Red Wings Winter Classic Jersey Concept #5

Things are mostly quiet in the Red Wings’  world so shall we take a look at another possible jersey for the 2013 Winter Classic?

After four ideas that stuck to the current rule of the home team wearing a dark jersey, I’m getting away from that on this one and going with a design based on the white jersey created in 1934 to wear against the Montreal Canadiens, who also wore red.

Why I started with the 1934 sweater as a basis:
As I mentioned when I published my concept based on the 1932 red jerseys, I’ve seen a lot of feedback calling for the old-school Winged Wheel to be featured on the Wings’ Winter Classic jerseys.  This keeps that in mind while also going in a slightly different direction.

To me, the pre-1961 jerseys just scream “old time hockey.”  It’s probably because they’re recognizable as being a precursor of the current sweaters while still being relatively different, as the current red sleeves weren’t in use yet.

Why I made the changes I made:
Again, as with the 1932-based concept, I’ve added modern elements such as sleeve numbers and a nameplate.

I avoided the trend of using “vintage white” because I personally think that looks awful on a white-based jersey.  I don’t see the Wings escaping all of the current vintage trends, though, which is why I went with the opposite-colored nameplate.

Other design decisions:
As with my previous designs, I would expect this design to include a lace-up collar, I just don’t have a template that can show it.

I placed the captain’s C in a rounded diamond with a white background because that was the modernization that the Red Wings used in 1991-92.  No, I don’t have any official word on Henrik Zetterberg being given the C, I just don’t see it going to anyone else.

Why I don’t think this will be worn:
Unlike my other ideas, I really don’t think this one is likely to be worn.  As I said off the top, I had to go against the current  dark-at-home rule and, while Buffalo did wear white in the initial Winter Classic, I don’t see the Red Wings doing the same.

Disclaimer:
I have no advance knowledge of what the Red Wings or the Maple Leafs will wear on New Year’s Day, this is just a concept of something Detroit could wear. I know my template isn’t perfect. I’m admittedly too lazy to fix it. I know the Reebok vector would be replaced by their wordmark, for example.

Previous Designs:
For the record, here are the links to my previous Winter Classic concepts…
Concept #1 (February)
Concept #2 (May)
Concept #3 (June 4)
Concept #4 (June 25)

Author: Clark Rasmussen

Clark founded the site that would become DetroitHockey.Net in September of 1996 with no idea what it would lead to. He continues to write for the site and executes the site's design and development.

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