The New York Islanders have gone through their troubles, both on and off the ice, since winning four consecutive Stanley Cups in the early 1980s. Uniforms not excluded from that, there have been many teams that have sought to rework their image through the jersey on players' backs. Some have succeeded, others not so much.
Since their inception in 1972-73, New York has cycled through 18 (plus one ‘special’ design) different sweaters, most with the same general appearance plus a few tweaks, others way out in left field. They have realized four championships, five final appearances and eight retired numbers.
Today, we take a look at the organization's three most iconic jerseys, plus three that fall flat on their face. Keep in mind, this is subjective, so be sure to leave me your comments via Twitter or Facebook on what you think. Images courtesy of nhluniforms.com.
I am not a traditionalist, by true definition. I don’t mind teams going out on a limb and trying something new. The Islanders introduced a new alternate version and it is glorious, in my opinion. The logo is new and fresh, the stripes on the stick blade, again, calling back a time of glory. With its rounded bottom, the white jerseys are truly so clean looking and call no undeserved negative attention.
With the team not changing too dramatically over the course of their history, we swing to the alternate jersey as our number three selection. I cannot begin to express how much I loathe when teams put their name on the front of the jersey. Can we show some creativity? Just a little bit? We all know what the team is called, don’t we? An absolute waste of space. And the scanty number on the front, as well as the back? Please. The only thing this getup had gone for it was the pants. I do like them, however.