The NHL is rewinding with an old-school look for the 2014 Winter Classic.
A classic rivalry will take place when the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs square off in this highly anticipated even, as reported by Dan Rosen of NHL.com.
Additionally, the cool uniforms that both teams are going to wear will offer fans an opportunity to relive the history. In an article by Dan Loumena of the Los Angeles Times, Brian Jennings put it into perspective:
"Each year, our NHL Winter Classic uniform designs set out to honor and pay respect to the rich history of the game and the teams taking part in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic," said Brian Jennings, NHL executive vice president of marketing. "To our fans, the NHL Winter Classic jersey is the ultimate keepsake from this extraordinary event, and with two Original Six franchises participating this year, we have created something quite special."
If anything, the combination of this event with two great franchises and their excellent histories is just an extension of the holiday season.
What also grabs the eye of NHL history gurus are the meshed designs of each team's jersey.
An eclectic mixture for the Red Wings features the thinner lettering from the early 1980s, and the thick stripes around the waste and lower sleeves that began in the '30s. Factor in the logo, and everything ties together extremely well.
As for Toronto, the Maple Leafs will give off a rugby-esque look with the number of thick stripes around the sleeve and beneath the logo. In short, it's quite similar to the slick appearance from the 1920s and '30s.
Because of how great these look, it would be awesome to see each franchise start a trend that allows the league to bust out the historic uniforms—or at the very least, blend the old with the new.
Regardless, these jerseys are quite appealing, and hockey fans have every reason to be even more pumped for the 2013-14 campaign now.