Devils go back in time against Washington
When the New Jersey Devils hit the ice Friday night against the Washington Capitals they’ll be sporting their vintage red and green jerseys, also affectionately called the “Christmas Tree” jerseys.
The Devils changed their colors to a more modern red and black at the start of the 1992-93 season and until last season they never looked back.
Devils GM Lou Lamoriello was steadfast in his position to not make a mockery of the team with some cheap gimmicky third jersey as so many teams did in the 90′s (see Islanders fish sticks). Most fans were glad to see the out dated color scheme go away. But as they say, “absence makes the heart grow fonder,” and loyal Devil fans craved another chance to see the old colors return.
That day finally returned last season. Lamoriello broke his own moratorium and decided to dust off the old uni’s for a St. Patrick’s day tilt against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It only seemed fitting to choose the Irish holiday considering the bright green color that adorned the jersey and pants. The Devils won the game handily, 5-2. The throw-back night was a huge success at both the box office and in the subsequent jersey sales.
A new tradition had been born.
This year the Devils are on the road for St. Patty’s day, but they return home the following night where they will once again rock around the Christmas tree and there’s no doubt the fans and players will be in a festive mood.
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