The St. Louis Blues organization unveiled their new home and away sweaters to fans Monday evening as part of the Blues Ice Breaker held at Ballpark Village in downtown St. Louis.
Over 4,000 Blue-clad diehards turned out to see the new look firsthand.
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) August 26, 2014
They were greeted with the following:
Initially, it is hard not to notice how strikingly similar the new sweaters are to the ones worn by the Blues from 1999-2006. Looking at the two side by side, it is tough to tell them apart.
The new sweaters come to the dismay of traditionalist Blues fans hoping for a return to the look of the 1960s and 1970s. Personally, I sympathize with this sentiment. I have always been a proponent of bringing back a lighter shade of Blue into the color scheme.
If it were up to me, I would have went with a look similar to the sweaters worn from 1979-84.
Still, it is tough to say that the new sweaters aren’t an upgrade from its predecessor. Pretty much anything short of returning to the clown uniforms of the late 1990s would have been. Gone is the vertical yellow piping that drove Blues fans and sweater enthusiasts nuts. Back are the horizontal stripes at the bottom of the sweater, giving it a much more traditional look.
Finally, the Blue Note on the new sweaters seem to pop more than on its predecessor (at least to my eyes). Being one of the best logos in professional sports, it is important that the Blue Note is accentuated.
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