Store Leaks New Sens, Leafs Jerseys

Finally, I have photos of unreleased jerseys that I'm able to share with you. A reader wrote in today to tell us that the Buffalo Sabres' team store at the First Niagara Center (formerly HSBC Arena) is already selling Premier version of the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs forthcoming jerseys.

First, here's the Sens' Heritage Jersey which, the team announced the other day, will be officially unveiled on October 1. You get to see it now.

Ottawa Senators' Heritage Jersey leaked /

And as previously reported here, you can see it bears bilingual shoulder patches. A recent photo released by the team had us questioning whether that would actually be the case.

The other unreleased sweater on the store's rack was the Leafs' new throwback third. Take a look.

Toronto Maple Leafs' new third jersey leaked /

One detail previously reported here on Icethetics was the silver inner-outline inside the crest. You can just barely make it out in this photo. We're looking at photos taken by a cell phone camera in what's not the best lighting conditions. I've done my best to tweak these photos.

So now that you have something more than my renderings to look at, have your opinions changed on these two sweaters? Are they at all what you were expecting/hoping for?

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Reader Comments (94)

I actually like the Leafs jersey WAY more than I thought I would. Pretty nice, though I still think they should have kept their old 3rds.

Sep 17 · 3:08 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterBrad

someone at the sabers store is going to get in trouble lol.

Sep 17 · 3:09 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterAlex P

They're both pretty darn nice! No complaints here, can't wait to see them on the ice.

Sep 17 · 3:09 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterLeafers

Both of them are incredible, but i'm absolutely in love with Ottawa's! Fantastic job!

Sep 17 · 3:10 PM PDT | Unregistered Commenterrorobenjino

Part of the reason the Hawks dropped their 3rd? The new Ottawa is almost exactly the same.

Sep 17 · 3:12 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterChris D

Nice vintage looks from both jerseys. I didn't think the Sabres would make any non-slug related news on this site lol.

Sep 17 · 3:12 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterTom

Gotta say that I'm not the biggest fan of the off white on the Sens jersey. I think it would look much sharper if it was a regular white on it.

Sep 17 · 3:24 PM PDT | Unregistered Commentermiscbanjoinc

Both very sharp, IMHO

Sep 17 · 3:27 PM PDT | Unregistered Commenterklbmmo

Good work, Buffalo. ;)

I'm buying that Ottawa jersey without a doubt. Looks excellent.

Sep 17 · 3:31 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterMTL4Life

Wow im impressed! both are great looking.

Sep 17 · 3:36 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterPriceisRight31

Aside from a slight stripe tweaking, and a change to the logo you'd really have to look closely to see and a lack of shoulder patches, I really don't think the Leafs have much of a third. The previous on was distinct, and noticeable. You could instantly tell when they were wearing it, and it was unique from the other two designs. This really isn't unique from their current home jerseys at all. They should've used vintage white, or added more white to the jersey somehow.

Sep 17 · 3:43 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterMatt H

logo sure looks lower on the Ottawa jersey...maybe because it's an XL and the leafs one is a M? Weird when they're next to each other though.

Sep 17 · 4:02 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterGeoff

Must..... ownz..... new..... Senators

Sep 17 · 4:10 PM PDT | Unregistered Commenterjrzman

Ottawa's looks fantastic. Love that look for them. Toronto's looks very nice...but very much the same as their current set. I don't know that anyone outside of people like us who go to jersey information websites would be able to differentiate between the Leafs' current home, previous EDGE home, and new alternate, and that's something I don't really like. But, hey, it's still a sharp jersey by itself.

Sep 17 · 4:11 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterDrew


I think it is lower on the Ottawa jersey. Compare the space between the top of each logo and each jersey's collar and armpits.

The logo on the Ottawa jersey is probably centered more like the CH on Montreal's home jersey relative to their home jersey:

It's because of the striping.

Sep 17 · 4:29 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterAmelie

Ottawa's are great, but their shoulder patches are incredibly weak now that I get a good look at them. Should've just put their Sens head logo there or something.

Sep 17 · 4:40 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterChicagolander

I've seen some really old pictures of the Leafs wearing this uniform back in 1967, and some of them have a slight inner-outline like this one, while some don't. So maybe this isn't so much a tweak, but a full replica. Maybe it's not silver after all, but blue. It's pretty hard to tell.

Sep 17 · 4:45 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

I'm going down to Buffalo right now to buy those jerseys.

Sep 17 · 5:23 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterKris

Ottawa's third is really nice looking.

On a separate note, why does the Sabres team store sell jerseys of other teams?

Sep 17 · 5:49 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterJames O.

I love love love that Ottawa third. It will make a fine replacement for the Hawks' late lamented WC third.

The Leafs, as always, aren't actually willing to do anything new with their identity, but can't resist the lure of the third concept. Maybe more silver would help. Or a new leaf. Or some kind of wraparound graphic with a gradient and maybe an angry cartoon character of some kind.

