Since Nathan MacKinnon shocked the Avs community last month with a post on his Instagram story of new bright blue gloves and the accompanying caption “New colors crazy 😤,” all eyes turned toward the Avalanche marketing and design teams as speculation swirled as to what was up the team’s sleeve.
Then, two weeks later, Mikko Rantanen posted a photo on his Instagram story on Halloween night of a friend of his wearing some of his gear, which included Rantanen’s practice jersey and some pants that appeared to be the same new blue color as MacKinnon’s new gloves.
It was clear the Avalanche were up to something.
Many rightfully assumed the new blue kits would be connected to the, at the time, soon-to-be-released Reverse Retro jerseys, which were officially released on Monday. Avalanche PR confirmed Tuesday that those are in fact the blue gloves and pants that will be worn with the Nordiques-inspired Reverse Retro jerseys.
And then the team proceeded to drop a bit of a bomb on Avs fans:
“Part of the 25th celebration will include several jersey modifications, headlined by the adidas Reverse Retro sweater that was announced Monday. The team will also be switching to new equipment colors to match the primary colors already included in the Avalanche’s home, away and alternate jerseys.
“The home and away sweaters will now feature the primary color of blue for the shorts, gloves and helmets, while the alternate sweater will have slight modifications to the pants and gloves.”
So not only will the Avs be wearing those leaked blue gloves and pants (and helmet, too) with their Reverse Retro threads, they’ll be wearing them full time(!).
The release also mentions “several jersey modifications” are forthcoming.
I’ve heard from a source that there’s potential for the Stadium Series logo to make more appearances this season. Whether it’s replacing the Avs third jersey logo, or if it’ll simply be an added shoulder patch, or not on the jersey at all, remains to be seen.
A Vegas Golden Knights graphic designer posted this on his Twitter a few weeks ago, and it could be a pretty close representation of what the Avalanche will roll out for the 2021 season:
— Matt McElroy (@number9concepts) October 31, 2020
*Note: the Stadium Series logo on the pants is inaccurate, and the helmet on the away jerseys would also be blue, not white.
Merchandise and aesthetics aside, the press release outlines the 25th Anniversary objectives, which likely includes some special theme nights, and perhaps even a jersey retirement:
The 25th anniversary celebration will recognize the rich history of the Avalanche franchise and look forward to the bright future of the club by paying tribute to its Quebec Nordiques roots, celebrating two-and-a-half decades of community involvement, thanking the Avalanche’s faithful fans, remembering players of both past and present, championing the growth of hockey in the region and looking toward the next 25 seasons.
The Avalanche will also be wearing a special “25th” patch on its jerseys, and 25th season-themed merchandise will be available throughout the year.