WBS Penguins channel Pittsburgh Hornets with New Third Jersey

Written By:  •  Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, AHL affiliate to the cross-state Pittsburgh Penguins, unveiled their new alternate jersey for the 2012/13 season at an event for season ticket holders.

The new jersey takes on a very very old-fashioned look, patterning itself after the jersey worn by the 1939-1943 Pittsburgh Hornets, also of the American Hockey League (which was known as the International American Hockey League at the time these jerseys were worn).

Pittsburgh Hornets jersey, 1939-43

Its red jersey base with white stripes and a large calligraphic “P” right on the front are all directly from the original Hornets uniform; one can assume the “P” has changed in its meaning from “Pittsburgh” to “Penguins”.

Features unique to the WBS Penguins design of this jersey is the replacement of the “HORNETS” script with their own primary team logo above the “P”; the skating penguin logo (the primary logo without a circle) are also on either shoulder.

The logo that appears on the front of the sweater

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins pride themselves on their multiple jersey combinations and every season they have introduced a new alternate uniform since at least 2002/03… that’s 11 different alternate jerseys in 11 years! They also have several novelty jersey games each season, you can see a comprehensive rundown of their jersey history on our WBS Penguins logo and uniform page right here on SportsLogos.Net (scroll down to see the uniforms)

Photos of Penguins jersey and logo courtesy Twitter user @nafsnep, original Hornets uniform from pittsburghhockey.net.  Special thanks to Twitter user @blackngoldman for the newstip!

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