Zdeno Chara, David Krejci and Tuukka Rask model the Winter Classic jersey. (via Bruins/Twitter)
The Boston Bruins threads for the 2016 Winter Classic are beautiful. A throwback to the 1924 Bruins, the jerseys are simple and make use of a unique crewneck-style collar similar to jerseys worn by the Bruins in their inaugural season.
The Boston Bruins will be rocking black duds when they hit the ice for their Winter Classic contest against the Montreal Canadiens. In an event held Saturday afternoon, the Bruins unveiled the Winter Classic jerseys, which pull from a number of classic jersey to create a brand new design. The logo is pulled from the sweater the Bruins wore in their inaugural season, 1924, and uses a similar striping pattern with an updated color scheme to match Boston’s present-day black and gold.
“The fact that we’re an Original Six team, there’s so many great logos and designs to choose from,” Bruins president Cam Neely said of the jerseys. “Being that we’re playing another Original Six team, and our biggest rival in the league, I thought we’d go back to when the Bruins came into the league in 1924. The crest itself is a takeoff of the original Bruins jersey. The striping is something from another one of our earlier jerseys — late 1920s, early 1930s. And the neckline is more of the sweater feel from when the jerseys were actually sweaters.”
Instead of the traditional collar, the Bruins will wear a crewneck collar, which harkens back to the NHL’s early years when that style was prevalent. When asked about the look of the jersey, goaltender Tuukka Rask said he loved it, while defenseman and captain Zdeno Chara added it’s always an honor to wear the Bruins logo. “It’s a tremendous honor,” Chara said. “I think we all feel really priveleged. We all know it’s an Original Six franchise and there’s so much history involved with this organization.” The new Winter Classic threads are already on sale and fans can pick them up ahead of the Canadiens-Bruins Winter Classic game at Boston’s Gillette Stadium, the home of the NFL’s New England Patriots.