New Montreal Canadiens Reverse Retro jersey unveiled
The new Montreal Canadiens Reverse Retro jersey was unveiled today by adidas and the NHL, part of a League-wide initiative that will see all 32 teams wear designs throughout the 2022-23 season inspired by each club’s unique history.
The Canadiens jersey draws inspiration from the team’s success and its city’s style in the late 1970s. The primary color is a powder blue popularized in Montreal by Major League Baseball’s Expos, who wore it on their road uniforms from their founding in 1969 through 1991. Since October 2005, a like-colored banner has hung from the Bell Centre rafters to honor the four members of the Expos whose numbers had been retired by the team ahead of its relocation to Washington in 2004: Rusty Staub, Gary Carter, Andre Dawson and Tim Raines.
The neckline of the new Reverse Retro calls out 1979, the year the Canadiens won a fourth consecutive Stanley Cup, their sixth of the decade, and the club’s 22nd overall. It was also the year that Youppi! was introduced as the Expos’ mascot, a role in which he served for the rest of the team’s time in Montreal before moving from baseball to hockey in 2005.
Reverse Retro jerseys will be available for pre-order at noon via the Canadiens’ official team store, Tricolore Sports, at tricoloresports.com. The limited-edition jerseys will only be available for a brief time and will not be produced again once inventory is sold. Should quantities remain from the online pre-sale, they will be made available in-store at Tricolore Sports locations starting November 15.
The Canadiens will wear the jerseys for the eight following games:
Tuesday, November 15 vs. New Jersey Devils
Saturday, December 10 vs. Los Angeles Kings
Thursday, December 15 vs. Anaheim Ducks
Monday, January 9 vs. Seattle Kraken
Thursday, January 19 vs. Florida Panthers
Thursday, January 26 vs. Detroit Red Wings
Tuesday, January 31 vs. Ottawa Senators
Saturday, February 11 vs. NY Islanders