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Adidas Set To Remove NHL Alternate Jerseys

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Adidas, NHL Expected to Get Rid of Alternate Jerseys for 2017-18 Season

Back in September of 2015, the NHL announced a new 7-year partnership to make Adidas the official outfitter of on-ice uniforms, replacing Reebok, who has been the leagues outfitter since 2007. Adidas was the official outfitter of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey that took place this past September.

Outside of the World Cup, almost no information has been given on what changes could come as the NHL transitions from Reebok to Adidas. When looking at the World Cup jerseys, the material used to make the jerseys will be similar. Those jerseys were made of a lighter fabric, said to keep players more cool while increasing movement and flexibility. Outside of Adidas adding their own unique touch, there are not expected to be many cosmetic changes to the new line of jerseys. Rumors of the NHL adding shoulder patch ads have quietly gone through the hockey world, but they are not expected to be included, at least not yet.

Alternate jerseys are expected to be removed for the 2017-18 season, likely for Adidas to make their transition smoother and easier. Alternate jerseys have become less of a common, as many teams either do not sport one at all (Chicago, Detroit, Montreal, etc.), or rarely wear them.

It is likely that in year 2 or 3 of the Adidas-NHL partnership we will see teams start bringing back alternates, as they do bring in extra revenue for the league. The NHL had a similar alternate jersey free season during the 2007-08 season, which was the first season Reebok was the in-game jersey manufacturer.

This does not mean that there will be no Winter Classic, Centennial Classic, or Stadium Series games. We will most likely see throwback or new jerseys for all those games, same as 2008 when the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres both had Winter Classic jerseys despite no alternates.