NHL Players Weekend: Take Three
For the last two years, 2017 and 2018, around this time I’ve put together Players Weekend uniforms for the NHL. Once borrowing from the successful MLB edition of this, the uniforms use colourful schemes and boast nicknames on the back, chosen by the players themselves. However, the MLB went in a bland direction this year, and I decided to keep the colourful jerseys going.
The rules from the NHL this year were simple: borrow from the city or team’s past. Some teams opted to go way back, such as the Avalanche donning Colorado Rockies uniforms. Others borrowed from their cities history, like the Vegas Golden Knights wearing the former alternate uniforms of the ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers. Another twist is Minnesota and Dallas both wearing North Stars uniforms. Both teams wanted the opportunity, and as they are both playing in separate games, one road and one home, they were able to compromise to wear the white and green versions of the classic uniforms.
This year's weekend would take place November 15/16 with every team playing over those two days. 30 of the 31 teams will wear theirs on Saturday the 16th, while 1 match-up on November 15 will have them, with St. Louis taking on Columbus. St. Louis will be wearing their jerseys twice over the weekend. It’s a great way to showcase the game's personalities and give some pulse to the NHL season.
In addition to the uniforms, taking a page out of the MLB, the players will have the opportunity to thank the people in their lives. There's a patch on each shoulder for them to thank whoever they want.