The Toronto Maple Leafs debuted their newest jersey last night in a hard fought win over the New Jersey Devils.
Well I did say that I wanted Adidas to be more ambitious with their alternate jersey designs and my goodness they certainly took a big swing with this one. The Toronto Maple Leafs unveiled the first ever reversible jersey in North American sports when they revealed these bad boys on Tuesday.
The designs were made by Justin Bieber’s Drew House, and I must say: These are absolutely clean. The Leafs haven’t had a good alternate jersey since what feels like forever, and this jersey has introduced not one but two new designs into Leafs history.
When you’re asking fans to spend 200 dollars and up for a jersey, they need to be worth it. They need to be unique.
While I don’t think everyone will love them, these are definitely unique. Look at the Leaf! Look at the black on the Leaf! Look at the blue fading into the Black! It’s beautiful!]
Toronto Maple Leafs Debut New Jerseys
The yellow part of the jersey, while I don’t like it as much as the blue, is also an interesting take on a Leafs jersey.
I’m not sure how I feel about the Leafs wearing black and yellow. I will simply leave it at that. If you prefer the blue like I do, fear not. The Leafs will only wear that half during games. As cool as it would be to reverse the jersey half-way through the second period, an NHL rule stipulates that they can’t change jerseys during a game, so as cool as it would be, it wasn’t able to happen.
The reactions to the new jersey have been pretty positive from what I’ve seen on social media. However, since it is the Leafs, we can’t have something as benign as a jersey reveal without poking fun at the playoff record.
I will admit this one made me laugh.
The Leafs wore these for the first time on Wednesday night against the New Jersey Devils. Interestingly, it was the first jersey that Mark Giordano and Colin Blackwell got to wear as members of the Leafs. I can’t imagine that Mark Giordano imagined wearing a black maple Leafs sweater as a young boy in Toronto.
At any rate, good stuff Adidas, Justin Bieber and Drew House. As the jersey aficionado of Editor in Leaf, I give these two thumbs up.