It is basically the inverse of the green third jersey, which was presented at the State Fair four years ago and sort of makes the home and road sweaters look more similar.
The Wild will still use the red uniform, which originally was a third sweater, as the home jersey, but it’s hard not to think that that sweater will either become a third jersey or be phased out entirely.
By removing the white away jersey from their wardrobe, the Wild have official cut ties with the original uniform scheme from the 2000 inaugural season. Minnesota’s original dark uniform looked like the white away jersey, only it was green in color. In 2003, the Wild added the red uniform, which eventually became the home jersey, and retired the green one entirely six years ago.
For the first time since 2007, the home and road uniforms look similar. This has to be a good omen, because the only other team I can think of off the top of my head that had dramatically different home and away uniforms were the Atlanta Thrashers, and we all know what happened to them.
For a complete list of Wild uniforms, check out the NHL uniform database.
The road uniform emphasizes the Wild logo, which was eschewed in the third jersey for some reason, brings the entire set together better than the old road sweater and may lead to more changes in the future.
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Emphasizing the Wild Logo
I still don’t get why the green third jersey didn’t have the Wild logo on it at all.
It is one of the best logos in all of sports. It looks kind of like a wildebeest head or something like it with a star for its eye, a river for its mouth and trees for its fur..
(By the way, if you can’t see the river, star and forest you’re worse than like that kid in Mallrats who stares at that pin board for hours in the center of the Eden Prairie mall.)
It’s no North Stars logo [stops to weep uncontrollably], but [sniff, sniff] it’ll do.
In all seriousness, though, why would you create such a sweet logo and then not use it?
I didn’t really like the green sweaters all that much when they first came out, but they have grown on me, and I like that that away uniforms are patterned after them and have the big logo front and center.
The Wild logo is also used on the front of the red uniforms, which honestly meshes better with the red color scheme, on the shoulders, tying all three together—a nice touch.
Bringing All Three Uniforms Together
Aww…now they all get along.
With the old white uniform, there was this odd mix of one red uniform that kind of looked like the New York Islanders sweater (a team few want to associate with, let’s be honest), a white uniform that was a holdover from the inaugural season and should have come with a matching green one, and then the new green uniform which was completely out of nowhere.
Now that the new road sweaters kind of look like the alternate uniform with a touch of the home jersey on the shoulders, all three uniforms can logically be associated with one another.
It’s still strange that the Wild didn't have the original logo in the middle of the green jersey, but I’m sure that they just wanted to sell more hats, shirts and other paraphernalia with a new logo on it.
It always comes down to the bottom line, doesn’t it?
As long as Minnesota never puts a giant slug, or whatever the hell the thing that was, on the front of their uniform like Buffalo did for a couple of years ago, everyone will go along with the uniform changes.
Let’s all take a moment to hope that Minnesota does not change its uniform every few years just to make a little cash.
Now that the Wild have solidified themselves by bringing in two stars, naming a regular captain and flooding the team with prospects, they should stick to a regular uniform pattern and let their play on the ice generate revenue.
Having said that, there may be a call for change in the future.
Will Minnesota do away with the green third jersey and pattern the next green sweater off of the white one, making the home and away uniforms look like an inverse of one another?
Will the red home jersey go the way of the white one and eventually be removed from Minnesota’s repertoire, or is that going to be the last remnant of the old uniform scheme?
Will the Wild move the new logo that was used on the green jersey to the red one, converting that to a third jersey?
Anything could happen, except for, well, the old North Stars jerseys coming back [tear, tear].
It’ll be fun to see what happens.
A little change here or there is always welcome, as long as the Wild don’t go all Buffalo Sabres on us.
The uniform change is for the better. The new road jersey brings the whole set together and will be a big seller—especially with the influx of new names this year.
Don’t burn your old whites just yet, I know I’ve kept my Rolston roadie, as it is a nice reminder of the original color scheme, but this is a new era for the Wild. The Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu, Ryan Suter team deserves to look a little different than the one led by Marian Gaborik, Andrew Brunette and Co.
Tom Schreier covers Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and is a contributor to Yahoo! Sports.