Detroit — With the NHL Centennial Classic drawing near, the Detroit Red Wings Monday unveiled their jerseys for the Jan. 1 outdoor game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The uniforms pay homage to the beginnings of the Red Wings’ franchise and the NHL’s 100th anniversary season. The color silver is used throughout the uniform as a nod to the NHL’s milestone season.
The outdoor game takes place at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto. This will be the Red Wings’ fourth appearance in an outdoor game since the 2008-09 season, with a special version of the Winged Wheel front crest that incorporates silver tones into the normally white areas.
Also, silver is found in the top stripe on both sleeves of the jersey, along with the trim in the uniform numbers.
The silver stripe on the sleeves honors the Red Wings’ 11 Stanley Cups. Each individual championship season is listed in the silver strips with five championships on the right (1936, 1937, 1943, 1950, 1952) and six on the left (1954, 1955, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2008).
The four red stripes on both sleeves are a tribute to the original Detroit Cougars.
The pants also feature a version of the letter “D,” similar to the design worn originally by the Cougars during the team’s 1926-27 season.
The jerseys will be available for purchase for $215 at Hockeytown Authentics in Troy starting on Tuesday and at NHL.com.