The Chicago Blackhawks are currently going through their 2011-12 schedule in their traditional red and white Indian head sweaters; the alternate sweaters based on the ones first worn in the 2009 Winter Classic and used in select games over the last two seasons have apparently been retired.
Back in August, I addressed the alternate sweater issue. My thinking was that the allure of additional revenue will eventually result in a new design (preferably some sort of throwback).
A large portion of 'Hawks fans would like to see the return of the black alternate used by the team from 1996 to 2007 and again in the 2008-09 season. Others want an instant return to the Winter Classic throwback.
The Blackhawks have sported the same basic sweater design since the 1955-56 campaign. Any talk of a throwback design has to start before then, as this is a franchise that prides itself on tradition.
Let's look at some of the options the 'Hawks could have in choosing an alternate jersey.
The renderings used come from Andrew M. Greenstein at The Hockey Uniform Database