I touched on this in a previous post, although back then it was only speculation and I couldn’t get confirmation from the team at the time. The 3rd jersey will return during the coming season, and the Islanders will be paying homage to the team of yesteryear in bringing back their inaugural jersey.
This jersey is the same jersey that was worn at the Retro night two seasons ago, most notably “the night Asham wore an afro wig”, and can be seen in the photos to the right and below (Asham with Afro wig and Blake Photo, Credits to AP).
Confirmation, comes from Howard Berger’s blog on Hockeybuzz:
The Isles are going back to their original road jersey from 1972-73, when they joined the NHL along with the Atlanta Flames. It is a royal-blue base, with broad orange and white stripes on the arms and at the bottom of the jersey. The uniform numbers – as they appeared during the club’s inaugural season – are orange with white trim. Player names will also be orange. The Islanders switched to white jersey numbers after their dreadful first year in the league; when they compiled a 12-60-6 record… worst, to that point, in NHL history.
Some would prefer the Islanders to go back to this jersey full time, while I like the retro version – the new styles have grown on me and I feel they would also be acceptable with a few slight changes. Third jerseys are back though and from what I have heard you may only be able to get these at the team stores or at the Coliseum once available.