Some unexpected NHL news today, as the Blue Jackets announced via Twitter that they’re changing their road pants from red to blue.
The team’s tweet is a bit confusing, because it says, “We’re bringing back blue pants on the road this regular season!,” which raises a couple of questions:
- What do they mean by “bringing back blue pants on the road?” According to the NHL Uniform Database, they’ve never worn blue pants on the road. (The only blue pants they’ve ever worn are the ones that go with their alternate uni and their Reverse Retro uni.)
- What do they mean when they say they’re bringing back the blue pants “this regular season”? Will they stick with the red in the preseason? In the playoffs? Maybe it’s just sloppy wording, but it’s an odd way to phrase the announcement.
Update: Reader/commenter Conner Paul notes that the Blue Jackets did indeed wear blue pants on the road for one game in 2021. My bad for not remembering that! You can see lots of pics from that game — essentially a preview of what the team will look like on the road this season — here.
Anyway: I like this change. Now the pants will match the shoulder/sleeve striping, and the red stripe at the base of the jersey will contrast a bit with the blue pants, instead of blending into the red pants.