The Sharks are celebrating their 25th year in style.
On Saturday, the team revealed its “Heritage jersey,” a teal sweater that very much resembles the original from their days at the Cow Palace. It’s not an exact replica, but it’s close. It was designed by Terry Smith, who created the original logo and uniforms.
"We decided to go back to the original stripping patterns used on the original sweaters as a way to honor the past,” Smith said in a statement released by the team. “We opted to use the darker teal and other adjusted colors used on the uniforms today to connect with the present. … You will have to look pretty hard to see the differences. We wanted to preserve the integrity of the original designs and patterns.
"Sometimes the best way to honor the past is simply to remember it as it was. The look was pretty cool back then, and for those who didn't get to experience the first time around we hope they find it just as cool today.”
The jersey was revealed at the team’s annual Fan Fest, with a video featuring several Sharks alumni including Jamie Baker, Mike Ricci and Evgeni Nabokov.
The Sharks will wear the jerseys just three times – Nov. 3 vs. Columbus, Dec. 1 vs. Pittsburgh and Jan. 18 vs. Ottawa, all at home. The “black armor” jerseys remain in rotation.