October 07, 2010
It was a nostalgia-fest when the Los Angeles Kings drafted Derek Forbert and slapped a vintage gold sweater on him, but that jersey may not have been the most aesthetically pleasing one for a comeback in the NHL. Nashville made the world dangerous for gold sweaters.
Good news: The Kings' vintage jerseys this season, which will debut on Saturday night in Vancouver, are more purple than gold, as Ryan Smyth(notes) and Jarret Stoll(notes) showed off on the team's website on Thursday. From Rich Hammond of LA Kings insider:
The Vancouver Canucks played their first-ever game against the Kings on Oct. 9, 1970, a 3-1 Kings win in which they got two goals from Bob Berry, one from Ross Lonsberry and 24 saves from Denis Dejordy.
The Kings will also wear the vintage uniforms during three home games this season, with those dates yet to be announced.
What do the fans think? Matt Murray of Life in Hockeywood, for one, is ecstatic:
The only time I have been able to wear these old school uniforms are on EA Sports NHL 06, where you could select many of the franchise jerseys. The all purple ones looked the best, so that was my go-to jersey in the game. (Never mind that the players still have the black-and-white themed gloves and helmets.) Now, my dream of owning an actual purple jersey may finally come to fruition.
A Drew Doughty(notes) Kings vintage sweater would be pretty darn sweet, we must say. No word if this jersey is simply an attempt to trick police into thinking they're witnessing Lakers fans riot should the Kings win the Cup on home ice ...
Meanwhile, Icethetics had an interesting peek at what it believes could be a prototype for a future Kings sweater: a white version of the current black third jersey. In other words, what would be the road jersey if the Kings chose to adopt their current alt-sweater as their primary uniform. There is a precedent for that kind of change, with the Dallas Stars having adopted their most recent third as a primary jersey. Though, sadly, Dallas never gave us a white version of this beauty.