(Photo: NHL.com)

In a press event at the new Blackhawks Store on Michigan Avenue, the team revealed its sweater for the Jan. 1 2015 Winter Classic against the Capitals in Washington, D.C.

Brandon Saad was a stand-in model following Patrick Sharp‘s injury in Montreal Tuesday (Sharp will likely be out for a month.)

Blackhawks President and CEO John McDonough called the new edition an homage to the 1957 uniform seen here. The team stuck with the current logo, however, making it pretty similar to their usual road jersey.

Both the Capitals and Blackhawks now have their sweaters for sale, and here are the versions as seen on shop.nhl.com:

Chicago Winter Classic Chi Washington Winter Classic Caps Perhaps the Blackhawks decided to take a conservative approach after the Capitals weren’t shown a whole lot of love with their unveiling. Sad to say, they may not have done enough.

As for my opinion, I think they should have used a vintage Indianhead to complete the effect.

Apparently I’m not alone. It won’t impact sales, though.

In the end, though, I get to watch my team play a bonus hockey game–what a way to ring in a new year!

 

For an indoor preview, the Blackhawks (7-5-1) host the Capitals (4-5-3) at 7:30 p.m. CT Friday.

Carly Mullady grew up needing to know more about icing than its deliciousness on cupcakes. She's the lone daughter of four children, with a father who was among the last cut from the Midwest tryouts for the 1980 Miracle on Ice Olympic team. And she knows very little matches the thrill that happens from puck-drop to handshakes. A rink didn’t return to her hometown until she was gone, but she’s been able to see two younger brothers on the ice. She's their feistiest fan. Her other hockey loyalty lies with the Blackhawks--whether it's meant seeing games for $8 with student IDs when the Madhouse didn’t have much of a temper at all, or dancing to Chelsea Dagger at standing room only--there’s something magical about a roaring anthem, the Indianhead sweater, and the Original Six. A former journalist and current editor, she carries a penchant for excitement (and maybe even fighting) with a resume that includes working for Chicago-area newspapers, and television, including The Jerry Springer Show, as well as NBCUniversal in New York. After East Coast living and a return to the Chicago area, the new Mrs. is giving Graceland a go with her Southern Gent, who now shares her adoration of the game, and their rescue dog, Doc Holliday. Other interests include Cubs, Bears, Illini, Crimson Tide, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, baking a mean pineapple upside-down cake, Kate Spade accessories, and a properly coordinated cardigan for every ensemble.

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