in their 1998 NHL All-Star Game jerseys, complete with a
flag patch for each player's home country
On this date in 1998, for the first year under the new format and for the one and only time, each player would also wear the flag of their native country on their NHL club team jersey during the weekend's 1998 Super Skills Competition. For some players, this would be the only patch they would ever wear on a particular style of NHL jersey, and for knowledgeable collectors, it's a chance to create a interesting jersey with a unique story behind it.
We have replicated a number of the jerseys from that event for our own collection, and here are the rosters for you to choose from if you would like to add a flag to a jersey you already own or create a new, unique project for your collection. At the time of this writing, the flag patches can easily be obtained on ebay, just look for the ones with the quarter inch wide white border around them as shown above. A search for "NHL flag patch" is a great way to start.
Today's video section is the entire 1998 NHL All-Star Game. Unfortunately, we were unable to find any footage of the Super Skills Competition at this time.