Champions Series: The 2017 Pittsburgh Penguins
The Penguins have done it. They’re the first team in the Salary Cap Era to go back-to-back. In an exciting and sometimes controversial series, the Pittsburgh Penguins came out on top. The Pens bolstered an incredible offense with guys like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel, Chris Kunitz, and rookie sensation Jake Guentzel. Their success would not come easy though, facing a strong Nashville defensive core in Subban, Ellis, Ekholm, and Josi. After splitting the first four games in favor of the home teams, the Penguins were able to take the next two on route to the franchise’s fifth Stanley Cup Victory and third with Sid as Captain. The 2017 Pittsburgh Penguins featured a ton of great storylines to come out of this victory. Matt Cullen won another before retiring from the game, Matt Murray became the first goalie to win two Cups as a rookie, and Patric Hornqvist (the last overall pick in his draft year) scored the series-winning-goal against the team who drafted him. The Penguins have an incredible group of elite players that will continue their success for many years. In this edition of the Champions Series, we look at the jerseys that made the Penguins look good while playing even better.
For the 2016-17 NHL season, the Pittsburgh Penguins introduced a new set of jerseys. Their third jersey from 2016 became their home and a reverse was introduced as the away jersey. The jerseys pay homage to the ones the Penguins wore from 1980-92 when some guy named Mario Lemieux lifted back to back cups.
The Penguins crest ditched the Vegas gold look and joined their neighboring Steelers and Pirates in wearing Pittsburgh Gold. With the exception of color changes, the Penguins logo has remained the same since 1971. It’s a classic look that we’re happy they switched to. The Vegas gold jerseys just didn’t look like a Pens jersey and we’re glad that era is over.
The Penguins celebrated their 50th season as a franchise in 2017 and added a patch to their right chest. Upon making the finals, the patch moved to the left shoulder to make room for the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals patch. In celebration of the NHL’s 100 years of existence, the Penguins along with every team wore the Centennial patch. The Centennial patch was placed on the right sleeve, just below the numbers.
As mentioned before, these Penguins jerseys were just a Reebok Edge version of their jerseys from the 80s and 90s. With the exception of the new template, the design is identical to the last time they won consecutive Cups. The Penguins jersey change was definitely inspired by the ones Jagr and Lemieux wore.
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