

Vegas tapped for 2022 All-Star Weekend

The Vegas Golden Knights will play host to the NHL All-Star Weekend for the first time in 2022. The event will take place “during the traditional midpoint of the regular season.”

South Florida had been named to host in 2021, but the event was canceled due to the pandemic. It’s unclear when the Panthers will get another chance to host.

updated
June 29, 2021
NHL Draft
NHL Draft
Currently no known updates to report.
updated
NHL Global Series
NHL Global Series
Currently no known updates to report.
updated
NHL Heritage Classic
NHL Heritage Classic
Currently no known updates to report.

Heritage Classic returns in fall 2022

The NHL announced plans to stage a Heritage Classic in March 2022 without naming a location or participating teams.

updated
June 29, 2021
NHL Stadium Series
NHL Stadium Series
Currently no known updates to report.

Stadium Series heads south

Confirmed The Nashville Predators will host the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2022 Stadium Series at Nissan Stadium on Feb. 26. It will be Tampa Bay’s first appearance in an outdoor game.

Postponed The Carolina Hurricanes had been set to make their first outdoor appearance with the 2021 Stadium Series at Carter-Finley Stadium before the event was postponed due to the pandemic. The Hurricanes say they plan to stage the game in 2023.

updated
June 29, 2021
NHL Winter Classic
NHL Winter Classic
Currently no known updates to report.

Outdoors in the State of Hockey

Confirmed The Minnesota Wild will host the 2022 Winter Classic against the St. Louis Blues at Target Field on New Year’s Day. Both teams are expected to wear some type of retro uniform, as is standard for this event. This will be the second outdoor appearance for both teams.

updated
June 29, 2021
Nashville Predators
Nashville Predators
Currently no known updates to report.

Nashville to host Stadium Series

Confirmed The Predators will host an outdoor game in Nashville for the first time, taking on the Tampa Bay Lightning at Nissan Stadium in the 2022 NHL Stadium Series.

updated
June 29, 2021
New Jersey Devils
New Jersey Devils
Currently no known updates to report.
updated
New York Islanders
New York Islanders
Currently no known updates to report.

Fifty years on the Island

Expected The Islanders are likely to have a new logo marking their 50th anniversary in 2021-22. A throwback jersey is unlikely since the team current wears uniforms identical to those from their early years.

New Arena The Isles are slated to begin play in the new UBS Arena this season. Teams often wear commemorative patches or decals when opening a new building, so that’s something to keep an eye on.

updated
May 9, 2021
New York Rangers
New York Rangers
Currently no known updates to report.

Ready for a third jersey revival?

Speculation The Rangers were among teams rumored to be adding a new third jersey last season. Following the acclaimed return of the Lady Liberty jersey as part of the Reverse Retro series, could the possibility be back on the table this year?

updated
May 9, 2021
Ottawa Senators
Ottawa Senators
Currently no known updates to report.

Senators turning 30

Expected Though it’s been a tumultuous time for the Senators on and off the ice, they could plan to mark their 30th anniversary in 2021-22. The team celebrated 25 years during the 2016-17 season, so I’m just doing the math there. There’s been no announcement yet.

updated
May 9, 2021
Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers
Currently no known updates to report.
updated
Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins
Currently no known updates to report.
updated
San Jose Sharks
San Jose Sharks
Currently no known updates to report.

Sharks going stealth again

Expected After giving it a year off, the Sharks are expected to bring back their black third jersey in 2021-22. The team shelved it this past season to give more time to their 30th anniversary throwback and grey Reverse Retro.

updated
May 9, 2021
Seattle Kraken
Seattle Kraken
Currently no known updates to report.

Kraken jerseys coming soon!

Confirmed The Kraken will officially release home and road jerseys this summer ahead of their inaugural season in 2021-22.

Analysis A preview of the designs were shown in 2020, but actual sweaters have yet be revealed or put on sale to fans. Expect them to be available at or before the expansion draft on July 21.

Expansion Draft Logo A logo for the expansion draft itself should be released very soon. I have seen the design which marks a major departure from the Vegas version—which itself played off the NHL Draft logo system.

Inaugural Season Logo It’s become common practice for a new team to wear a jersey patch commemorating its inaugural season. I anticipate we’ll see Seattle’s before they take the ice in October.

updated
May 9, 2021
St. Louis Blues
St. Louis Blues
Currently no known updates to report.

Winter Classic brings another throwback

Expected The Blues will face Minnesota in the 2022 Winter Classic—making their second outdoor appearance. The last time St. Louis was in it, they debuted the throwback they wear as a third jersey today. I’m told a “vintage white” version of it will be used in this game.

updated
May 9, 2021
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Lightning
Currently no known updates to report.

Lightning to make outdoor debut

Confirmed Tampa Bay will play an outdoor game for the first time in franchise history when they visit the Nashville Predators at Nissan Stadium for the 2022 NHL Stadium Series.

updated
June 29, 2021
Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs
Currently no known updates to report.
updated
Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver Canucks
Currently no known updates to report.
updated
Vegas Golden Knights
Vegas Golden Knights
Currently no known updates to report.

Five seasons in Vegas

Possible When they take the ice in October, the Golden Knights will be starting their fifth season in Las Vegas. Teams don’t always have anniversary logos after only five years, but not having one would seem like a miss considering the team’s logo is a “V” (the Roman numeral for five).

Gold Helmets The team introduced chrome gold helmets for select home games in this past season—which were never paired with their gold third jersey. They were met with mixed reaction and are unlikely to return.

updated
May 9, 2021
Washington Capitals
Washington Capitals
Currently no known updates to report.
updated
Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets
Currently no known updates to report.
updated