Flyers unveil new retro jersey for 2020-21 season

There might not be a new hockey season yet but at least there are some new jerseys.

On Monday, the Flyers  unveiled their adidas Reverse Retro ADIZERO jersey for the 2020-21 season, in conjunction with adidas and the National Hockey League. The league-wide program involves a Reverse Retro jersey for all 31 teams, the first such program in NHL history, and will see the Flyers wear the jersey at select games during the 20-21 season.

The Reverse Retro jersey program is the result of a two-year effort by adidas to examine each team’s jersey history and team colors, remixing them to create something new and never seen before. With that in mind, adidas created uniquely distinct and desirable jerseys that incorporated inverted team colors.

The Flyers’ Reverse Retro jersey draws from the uniform style the team predominantly wore from 1982 through 2007, featuring a solid color treatment across the shoulders that extends to halfway down the sleeve and a contrasting-colored main body, separated by a third color of pinstriping. The Flyers introduced this jersey style in 1982 with an orange-shouldered white jersey for home games and a white-shouldered orange jersey for road games, both with black pinstriping and black lower sleeves.

In 1997, the Flyers introduced a third jersey that switched the orange of their road jersey to black, retaining orange only in the pinstriping.  The orange version of the jersey was retired in 2001, and the Flyers used the white and black versions through the end of the 2006-07 season.

The Reverse Retro jersey follows the spirit of the adidas color-remix program by taking the color treatments of the 1982-2007 uniform and rearranging them into a brand-new version. The black moves to the shoulders, which was not done in any of the iterations of the 1982-2007 jersey. The main orange body from the road jerseys of the era returns to this new design, and the two sections are separated by a white pinstripe, something never before used in that manner.

“Philly fans have clamored to bring back the burnt orange color associated with our teams of the 90’s,” said Mark Zarthar, Flyers Senior Vice President of Marketing. “Those were special years for our franchise. The Reverse Retro jersey celebrates this era of Flyers history while simultaneously looking to a bright future, presenting a fresh look at a classic design.”

The jersey is the latest addition to a collection of alternate jerseys the Flyers have had over the past decade, including their highly-popular 2012 Winter Classic jersey and the one-of-a-kind jerseys created for the 2017 and 2019 Stadium Series games against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The adidas Reverse Retro ADIZERO Authentic jersey is now available for pre-sale at Beginning Dec. 1, the jerseys will also be available for direct purchase at the New Era Team Store on the 11th Street side of the Wells Fargo Center. Season Ticket Members will have exclusive access to the store from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 1 before it opens to the general public from 1-3 p.m. From Dec. 2 through Dec. 5, the store will be open to the general public from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.


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