More Third Jersey Schedules for 2011-12

The Icethetics Season Preview will continue, but news has been taking precendence for the last couple days. Today, we have a handful of official third jersey schedules that a few teams have released for the 2011-12 season (in order of their jersey ranking).

The Minnesota Wild are set to bring back the NHL's only green sweater for its third season. The club recently released the third jersey schedule for the 2011-12 season and it's the first of five I have to share with you today.

The Wild's alternate uniform, unveiled in 2009, came in at 30th overall in the Icethetics NHL Uniform Ranking for 2010-11, which came out on Monday. The team will use it 15 times this season, the league maximum for third jerseys.

John MaddenHere's a look at all the dates you can expect to see them:

  • Sat., Oct. 8 – vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Tues., Oct. 18 – vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Sat., Oct. 29 – vs. Detroit Red Wings
  • Fri., Nov. 25 – vs. Edmonton Oilers
  • Mon., Nov. 28 – vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Wed., Dec. 14 – vs. Chicago Blackhawks
  • Sat., Dec. 17 – vs. New York Islanders
  • Sat., Dec. 31 – vs. Phoenix Coyotes
  • Sat., Jan. 21 – vs. Dallas Stars
  • Thurs., Feb. 16 – vs. Winnipeg Jets
  • Sun., Feb. 19 – vs. Boston Bruins
  • Sun., Mar. 4 – vs. Colorado Avalanche
  • Sat., Mar. 17 – vs. Carolina Hurricanes
  • Tues., Mar. 27 – vs. New York Rangers
  • Sat., Apr. 7 – vs. Phoenix Coyotes

All of these dates are home games.

And you'll notice the schedule includes St. Patrick's Day (March 17). As I mentioned, the Wild are currently the only NHL club with a green sweater in their arsenal.

The Buffalo Sabres are keeping their new third jersey around a little longer. In our NHL Uniform Ranking, the sweater finished 34th out of 90. Not bad but not great either.

On Wednesday, the Sabres confirmed that the sweater will be back for at least another season as they released a schedule of when it's to be worn during the 2011-12 season. It was launched last year as part of the club's 40th anniversary celebrations.

Jason PominvilleAccording to the team, the royal blue uniform will be seen in eight games this season, six at home and two on the road.

  • Thurs., Oct. 27 – vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Sat., Nov. 5 – at Ottawa Senators
  • Wed., Nov. 16 – vs. New Jersey Devils
  • Sat., Dec. 3 – at Nashville Predators
  • Fri., Dec. 9 – vs. Florida Panthers
  • Tues., Jan. 3 – vs. Edmonton Oilers
  • Fri., Feb. 10 – vs. Dallas Stars
  • Wed., Mar. 14 – vs. Colorado Avalanche

It's surprisingly limited use for a third jersey. The NHL limit is about 15 games a season and most teams stick pretty close to that. Plus it was a pretty popular jersey last year.

In addition to these dates, the Sabres also said they'll wear their white road jerseys at home on Fri., Jan. 13 to accommodate the Maple Leafs sporting their new alternates that night.

By the way, one of the features of this jersey last year was the logo that was used as the club's anniversary mark — the classic Sabres logo with 1970 between the crossed swords. I assume that's staying as it's generic enough to not necessarily refer to the 40th anniversary. But I'll keep an eye on it anyway.

In 45th place in the Ranking — dead center — was the black Carolina Hurricanes third jersey, which is entering its fourth season in use.

The Canes recently released their third jersey schedule for the 2011-12 season. It includes 14 dates — all at home — one of which was just this week.

Jiri TlustyHere's when you can expect to see the black sweaters thoughout the new season:

  • Wed., Oct. 12 – vs. Boston Bruins
  • Tues., Oct. 25 – vs. Ottawa Senators
  • Fri., Nov. 4 – vs. Washington Capitals
  • Fri., Nov. 18 – vs. Buffalo Sabres
  • Wed., Nov. 23 – vs. Montreal Canadiens
  • Tues., Nov. 29 – vs. Florida Panthers
  • Thurs., Dec. 1 – vs. New York Rangers
  • Thurs., Dec. 15 – vs. Vancouver Canucks
  • Wed., Dec. 21 – vs. Phoenix Coyotes
  • Thurs., Dec. 29 – vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Fri., Jan. 6 – vs. Buffalo Sabres
  • Fri., Jan. 20 – vs. Washington Capitals
  • Mon., Feb. 20 – vs. Washington Capitals
  • Sat., Feb. 25 – vs. Florida Panthers

Again with the Sabres on everyone's third jersey schedule. And it looks like the Capitals won't be seeing the Hurricanes' red jersey at all this season.

