By now you’ve probably heard that the Winter Classic jerseys for the Kraken and Golden Knights have both leaked via unconventional means over the past few days. The Kraken’s jersey is obviously a visual shout-out to the old Seattle Metropolitans, but the design inspiration for the Vegas design has been unclear — until now.
A source has provided me with the “storytelling” breakdown for the Vegas jersey, direct from the team’s front office. It reads as follows:
- Designed to look like what a team in Vegas would have looked like in the early 1910s. Pulling heavily from wild West/cowboy design elements.
- Colors of the jersey reflect that era. A deeper/richer gold, no metallic fleck. Beige base of the jersey. Felt fabric in the logo.
- The piping in the logo and numbers is inspired by old West Point uniforms [presumably like this — PL].
- The curves in the top of the “V” (and the curves in in the numers/letters) pull the curves from the filigree in our current brand.
- There are seven stars inside of the collar to represent our seventh season.
- Pioneer Saloon [in Las Vegas] opened in 1913, so it was a great tie-in with the timeline the jersey is inspired by.
- Establishing the cowboy/wild West look with Darren, Daren, Shane, Katie Marie, and Zach dressed in cowboys hats, boots, etc., in and around the Saloon. Playing poker, bartending, interacting with horses. Tying in hockey/VGK elements such as an old Sherwood stick, skate laces on the saddle, VGK playing cards, Goodnights Whiskey.
So the official launch, whenever that happens, will apparently be accompanied by a bunch of rootin’-tootin’ cosplay photos, plus they’re working the G.I. Joe angle. Wild West Point, or something like that. Yippe-ki-yay!
The Winter Classic will be played on New Year’s Day.