The National Hockey League and Adidas released all 31 “Reverse Retro” jerseys on Monday after providing a set of teasers of their new line of jerseys over the weekend.
This reveal included the Buffalo Sabres, which features a new-look version of Buffalo’s alternate “butterknives” jerseys from the 2000-01 season. Unlike the red version of these jerseys that the team featured for five seasons, this edition has a current spin to it, featuring the Sabres’ new royal blue and gold color scheme.
Earlier this offseason, the Sabres officially made the switch back to royal blue after making a change to its red, black and silver concept following the 1995-96 season when the team moved from the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium to its current home at KeyBank Center. The Sabres did return to a blue and gold concept back in 2006, but the blue was a navy blue instead of its old “royal blue”.
As for this concept, all 31 teams have brought back one jersey from the past and will wear a new-look version of it multiple times this upcoming season. On the collar of the jerseys, it features a number that indicates the year in which the jerseys were first worn by each team.
The No. 00 on Buffalo’s jersey is for the year 2000, where the team introduced its alternate red jersey with the double-crossed Sabres logo (“butterknives”) on the crest.
“Hockey fans love retro jerseys and ‘Reverse Retro’ is a great opportunity for Adidas to work closely with the NHL and all 31 teams to bring back a design from a meaningful point in team history with a unique twist,” said Dan Near, Senior Director at Adidas Hockey.
“Our goal from day one has been to work with the NHL and all of the teams to bring creativity, innovation, and energy to the sport with all that we do. What better way to do that than to bring together the nostalgia of historical moments in each team’s history with something new via designs that have never been seen before in the sport.”
The NHL has yet to announce a start date for the 2020-21 season, but is still targeting a Jan. 1, 2021 start date as of now.