On Monday morning, the Los Angeles Kings revealed a new third jersey that features a blast from the past amid a sea of sparkles.
A modern reimagining of the look that ushered the era of Wayne Gretzky in L.A., the sweater mixes that 1988 crest with the shiny fabric Adidas created for the Vegas Golden Knights’ gold third jersey last year—only this time it’s silver.
While the design initially feels like a straight throwback thanks to the classic crest, the sleeve and waist stripes are unique to this jersey. Adding to the modern touches are the revival of the chrome helmet the Kings used at the 2020 NHL Stadium Series in Colorado Springs as well as some white gloves to contrast the black cuffs.
It’s a really fun mix of old and new, to be honest. For me, that’s a breath of fresh air. In the 2019-20 season, the Kings brought back the Gretzky era design in a direct throwback uniform.
But then came the Reverse Retro in 2020-21, which pushed teams to put a fresh spin on their old designs. I think that helped us get to the uniform we have today. A sense of nostalgia mixed with something from the not-too-distant future.
It’s a little something for everyone, really.
And by the way, this new sparkly silver isn’t just present on the new third jersey. It’s also prominent in the team’s updated home and road sweaters for 2021-22.
It’s part of a league-wide update to the Adizero sweaters called Primegreen, which involves textured crests and recycled materials in manufacturing.
But back to the third jersey at hand. Personally, I always prefer when teams look forward rather than backward when it comes to branding. But if a look back is required, at least they brought a little something new to the table.
That’s my take. What about yours?