From the moment an NHL team announces its participation in the annual Winter Classic, fans become engrossed as to how the jersey for each team will look. That was the certainly the case in May when the Buffalo Sabres were named to host the New York Rangers at Citi Field at the 2018 Winter Classic.
The Sabres were the first to release theirs, revealing on Wednesday that they are abandoning the powder blue-inspired jersey from their first Winter Classic appearance in 2008 to create “a unique look that recalls the Sabres’ 48 years of history,” according to a team press release.
Our #WinterClassic jersey 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/eoAw5JQ9Po
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) November 22, 2017
As with Buffalo, the Rangers stayed true to their beginnings.
New York released its jerseys on Friday and what fans will notice most is the patch above the left side of the chest. Rangers’ alternate captain Mats Zuccarello will don his usual “A” but defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and most of the roster will have “N.Y.” embroidered in red. The red “NY” is a tribute to the intrastate rivalry with the Sabres, according to the Rangers press release.
OFFICIAL look at the 2018 #NYR #WinterClassic jersey!!
Available at 3pm at the MSG Team Store @TheGarden in Chase Square.
More info and 📸: https://t.co/39nAiKIIog pic.twitter.com/jh0hAVONjk
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) November 24, 2017
Buffalo’s set-up gained the approval from both Sabres and hockey fans.
Can we make these our normal jerseys
— Griffin McAndrews (@GriffinMcAndrew) November 22, 2017
I’m not fan of your team but I’m definitely a fan of your uniform. Well done!
— Ian Berg (@ianberg) November 22, 2017
While the Rangers jersey received mixed reviews.
We said liberty or riot
— Trevor (@Trevor17_) November 24, 2017
Absolutely NAILED it with this jersey
— Joel Hardy (@jiBRO22) November 24, 2017
Fans can get an in-person look at both jerseys on Jan. 1, when the teams take the ice at Citi Field.