The Flyers officially revealed their 50th Anniversary Jerseys this afternoon. The team held a press conference at One Liberty Observation Deck in downtown Philadelphia. After a brief introduction by team President Paul Holmgren, captain Claude Giroux donned the new sweater for reporters. The team also released a promotional video shortly after that shows the jersey in further detail.
The team will wear the jersey 12 times at home this season, according to Holmgren. The team did not announce if this new jersey will be worn against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the team’s Stadium Series matchup on February 25th, 2017.
The new sweater embraces the gold that stands out on the team’s 50th Anniversary patch, which is featured on the right shoulder of the jersey. The numbers and captaincy letters are both gold with a black trim. The black nameplate on the back remains, but the white letters are trimmed with gold. Additionally the logo on the front of the jersey is trimmed with gold, somewhat reminiscent of the team’s alternate jersey used from 2002-07.
The rest of the jersey is fairly simple. The shoulders have an orange yolk similar to what the team wore for over 20 years, but it does not stretch completely down the arm. Just below the shoulder the arms become white to contrast better with the golden numbers. Just above the wrist the colors switch to Orange and then Black so as to give the jersey more color. From an aesthetic standpoint, it is a very clean and simple jersey.
While not a radical change, the addition of gold is a departure from the traditional uniforms the Flyers have had in the past. Apart from the aforementioned silver-trimmed alternates, the Flyers have historically stuck with three colors on their jerseys; Orange, Black, and White. The addition of Gold is most likely a one-year event coinciding with the team’s golden anniversary. So while it might take some time to adjust to seeing the Flyers wear gold, how long this uniform will be in the rotation remains to be seen.