After countless posts of trolling by the New York Rangers, the team finally unveiled its 2018 Winter Classic jersey.
The jersey is very similar to the heritage jersey that the Blueshirts introduced in 2010 to celebrate the anniversary of the 85th season. This jersey however features the traditional RANGERS word mark instead of NEW YORK going down the chest, but in white lettering.
The Rangers also opted to have a white collar which stands out nicely with stripes along the top similar to the banding at the bottom of the jersey.
In terms of patches, the jersey also featured an NYR silhouette shield on the chest. Team captains will wear their letter inside and every other player will have NY. This is a nice touch and it makes the sweater standout a little more than usual. Not everyone will share that opinion, but to each their own.
The Rangers also opted to have only the Winter Classic logo on the shoulder, and left the other one blank. They did this because they chose to have a similar silhouette shield but with navy writing on the traditional red pants.
Here’s what went into the design, per a release from the NHL.
The Rangers’ NHL Winter Classic adidas adizero Authentic Pro jersey features the team’s traditional color scheme of red, white and blue, with navy blue replacing Rangers Royal blue as a nod to the roots of the game outdoors. The stair step font is inspired by the diagonal RANGERS lettering worn in the late 1920’s. The red NY is a tribute to this year’s intrastate rivalry game.
The nameplate and numbers are white and designed to align graphically to the crest. The sleeve and waist striping is inspired by the Rangers’ uniforms of the early 1930’s, with the higher placement of the sleeve stripes and the solid white collar a staple of that era.
The pants remain the signature Rangers red, but the detailing along the sides and around the leg opening is a simplified version of their current pant piping, reflecting the simpler design aesthetic of the jersey and sock.
Overall this jersey looks very sharp, and plays off a very popular heritage jersey that isn’t being worn this year because of the contract change to Adidas.
Teams are expected to reintroduce third jerseys after this season, and personally this would be a nice look for the Rangers to keep around.
Also, not that anyone didn’t already know, Mats Zuccarello is a national treasure and one that should stay around as long as he wants to.
Per the team, the NHL Rangers Winter Classic jersey will be available for purchase at the MSG Team Store at Chase Square starting at 3 p.m. on 11/24.
No word on whether the jersey will be available for purchase online.
Update 3:11 p.m.: They are now available online at NHL Shop.