Thursday morning, the Colorado Avalanche unveiled the jerseys they will be wearing for the 2020 NHL Stadium Series game. The Avalanche will take on the Los Angeles Kings on February 15th at Falcon Stadium on the campus of the U.S. Air Force Academy. The new look will incorporate the team’s traditional burgundy and blue color scheme, as well as a nod to both the primary and alternate logos, while emphasizing exaggerated features in order to make them stand up in the 56,000 seat football stadium.
The design has been inspired by both the Air Force Academy as well as the State of Colorado. The team at adidas withed with the Avalanche to create a thoughtful homage to the team, the state and the Academy:
The architecture of the Academy itself (CCLD and the Cadet Chapel) inspired the oblique angles used to cut the jersey blocking.
The geometry of the Triangle and the snow line are based on Colorado’s third jersey crest, combined with the “A” from the primary logo.
The colors are layered from top to bottom to represent Colorado’s sky (blue), it’s snow-capped peaks (white), and its red rocks (burgundy).
Connected snow to the ice by echoing the same daring style worn by outdoor athletes - aggressive performance apparel.
A graphic inspired by the Colorado State Flag appears on the back neckline.
It would have been easy for the Avs to revert to yet another boring Rockies throwback. Instead, they decided to completely re-invent the team’s look. The process was made all the better by incorporating the historic architecture of the Air Force Academy into the look.
These jerseys are going to be very polarizing. A ton of Avs fans have expressed their love for the new design, while at the same time, they have also become the butt of many jokes. If nothing else, these jerseys are different - something we don’t often get from NHL teams. It would have been easy to put together a lazy “vintage” design like the jerseys worn by the Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars at the Winter Classic - but those were boring. These most definitely are not.
They are bold, clean, and will look great flying around the ice in the middle of a football stadium. The Avalanche should most certainly be celebrated for thinking outside the box.
The only question that remains is what color the team will use for their gear. Blue pants and helmet will go a long way towards tying the whole look together.
The jerseys will go on sale to the public on January 20th.
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