The long wait is over as the Nashville Predators finally revealed their 2020 Winter Classic jerseys. They’re getting mixed reviews.
Seeing new uniforms is always fun for the fans, and we now know what the Nashville Predators will be wearing when they take on the Dallas Stars in the 2020 NHL Winter Classic. It’s the first time either team has played in this huge event that will be played on New Years Day.
The uniform was originally leaked here from Ben McGreevy on Twitter:
These uniforms are paying homage to Nashville’s first every hockey team, the Dixie Flyers. The Dixie Flyers played from 1962 until 1971, winning two championships in the EHL. It’s awesome that the Nashville Predators are showcasing professional hockey’s birth in the city, and how far it has come.
Personally I love the uniforms because they give that classic feel that you obviously want to get when watching this game. I want to have that feel of stepping in a time machine and watching an outdoor hockey game as it was when the sport first started.
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There’s nothing flashy about this uniform, but I do love the colors and retro font used to spell out Nashville Predators on the front. Some people have said they would rather see the Predators Winter Classic logo on the front instead of just spelling out the team name. Again, that would take away from the retro look you’re aiming for with this game.
I’ve even heard chatter about wishing that the Predators went with their first uniform from their inaugural season in 1998 with the navy blue and silver saber tooth logo. For a game like this, the Winter Classic, you have to go back further than just two decades to really nail home the history of the sport and the point of this annual game outdoors.
These things are going to fly off the shelves for fans’ personal collection. This is a big moment for the franchise’s history, and quite frankly the history of hockey in the South. Two southern teams playing in the Winter Classic was a great move by the NHL to gain some interest outside of the traditional hockey markets.
Here’s a better look at the uniform shared from the Predators Twitter account:
You’re obviously not going to please everyone. The sentiment for the uniform seems pretty split down the middle. As fun as new uniforms are, I’m much more interested in the Predators getting some revenge on the team that ousted them out of the first round of the playoffs last season in embarrassing fashion.