It seems that ultra-futuristic design is certainly the focus of the 2020 NHL Stadium Series to be held outdoors at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado next month.
Yesterday, the Colorado Avalanche unveiled their unconventional uniforms for the game; today their opponents, the Los Angeles Kings, joined them in what might be an even more futuristic design.
A chrome silver helmet is the first thing you’ll notice with this set, the helmet contains a decal featuring the markings of a P-51 Mustang, a World War II plane manufactured in nearby Inglewood, California.
“We wanted to come up with a complete military-focused concept that was based on this inspiration [of the P-51 Mustang],” AEG Sports Chief Operating Officer Kelly Cheeseman told MayorsManor in a great look at the creation process of this uniform. “Pretty quickly, we knew what we wanted to do with the helmet, so it was about aligning the concept together with the creative. We worked with the league and Adidas to get the ultimate outcome.”
The jersey is half-black, half-white and split diagonally from the lower right up to the left armpit, this diagonal stripe continues on each arm — down low on the right arm, up higher on the left to match the pattern across the chest.
“A new L.A. crest takes flight on diagonally bisected blocking, inspired by aircraft battle stripes”, read the Adidas press release. “The architecture of the venue’s Air Force Academy, coupled with a pilot’s ambition to push to the edge, inspired the oblique angles used to shape the jersey’s typography and numbering”
A diagonal “LA” jets out into the black half from the white, this “LA” is presented in the modern Kings font style but includes the streaking lines from each character as their “Gretzky-era” logo did from 1988-98.
Player numbers are white with black trim and feature a stencilled design, and as is the norm for Stadium Series uniforms, numbers are much larger than usual.
The Kings will bring this uniform back again on February 29th indoors at home against the New Jersey Devils. The 2020 Stadium Series will be held on February 15th against the Colorado Avalanche.