Monday, July 28, 2008

Oilers go vintage with third jersey

Howard Berger, who is burdened with the great torture of being the Leafs beat reporter for the Fan 590 in Toronto, apparently has had a first look at the new third jerseys for this upcoming season.

Here's his description on what the Oilers are going with:

The Oilers are going back to their glory days with the predominantly blue jersey Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier et al wore on the road while winning five Stanley Cup titles between 1984 and 1990. Orange shoulder piping will re-appear, along with a broad orange stripe at the tip of each arm. Two white stripes flanking an orange stripe are on the arms and near the bottom of the jersey. The original round Oilers logo, with the orange oil drip and blue team name, is on the front.

Yep, that's pretty much describes the old jersey we all know so well, and indeed, the team wore the jerseys a short while back at home during Hall of Fame induction nights. At first I wondered if the colours would be adjusted in anyway (the Day-Glo orange hasn't exactly aged well), but I doubt it. Not that I mind much. As far as third jerseys go, I'll take tradition anyday.

In the meantime, I'm trying to figure out the worst-sounding third jersey of the other teams based on Berger's description in his blog post. Phoenix? Tampa Bay?

14 comments:

Steven said...

And here I've just grown to like the new RBK Edge jerseys. The problem with the Oilers vintage jersey is in the way that they're made. The "classic" era jerseys were made differently, with the blue not quite so dark, and the stripes not quite so uniform.

Once CCM started making them in the early 1990's, the colours became more basic and the production of them matched the rest of the league more closely. Completely coincidentally, the Oilers started to suck hardcore at around the same time, so whenever the Oilers have trotted out their vibtage jerseys over the past couple of years, all I can see in my mind is "The Oilers Salute the Shayne Corson Years" or "Todd Elik Bobblehead Night".

mike w said...

Or more recently... "the Oilers trade Ryan Smyth" night.

I half expected to see Steven Rice skating by the bench that night.

I have to disagree with you about the current apron-strings jerseys. They are made of lameness.

Steven said...

I'm not a fan of me being of the apron strings, either. I think it's because of the new youthful look of the team. Every time I see pictures of the 1996-2007 jerseys, all I can of think of is losing Game 7 in Carolina wearing those and/or seeing replicas of them with "44 PRONGER" on the back being sold for 75% off in Jersey City some three weeks later.

LittleFury said...

I'm trying to figure out the worst-sounding third jersey of the other teams based on Berger's description in his blog post.

Atlanta and Dallas sound like they are adopting football uniforms with numbers on the front and back and a simple wordmark on the front. Hockey Jesus wept.

As for the Oil, I think the love of the vintage colours has nothing to do with the aesthetics and everything to do with the memories they conjure up. Take away the association with the glory days, and you've got a pretty ugly ass jersey right there.

andy grabia said...

We forget that they wore these jerseys lots from the Messier retirement ceremony onwards, because none of us were watching those games. But all they make me think of now is the end of the 2006/2007 season, the worst period in the history of the Edmonton Oilers. Shudder.

mike w said...

Take away the association with the glory days, and you've got a pretty ugly ass jersey right there.

Although the home jersey is pretty classic. Less orange.

doritogrande said...

Guess I'm the only one who liked the old 3rd jersey. Wish they brought that logo back.

andy grabia said...

I liked the McFarlane jersey, too.

Lord Bob said...

I refuse to accept any jersey with a graphic element based on the number of Stanley Cups the team won for the simple reason that you know that, in 2006, somebody at the team office was making calls to get a new design just in case the Oilers won, and we might as well have just gone and kicked the hockey gods in the nuts.

Not that I'm superstitious or anything.

But I also like the design of the old jersey. In particular, I like the contrasts: the blue manages to take the edge off the traffic cone orange on the shoulders and gives it a very distinctive look. Moreover, while it is distinctly Retro, it's not as dated as, say, a New York Golden Blades jersey would be, probably thanks to the simplicity and the fact that we still use the same logo with slightly tweaked colours.

Also, I should stop thinking about this so hard.

Doogie2K said...

Atlanta and Dallas sound like they are adopting football uniforms with numbers on the front and back and a simple wordmark on the front. Hockey Jesus wept.

Dallas already did that last year, and for Atlanta, that'd actually be an improvement.

As for the "Day-Glo orange," I actually liked that colour. I figure if Philly can wear orange for 35 years, the Oilers can have it as trim on one of their sweaters. I dunno if I'd try to bring back the early WHA-era orange sweaters for the Oil myself, but I don't have a problem with the colour, as such.

Also, Steven has articulated the thing that bugged me about the Oilers' blue-and-orange sweaters from a couple of years ago; they just looked slightly "wrong," because the shades of blue and orange were just that much off from what you see in the '80s videos. For comparisons' sake, 1982-83 vs. 1991-92. Both colours in the Coffey sweater are definitely lighter than in the Joe Murphy sweater, and it's not like it's a lighting difference at the Coliseum; if anything, the lighting is brighter nine years later, and should make the colours even more vivid, not less. The "vintage" duds from 2006-07 definitely looked more like the Murphy sweater than the Coffey one, though the orange did "pop" a bit more in the '07 version (not by much, though). What do you make of the one Messier wore, Steven? Compare this to, say, this studio shot of Lowe (presumably similar lighting?).

Vic Ferrari said...

I'm guessing that they'll use the official Rexall colours right down the shade.

I like the copper though, and in any case I think I'll hold off buying another sweater until the fourth and fifth jersey's come out in the Guardian and I.D.A pharmacy colours and font. They'll be sweet!

Baroque said...

The ones with no stripes and just a word across the front sound like they will be plain-vanilla-level boring.

The teams that are going "retro" sound like the best idea - more a recognition of history and less a blatant cash grab.

(I'm thrilled the fallopian tubes Dallas jersey is gone, though. Plus the only reason they put red in was because the focus group - possibly of gynecologists? - like it.)

Jamie said...

there seemed to be an awful lot of black among the other teams' third jerseys. Is black the new teal?

Doogie2K said...

Teal was the new black. Black is just reasserting itself.