On Friday night, the St. Louis Blues officially revealed their 2022 NHL Winter Classic uniform—a vintage throwback to their inaugural look from 1967.
Ryan O’Reilly and David Perron modeled the new look in video and photos released by the club. Take a peek.
The jerseys are almost exactly the same as what the Blues wore in their first season—except one thing. The bright white base has been replaced with what teams like to call “vintage white.” I suppose it’s meant to make us think these jerseys have just been packed away with mothballs for the last 55 years.
The lack of pure white is meant to evoke a retro aesthetic—a core element of the Winter Classic itself. However, there’s been only one other Winter Classic where both teams wore this off-white hue. It was 10 years ago at the 2012 Winter Classic between the Rangers and Flyers.
But I digress.
Publicity images aside, the first time the new Blues sweater was seen out in the world came during the ceremonial first pitch of the St. Louis Cardinals game tonight—in honor of the Winter Classic being played on a baseball field, perhaps. Brayden Schenn was there wearing a sweater without the Winter Classic shoulder patch.
We can also see from photos released by the Blues that this sweater will use the same name and number font as the team’s 2017 Winter Classic sweater, which has been used as a third jersey since 2018. It makes sense. This new design is the counterpart to that jersey.
And that’s pretty much that.
In case you missed it, here’s a look at the 1930s-inspired sweater the Minnesota Wild will don when hosting the Blues next January.
As usual, Adidas has done a remarkable job in creating a gorgeous aesthetic for the outdoor event. It’s always something for jersey fans to look forward to and this year will be no different.
And as I wrap up, I should also draw some attention to the event logo itself.
Winter Classic logos don’t typically account for team colors of the game’s participants, but this year we get a nice mix of Blues blue and Wild green—as well as a touch of that wheat/vintage white that we’ll see on both uniforms.
I also love that this Winter Classic logo is the first ever to really focus on the pond hockey scene—the whole reason this outdoor game even exists. It’s up there as one of my all-time favorites.
Speaking of which, here’s a look at all 13 Winter Classic logos going back to the launch in 2008—to see how the new one fits in.
Which is your favorite? And what do you think of the look of the 2022 NHL Winter Classic?