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Put it on a Pedestal: Flames Reverse Retro Unveiled




It may be one of the worst-kept secrets of the season. But the Calgary Flames reverse retro jerseys that were finally unveiled on Thursday don’t look as bad as you might have expected.

Through leaks, we anticipated the return of the 1990s ‘pedestal’ striping. I hated it back then and thought I’d hate it now. But the black base colour with the embossed white C outlined in black and trimmed by yellow just pops. And the whole striping system gives it that true retro feel — even with the pedestal.

Maybe it’s because of the popularity of throwbacks like Stranger Things or Wanda Vision. But the damn thing had me grinning when I finally laid eyes on it. And I was predisposed to despising it.

It’s a new twist on the old diagonal design with the upward trajectory — the pedestal — they introduced back in 1995. It was used for a handful of years during some of the Calgary Flames’ most horrific seasons.

“This unique stripe breaks across the traditional horizontal pattern to align under the crest with similarly angled sleeve stripes complimenting the look,” the NHL said in a release.

And, yes, they used the wrong version of complement.


“The reverse retro setup features a black base with white logo and will feature custom player name and number fonts in italic … giving each of the creative elements of this jersey ‘forward’ movement,” the league continues.

I’d describe it as a mixture of striping and angles that should come with a seizure warning yet somehow manages to please the senses anyway. The Flames organization will now no doubt be coming for me to add to their already stellar marketing group.

All 32 NHL clubs unveiled new alternate jerseys under the reverse retro. This is the fourth jersey the Calgary Flames will sport this season.  The Blasty horse-head alternate was tabbed last week for a dozen games this season. Blasty was the original reverse retro jersey unveiled by the Flames last November.

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