The New York Rangers are going to get a little darker this season… with their new third jerseys, according to leaked photos making the rounds.
The new set of photos, shared with the world by Reddit user BagelDough, shows the familiar New York Rangers logo re-coloured navy blue instead of the Rangers’ usual shade of lighter royal blue, on the front of a matching dark navy blue sweater, with a series of several thin blue, white, and red stripes on each sleeve:
Those same stripe colours are repeated around the waist of the jersey but presented in a more traditional three-stripe format, though slightly more thin than what we usually see on a hockey sweater. Player names and numbers are plain white with no trim on both the sleeves and the back.
A closer look at the details, again, thanks to Bageldough, who really went above and beyond on this by going out and purchasing the leaked jersey from an early online listing posted to Offerup.com. Take a look at the raised lettering and details on the Rangers shield logo:
In an earlier set of photos shared with us by Twitter user @MadHatter_Omaha, who found them on that same listing that Bageldough purchased it from, we see the collar of the jersey, which is navy blue like the base of the jersey itself, with a pattern in the inside back collar that I thought at first perhaps is an homage to the iconic interior ceiling design of Madison Square Garden, but several users later pointed out to me it’s more likely the mosaic tiling of the NYC subway stations:
Additionally, we can see the team nickname “BLUESHIRTS” inside that back collar. Note, the price tag attached to this sweater reads “NYR THIRD.”
We here at SportsLogos.Net had heard rumblings of an upcoming New York Rangers third uniform but knew no details of its design. The use of the shield logo on the front is a surprise (not a bad surprise, just a surprise) as we would have expected the club to recycle their Statue of Liberty third jersey logo from the 1990s and, more recently, their Reverse Retro series.
Despite it being their primary logo throughout their nearly 100-year run in the National Hockey League, the New York Rangers have rarely worn the shield logo on the front of their jerseys. From 1926 through 1976, the Rangers wore their team name diagonally across the front before switching to the shield logo in 1976-77. The move was unpopular, and after just two seasons, the diagonal wordmarks quickly returned for the 1978-79 season.