Saturday, March 17, 2012
With today being St. Patrick's Day, we naturally have to take a look at one way an NHL club recognizes the annual Irish celebration.
Today, the New Jersey Devils, a team with an Original 6 mentality when it comes to eschewing third jerseys and frequent changes in style, will revert to their original red and green jerseys, first used when the team relocated to New Jersey from Denver, Colorado, where they were known as the Rockies.
Martin Brodeur during the 1991-92 season in the original Devils jerseys
That style was worn from 1982-83 until 1991-92 before the change to their new red and black jerseys, which have remained unchanged ever since, including the switch to the new Reebok Edge jerseys in 2007-08.
New Jersey first wore their now retro jerseys on St. Patrick's Day in 2010, a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Noted Irishman Patrik Elias gets into the spirit of St. Patrick's Day
after being named the game's #1 star
The jerseys proved so popular, despite some critics of the "Christmas colors", that they were brought back a year later for the Devils game on March 18th, a 3-0 loss to the Washington Capitals.
Despite the loss, the "wearing of the green" now looks to be an annual tradition, as the Devils will once again turn back the clock against the Penguins this afternoon, but the Devils President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello has stated that he would not let the club wear a different jersey more than once a season, so put aside any hopes of this ever becoming a formal "third jersey", which NHL rules state would be worn between 10 to 15 times.
Also today, the Boston Bruins will wear a limited edition Irish-themed green practice jersey during warmups for their game against the Philadelphia Flyers, which will then be auctioned off to raise money for charity. These special jerseys feature a shamrock on each shoulder and are different than the generic ones made for several NHL clubs and sold on Shop.NHL.com, which are not the practice style jerseys and have only one shamrock, which is located on the upper right chest.
The Bruins St. Patrick's Day warmup jerseys, as modeled by
Rich Peverly and Patrice Bergeron
Today's featured jersey is a 1991-92 New Jersey Devils Martin Brodeur jersey, as worn during his rookie season when he made his NHL debut wearing the #29. When Brodeur put on the classic red and green jersey for St. Patrick's Day in 2010, he did so with a mask painted with the same paint job as his first NHL mask, but stuck with his now famous #30. Brodeur was the only member of the Devils 2009-10 roster to have worn the original Devils red and green jerseys.
Brodeur in is retro paint job mask in 2010
Brodeur wearing his customary #30 paired with the Devils retro jersey
While the striping of the jerseys was true to the originals, the Reebok made jerseys did have the curved hem and collar treatment of the current Reebok Edge style, as identified by the NHL logo on the neckline.
Today's video section are highlights from the first time the Devils wore their original jerseys on St. Patrick's Day in 2010 in their win over the Penguins.