A day after a memorable playoff-clinching performance in a win over the New Jersey Devils, the Carolina Hurricanes announced Friday that they will look to keep the mojo of their black alternate jerseys going when the playoffs begin late next week.
The Canes will wear the black jerseys for all home games in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the first time in team history that they will wear alternate uniforms in a playoff run. Per NHL rules, teams are allowed to ask permission to wear alternate jerseys at home in the playoffs, but should they receive permission they are required to wear those jerseys for the entirety of a playoff run.
The black jerseys have been a boon to the Canes this season. Worn mostly on Fridays, the Canes went 12-2-2 in their alternate threads during the 2018-19 season.
It’s rare, although not unheard of, for teams to wear their alternate uniforms during the playoffs. Most famously, the Minnesota Wild wore their third jerseys in the postseason from 2013-2017, when the alternate-jersey program was temporarily discontinued, and the San Jose Sharks wore their black alternates for four years from 2010-2014, retiring them after they lost a 3-0 series lead to the Los Angeles Kings in 2014. Other recent teams to have worn alternate uniforms in the playoffs include the Capitals in 2015, the Penguins in 2016 and the Oilers in 2017.
On occasion, including recently with the Penguins and Oilers, third jerseys worn during the playoffs will become primary uniforms in the following season, and given the reaction to (and the performance in) the black alternates this season, it would come as no surprise if the Canes move to the black uniforms as their full-time primary home jersey next season.