Okay, we’ve talked about the third jersey in the past, but since the Oilers finally introduced their alternate jersey for the 2018-19 season earlier this week, we need to bring it up again.
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The Oilers are going to wear this “retro” jersey four times throughout the season. I mean, it’s hardly a retro jersey given the fact the Oilers wore these things as their normal home jerseys as recently as 2016-17, but I’m not complaining.
The throwback third jersey has been a theme for a handful of teams this year. When the NHL switched jersey partners from Reebok to Adidas prior to the 2017-18 season, all teams only had a home and away set and no alternate jerseys. Over the summer, multiple teams have revealed their alternates for the season, most of which have a throwback theme to them.
Along with the Oilers, the Blues, Ducks, Coyotes, Devils, and Canucks are wearing an old-school style jersey this year while the Hurricanes created a brand new look for their alternates.
That brings us to this week’s What Would You Do Wednesday THURSDAY EDITION question. How should the Oilers move forward with their jerseys?
Personally, I think they should scrap the aggressive orange jersey they started wearing full-time at home in 2017-18 and bring back the royal blue, current “retro” third jersey as their main home set. The set they operated with prior to the Adidas re-design was excellent.
Then, when it comes to a third jersey, they should go in a completely different direction. Rather than using the full orange crush uniform, which is largely just an inverted version of what they were already wearing, the Oilers should have a third jersey with a different colour scheme and an alternate logo, like what the Hurricanes have done.
I think the MacFarlane comet jersey would look excellent with an Adidas re-design. I would also love to see the mid-90s/early-2000s rugged, navy blue look with the Rigger make a comeback. Another completely off-the-grid thing I always thought would be interesting is a green and gold jersey to go along with the Eskimos and Golden Bears aesthetic.