The Carolina Hurricane, along with the rest of the NHL Monday morning, revealed their new Adidas Reverse Retro ADIZERO Authentic jerseys.
“Hockey fans love retro jerseys and Reverse Retro is a great opportunity for adidas to work closely with the NHL and all 31 teams to bring back a design from a meaningful point in team history with a unique twist,” said Dan Near, Senior Director at adidas Hockey in an official release. “Our goal from day one has been to work with the NHL and all of the teams to bring creativity, innovation, and energy to the sport with all that we do. What better way to do that than to bring together the nostalgia of historical moments in each team’s history with something new via designs that have never been seen before in the sport.”
For the Hurricanes, the design is a primarily grey sweater featuring the classic Hartford Whaler logo in blue and green, the negative space creating an H, as well as with blue and green accent stripes on the sleeves and bottom. The nameplates and numbers are in green and are bordered by blue.
But the most exciting appearance could be that of Pucky the Whale. The former Hartford mascot takes a prominent place with the new designs, appearing as the shoulder patch on the jerseys.
Although the Hurricanes already revived the Whalers’ uniforms two seasons ago, the Reverse Retro one provides an updated and fresh look on the old design.
The league confirmed that the new jerseys will be worn on-ice for multiple games during the 2020-21 seasons as special head-to-head matches that include “the renewal of rivalry matchups – both old and new.”
“NHL team jerseys have long carried deep historical significance for avid and casual hockey fans,” said Brian Jennings, NHL Chief Brand Officer and Senior Executive Vice President, on the jerseys in an official release from the league. “Through the years, the design of each team jersey has evolved to balance history and authenticity with cultural touchpoints. The Reverse Retro program is a celebration of the hockey jersey’s confluence of nostalgia, style and broad appeal. As a brand, adidas sits at the epicenter of youth, sports and lifestyle and is the ideal partner for this exciting initiative.”
Adidas also announced that the new jerseys will be available for purchase starting Dec. 1 for all 31 NHL teams. For the US the price will be from $180-$225 and will be available at adidas.com or NHLShop.com, for Canada the price starts at $200-$250 and will be available at adidas.ca or NHLShop.ca and for fans outside North America the jerseys can be purchased at NHLShop.com.
Wider availability at additional retailers will start Dec. 6.