The St. Louis Blues are throwing it back to the 1960s as part of this year’s NHL Reverse Retro jersey program.
All 32 NHL teams unveiled new jerseys on Wednesday that will be worn on a limited basis this season. The Blues will wear their Reverse Retro uniforms seven times, starting against the Capitals on Nov. 17.
Th’s season’s Reverse Retro design — the first yellow jersey in Blues history — is inspired by a prototype that was created by original Blues GM Lynn Patrick in 1966, a year before the franchise played its first game. It features features the team’s name — St. Louis Blues — in curved, light blue lettering across the chest with a musical note looped through the city name. Management ultimately settled on the iconic winged blue note logo that graces the Blues’ regular uniforms to this day, but 56 years later, the prototype logo will finally receive its moment in the spotlight.
The Blues did revive the logo —albeit not in an NHL game — for the One Nation Classic skills challenge, which took place at Busch Stadium in the days after the 2017 Winter Classic. The uniforms for that event, however, were light blue and white, so the Reverse Retro design puts a fresh spin on the concept.