The New York Islanders celebrate Mikhail Grabovski's goal. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The New York Islanders aren’t abandoning blue and orange altogether, but they are getting a black and white alternate jersey for the new campaign. According to multiple reports, the new jersey will match the color scheme of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, who also play out of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
To go with their big move to Brooklyn, the New York Islanders are going to be unveiling a brand new third jersey and the threads might not feature any of the Islanders’ traditional colors.
In keeping with the color scheme of the other tenant of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, the Islanders will be sporting a black and white alternate sweater in 2015-16, doing away with the former silver, blue and orange alternate that was used this past season.
The new sweater is set to be revealed on Sept. 21, according to IslandersPointBlank’s Brian Erni. It will be the third alternate jersey the Islanders have used in the past three seasons.
From 2011 up until this past season, the Islanders used an alternate jersey that somewhat resembled the New York Mets’ color scheme, utilizing black, grey, blue and orange. From there, the club moved to the silver and blue which was used in 2014-15. The black and white jersey — it’s unclear quite yet what the logo on the sweater will be — will be the latest.
There was some initial concern that the black and white color scheme could take over as the team’s primary colors, but Brett Yormark, CEO of the Barclays Center, admitted the outcry from fans changed his thinking on moving away from blue and orange.
Islanders fans should have known this day was coming for the alternate sweater, however: nearly two years ago, Yormark told Chris Botta that the black and white jersey was on the horizon. The move away from Nassau Coliseum to Barclays Center is the catalyst for the change to be made.
One interesting thing to see will be whether or not the trademarked “Brooklyn Hockey” mark makes its way onto the new jersey. The logo, which looks incredibly similar to that of the Brooklyn Nets, was found by NetsDaily.com, a Nets blog, in February.
Once the jerseys are revealed, fans will be able to purchase them on Sept. 23.