Islanders go Brooklyn

Islanders go Brooklyn

After everybody knowing they were going to do it, the New York Islanders recently revealed their new, Brooklyn-inspired third jerseys.

For a team with a long history of some pretty awful third jerseys and questionable uniform-related decisions all around (the swirly, wave like bottoms of the notorious Fisherman jerseys comes to mind), fans of the team were pretty nervous to see what concoction they would come up with this time. Moving to Brooklyn from Nassau County, it was clear that the team was going to go black and white, to match their arena mates, the Brooklyn Nets.

isle6The results are…pretty good.

The Islanders have come up with something simple yet pleasing to the eye. Looking at these unis, it is clear that they will look pretty good on the ice, contrasting the white of the team the ice, and of the team that they will be playing against.

isle5Here are some of my thoughts on the new third jerseys:

  • The “NY” logo, started last year for their outdoor game, is a nice, simple design that really stands out on the jersey. It is not too radically different from their classic logo, yet works very well as something different.
  • The four orange stripes on the stick portion of the “Y” is a great element. It offers the slightest amount of pop in colour, and of course is a nod to the teams four Stanley Cup wins.
  • I love the thin striping on the sleeves, matched by the same ones on the socks. It looks classy. Again, related to the four Cups.
  • Thankfully, there is a stripe at the waist. Every team that has gone away from the bottom stripe looks awful, and makes their unis looks like pajamas.
  • The name and numbers font is clean, uncluttered, and easy to see. isle2
  • I like the simple white stripe around the wrist, as well. It offers a nice contrast, and again, avoids the PJ look.
  • The new BKLYN wordmark that will be worn on the helmets looks really good. It is dangerous to change things up, but the designers have done a good job in blending the classic with the new. Again, the four orange stripes make an appearance. isle
  • On the pants, there is a pretty large NY on the left thigh. I have a read a couple of reviews that don’t like this element at all, but I don’t mind it. I feel it breaks up the black nicely, providing a nice visual contrast. Of course, we know what team it is, since the jersey logo isn’t too far away, but I think it adds a certain amount of flash to the uniform.
  • The white ring that goes almost all the way around the collar also provides that nice contrast. It is simple, and not gimmicky. It works for me.

isle3Overall, I would say that this is a big jersey win for the Islanders. After so many debatable ones, this black-and-white comes across as a winner. They will wear the new threads a dozen times in the upcoming season, and for the first time in a while, it will not be an eyesore to see them on the ice. They are clean, and have a level of sophistication, which makes them one of the better thirds in the entire league.

The Worst Pro Jersey Ever?

I love sports uniforms. There is something so amazing in a lot of the design that goes into these things, and there are so many great examples of teams that look absolutely amazing on the field or on the ice. And there are, of course, so many incidents of them going horribly wrong.

I can be a bit of a junkie for unis. I have a collection of about 60, across a variety of sports. I also am a loyal follower of uniwatch.com and icethetics.info. Hearing about the upcoming rumors of new jerseys, tweaks and the impressive concepts submitted by dedicated fans. It’s amazing. I love to critique them when they come out, debate their merits, compare them to older versions, pick apart what I like and don’t like. I still have debates at work about the new Team Canada Olympic pyjama jerseys.

For all of us uni junkies out there, a new third jersey is always exciting. The anticipation of something new has a certain fun to it. Debating on what it will look like, what the primary colours will be, will they butcher it as they always tend to do with thirds (I’m looking at your latest, Islanders).

And then this happened over the summer…

Oh yeah, don't forget that the back is a different colour.
Oh yeah, don’t forget that the back is a different colour.

I think a lot of people thought it was a joke, but now that the team has finally started wearing this abomination on the ice, in actual professional hockey games, I guess we have to look at it in the pantheon of all-time terrible hockey uniforms. Giving a lot of the accidents that happened in the 90’s, such as the Kings Burger King uniform, or the brutal Blues thirds that Mike Keenan refused to have his team wear, or the incredible Wild Wing uniform out in Anaheim, the new Buffalo Sabres jersey has to be considered one of the worst ever.

This is awful. I like the idea of a yellow Sabres jersey. But there is so much wrong here, it’s almost hard to make the list. Two shades of yellow. Ridiculous white piping that doesn’t go all the way down. A wrist area that looks like it was wrapped in duct tape. The absolutely, completely unnecessary “Buffalo” wordmark above the emblem. The mishmash of colours around the collar. And maybe the potentially most interesting idea, but yet another flub on this mess: the different colour on the back (it is dark blue, the same as on the shoulders).

Disaster. The people who made this, and even worse, those who approved it, should no longer have jobs.

The Sabres thirds are an ugly joke. Much like their season, so I guess it is all pretty fitting. I love when new unis come out. Especially when they are such easy targets, as this one is. I have yet to talk to someone who thinks they are nice. I wonder how the sales are? I can definitely see that they will have some kitsch value down the road. Much like the now, sort-of-beloved-but-still-really-hated Islanders fisherman jerseys. I would kill for one of those.