The Colorado Avalanche this afternoon unveiled their alternate third jersey for the 2018-19 NHL season, a straight-up transfer of their old alternate onto the new Adidas cut.
As was the case before, the main focus of the uniform is the mountain logo on the chest, a nod to the logo of the old Colorado Rockies hockey team. The base of the jersey is navy blue, much darker than their usual blue home uniforms, with white shoulders and a Colorado state flag on each.
The press release calls the new Avalanche third jersey a statement of both “regional pride and hockey history” by “fusing the terrain of the Rocky Mountains with elements from the state flag”. The white shoulder yokes are there to evoke the look of a snow-capped mountain peak.
The Avalanche originally introduced this uniform for the 2015-16 season along with a new shoulder patch on their home and roads featuring that “Co” mark from the state flag. The uniform took a one-year hiatus (along with every other alternate uniform in the league) for the 2017-18 season during the transition to the Adidas Adizero uniform system.
As mentioned earlier in the post, the logo is an homage to the old Colorado Rockies hockey club, who played in Denver from 1976 through 1982 wearing a logo very similar to the one worn by the Avs on their alternate uniform; the Rockies used a different colour scheme, one which was identical to the Colorado State flag.