If I'm being cynical, I'd say this schedule may have something to do with selling jerseys for the holidays. Rather than being evenly spread out over the season, 10 of the 14 occasions are bunched up before or near Christmas. Just saying.

Coming in at 60th in our Ranking was the new third jersey launched by the Columbus Blue Jackets last year around Thanksgiving. This will be its second season in use.

On Wednesday, the team released its schedule for the special uniform during the 2011-12 season. It will see action in 12 games this year — 10 at home and two on the road. The first time will be against the Ducks on Halloween weekend.

R.J. UmbergerHere's how all of the Jackets' third jersey nights shake out:

  • Sun., Oct. 30 – vs. Anaheim Ducks
  • Sat., Nov. 5 – at Philadelphia Flyers
  • Sat., Nov. 12 – vs. Winnipeg Jets
  • Fri., Nov. 25 – vs. Buffalo Sabres
  • Sat., Dec. 10 – vs. Boston Bruins
  • Sat., Dec. 17 – vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Sat., Jan. 14 – vs. San Jose Sharks
  • Sun., Feb. 12 – vs. Anaheim Ducks
  • Sat., Feb. 18 – vs. Chicago Blackhawks
  • Sun., Feb. 26 – at Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Sun., Mar. 11 – vs. St. Louis Blues
  • Wed., Mar. 28 – vs. Detroit Red Wings

Both times the Blue Jackets will sport their thirds on the road will be in neighboring state Pennsylvania. Interesting. Anyone want to talk about realignment? (Kidding!)

For the record, the Jackets still have their original third jersey launch page up on their website if you want more details about its design and such.

We finish with one of the lowest-rated jerseys in our 2010-11 Ranking. The Phoenix Coyotes alternate is 79th of 90. Ouch.

On Friday, in the Desert Dog Blog on the Coyotes' official website, it was announced that the team will wear the third jersey for every Thursday home game as well as the Friday after Thanksgiving. This will be be its fourth season in use.

Derek MorrisThey don't actually list the dates on their website, but based on the days they mention, here's how it all works out:

  • Thurs., Oct. 20 – vs. Los Angeles Kings
  • Thurs., Oct. 27 – vs. New Jersey Devils
  • Thurs., Nov. 3 – vs. Nashville Predators
  • Thurs., Nov. 10 – vs. Montreal Canadiens
  • Fri., Nov. 25 – vs. Vancouver Canucks
  • Thurs., Dec. 15 – vs. Edmonton Oilers
  • Thurs., Jan. 19 – vs. Detroit Red Wings
  • Thurs., Feb. 9 – vs. Calgary Flames
  • Thurs., Mar. 1 – vs. Calgary Flames
  • Thurs., Mar. 8 – vs. Minnesota Wild
  • Thurs., Mar. 22 – vs. Colorado Avalanche
  • Thurs., Mar. 29 – vs. San Jose Sharks

The Devils and Canadiens are the only Eastern Conference teams set to see the black thirds in action. The Flames will be the only team to see it twice.

The leaping coyote sweater is entering its fourth season in use by Phoenix, despite its unpopularity with Icethetics readers.

That's all I have for today. This post was supposed to go up on Thursday, but I just haven't had time to get it all assembled. I've also been aiming to wrap up the Icethetics Season Preview which has been a pretty spectacular cluster this year. I'll get there but...

All of that is taking a backseat next week to the launch of the IceHL Jersey Design Contest. We need to get that off the ground sooner rather than later. So I'll probably spend the rest of the weekend getting that ready to open up early in the week.

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Reader Comments (20)

The Coyotes are acutally wearing them on January 19th when the play my RED WINGS

Oct 15 · 11:55 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterJason G

I, for one, enjoy Phoenix's third. The leaping coyote doesn't fall into the Sharks-style "aggressive '90s cartoon animals" trope, the shoulder patch is solid, and the brick red with sandy accents works well against black.
It's not the greatest sweater, but it's a bit adventurous, and that's what third jerseys are for!

Oct 16 · 11:02 AM PDT | Unregistered CommenterJake Shapiro

only two teams in all of the 3rd jersey schedules don't paly the sabres and they are carolina and..... the sabres

Oct 16 · 11:05 AM PDT | Unregistered Commenteradsasdasf

the lightning's thirds also no longer have the white piping.

