Last night was like an early Christmas present for NHL jersey fans, as the Anaheim Ducks were Mighty once again. Not only did the Ducks wear their original jerseys, but the television broadcast featured vintage graphics, the announcers referred to the team as the Mighty Ducks, and all of the arena music was from the 90s. Anaheim truly set the bar high on how to do a throwback night. They even changed their Twitter name to “Mighty Ducks.”
The Mighty Ducks jersey is very important to an entire generation of hockey fans, myself included. While they are dismissed by some as too childish and cartoony, if it were not for the Mighty Ducks movies that spawned the team name, I never would have been a hockey fan. There are many fans between the age of 25-30 who watch hockey today because of the Mighty Ducks.
As you could expect, I love throwback nights. They are a great way to honor players of the past and educate newer fans about the history of the team. The Jackets celebrated their 10th anniversary 3 years ago, and they did a great job with bringing back CBJ alumni. At 10 years, it was still too early for the Jackets to do a proper throwback night. Add to that the current CBJ jerseys were only 3 years old at that point, it is no surprise a throwback night was not in the cards.
But fast forward to the 20th anniversary of the Blue Jackets…would this not be the perfect time to reintroduce the original CBJ jersey with the Stinger shoulder patches? The original jersey would more than likely have that vintage feel to it, as even in the early 2000s it had a real 90s vibe. Hopefully the Jackets would handle the night like the Ducks and go with “vintage” graphics, early 2000s music, and to one up them: wear the white version of the jersey, which is what was actually worn at that time.
If I haven’t depressed you enough thinking ahead to the year 2020, how about this: Cam Atkinson will be 31, R.J. Umberger 38, and former Jacket, Rick Nash will be 36 that season. Also, the first round pick two drafts prior will have never experienced the NHL without the Blue Jackets. The CBJ have 7 years to plan it, hey never too early to start!