This evening the Chicago Blackhawks officially unveiled their 2019 Winter Classic uniform at a fan event held at the United Center; the unveiling came just a few hours after their opponents for the New Year’s Day game at Notre Dame Stadium, the Boston Bruins, revealed what they’d be wearing.
Chicago, like Boston, will be turning back to their early past by wearing a jersey based heavily off of the very first uniform design the team ever wore in the 1920s. They’re calling it a tribute to the team’s first Stanley Cup champion back in 1934 but the overall design is the same as their inaugural season look.
Black and white with hints of red hidden in the collar, the Blackhawks 2019 Winter Classic uniform has four white stripes on each of the shoulders, and five white stripes of varying thickness on each sleeve and around the waist.
The crest is made of a felt-like material with chain stitching to give it more of an authentically vintage feel (although I can confirm the Black Hawks of the 1930s didn’t have anything like the Adidas uniforms players wear today) — this felt material is used for the player’s name and number on the back of the jersey.
Inside the collar we see several diagonal white lines, these are a nod to the end zone design used at Notre Dame Stadium for football games, mixed in between these white lines are six years written in red, the six years the Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup.
With the Blackhawks unveiling we now have our full 2019 Winter Classic uniform matchup all set:
Or how it would’ve looked back in 1934:
(Amazing they had a colour photo of Chicago’s jersey back then)
The Bruins and Blackhawks will face off outdoors at Notre Dame Stadium near South Bend, Indiana less than two months from now on January 1, 2019.