Last week, the Winnipeg Jets unveiled their new alternate jersey for the upcoming 2023-24 NHL season, and it's got quite the storied history.
The new jersey’s color scheme and design inspiration pays homage to the Royal Canadian Air Force Flyers — a team that was made up of active and former Royal Canadian Air Force members and Canadian Army personnel that won gold at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The Jets say the new digs are a tribute to the incredible work and service provided by Canada’s military institutions over the last century, and are being nicknamed “the Forty-Eight.”
At first glance the bright powder-blue of the jersey is a bit startling — quite different from the darker tones that the Jets have normally worn. But when considering the concept behind the design and color scheme, the daring powder-blue, horizontal striping, and brown gloves to boot, creates a look that feels at the same time both vintage and fresh.
Like any online reception though, the new jersey has received mixed reviews from fans on X (formerly known as Twitter).
But Jets new captain Adam Lowry, who modeled the design for its unveiling, gave the jersey his own stamp of approval on Saturday, telling reporters “it’s a pretty good-looking jersey, and with the history behind it and everything, I think they did a great job trying to keep all the original parts.”
Fans will get to see the new jersey in game action three times this season, beginning on December 4 vs. the Carolina Hurricanes, followed by a January 27 matchup vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs, and finally on April 1 vs. the Los Angeles Kings — a date which will fittingly mark the 100th-anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force.