3rd Devils Jersey gets mixed reactions from fans, but players love it
The New Jersey Devils officially unveiled their first third jersey on Tuesday. It was met with mixed reviews from fans, as the franchise chose to go with a simple design that was perhaps unexpected. Fans argue that the overall design lacks creativity and is an opportunity missed by the organization.
Regardless of fan opinion, this shirt will be worn 13 times this season by the team. The Reds will face their latest jersey on December 8, 2021 when they play the Philadelphia Flyers, and the last time on April 29, 2021, when their regular season ends against Detroit Red Wings.
Devil fans finally get their black shirt
According to fans on social media, the best part of the Devil’s latest jersey is the colour. Fans have been asking for a black jersey for years, and the team delivered on that front. Strikers and defenders will wear black gloves for a cohesive overall look, while the black uniform really stands out against the contrasting white goalkeeper pads.
Longtime Red Devils fan Matt Kaplan said: “Having seen the heritage jerseys upside down and backwards, black is clearly the best and only option for the latest shirt. “You now have a jersey that represents the Devil’s colors from the past and present.”
Brodeur’s creative input changes fans’ minds
It’s funny to see how many fans changed their opinion of the design after it was announced that Martin Brodeur played an essential role in the design. There are many who nod to the Hall of Famer starting with the neckline, like the net on the goal. He proudly explains the history behind the concept that took three years to create.
Brodeur said in a statement: “The organization has been playing with the same shirt for nearly 40 years, and being part of bringing a third shirt for our fans to enjoy will leave a great mark. great. “The new sweater is inspired by the history of Garden State hockey that fans may not be familiar with, and is layered with design elements of Devils championship success. This is a jersey that our alumni are so jealous of because they wish they could have played it on their day. People across the state and country know us as ‘Jersey’. This is our place, our home, and this shirt represents that.” (from ‘Hall of Fame’ goalkeeper Martin Brodeur design the ‘first Devil’s replacement shirt’, The Athletic, 11/23/21)
Simple logo and design
In the press release, Brodeur recounted that, while playing for the Devils, his friends and family started calling the state Jersey instead of New Jersey. Personally, I don’t know of any Garden State-born people who say they live in New Jersey, it’s always been Jersey. While it seems like every fan online has a negative view of the new look, not every Devils fan doesn’t like the replacement jersey.
Fan Tom Saja said: “I really like the jerseys and the fact that they pay homage to the Newark Bulldogs. “The logo is fine; that’s who we are – Jersey. It is clean and simple. We had flashy jerseys when we wore red and green. If they pay homage to old jerseys, they’ll look like Chicago, the team from the Original Six. “
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Speaking of Chicago, one of the biggest fan complaints when the shirt was released was the stripes, saying it resembled one of the Blackhawks Winter Classic jerseys. The press release explains that the stripes represent all 21 counties in New Jersey, in addition to the five stripes on the left shoulder, as a nod to the five players who have been retired by the organization. Simple details including stripes and logos illustrate the history of both New Jersey and devils hockey.
Devil Reacting Player
Unlike fan reaction, it seems the players are excited about the overall design and look of their latest jersey. Fans seem to agree that the shirt looks better when they see it on the players. Devil forward Dougie Hamilton told the media that he liked the shirt when he saw the finished look.
“As soon as I saw it, I fell in love with it and once we saw them with the full set of gloves, pants and socks, I thought it looked really good.” Hamilton said. “We’re all excited to wear them and I think it’s going to look pretty cool.”
Protecting compatriots PK Subban echoes Hamilton’s thoughts on the new look.
“I think people know I’m an open-minded person. I think that’s great.” Subban said. “Adidas is one of my partners. When I went to Portland last summer, they showed me a few third shirt options for several teams. I am really excited. New Jersey has so much history and so much culture. I think they did a great job with the shirt.”
It’s impossible to please everyone, and the Devil’s replacement shirt is a prime example. The jersey pays homage to New Jersey’s hockey history including the Newark Bulldogs, River Vale Skeeters and Jersey Larks. While the design is aesthetically simple, it’s full of meaning and dedicated to New Jersey’s hockey history. Leave a comment below with your thoughts on the Devil’s first third shirt.
Kristy has contributed to The Hockey Writers since March 2021. She is delighted to use her journalism and cover both the Nashville Predators and the New Jersey Devils. Kristy is also the co-host of Chicks & Sticks, a weekly YouTube show produced by THW. You can follow her journey on Twitter @InStilettosBlog and Instagram SkatingInStilettos.
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