The Vegas Golden Knights finally took the official wraps off the team’s Adidas Reverse Retro jersey today. Featuring a red body with the secondary logo on the crest and striping that harkens back to the IHL’s Las Vegas Thunder, the jerseys will be worn on specially-chosen dates next season.
Every NHL team revealed a Reverse Retro jersey for next season, and we will take a look at all of them in a subsequent article.
Meanwhile, here’s the intro video for the new VGK threads: Reverse Retro Explained
While I suppose it’s easy to say when you’re the victor, the NHL actually allowing a reference to the IHL is impressive. For those who may not know, the International Hockey League attempted to go head-to-head with the NHL in the 90s, much the way the old WHA did. IHL teams boasted plenty of star power, many of whom were household names to NHL fans of the era. In Vegas, fans watched Curtis Joseph, Clint Malarchuk, Pokey Reddick and even Manon Rheaume in net. Big name skaters included Wes McCauley, Petr Nedved, Alexei Yashin and Sergei Zholtok. And a few interesting one-and-dones, including Danny Briere and Glen Gulutzan.
So to throw it back to that 1995 prime for the Thunder is a great tip of the cap to the rich fabric of Vegas hockey history. Starting with the 1968 debut of the Las Vegas Gamblers of the old PSHL and consistently since the early 90s, fans have had a team to cheer for. In a way it’s amazing to think there’s now two hockey teams in the Las Vegas area with the introduction of the Henderson Silver Knights coming this season.
The v-shaped stripes look completely at home with the Golden Knights color scheme. As I said previously, the red body of the jersey looks better in person than it might have in leaks. And I also love the secondary logo moving up front, because it’s unique to Vegas. While I’m not a fan of every RR jersey, the VGK and Adidas knocked it out of the park on this one.
Jerseys will go on sale December 1 through the Golden Knights retail outlets, Adidas’ online store and the NHL’s online store. Additional retailers will be able to carry the sweater starting December 6.