Red vs Blue at Winter Classic? Leafs, Wings Jerseys Spotted

Written By:  •  Friday, February 22, 2013

Just a day after we posted about the Toronto Maple Leafs 2013 Winter Classic jersey popping up on an eBay auction we found the Detroit Red Wings version up for sale as well.

Like the Leafs jersey, this Red Wings uniform matches exactly what we had seen in the phantom Winter Classic merchandise that made it’s way around the SportsLogos.Net Message Boards back in December.

Front and back of the Red Wings Winter Classic Jersey on eBay

Detroit’s jersey is not one the club ever wore, instead it appears to be inspired by the Detroit Cougars uniform of 1928/29.  The Cougars were re-named the Falcons before becoming the Detroit Red Wings in 1932.  That Leafs uniform that we saw yesterday?  Also worn during the 1928/29 season.  It’s all making sense now.

Phantom Winter Classic merchandise was seen on our message boards in December

The absolute best part of this? We were all set up for a red vs. blue uniform matchup! It would have been amazing.

Toronto and Detroit routinely met up wearing their dark uniforms back in the days of black-and-white photography (making it nearly impossible to tell the two teams apart), it seems odd that this practice ended around the same time colour photography took over:

Leafs vs Red Wings, both in dark jerseys in the 1950s

Hey! Too many men! Hard to tell Leafs and Red Wings players apart in the days of black and white photography

And, this last one I just tried my hand at colourizing in Photoshop because… well, I just felt like it:

Some sports logo website guy colourized this photo and worked hard to do so… be nice

With the two teams rumoured to be squaring off for reals this time next January, let’s hope we see these two designs out on the ice!

Check out our article from yesterday about the Toronto Maple Leafs jersey leak for much more details and information on that one.

A big hat tip to both @ZachJerger for the Red Wings eBay link and Matt Irving for the research on those old-timey Leafs/Red Wings dark v. dark pics.  Thanks guys!

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  • Aaron

    I’d say a fairly patriotic hockey matchup. Maybe they should try this red vs. blue concept on certain U.S. holidays.

  • Weird thing about that t-shirt is that “Kronwall” is misspelled.

    • brad allen

      Hahaha. I didnt catch that at first but yes it is spelled wrong, Kronwell. lol

  • Michael Link

    That would have looked awesome… Hopefully they don’t change anything (assuming this is real, of course)

  • It’s gonna look like a bubble hockey game in a snowglobe 🙂

  • Mike Engle

    The abandonment of color on color probably had to do with the rise of television. I would guess that photography came before television, and that hockey wasn’t a “big money maker” until TV came along. So when it was before television, red vs blue would have looked good in person (people in person see colors) and that would have been the only way to SEE the game. Of course, the newspaper would have a write up for archival purposes and might have run a black and white photo, but that would clearly have been secondary.
    Once black and white tv broadcasts came into being, red vs blue would become a problem, because many many people not in the arena would be watching a game with two indistinguishable teams. Nightmare. Enter the mandate of creating a white jersey for tv.

    • Chris Creamer

      Certainly makes sense to me… now with HD television perhaps we can move back to this.

  • I cried a lil bit…

  • Anthony

    Guess who posted it in the message boards? THIS GUY

  • mark

    I love the redwings jersey, I hate the team, and I’ve never been a fan of their jerseys but this one is solid and it should become the new full time look.,

    • Aaron

      I’d say retro alternate.


    The Winter Classic will be played next year at the Big House, so I’m pretty sure these sweaters will still be worn.

    • Chris Creamer

      Nothing confirmed at this time for 2014 although the Leafs have told me they’ll be unveiling their 2014 WC jersey in the Fall, so… yeah it’s going to happen. Just an FYI for future reference, Wikipedia isn’t exactly the super bestest source for these things.

  • ingmar66

    Love both of these jerseys. Detroit should wear this one more often after the Winter Classic. Reebok has done a good job.

  • Kevin

    It says “Kronwell.” Is this a sign of it being a fake?

    • T

      No. Just a prototype.

  • Alex

    If the realignment plan gets approved, this will be a divisional game.

    • Aaron

      I believe if the realignment plan gets approved, it’ll still be conference c vs. conference b or whatever the league chooses to name the conferences.

  • RCP

    The reallignment is gonna be a hassle from what the NHL proposes. Why not move Nashville to the Southeast Division and Winnipeg to the Central Division.

    • Aaron

      Well, nothing is set in stone with this realignment thing yet. And I believe the NHLPA rejected it, due to…

      A) The confusion as mentioned especially with Colorado and Columbus potentially being placed in geographically incorrect divisions and a bizarre number of teams per conference.

      B) Who knows how the Coyotes’ situation is going to turn out. If they end up moving to Quebec, just swap them with Winnipeg, rename the conferences and divisions and be done with it for now.

      I’d only say Nashville should go to the other conference if the league chooses to expand to both Seattle with Houston or Kansas City or Portland or Milwaukee joining them. If Hamilton or Markham joins Seattle, Nashville would have to stay where they are.

      Although they play in a different time zone than all the Eastern Conference teams, Nashville is close enough to Carolina and the two Florida teams.

      What the league should also consider doing is combining HHOFers names with geographical names for the conferences and divisions. (Example: Gordie Howe Conference with West and Central divisions currently the Western Conference and Bobby Orr or Maurice Richard Conference with East and Atlantic Division currently the Eastern Conference). Although I’d personally revert back to the Adams, Patrick, Norris and Smythe divisions.

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  • Would be great for rivalry games to feature this sort of dark vs dark matchup. FLA (red) vs TB (blue), MTL (red) vs BOS (Black), CHI (Red) vs MIN (Green), CGY (Red) vs EDM (Blue) among others.