The Dallas Stars released their third alternate jersey on Wednesday morning. The anticipation took the Stars fans by storm. A short teaser campaign leading up to the release had the fans speculating what the release might bring. A throwback to the days of old? A star pattern along the bottom of the jersey circa 1999? Another incarnation of the infamous Mooterus? (All hail the Mooterus!) Or maybe the Dallas written across the chest mirroring the 2007 release. I have mixed reviews on that one, but I digress. Let’s talk about the crispy new threads the boys from American Airlines Center are taking the ice in next season. (Whenever that may be.)
Grab your Monster Energy drink and put that drywall on notice. The boys are buzzin in the most electric neon “Skyline” green you have ever set your eyes on. In my most humble opinion the Stars front office knocked this look out of the park. The “Blackout Series” as it has been dubbed is an homage to the Dallas skyline, most notably, the Bank of America building which is normally lit up in the now dubbed skyline green.
From the Dallas Stars official website:
Blackout jersey highlights
Skyline Green: We are proud to present a bold new color into our jersey lineup, inspired by one of the most iconic skylines in the world, right here at home in Dallas.
Back In Black: During the first 20 years in Dallas, the Stars used black as a base color in the jersey. Our Blackout alternate uniform reintroduces the primary jersey color into the Stars jersey heritage.
State of Texas Crest: This jersey was designed for all who call Texas home, and those who take pride in hailing from our great state. The State of Texas mark adorns the jersey crest with perforations to mimic the bevel of the mark on which it is inspired, giving it depth and texture.
The Lone Star: The collar reinforces the pride of the Lone Star State. The outside of the collar incorporates a stylized Texas flag. A lone star is featured on the upper left of the collar, while a Skyline Green and alternating Skyline Green and black hashed stripe wrap around the collar.
Hangar Effect: Completing the Texas-theme, the inside of the collar is emblazoned with the ‘Come and Take It’ flag, replete with cannon and star in black on a Skyline Green field. The same design as the 1835 flag fashioned by settlers of Gonzales, Texas in the first military engagement of the Texas Revolution.
Stripes: The striping pattern on the sleeves and hem take on the new Skyline Green color while staying true to the traditional home jersey pattern.
Numbers: The numbers take on a stealth appearance, primarily black with a Skyline Green outline. The numbers are also perforated to mimic a beveled look, revealing more Skyline Green beneath.
Helmet: The Stars primary logo that has been used since 2013 is replaced with the ‘Dallas Stars’ wordmark for the first time in Skyline Green.
Pants: To complete the overall look, the side striping and State of Texas crest on the leg have been eliminated in a minimalist approach to focus all attention on the new jersey.
Gloves: All black gloves were added to complete the overall look with custom stitching in Skyline Green.
The initial release video has been met with praise and the expected backlash. Some people just choose not to be pleased. The Winter Classic jersey was met with the same reaction. Fans constantly screaming from a true retro jersey have taken to their social media pedestals in hopes that the world will hear their cries.
Spoiler alert. The front office can’t hear you. They aren’t reading these reactions. They are just sitting back and stacking cash. Mine included.
I personally love this release. From the secondary logo now being on the chest, to the not so obvious touches. From top to bottom this Tron inspired look has me reeling. Jumping from an epic throwback at the Winter Classic to this absolute rocket of a rave jersey has me ready to throw cash at the team with the biggest smile on my face.
If you hate it, that’s fine. Take your wet blanket elsewhere.