Early this morning, the NHL, Calgary Flames, and Edmonton Oilers released their jerseys for the upcoming Heritage Classic to be held at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.
Before the drop, we predicted what the jerseys might look like, and were fairly close.
The details on these jerseys turned out very well done and a highlight of the Heritage Classic look and feel. Here’s everything you need to know.
The Flames jersey is a cream-based concept with red accents. The style pays homage to the Calgary Stampeders hockey team that played in the 1950s and 1960s. The use of felt on the jersey is a real throwback, making this jersey look truly old-school.
The Flames logo itself is probably the most interesting part of the jersey.
The flames on the side of the C are detailed with sharper accents and really make the felt logo pop.
An uncommon design choice is the horizontal striping on the Flames pants; this isn’t something you really see on hockey kits but it looks fantastic on this one. The kit is completed by a red helmet which will contrast nicely with the Oilers’ blue.
Across the inside neckline of the jersey are the words “Battle of Alberta”, a nice touch to hockey’s most storied rivalry.
Overall, the Flames’ kit is a simple one, but very thoughtful and unique. The cream base rather than the usual white is a nice change and perfect for an outdoor game.
This is easily the third-best outdoor Flames jersey they’ve made, but it deserves a spot on the podium.
If you want to get your hands on the jersey, the Flames team store has a long list of Heritage Classic items for sale. A plain jersey is listed for $210, a Huberdeau/Kadri/Lindholm/Mangiapane jersey is $260, and any other player is the base price plus $110 for lettering for a total of $320.
The Oilers went with a more distinct look. Being the home team, they chose brighter colours and white accents. The logo is a tribute to the Edmonton Mercurys team that won the Olympics in 1952.
The oil drop in the center of the logo features the player number, and in the case of the release photo, Connor McDavid’s 97. The captain’s patch might be a bit too high as it is cut in half by the horizontal striping across the shoulders, but it’s outlined in blue which makes it stand out.
The most distinct feature is the use of leather-style pants and gloves which definitely make this kit vintage. It doesn’t look as good on McDavid in the release shoot as it does in action:
That is going to look incredible on the outdoor rink.
Like the Flames’ jersey, the words “Battle of Alberta” are stitched into the inside neckline.
Overall, the Oilers’ jersey looks extremely similar to their normal jerseys, but with a new logo. The overall kit is very unique, though, and is perfectly done for an outdoor game.
The Ice District Authentics team store is selling a wide range of Heritage Classic merchandise as well. A blank jersey is $230 and any player jersey is $310. McDavid/Draisaitl/Nugent-Hopkins/Nurse/Hyman/Kane are available in stock, any other player has to be customized from the blank but costs the same amount.
The Battle of Alberta is one of the best rivalries in sports, so it’s fitting that both teams will wear striking kits in the outdoor game.
Photo from the NHL.