The Washington Capitals on Wednesday unveiled the jerseys and pants they will wear for their NHL Stadium Series outdoor game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on March 3. In a nod to the U.S. Navy, Washington will take the ice in Annapolis in a predominantly navy blue uniform for the first time in franchise history.
“The overall design aesthetic pays homage to the U.S. Navy and highlights key elements of the Capitals’ identity,” the team said in a release. “Each element of the Capitals’ visual identity has been emphasized to create bolder, more visually pronounced uniforms that are meant to make a statement and be more recognizable in the larger outdoor stadium setting.”
The front of Washington’s Stadium Series sweaters feature three white stars above a “Caps” wordmark, a shortened version of the traditional “Capitals” mark that appears on the team’s regular home and away jerseys. The pants feature three stars above a ‘W,’ similar to the logo the Capitals sported for the Winter Classic at Nationals Park on New Year’s Day 2015. The jersey numbers are white, designed for better visibility in the 34,000-seat stadium, and “are accentuated with a perforated pattern based on Pierre L’Enfant’s original grid plan for the city of Washington, D.C.”
Fans at the game won’t have any problem seeing the thick red stripes above the waist and elbows, which are designed to “evoke thoughts” of the D.C. flag, not a cummerbund. The Maple Leafs have yet to reveal their alternate uniforms for the game.
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