As the NHL All-Star Game nears, anticipation grows not only for the event but for what the league's top stars will look like on the ice.
Fans around the league had that anticipation met with, well, mixed feelings Wednesday when the NHL revealed its jerseys for the 2020 All-Star Game in St. Louis.
Without further ado, here they are:
— NHL (@NHL) January 8, 2020
Now, before we go any further, let's dive into the details.
Under the format in which each division makes up its own team and plays a mini-tournament, they all need to be equipped with both dark and light uniform options. When this is the case, it's hard to make all the teams' color schemes work with a black or white primary on a jersey. To simplify this challenge, the designers went with a monochromatic logo for each of the 31 teams, limiting their individual schemes so that, hopefully, they look better on just a black or white background.
Some, like the Devils, Maple Leafs, Kings and Blues, look fine because they already have mostly monochromatic logos, while others, such as the Penguins, Canucks, Bruins and Blackhawks, miss the target. Also, keep in mind that some will look better on white rather than black and vice versa, so be sure to check them both out before making a purchase.
There are some hidden intricacies that the league capitalized on with the event heading for St. Louis. Lines across the front represent a musical staff and the trumpets reaching out on either side of the NHL shield on the logo pay homage to the host team — the Blues — because trumpets are common instruments in the blues genre. Also, at the bottom of the patch lies the Gateway Arch, the most prominent part of the St. Louis skyline.
And to maybe toot their own horn (pun intended), a star noticeably sits underneath that arch. And while hockey teams do not adhere to the tradition of adding a star to their logos after winning league championships, as soccer teams do, it's quite likely that this star is intended to bring light to the fact that the Blues are reigning NHL champions.
Yes, stars have been in every NHL All-Star logo as of late because, after all, it is the All-Star game, but they are often fancied up to add some flair to the logo, whereas this one is very matter-of-fact. This one likely serves a double meaning, but maybe it's just me.
All-Star weekend kicks off Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. ET with the skills competition. The All-Star Game competition starts at 7 p.m. ET on Jan. 26. Click here for a full schedule of events.