You've been waiting for the 2016 NHL All-Star jersey reveal, and at last it's here:
The jerseys take a drastic turn from the neon sideshow that was present in Columbus, and instead goes a more simple route. Well, simple is a relative term, because if you read the NHL press release even the laundry tag has some relevance to Nashville. I'm not crazy about the multi-colored "piano key" sleeves, but the Tennessee stars on the gusset is a nice touch.
The Nashville brass got their say to infuse some GOLD into the jersey as well. Overall, they will probably look fine on the ice, and the NHL could have (and has) done a lot worse.
NEW YORK (Jan. 6, 2016) - The National Hockey League (NHL) today unveiled the jerseys that will be worn by the League's All-Stars during the 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on January 31. Both All-Star team jerseys are available for purchase starting today at shop.NHL.com and Nashville Predators® team store, and at select local retailers beginning tomorrow.
Each All-Star jersey features the official NHL Shield infused with the Predators' gold in the crest. For the on-ice version of the All-Star jersey, the crest has been constructed with reflective material which glimmers in certain light as a salute to Nashville's vibrant night-life scene. The black and white color scheme in each jersey shares the colors of the keys on a piano to celebrate the city of Nashville's "Music City" nickname.
The All-Star jerseys will feature numbers and letters designed as modern interpretations of traditional country music poster lettering, which has been a defining aesthetic of Nashville. The numbers for the on-ice versions of the All-Star jerseys also will have the same reflective material as the crest. The tri-star mark, which appears in the neck gusset as well as on the pant, is a tribute to the Tennessee state flag and the Predators and a symbol of the elite athletes participating in the 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star festivities. Each All-Star jersey will feature two full-color shoulder patches - the player's home team logo and the NHL All-Star logo.
"The 2016 Honda NHL® All-Star jersey pays tribute to the city of Nashville's cultural scene, which includes the Nashville Predators," said Brian Jennings, NHL Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President. "With creative support from Reebok's design team, the jerseys reflect the deep bond the Predators have with the music community, the city's growing passion for hockey and the All-Star Game's showcase of the best players in the League."
As a function of the new All-Star format, each All-Star player will be issued white and dark jerseys. Fans will be able to order player customized versions of each jersey.