The Oilers’ new third jersey might have been leaked

According to Dave Waddell, a CBC Radio guy based in Calgary, the new third jerseys the Oilers will use next season have been leaked. Waddell saw this jersey through a Google search of “oilers third jersey” that brought up a sponsored link from Adidas.

The new design, if this ends up being real, is much different than anything we expected to see from the Oilers. When the league went with the Adidas re-design back in 2017, the Oilers rolled with the orange jerseys as their home outfit, scrapping the royal blue outfit they had used in previous years. The team experimented with using the royal blue again as a throwback series four times last season and it was met with an overwhelmingly positive response.

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Rather than looking to the past, the Oilers seem to be going in a totally new direction with these uniforms. The dark blue body is somewhat similar to what they used back in the 90s and 2000s, but this jersey features a more aggressive orange logo, which sticks with the overall orange aesthetic the Oilers are going with.

A handful of teams introduced third jerseys with Adidas last season and this leaked Oilers re-design is in line with other looks from around the league. These jerseys are all focusing on have a sleek look with one or two colours really popping out. As I said above, the Oilers seem to really be leaning into orange as their colour.

I’m personally a big fan of the Oilers’ royal blue jersey and would be disappointed with the team removing those from their rotation. As I’ve stated before when writing about jerseys, I’m a more the merrier type. If the Oilers use this new-look style as their alternates, maintain their current home and away jerseys, I figure they should still use the royal blue jerseys a few times a year as their throwback uniform.

What say you, Nation? How do you feel about these leaked jerseys? Like them? Hate them?

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  • Derkus the circus

    Not a big fan. Its not islanders black bad but its close. Please wear the blues at home more instead of the orange ones. Or wear whites at home more.

  • Boom76

    I wouldn’t be so annoyed by this photo-negative third jersey if the traditional home blue (’87-’90 colours) were the standard, and those colours on our white road jerseys (like they are). But that’s not the case.

    Sadly, I think the jerseys represent so much about what’s wrong with current ownership and management. The Oilers are not a fashion brand… The Oilers are a sporting institution. Honour the institution. Its history. Its successes. Its traditions. Its colours. Don’t keep changing the jerseys because you know its good for your long-term retail revenue models.

    Lose these ridiculous orange home jerseys. Make home the current blue that’s on our current home jerseys. Please.

    I grew up hating orange Flames and orange Philly (’85/’87 cup finals). Now I’m supposed to drink this orange kool-aid?


  • Gonna get trashed for this, but I gotta admit…the more I look at it the less I hate it. Still reminds me of a practice jersey, but WAY better than the Tampa Bay 3rds, and maybe even better than Winnipeg’s. I want to see them on the ice, though. See if the colors pop a little more under the lights.

    • And see, this is what a lot of us sound like: I want the old jerseys, the glory day jerseys, the jerseys we won Cups with. I want Slats behind the bench and Fuhr in net. I want Gretzky in his prime, I want two-line passing, one five-minute 5-on-5 overtime, and if no one scores, it’s a tie. I want no salary cap, free agency, or entry-level contracts. I want everything the way it was, darn it, because back then we were to be feared! If we’d just change our silks, we’d be great again! WHY CAN’T IT BE LIKE IT WAS?!”

      Because it can’t. But gord forbid they try something new, huh?

      • Kneedroptalbot

        Whats wrong with building an identity? Last time we were in the playoffs, the “Orange Crush” was awesome.
        Rocking in the original WHA orange jerseys.

        • And I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with the throwbacks. The WHA uniforms, the royal blues…there’s nothing bad about celebrating our history. But to just automatically dismiss anything new seems small-minded. I guess that’s my point.

        • ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

          I’d be on board with the WHA jersey, for sure. But Orange Crush is an identity if you’re living in Denver and you’re a Broncos fan. It’s not an identity if another group of fans already have that identity.

  • Beer_League_Ringer

    Fans complain about everything. Who gives a shart what the 3rd jerseys look like? I’d take burlap sacks with duct tape numbers and the retro full-pant CooperAlls if the team wins games when they wear them.

  • Oiler Al

    I personally like it… has a bit of a contemporary feel to it. The “Oil Drop” should always be the focus.Give something new and different for the emerging new fans.Dont get stuck in the “70”s… just look at all the empty seats in the CFL!
    PS: Iam from the past, but see the future.

  • Vanoil

    Get rid of the Orange, period. Copper and Blue was a stealth change to the original blue & orange, had class written all over it. Whoever is thinking this new colour-scheme up is really alienating a lot of would-be fans. Its hard to cheer for this team outside of Northern Alberta, even with the best player in the world. The orange jerseys have been voted the ugliest in the league on a few occasions now.

  • The Perceptor

    Reminds me of like an orange TRON universe or something. It’s a little neon, but they also look “fast” if that makes sense. I can easily imagine McDavid in warp speed whilst wearing this. It’s clean, which I find refreshing in a modern world of logos and ads, this is not cluttered. I’m clearly in the minority for really liking this “3rd” jersey. Sure, complain about the everyday jerseys, but I enjoy this new fresh look.

    • Upon further review, it reminds me an awful lot of the San Jose “Stealth” jerseys they debuted last season, or the Stadium Series sweaters that Philly and Pittsburgh wore. Like you said, fast, minimal, clean. I’d like to see navy blue pants with a solid orange stripe down the sides. Navy socks with the matching double stripe. Sharp.

  • Bob Lawblaw

    I’m a traditionalist so I don’t like this new look. I like the royal blue and the (not so bright) orange jerseys. I’d also like the NHL to go back to the home white, dark away jerseys but we’re long passed that now.

    Go Oilers Go !!!

    • ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

      The dark jerseys are easier to see. There’s actually competitive advantage to playing in a dark jersey. It may not matter in game 46 of the regular season in an obvious way but in a Stanley Cup play off, you want to be wearing dark jerseys when you can, and if you’ve got the home ice advantage that’s one more game that the team you’re trying to beat.

  • ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    I think seeing five Oilers marching up the ice in these jerseys would be cool–better than the Tide-look jerseys they wore last year. I’m also hesitant to judge based on a tweet-sized image. Wait until you see someone wearing the jersey before judging. I wouldn’t get upset seeing McDavid score a hattie wearing this jersey.

  • Svart kaffe

    At first I didn’t like it at all, but it’s growing on me.

    When I showed it to a friend not really into hockey she thought it looked cool and slick. I think Adidas third jersey designs are meant to appeal to the non-typical hockey fan.

    This jersey almost looks more suitable for cocktails at the night club. I think it’s supposed to appeal to young people just looking for something cool to wear.

    Kind of looking forward to seeing how it looks on the ice with a complete uniform. But I also wish Oilers would just stick with their classic blue jerseys and keep the orange as their third. It makes the brand unfocused with all these changes and like we’re some expansion team struggling to find our identity.