Oct 16 · 6:19 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterFrank B.

actually, carolina does play them against the sabres. and minnesota doesn't.

Oct 16 · 9:31 PM PDT | Unregistered Commenterjulz

and neither do the coyotes! did you even read this?

Oct 16 · 9:32 PM PDT | Unregistered Commenterjulz

I know I'm a homer.. but I can't understand how those green Wild jerseys came in as low as 30th on the rankings. People comment on posts complaining when unis lack uniqueness and have gaudy designs/striping, and this jersey avoids both! Not only is it the only green one in the NHL, (as mentioned in the post) it is clean and easily identifiable against different NHL teams. It's easily a top 5 sweater for me, but honestly I don't care what they're wearing as long they would finally bring a cup to Minnesota!

Oct 17 · 2:22 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterTom

The Sabres' third is a holdover from the previous ownership group. This is just speculation on my part, but the new owners may not like it that much. They promised the fans no jersey changes for at least a few years, which may be why this third is still around, but they're only choosing to use it a few times this year.

Oct 18 · 12:34 AM PDT | Unregistered CommenterTsuji

The Sabres wearing blue @ Nashville in December makes me wonder if we'll see a color vs. color matchup (gold vs. blue).

Oct 18 · 5:08 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterTom

@ Tom i couldnt agree more, on your take of Minn. jersey's, their instant classic's.

Oct 18 · 10:17 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterFrank B.

I'm sorry, but don't try and compare The Sharks' third to the Coyotes' unproffessional slapdash nonsense. And where do you get the notion that the fierce animal was a 90s aesthetic in hockey? Look at the Bruins' alternate and tell me if that bear is even trying to intimidate you. Look at Anaheim's cartoon duck mask logo, is it fierce or just goofy? And finally, ask yourself which logo designer was going for a more intimidating aesthetic, the designer of the mid 90s Coyote logo or the designer of the current Coyote logo?

You can barely tell what the hell is featured on the front of that uniform because the running coyote (or is it leaping? I can't tell) is an ill-fitted design for its dimensions and isn't big enough. Also horizontal stripes beat vertical stripes every time. And the Hurricanes realized that if you're gonna make your players wear black jerseys, you also have to give them black pant and helmet shells.

There are worse third jerseys in the league, but only a couple.

Oct 19 · 7:45 AM PDT | Unregistered CommenterTorontoSharksFan

wait. Buffalo is wearing their thirds in Nashille. Does that mean that we might have a game without white jerseys because yellow on blue could definately work

Oct 19 · 12:30 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterStarr

Chris, you posted the following:

"The Devils, Canadiens and Jets are the only Eastern Conference teams set to see the black thirds in action. The Flames will be the only team to see it twice."

I watched the Phoenix home opener on HNIC, and they weren't wearing their third, and unless they plan to wear it 12/1 in Winnipeg, I don't think the Jets will be seeing the Coyotes third jersey.

Oct 20 · 12:01 AM PDT | Unregistered Commenterjrzman

The bolts jersey posted must be next season's, i guess they must have accidently posted it.

Oct 22 · 7:36 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterFrank B.

Watching the Lightning games vs Buffalo it seems the old logo is still on the shoulders on the Lightnings third jersey.

Oct 23 · 10:35 AM PDT | Unregistered CommenterKevin

On one of their posts a few days ago on their facebook page, the Panthers commented that they will be wearing their third JetBlue jersey on Sunday home games.

Oct 23 · 6:31 PM PDT | Unregistered Commenterdan

It looks like the bolts still have the same logo that has always been on there. It would be interesting to see what sales are like for the new jersey's, they just look to plain.

Oct 25 · 5:33 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterSteveO

The new jerseys for Tampa are fresh! I'm glad they added a lot more black to the number and letter trim, and the blue is a darker hue. I'm already planning on picking up my own customized jersey this season. Home colors of course! (at $250 for full customization, that's a hit I have to budget out) LET'S GO BOLTS!!!

Oct 26 · 5:26 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterBoltzilla

Penguins, blue jackets, Panthers all look the same, too much dark blue with light blue. Ducks have the best 3rd jersey with that big D on it, it should be the reg home jersey.

Dec 27 · 12:59 PM PST | Unregistered Commentermike

buffalo sabres didnt wear their thirds against the predators on december third

Mar 28 · 1:39 PM PDT | Unregistered Commenterdude

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