Shield your eyes: Islanders’ infamous ‘fishsticks’ jersey is back (sort of)

The New York Islanders’ old “fishsticks” jerseys from the mid-1990s were reviled for their cartoonish portrayal of the team’s name – but on Tuesday night, the Isles brought them back. Click on this link at your eyeballs’ own risk.

Just when you thought it was safe to watch Islanders games again, the franchise goes and brings back one of the great fashion crimes in NHL history:
the infamous “fishsticks” jersey. Prior to their game against the visiting Florida Panthers Tuesday, the Isles broke out the retro look – which the organization used from 1995-97, much to the chagrin of fans and players embarrassed by the cartoonish,
“Captain Highliner” design – during warumps. Team captain and superstar
John Tavares is rightfully envied by fans and opponents for his skills, but on a night like this, the envy toward him died down somewhat when he had to pull on this abomination:

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John Tavares (Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)
John Tavares (Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Isles used the old jerseys for a great cause – they’ve already been
auctioned off for charity – but next time, they might be able to raise more money by offering to take donations in exchange for keeping that awful look in the history book where it belongs. Those things were eyesores then, and they’re eyesores now.