Online hockey jersey/uniform database icethetics has reportedly uncovered upcoming alternate jerseys for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers. The leak comes from an eBay listing that Chris Smith at icethetics reports that "fit the description of the 'reverse retro' alternate sweaters rumoured to be coming to the NHL next season."
Check it out:
Description from Smith:
Seen in the photos are Fanatics-branded Breakaway jerseys. They are the lower-priced replicas, but the designs are accurate to the Adizero game sweaters made by Adidas. To my eye, these are legitimate NHL-licensed products. There are no obvious signs of being counterfeit. Plus, Fanatics jerseys are manufactured in Indonesia, which is the listed location for the ebay seller.
So what are we seeing exactly? These are not new home or road sweaters. And as far as I know, they aren’t new third jerseys either. Since early this year, Icethetics sources and others have been reporting on a new series of sweaters coming to the NHL.
This “fourth jersey” program has been described to Icethetics as “throwbacks with a twist”—as Icethetics reported in JerseyWatch 2020. I’ve been told they will be part of a line called the Reverse Retro series. And these new designs fit that bill.
Some more photos:
The Penguins ones are obviously reminiscent to the ones the team wore from 1992 until 1997 with the PITTSBURGH wordmark written diagonally on the jersey. Check out the side-by side comparison:
As for the Flyers' jersey, it's somewhat similar to the jersey the team wore in the 1980s and most of the 1990s. Of course, the Flyers have reversed the white and black on the jersey's shoulders and arms.
Check out a side by side comparison from a 1980s Flyers jersey:
Ah... now I get it! REVERSE Retro!
The Pens go from black to white and the Flyers reverse their arm/shoulder band. An interesting take on a classic look.
Honestly, the Pens jersey isn't doing much for me. Sure, it makes me a bit nostalgic for the Super Mario days, but at the end of the day it's just a white jersey that says 'Pittsburgh' on it. Kinda bland...
The Flyers jersey though... I love it. Throw a black helmet, black gloves and black pants together with that uniform and it will look SHARP. Thoughts?