The San Jose Sharks will celebrate their 30th year in the NHL when the new season begins. They’ll do so with a new anniversary logo along with an Adidas version of their inaugural sweater.
We got our first look at the 30th anniversary patch last month when a couple of newly acquired Sharks players showed off their new jerseys on social media. But it’s officially official today.
The team even shared this infographic with an explanation of some of the details as well as a look back at their previous anniversary logos—which have been released like clockwork every five years since they joined the league.
These guys really love anniversary logos, don’t they?
I have to admit I really like the art deco style of the “30” in this mark and its connection to the team’s original logotype. Very cool.
And the Sharks did say this logo will be featured at center ice this season in addition to the patch being worn on the players’ jerseys.
The other big news today was the re-release of what the Sharks are calling their ”heritage jersey”—last seen on the ice for their 25th anniversary during the 2015-16 season. The only difference this time around is that it’s been adapted to the Adizero style.
It’s a great look and, understandably, plenty of fans on Twitter are asking why this isn’t the primary jersey. But if you’re a longtime reader, you already know my opinion on teams going backwards with jersey designs. In a nutshell, they’re nice to see now and again—just like this—but let’s keep moving forward the rest of the time.
What makes this release even more interesting is the Sharks now become the first team with five official sweaters for the 2021 season, thanks to the addition of the Reverse Retros league-wide last month. So it’ll be interesting to see how they work in five uniforms in a reported 56-game season.
They may not end up being the only ones with five, by the way. There are other teams who had throwbacks last year that may or may not return. The Kings, Canucks and Blues all wore ’90s-era designs. The Kings’ and Blues’ throwbacks are probably too similar to their Reverse Retros, but maybe the Canucks opt to wear the Flying Skate again beyond their 50th anniversary. I’ll keep an eye out.
For now, what do you think about the return of the original Sharks sweater?