The Columbus Blue Jackets will have a familiar look when they take the ice this season.
Whether it be the similar names we’ve come to see the past few season, or the excitement we get from Greg Murray’s voice when the Jackets take the ice, there is a lot to be excited about in 2018. But another thing to visually please returning Jackets fans, is the arrival of the “New” Columbus Blue Jackets Adidas alternate jersey.
The jersey is Civil War inspired with the base coming in the Blue Jackets familiar union blue with shades of teal, sand and steel grey wrapping around each arm. The shoulders also featuring the sand color that is uncommonly used on an NHL sweater.
We have seen this jersey before. The Blue Jackets used this design from 2010-2017 as their alternate jersey, and it was beloved by fans for its unique colors and above all, the Cannon crest that adorns the center of the sweater.
The jersey features the updated Adidas AdiZero template. This jersey is a return welcomed by most fans with open arms. The only real change to this jersey is the change in font going from the old CBJ block style numbers, to the current CBJ proprietary font and numbering style used on all team wordmarks, jerseys and content. (Another change being Adidas’ decision to drop the normal button-like jock tag on retail jerseys).
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The Columbus Blue Jackets originally unveiled their alternate jersey’s back in the 2010 season with Rick Nash, Antoine Vermette, Rusty Klesla, and RJ Umberger modeling off the Civil War inspired union blue sweaters.
The jersey has been worn by many Columbus Blue Jackets players, fans, and faithful for the better part of half the franchises existence, and it’s no surprise we are seeing such a beloved jersey return to the ice.
When the NHL switched over to Adidas to supply the official uniforms of the league, each team was allowed only two sweaters, one at home and one for the road. With the 2018-19 season coming up, Adidas finally got around to manufacturing 3rd uniforms for multiple NHL teams that once had them, or new ones for teams that wanted them.
The Blue Jackets join the Hurricanes, Flyers, Ducks, Avalanche, Blues, Jets, Oilers, Capitals, Sharks, Flames, and Devils as teams to officially unveil new uniforms this season.