Fantastic Fashions – The New York Islanders

27 Oct

1995-96 Topps - Brett Lindros

Oh, the saga of the Islanders’ uniforms.  They had a great one, a classic that got them four Stanley Cups.  Nothing special, but a good, solid uniform that fit well – I always kind of thought of the Islanders as the Mets of hockey.  I figured you either cheered for the Yankees and the Rangers or the Mets and the Islanders.  That was the only possible combination.

Around the time of the lockout, they moved to this Captain Highliner monstrosity that Mr. Lindros is modeling above on 1995-96 Topps.  They realized that was a mistake, but then they put the old logo on the new jersey design, which might have been worse.  Finally, in 1998, they fixed the mistake, and introduced the classic jerseys in a nice navy blue.  Other than the team, all was right on Long Island.

However, they found a way to fuck it up again by inflicting this orange disaster upon the unsuspecting public.  And THEN, when the Reebok Edge system took over NHL jerseys, it got WORSE AGAIN!  Finally, finally, in 2010-11, after toying with the classic as an alternate for a couple of years, it looks like they’ve fixed it.  It only took them the length of a Rick DiPietro contract.

SIDE NOTE: Check out www.nhluniforms.com for the most comprehensive database of NHL uniforms over the years.  It’s addictive as hell once you start looking around.

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