Everyone is talking about Blasty — the fire-spewing horse-head logo despised by traditionalists in the 1990s but loved by the next generation of Calgary Flames hockey fans. Internet leaks are showing new wrinkles that might suggest it will be adopted as a special jersey this season. But another line of merchandise on Fanatics called the “Special Edition” line indicates an entirely new possibility for the Flames reverse retro look this year.
Chris Creamer of SportsLogo.net spotted the merch, but Fanatics has pulled the images and products. They are no longer available. But we have images that the Sportslogos.net website was able to snag from sharp Twitter users.
Fanatics pulled the t-shirts hours after the initial post.
Other logos are trending toward making something old new again. The New York Islanders look to be going back to the fisherman. Johnny Canuck is out there for the Vancouver Canucks. And the Anaheim Ducks may be going to the Disney duck mask. Speaking of comics, Todd McFarlane’s oil drop variation appears to be back in Edmonton’s future.
Interesting NHL jersey trends
There’s a real trend for heads here, too. The Buffalo head, Bruins head and Statue of Liberty noggin in New York are all prominent. Meanwhile, the San Jose Sharks look like they’re going with a Golden Seals tribute with script and colours.
The Calgary Flames wear their ‘retro’ Stanley Cup year jerseys as their regular garb, which is a great look. Blasty is all the rage as an alternate, and fans will eat up any new incarnation. As far as a black jersey with a white C — that’s something new. And it looks like yellow could be the primary pop of colour in this treatment.
The Flames used Blasty as their “reverse retro” jersey for the 2020-21 season. The original was worn from 1998 to 2006 as primary and alternates at times. The Flames didn’t have a third jersey in 2021-22. But it looks like something is in the works. It ties in well with their offseason of change with Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving overhauling the roster.
Maybe even a couple of new options.