Despite being a deliberate cash-grab, and frequently offensive to both hockey tradition and good taste, a large chunk of puckheads are rabidly excited about the return of alternate jerseys this season.
Thanks to some digging by Howard Berger of FAN 590, we've got details on 18 "third jerseys" set to debut this season.
Many teams are going retro: The Toronto Maple Leafs are adopting the classic sweater with "the 35-point, blue maple leaf logo on the front"; the Buffalo Sabres are bringing back the classic blue and gold "cross-sword" jersey.
Regrettably, the black jersey trend has returned. The Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, Ottawa Senators, Phoenix Coyotes (!) and San Jose Sharks are among the teams he said are going to the dark side. Here are some selected descriptions from Berger, who said he's obtained photos of these jerseys for the upcoming season:
ATLANTA: The club will introduce a dark red jersey with the word "THRASHERS" on the front, just above the player's uniform number, which will appear on both sides of the design. A broad white stripe will adorn each arm of the jersey with a dark red number in the stripe. A broad white-and-dark blue stripe will run down the sides of the jersey.
CAROLINA: The Hurricanes will introduce a black third jersey, with red and white trim - different than their customary red home uniform with the black and white trim. Each arm will sport red and white angular stripes. The bottom of the jersey will feature a narrow white stripe and a thicker red one. In between, will be 10 white stars. The club's red logo on the uniform front is placed within a white triangle, presumably to honor the famed Research Triangle that dominates the Raleigh-Durham area.
PHOENIX: The Coyotes will unveil an all-new design... a predominantly black jersey with a leaping desert-red coyote as the front logo. A large, dark-red stripe will run down the side of the jersey, broadening at the base. A similar dark-red stripe, only smaller, is affixed to the latter half of the arm, beyond the white numbers.
ST. LOUIS: Another significant change. The Blues will introduce a dark-blue alternate jersey with a white stripe trimmed in black on the sleeves and uniform base. The club's traditional "blue-note" logo appears within a circle on the front of the jersey, with the city's famous Gateway Arch in the background. It will also have the lace-up feature.
More from Icethetics and reaction to the Hurricanes sweater from Red and Black Hockey. Just remember: As cool as these might sound, there were probably fans drooling over "a heroic warrior duck bursting through the ice and ready for battle" back in 1995. And look how that turned out.