As a precursor to the start of today’s matinee game versus the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Ottawa Senators have announced that they will be unveiling their NHL Heritage Classic jersey on Thursday, November 28th.
Per the press release:
"The jersey will be worn when the Senators take on the Vancouver Canucks in the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™, which will take place on Sunday, March 2, at BC Place in Vancouver. The game will mark the first National Hockey League game to held in a retractable-roof facility and will be just the third time an NHL regular-season game will take place outdoors in Canada, following the games in Edmonton in 2003 and Calgary in 2011.
The Heritage Classic game is a tribute to the 1915 Stanley Cup match where the Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA) faced the Ottawa Senators (NHA). This would be the first time that the champions from both professional leagues (east and west) would face off for the Stanley Cup."
The Vancouver Canucks wore their retro Vancouver Millionaires maroon jerseys on March 16th versus the Red Wings to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the team, so we already know what their look is.
Now whether the presence of the dark maroon jersey impacts the scheme of the Senators jersey remains to be seen, but if the Senators are seriously paying homage to this 1915 Stanley Cup matchup, these were the digs for the 1914-15 season.
Once the jerseys are unveiled, they will be available for purchase at ottawateamshop.ca.
The Senators already have the Jacob Barrette ‘O’ barber pole-inspired alternate jersey, so you have to wonder what kind of longevity this jersey will have. Will it be a white heritage jersey to compliment his design? Or will this jersey be a one-off that is exclusively used at only this season’s Heritage Classic? Or, does the organization have bigger plans to replace any of their current set (ie. the alternate sweater with this heritage sweater or the red home jersey with the current alternate sweater).
I guess we’ll find out in due time, but for a fan base that has been pining for new home and away jerseys for years, news of a jersey to placate this unrest is welcomed. (As an aside, if the organization is reading this, please return to some variation of the original 2-D sweaters from the team’s formative years.)
Ultimately, everyone is hoping that the jersey is nice and because the bar has been set so low, it would be difficult for the organization to fall short of expectations. But even if they aren’t nice, the revelation won’t be too traumatic. We’ve grown accustomed to watching this team play in ugly jerseys over the years.
Update: 12:50 pm
The Senators have used their Facebook page to post a picture of the Heritage Classic patch that looks like it's been embroidered on either a white jersey or a white portion of the barber pole jersey.