Rock the Red…or Blue?, By Brian Vilet

Washington Capitals captain Dale Hunter (32) and defenseman Joe Reekie (29) hoist the Prince of Wales trophy in front of their teammates, given to the NHL Eastern Conference champion after they beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 in overtime  Thursday, June 4, 1998, at Marine Midland Arena in Buffalo, N.Y.  (AP Photo/Charles Agel)(Photo: Associated Press)

It was speculated for months on sites such as that the Capitals were going to change their third jersey.  Rumors had it that they were going to bring in something new to the equation.  We wondered if we would see something utilizing the 2015 Winter Classic set.  After all, they wouldn’t make those logos and uniforms for nothing right?  Wrong.  The third jersey revealed was what many Caps fans thought it was going to be.  The red version of their classic original set used from 1974-1995.
Before this write-up, I had a chance to speak with many fans about the new third jersey selection.  A good percentage of those people I spoke with wanted to see something different.  Whether it was a variation of the 2015 Winter Classic uniform or even the introduction of a blue set using the “Weagle” logo.  Now don’t get me wrong.  The red vintage set is one of my favorites in Caps uniform history.  But, if Monumental Sports & Entertainment really wanted to get fans excited about going out and buying a Caps jersey this was not the way to go.  It’s just my opinion, but I give this red uniform about 2 seasons before they decide to switch things up again.
Hopefully, MSE will eventually get the message and give us the “Weagle” in a more prominent fashion.  Not just that, I hope they bring back the blue in some form.  I mean, I get it.  Rock the Red.  But, look at it like this.  We won the Eastern Conference Championship in blue, went to the Stanley Cup Finals in blue, and…drafted Ovechkin in blue (well black if you count Draft Day, but it was there), it just feels natural.
Now I’m not petitioning that we ditch our current set.  I personally think it is our best in franchise history.  But, lets add a third jersey that is worthy to be worn alongside them.  Because, in an NHL that seems to live by the words “what’s old is new again”, maybe we should re-think our stance on that.
By Brian Vilet

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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2 Responses to Rock the Red…or Blue?, By Brian Vilet

  1. Scott says:

    Agree! Are the people who have final say just lazy? I have seen plenty of great mock ups by graphic designers/fans that would be better suited. Even the new logos are a spin off from the original…

  2. Anonymous says:

    I totally agree. Exactly. “Rock the blue again!”

    And as for the regular uniforms, at least get rid of the stupid updated white ones with the lame red numbers and go back to the orginals the blue numbers.

    Make that an altogether ridding of the inferior new unis. Go Capitals. Stanley Cup or bust! They just took a 3-1 lead in Phildelphia as I just typed this.

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