The St. Louis Blues are taking it back to the 1960s as part of this year’s NHL Reverse Retro jersey program.
All 32 NHL teams unveiled new jerseys Wednesday that will be worn on a limited basis this season. The Blues will wear their Reverse Retro uniforms seven times, starting against the Capitals on Nov. 17.
The season’s retro reverse design, the first yellow jersey in blues history, is inspired by a prototype created by original blues general manager Lynn Patrick in 1966, the year before the franchise played its first game. It features the team name, St. Louis Blues, in curved light blue letters across the chest with a musical note in the city name. Management ultimately settled on the iconic winged blue note logo that adorns the Blues’ regular uniforms to this day, but 56 years later, the prototype logo will finally get its moment in the spotlight.
The Blues revived the logo, though not in an NHL game, for the One Nation Classic skills challenge, which took place at Busch Stadium in the days after the 2017 Winter Classic. The uniforms for that event, however, they were light blue and white, so the Reverse Retro design puts a new spin on the concept.