Islanders 3rd Jersey Countdown!

One of the most popular posts on my blog the past few weeks has been on the new Islanders 3rd jerseys. Sites like SportsLogos.net and even ESPN have been linking here after finding my post. Well, the speculation surrounding the jersey is about to come to a close – as the Islanders will reveal the new FULL uniform design on October 27th and wear them during the game on November 1st. Unfortunately, I will not be here for the game – as I leave for San Diego that morning (bummer).

When I say full uniform design, I mean everything from the helmet color, gloves, pants and even socks! Here is the information from the Islanders official release this afternoon:

You might have noticed that in the top right-hand corner of newyorkislanders.com, there is a clock counting down to 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 1. On that night, when the Islanders take the ice against the Montreal Canadiens, they will have an entirely new look—donning a brand new “Third Jersey.” But the Isles will be wearing more than just a new jersey. For the first time since 1996, the Islanders will skate in a game wearing a completely new uniform—including a new jersey, pants, helmet, gloves, and socks. The game is being presented by Modell’s.

The new uniform—which will be officially unveiled on October 27—will serve as an alternative to the ones the Islanders wear at home, and will be worn 15 times during the 2008-09 season.

“Looking back at the Islanders uniform history, I noticed that there had been no change in the total Islander player uniform since 1996 and seized the opportunity to bring our fans a great new look,” said Terry Goldstein, the Islanders Director of Retail Operations. “During the past 15 months, I have worked very closely with our Head Equipment Manager Scott Boggs to engineer the change in the player equipment to coordinate with the new uniform.”

In addition, the Islanders will introduce a special edition of the game puck which will only be used when the players wear the new uniform.

This marks the eighth time since the Islanders entered the league in 1972 that the team has made a significant change to their jersey or complete uniform. The last time the Islanders played in a “Third Jersey” was in 2006-07 when the team donned an orange jersey for a number of home games.

A little insider told me today that we will not be disappointed in what will be revealed to us in two weeks. Hopefully it is not a mix of what was in the photos I posted and the new Edge jerseys. I can’t wait to see them and you will most likely find me at the press conference that afternoon with camera in hand!

Michael Schuerlein


  1. Would be nice if it was the retro jersey like you stated over the summer. Hopefully that will include the pants with the orange & white stripe and multi-colored hockey gloves. I’m an Isles die-hard and it bothers me that the players have worn solid colored gloves in recent years. I know that it’s a minor thing, but I loved the way the team looked in the 80’s and early 90’s. Let’s hope these changes also bring some wins with it!

  2. I was always a big fan of the tri colored pants and gloves.

    With the new edge materials these should be nice if done correctly.

  3. I just hope they resisted the temptation to add modern accents to the retro design. We don’t need any extra excitement, just the details you guys have mentioned. I fear the promise of not being disappointed!

  4. The thing I’m hoping for; it doesn’t become a distraction to what is really going down on the ice. The new jerseys or dipietro’s health? Are they following the Gordon system with precision? After the fishsticks of the mid-90’s, I have very low expectations for the Islanders to get this one right.

  5. Plain and simple. DON’T MESS WITH TRADITION. I hope the ISLES get it right and bring back the royal blue original uniform from 1972. I PRAY they make them the regular uniform and no more trendy jerseys!!



  6. Am I the only one who remembers Steve Webb skating out during a pregame years ago, ripping off the Fish Stick jersey and them promising us no more silly uniform changes.

    Who the hell cares what they wear? This team has stunk for years. I will always support and follow them, but it’s extremely difficult for me to give a crap about something as trivial as a new uniform. Nothing was wrong with the old ones.

  7. I should be at the unveiling tinight if everything works out right!

    Pics live from the game tonight!

  8. I am a Ranger diehard but respect tradition.

    Bring back the Royal Blue with orange and white.

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