What the Habs Winter Classic Jersey Means

Photo: NHL Shop

Photo: NHL Shop

The Montreal Canadiens released their jersey design for 
the 2016 National Hockey League Winter Classic on
Friday afternoon. 

While the jerseys are undeniably easy on the eyes, it 
is simply not a random cloth of different colours mixed 
together to sell. The jersey was carefully designed, 
and is a combination of several jerseys of great 
historical significance. Everything from the crest,
to the colour shades, to the collar, and even the 
sleeves have meaning.

In this article, you will understand the reasoning
behind several different specific aspects of the jersey,
and hopefully grow a whole new appreciation for it.



winter classicBlue Stripe

As mentioned in the Montreal Canadiens' press release, 
the blue stripe across the middle of the jersey
represents a similar blue worn by the Habs in their 
inaugural season as a franchise way back in 1909.
These blue jerseys with a white "C" in the middle were
worn for only one season, the 1909-10 season. The following year, they were replaced by red
jerseys with a green leaf in the middle sporting a white "C" inside of it. The blue stripe
has been seen in a few white jerseys since then, including the 2003-04 - 2005-06 alternate
jerseys, as well as the 2008-09 alternate jersey.

winter classicColours of the "CH"

The first Stanley Cup victory for the Montreal Canadiens 
during the National Hockey League era came in the
1923-24 season in a 2-0 series win over the Calgary
Tigers after previously eliminating the Vancouver
Maroons and the Ottawa Senators. The version of the
logo seen on the 2016 Winter Classic jersey is the same one that was on the 1924 Stanley
Cup champion team jerseys. Prior to this logo, there were various logos depicting a red
"C" with a white "H" as we recognize today, as well as red for both. But for a short
period of a few seasons, this was the logo of the Habs which was also the logo during
their first Stanley Cup win in the National Hockey League era.


winter classicGlobe on the Sleeve

The globe on the sleeve of the 2016 Montreal
Canadiens Winter Classic jersey is a tribute to a 
previous logo that the Habs once had. As mentioned
before with the crest in the middle being the crest
worn during the first National Hockey League era Stanley Cup victory for the Canadiens,
the globe shown became the next logo of the Habs for a single season. After defeating the
Calgary Tigers for the 1924 Stanley Cup, the Canadiens wore a logo on their jerseys
depicting a globe and the word "champions" for the entire 1924-25 season. In 1925, the
Canadiens would go onto the Stanley Cup finals after defeating the Toronto St. Patrick's
and Hamilton Tigers, but fell to the Victoria Cougars in four games (3-1). This loss
lead to the world champions logo being removed from the jersey and being replaced by the
CH once again, but with a change - the "C" being red and the "H" being white.


winter classicRed Collar

The Canadiens truly went down to exact details with this jersey. During
the 1945-46 season, the Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup against
their future 2016 Winter Classic opponents and long-time rivals - the
Boston Bruins. During that season, the Habs jersey included a red collar
similar to the one on the Winter Classic jersey. The Montreal Forum hosted a legendary 
team that year, including Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Elmer Lach, and Toe Blake who made 
up the "Punch Line". That season, the Habs defeated the Chicago Blackhawks in a 4-0 
sweep in the first round, before going on to eliminate the Bruins in five games.

Below are the 2016 Winter Classic jerseys that will be seen at the other end of the ice on
New Year's Day, which will be worn by the Boston Bruins.

Photo: Boston Bruins Official Twitter Account

Photo: Boston Bruins Official Twitter Account


















The 2016 edition of the National Hockey League's Winter Classic will take place at Gillette
Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The Stadium is home to the New England Patriots (NFL),
New England Revolution (MLS), UMass Minutemen (NCAA), and Boston Cannons (MLL), and for 
a short period of time - the NHL Winter Classic. 

The game will take place at 1:00pm Eastern Time on January 1st, 2016 (weather permitting).
For those who will not be in Foxborough, the 2016 Winter Classic can be seen on Sportsnet,
TVA, and NBC.
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