The Tampa Bay Lightning will hit the ice in brand new third jersey’s on Tuesday when they take on the San Jose Sharks. Black with white text, are they sharp or do they remind you too much of the 1990s era jerseys?
When the Tampa Bay Lightning take the ice tonight to host the San Jose Sharks, they’ll debut their brand new third jerseys, a version very similar to their previous third. Black and white, with a hint of blue thrown in, the jerseys really aren’t a far cry from the
NHL’s ‘Black Ice’ jersey series. In fact, the two are actually quite alike. Devoid of much striping, the jersey also brings to mind those worn by a certain Stanley Cup champion from last season:
Unveiled in September, Tampa Bay has waited until now to actually take the ice in the alternate threads. Getting our first look at them in game action tonight is only going to serve to make us wonder if our eyes are playing tricks or if the Los Angeles Kings somehow moved out East without us knowing. This won’t be the only time the Lightning don the new duds, either. Twelve times this season, Tampa will take the ice wearing these lackluster alternates. It took a long time for Tampa Bay to finally get their color scheme right. Their current home and away design, a blue and white which really pop when paired together, did well to get away from a history all too cluttered with silver and black and atrocious cartoon lightning bolts. The thing is, Tampa’s new third just seems like a vestige of the 1990s, when nearly every team in the league had a black alternate jersey. It’s saddening that Tampa Bay has also held onto the ‘Bolts’ moniker sprawled across the front. There are so many things the Lightning could have done, like ‘Lightning’ in the style of the New York Rangers jerseys could have been nice, that to stick with Bolts seems, again, too ‘90s. If there is a saving grace, it’s
the jersey’s shoulder patch, carried over from their home and away sweaters. While a few teams have already gone with the circular logo as a primary mark– the Columbus Blue Jackets and Florida Panthers come to mind – the shoulder patch definitely scores some points. What say you, hockey fans? Think the jerseys are sharp or do you wish the Lightning would go back to the drawing board? Let us know in the comments.