With the Red Wings opening up their preseason exhibition schedule tonight, I figured it was time to make the annual public service announcement about their jerseys.
Yes, they’re wearing straight nameplates on their jerseys, including a pretty standard block font.
No, it’s not a permanent change.
Detroit does this every preseason and seemingly every year it causes some to question what happened to the team’s traditional vertically-arched nameplates.
Maybe you like the romantic-sounding “the players have to earn the fancy nameplate” reason. Maybe you accept that vertically-arched nameplates for a 60-man preseason roster would be a lot of effort for the Red Wings’ equipment staff.
Whatever reason you like, it’s not permanent. They’ll be back to the normal lettering come Opening Night.