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The Caps Stadium Series Jersey Has Been Released Andddddddddddd It's Not Too Bad!

I don’t hate it!

If there’s one thing I know about hockey Twitter, it’s that they are all whiney babies who will complain about anything and everything. And if there are TWO things I know about hockey Twitter, it’s they hate 95% of all jersey releases, no matter what they are for. If it’s not an original 6 design that really punctuates the history of the game, dating back to the 9th century, then hockey Twitter will find something to complain about.

Which leads us to the Capitals Stadium Series jersey. On first glance, I was like “eh, could be better”, but then almost immediately it started growing on me:

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Inspired by the Capitals’ classic identity and fused with the most advanced uniform technologies available in the new adidas adizero Authentic NHL uniforms, the special edition Washington Capitals’ 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series uniform is a salute to the game’s locale – Annapolis, MD. Marking the first time in Capitals history the team will wear a navy-blue uniform, the overall design aesthetic pays homage to the U.S. Navy and highlights key elements of the Capitals’ identity. 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.

That’s all I needed to know. The “Caps” emblem is bigger on purpose because it will look 100 times better on TV and in the stadium. Makes so much sense, actually surprised the other teams hadn’t thought of this before. It’ll look awesome on TV, for sure.

And the pants are fantastic too:

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The Capitals’ special edition crest design centers around the team’s informal nickname, CAPS™, and is stylistically aligned to the team’s current wordmark. Additionally, the crest incorporates the three stars from the team’s primary moniker, which also honors the Washington, D.C. city flag. The pants feature a new contemporary “W” with three stars of the city flag, which also serves as a subtle nod to the Washington monument.

Any time you include the red, white, and blue, the DC flag, and the Washington Monument, that’s an A in my book.

And finally, the detail on the numbers:

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Additional design details include a bolder one-color version of the Capitals’ numbers for better visibility in the outdoor stadium setting. As a historic tribute to team’s hometown, the numbers are accentuated with a perforated pattern based on Pierre L’Enfant’s original grid plan for the city of Washington D.C.

All in all, should be an awesome game vs the Maple Leafs at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in March.