This article was updated Dec. 31, 2021 to include the blue jersey.
The new NHL All-Star jerseys seems to have leaked online this week, showing the league may be moving back to the NHL shield crest and a simplified yet more colorful design.
The white jersey first appeared for sale on eBay with the seller—comically named “canupaymore”—describing it as a “rare find.” The listing included a series of detailed photos, seen here.
Notably, it’s an Adidas Primegreen jersey, an environmentally-conscious line introduced for all 32 NHL team jerseys this season.
The design itself is rather generic, with the NHL shield on the front. But the pair of stars on each sleeve tell us it’s intended for an All-Star Game. There’s also what appears to be a date on one of the tags, reading “11/21,” or November 2021—if I’m reading that right. Would that make this a prototype or a final design?
Additional photos of the new jersey appeared on another website, as reported by Joseph Storelli on Twitter, lending legitimacy to the jersey first seen on eBay. It sure looks like this is what will be worn in Vegas this February.
Storelli followed up a day later with photos of the matching blue jersey, even providing links to the online store where they were found. The store, called Sports Town USA, is based in a Las Vegas shopping mall.
Here’s a look at the photos included in their online listing:
The colors indicate a return to the NHL’s red-versus-blue All-Star uniforms, seen most recently in 2011 (Raleigh) and 2012 (Ottawa).
This design deviates from recent All-Star jerseys which featured each player’s team crest instead of the NHL shield. In 2019, the jerseys were black and white. In 2020, they were grey and white with a silver music staff across the chest and sleeves. So this design would also bring color back into the All-Star game.
Having said that, NHL-crested versions were also used in 2020 for the Women's 3-on-3 game. But I get the feeling that’s not quite what we’re seeing here.
I imagine we’ll find out for sure fairly soon. NHL All-Star jerseys are usually unveiled officially within about a month of the game, which takes place on Feb. 5.
For now, what are your thoughts on these jerseys? Is this what you’d like to see at the 2022 NHL All-Star game?