Deep in the Heart of Texas, the Dallas Stars unveiled their 2020 Winter Classic jerseys on Wednesday.
The reveal comes a few days after their opponent, the Nashville Predators, unveiled the uniforms they’ll be sporting when the teams meet in the annual New Year’s Day NHL game. Of course, those came with mixed reviews across social media
For the Stars’ part, the gloves are a nice touch as they represent the old days of hockey when everyone wore leather gloves but the NHL still hasn’t learned that light-colored pants just don’t work (yeah, who doesn’t remember, Roberto Luongo’s tweet from 2014’s Heritage Classic).
But let’s focus on the jerseys. Every big-stage sweater always comes with Easter eggs that connect to the franchise and region’s history. Let’s take an in-depth look at the Stars’ Winter Classic classic look that they’ll don at the Cotton Bowl.
A solid green sweater that harkens back to the franchise’s origins in Minnesota when the Stars were the North Stars. Granted, back then, they wore the green on the road and not at home, but it is the first time since the franchise headed south that they will not have black in the jersey. And of course, it is victory green.
STARS with a Star
Another spin back to the old days — but this time when the team was already in Dallas. When the Stars moved to Texas in 1993-94, the chest was emblazoned with the word Stars and the ‘A’ as a star. While the font is different, and the star may not be as large as it was 16 years ago, it’s always solid when teams use vintage, well-recognized designs.
Another peek back to the early days (see above picture), this jersey has the state of Texas on the shoulder. Back then, the logo had a “D” for Dallas situated where the city lies; this time it’s just a smack-dab in the middle.
The collar actually has one of the nicest touches of the whole uniform as it is lined with the Texas state flag.
History of hockey
Hockey has a deep-rooted history in the state of Texas, and the Stars paid homage to the teams of yesteryear with the crest. Back in the day, the Dallas Texans roamed the American Hockey Association (1941-42) and United States Hockey League (1945-49). The team’s jersey’s had the word “Texans” running through the letter “D”. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love tradition? Fantastic to see the 2020 jersey is set up in a similar fashion.