the current jersey as well as the historic jersey. The shoulder stripes do look good, although they serve absolutely no aesthetic purpose other than to add some more contrast, and the hem stripes make this uniform feel like a hockey uniform.
Some interesting stuff was posted on the Dump 'n Chase blog that should be accentuated. Mike Vogel writes,
Instead of paying homage to their own 40-year history in the design of the sweaters they'll sport on New Year’s Day, the Capitals and Reebok elected to dial the way-back machine a bit further, back to the 1940s and the days of the Uline Arena and the old Washington Lions of the Eastern Hockey League and the American Hockey League.So it seems both Reebok and the Capitals are honoring the entire history of professional hockey in Washington with these uniforms. While I appreciate that effort, does anyone remember the Washington Lions of the EHL in the 1940s? I searched through Google and found a few pictures, but none of the design elements reflect anything from what was worn in the 1940s. Does anyone have historic photos of the Lions to support the claims made? Little help on this one?
The decision makers and designers spent some time poring over old photos of players and sweaters from Washington's pre-NHL hockey history, and the result is the maroon, white and blue sweater emblazoned with stars and stripes and a "CAPITALS" wordmark over a large blue "W" revealed here today. The stripes on the shoulders, legs and arms give the uniform a decidedly vintage look, and the choice to go with a maroon sweater also lends a vintage air to the look.
"The ideas really ran the gamut," says Fishman. "[Reebok] came with one that was based on the Caps' traditional Winter Classic throwback uniform of the '70s. They came with one that had cursive 'Capitals,' and then they came with a variation that looked like the current version. But we quickly narrowed it down."
All in all, it's a good Winter Classic jersey. I'd be bothered if it got more play than just an alternate jersey, but the Capitals did alright on this one. It's not their best work in their history, but it's certainly not their worst either. Overall, the Winter Classic will look just fine on the Washington side of the coin.
Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!