adidas dragon black Devils unveil new jerseys for 2017
The Devils unveiled their new jerseys for the 2017 18 season with the rest of the NHL on Tuesday night, and while there are some changes, the basic aspects of the sweaters remained the same.
The team’s logo will be identical from past jerseys, in size and design, and the jersey’s red and black color scheme remained the same.
Green Championship Collar: The Devils didn’t make the switch back to red and green from their original New Jersey days, but they did add a splash of green to the collar. Inside each jersey is a green lining inside the collar, with “’95, ’00, ’03” stitched into each sweater for the Devils’ three Stanley Cups.
Red Collar: The red lining on the outside of the collar pays tribute to the red stripe on the collar of the Kansas City Scouts.
Even Sleeve Stripes: Before the Devils moved to New Jersey from Colorado, the Rockies had three stripes on each sleeve of equal size. Past Devils jerseys had uneven stripes, with a larger one in the middle. Now all three are equal again.
Original Black Stripe: A single black stripe at the bottom of the jersey honors the Newark Bears New Jersey’s first hockey team.
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The design changes were part of the NHL’s switch to adidas jerseys across the league for the 2017 18 season. The ADIZERO jerseys will be lighter, with the teams’ logo weighing 46 percent less and the letter and numbers weighing 60 percent less. As a whole, the entire jersey will be 19 percent lighter than past sweaters.
The jerseys are also designed to be 133 percent more permeable, making them much cooler, and they will also be stronger to wear and tear than the current jerseys.
When designing the jersey, the Devils wanted to preserve the integrity of the current sweaters while also honoring the past in a combination meant to represent the franchise’s next step.
“As we enter our 35th anniversary season, of this storied franchise, we are both proud and excited to unveil a uniform that honors our heritage while progressing the game with new, innovative performance technology provided by our apparel partner, adidas Hockey,” Devils Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer Daniel Cherry III said. “With the upcoming 2017 NHL Draft, we are just as excited as our fans to see this new jersey on our No. 1 Draft pick and the 2017 18 Devils. One Jersey.”