In case you missed it yesterday, the New York Islanders unveiled their new third jerseys for this season. In an omage to the famed “black” jerseys the New York Mets used to wear – which were ceremoniously eliminated yesterday when the Mets unveiled their new 50th anniversary patch – the Islanders now sport an all-black jersey complete with grey, orange, and blue trim. The “Islanders” name is printed across the front of the jersey with the player’s number directly below it.
Here’s a picture (might want a vomit bag handy):
I feel sorry for Islanders fans I honestly do. Not only do they have to suffer from inept franchise management and, at times, a dreadful product on the ice, they also have had their fair share of jersey gaffes. Must I remind everyone of the Gorton’s Fisherman beauties from the mid 90’s? This makes Tattoo Lou’s inside the Nassau Coliseum less of a bad idea.
The Islanders missed out on a chance to claim Sean Avery several weeks ago and could have brought him in to rescue the team from such a jersey design disaster. Avery’s keen fashion knowledge would have guided Islander management from allowing these jerseys see the light of day.
Alas, the Islanders are once again the punch line around the NHL.