If there’s one thing the St. Louis Blues can do, it’s win away and do it well in two world-class Winter Classic jerseys.
Hockey fans love the nostalgia of watching hockey play outside, and the St. Louis Blues have been fortunate enough to compete in two Winter Classics, including hosting the 2017 Winter Classic.
With the beauty of the two sets of jerseys in the outdoor classics, it’s time to consider making the two Winter Classic jerseys the main team uniform.
The two Winter Classic jerseys pay homage to the inaugural team of 1967, the home jersey being a cool powder blue and the away jersey having more shades of cream. Both were huge hits among the fans.
The St. Louis Blues hadn’t made a significant change to their shirts since the 1997-98 season ended when they dropped their red and blue color scheme. Of course, the Blues received last year an inverted retro jersey of the 1997-98 version.
From 1998 to 2007, we saw the birth of a jersey that looks a lot like the main Blues jersey today. However, the biggest change from the 2007 jerseys is the lack of yellow numbers.
St. Louis introduced an alternate navy blue jersey in 2008, but it only lasted until the 2015 season. The numbers were officially changed from yellow and navy on the main shirts to white and navy in 2017. The first Winter Classic jersey was officially added as an alternative jersey in 2018.
With the Blues having won only one Stanley Cup in franchise history, the emotional attachments of Blues fans may lean towards the current uniform, as it is in this setting that they saw their team win the cup.
However, the NHL and Addidas took him out of the park completely with the last two editions of the Blues Winter Classic jerseys, and we need to see them more integrated into the rotation.
We have seen during the offseason the Arizona Coyotes change their names for their Kachina jerseys which are now a permanent part of their branding, and the return nights for other teams in the league have been a huge success.
Les Bleus will be wearing the Winter Classic white jerseys two more times this season before they have to wait and see if the team fits them into the rotation like they did for the 2017 version.
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I wouldn’t be sad to see the current St. Louis Blues uniform changed. There is nothing wrong with the current version of the sweater, but the new jerseys are too good looking not to consider a permanent change.