Adidas and the Avalanche twitter account have unveiled more details of the forthcoming Reverse Retro jerseys, including fans’ first look at some small, subtle details of the actual new threads.
Just days after the NHL released a teaser video of the Reverse Retro jersey mockups for each of the league’s 31 teams, Adidas and the NHL unveiled the first look at some real-life pictures of the Avs’ new sweaters.
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) November 14, 2020
Adidas and the NHL have been slowly rolling out these up-close detail pictures for each team, releasing them in bunches each day organized by division. Thursday was the Pacific teaser, Friday was the Metro and Saturday was the world’s first look at the Central Division‘s new sweaters, including the Avalanche.
It’s worth noting that each of the teams so far has gotten three up-close teaser photos. One of the inside of the collar — which features the team’s city/state name on the left, the Adidas Reverse Retro logo in the middle, followed by the year that each team is throwing it back to. Another photo is of the Adidas logo on the back of the jersey, and the third photo is an up-close look at the team’s shoulder patch or sleeve.
The Avalanche’s teaser, however, only features two images. The shoulder patch details are intentionally missing.
Why is this? Well, clearly the Avalanche want to keep their Quebec Nordiques teaser under lock-and-key.
At this point it is well known that the Avalanche will be incorporating the Nordiques into their Reverse Retro threads. We know this because the remix year, ’79, that is on the inside of the Avs collar, and also the number on the back of the jersey in the teaser video from a few days ago was also the number 79.
1979 is the year that the Quebec Nordiques joined the NHL, so it’s clear the Avs have chosen to throw it back to its Nordiques days.
If I were to venture a guess as to what would be on the Avs shoulder patch, I’d put money on it being the fleur-de-lis, which was a prominent detail on the old Quebec sweaters.
It is still unknown at this time, however, which logo the Avalanche will feature on the front of the new jerseys — the Avs’ “A” logo of today, or the Quebec Nordiques logo of yesteryear. But I think we can speak for most fans here by saying it’ll be chaos if it is not the latter.
All 31 Reverse Retro jerseys are expected to be released in full on Nov. 16.
UPDATE: The @NHLonNBCSports Instagram page just leaked the Avs third picture, which does in fact include burgundy fleur-de-lis encircling the bottom of the jersey, just as it did on Quebec’s jerseys.