It’s been 91 years since the Montreal Canadiens wore one of the more unique jerseys in NHL history, but the Habs are bringing back their celebratory world champion crest for the 2015-16 Winter Classic. When the Canadiens head outdoors on Jan. 1, 2016 to kick off the new year against the Bruins, they’ll be sporting an updated version of their
1924-95 jerseys. The Winter Classic jerseys take that classic sweater, however, and put a new spin on it. Gone is red as the primary color and in its place is white. The color bar on the chest and arms, which was blue with white piping, has been modified to become a blue bar with red piping, helping to break up the white of the sweater. The Canadiens have also altered the positioning of the logos.
The original World Champion sweaters, which came after the 1923-24 season, used a globe with a banner reading “Champions” across it as the primary logo with the Canadiens’ iconic ‘CH’ logo on the arms. The globe with “Champions” written on it was used to represent the Canadiens Stanley Cup victory over the Western Canada Hockey League’s Calgary Tigers. The globe logo has been moved to the arms and the ‘CH’ logo is front and center on the new jersey. The Canadiens jersey and Bruins jersey for the Winter Classic share some similarities, too. When the Bruins unveiled their uniforms on Oct. 24, they showed off the crewneck collar. The more rounded collar is similar to what was worn back when jerseys were more sweater-like in both look and feel than today’s current style. “In looking at jersey designs that would mark the occasion of heading outdoors to face the Bruins…we wanted to underline and pay homage to our earliest meetings with our hosts,”
said Canadiens executive vice president Kevin Gilmore. “…We look forward to sharing with them, through the story behind this new sweater, a look into what has helped shape unquestionably one of the most preeminent and storied rivalries in all of professional sports.” The Canadiens’ collar will be red, which the team said pays homage to the 1945-46 club. But it wouldn’t be Montreal versus Boston without a friendly jab. In the release, the Canadiens make sure to point out the red collar was worn in the same year, “the Canadiens, led by the “Punch Line” of Maurice Richard, Hector “Toe” Blake, and Elmer Lach, [defeated] Boston to earn their sixth Stanley Cup championship.” Fans looking to get their hands on these new Canadiens threads can already do so through the NHL shop, so expect to see them hitting arenas league wide in the coming month.