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Retro jersey tribute to Nordiques

November 16, 2020, 4:27 PM ET [5 Comments]
Rick Sadowski
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Love the Avalanche’s new Reverse Retro jersey, a tribute to the Quebec Nordiques, who were moved from Quebec City to Denver before the 1995-96 season and renamed the Colorado Avalanche.

The jersey was unveiled Monday as part of the NHL’s announcement for all 31 teams.

The crest features the iconic Nordiques igloo logo, changed from red to the Avalanche’s mostly color scheme of burgundy. The hem displays the return of the fleur-de-lis, changed from blue to burgundy.

My only quibble: it would have been great to see the Avalanche’s current puck with swirling snow logo on the shoulders rather than the fleur-de-lis.

The jersey is one of the few among the 31 teams in white; according to the team release it’s “a nod to the snow found in both northern Quebec and the Colorado Rocky Mountains.”

Also from the release:

“The Avalanche’s reverse retro jersey is unique in that it represents our club’s rich history and bright future, utilizing the Nordiques’ iconic marks and remixed in the Avalanche’s beloved burgundy and blue,” said Declan Bolger, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for the Avalanche and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment.

“The sweater pays tribute to the franchise’s time in Quebec City, the first 25 seasons in Colorado, and will be popular for not only Avalanche and Nordiques fans, but for all fans of the game.”

A horizontal white nameplate is above blue numbers trimmed in burgundy on the back of the jersey. The name, in burgundy, are in block letters, similar to the style that was used by the Nordiques.

The burgundy collar includes COL and 79 on the back, representing the year Quebec entered the NHL.

The Nordiques began play in the World Hockey Association in 1972 and joined the NHL in 1979.
You can ORDER THE JERSEY with shipping starting on Dec. 1.

The full uniform design, as well as a schedule of when it will be worn, will be announced at a later date.

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