The Washington Capitals have unveiled their uniforms for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic today at an event at Nationals Park, the location where the game will be played on New Year’s Day 2015.
The location of the game was announced on Sept. 10.
In a press release put out by the team, the uniforms were described as a mix of throwbacks to professional hockey’s Depression-era roots in Washington, as well as new elements with a modern twist.
“The primary color for the Capitals’ NHL Winter Classic uniform is vintage deep red to symbolize hockey’s deep roots in Washington. The stripes on the shoulders, waist and legs bring in elements of Washington professional hockey jerseys from the 1930’s, predating the Capitals’ formation in the 1970s. A large “W” on the front of the jersey, offset in blue to contrast the white Capitals wordmark, offers a unique look never seen before on Capitals jerseys. A large “W” on the front of the jersey is offset in blue to contrast the white Capitals wordmark and features a silhouette of the Washington Monument, offering a unique look never seen before on Capitals jersey in franchise history.”
Reactions to the jersey were decidedly mixed:
Round of applause for the Capitals’ creative genius in jersey design. Yikes, those threads are brutal.
— Daniel Friedman (@DFriedmanOnNYI) September 23, 2014
I don’t think the Capitals WC jersey looks so bad… for the Montreal Maroons.
— Kat (@RunsOnDuncan) September 23, 2014
— Adam Raider (@adamjraider) September 24, 2014
— Robert Kahn (@KahnNotations) September 24, 2014
Personally? I’m still not sure. While I appreciate the nods to history, it just seems a bit…stripey. Things could be worse!