Sep 17 · 6:01 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterLV

not buffalo's fault... don't ship them until you unveil them, morons.

Sep 17 · 6:11 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterMuse

yeah i'm totally buying a leafs sweater...that thing is banging.

Sep 17 · 6:28 PM PDT | Unregistered Commenterfeenixx

Love 'em both, can't wait to see that Sens jersey in action. They finally got it right!

Sep 17 · 7:15 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterTy

Someone's in trouble!!! LOL

Sep 17 · 8:12 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterMarc B

Upon a closer look, it looks like the Maple Leafs logo has a beveled edge as opposed to a silver inlay. It's all white, but the edge creates a little extra texture to the jersey

Sep 17 · 9:05 PM PDT | Unregistered Commentermiscbanjoinc

Super nice unis! Love them both. Oh yeah, and somebody is in a lot of trouble for selling these...

Sep 17 · 10:37 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterKent

I cant tell is that Pure white or a little darker white on the Sens jersey?

Sep 17 · 11:41 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterClint

The Sens jersey's look awesome! I'm not a fan of the team, but I'd almost put that aside and buy one for its look.

I do have one question though. Where were these photos were actually taken. I've been in the "team stores" at the arena's for a few NHL teams, and its impossible to find anything that isn't the home team. Such is the case in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, and now Winnipeg. The only other teams I've found in their team stores are other teams affiliated with/owned by that team (EG: Calgary Hitmen, Calgary Roughnecks, Abbotsford Heat at a Calgary Flames team store). So, with that experience I've had at 4 NHL teams stores, I'm left to believe that is the case throughout the league. Why then, would the Buffalo Sabres store be carrying not only Ottawa and Toronto jersey's, but Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils products (you can see both teams on the racks in the picture)? Is this a normal practice to have other teams products in your teams arena store?

Sep 17 · 11:56 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterDavid

I don't know if anyone else noticed this, but what throws me off on the Toronto jersey is the use of the Lower Case N surrounded by all upper case letters. Not sure of supposed to signify anything or what.

Sep 18 · 6:15 AM PDT | Unregistered CommenterTodd

Ottawa - A, Toronto - C-

Sep 18 · 6:28 AM PDT | Unregistered CommenterMorning Joe

When are the Leafs going to unveil it officially?

Sep 18 · 8:16 AM PDT | Unregistered CommenterTML

I'm definitely buying the Leafs third. It's from a good era, and I was sick of the old thirds a long time ago.

I'll begrudgingly admit that the Sens third is much better than their old third, and pretty good in its own right.

Sep 18 · 9:22 AM PDT | Unregistered CommenterAdrian

Like the sens jersey, leafs isn't too bad, however I wish they would have gone with the blue jersey from the Wendell Clarke era.

Sep 18 · 9:24 AM PDT | Unregistered CommenterJustin

The sens jersey kinda looks like the blackhawks alt. jersey. Is that why they got rid of it?

Sep 18 · 9:41 AM PDT | Unregistered Commenterdb123

My province is full of unimaginative uniforms. :(

Sep 18 · 9:41 AM PDT | Unregistered CommenterTorontoSharksFan

Sens Heritage Jersey is simply amazing. Love it !! Leafs Jersey does nothing for me unfortunately. I think the Sens new jersey gets my vote for top "third/heritage jersey" in the league now.

Sep 18 · 9:52 AM PDT | Unregistered CommenterCanuckFan69

I was really hoping that the Ottawa jersey would look more like a sweater, with the collar that the Minnesota Wild home jerseys have. I want to see the official pictures though, the crest looks like its screen printed like on those kids jerseys; this picture does it no justice.

Sep 18 · 10:18 AM PDT | Unregistered CommenterAndrzej

love the jerseys but being a sens fan/ fan who lives in ottawa i too think they could have done a better crest on the shoulders. I'm also not a fan of the bilingual crest too... sure there are quite a few people who speak french in this city but most are habs fans/you see alot of habs apparel. Keep the bilingual stuff in quebec and put the primary logo instead or even the clock tower logo or even go old school

Sep 18 · 10:20 AM PDT | Unregistered CommenterCooper

Already have the Sens jersey ordered. Can't wait.

Sep 18 · 11:11 AM PDT | Unregistered CommenterDante

That Leaf's 3rd is hideous, and I'm a full-out Leafs fan FROM Toronto. Really disappointed in this jersey. It's too plain, and doesn't really make a statement aside from the fact that we won a couple cups in them.

If they really wanted a nice 3rd that had the home blue instead of a road jersey, they should have taken the current 3rd, and just reversed the colours (with the exception of the shoulder, keep it blue) and possibly turned the text in the logo red like the old jerseys actually had.

OR gone back to the Sittler era jerseys (80's, early 90's) and used them as a 3rd. They would have looked great in RBK edge form.

They really screwed the pooch on this one.

Ottawa looks very nice. I don't know what everybody's problem is with the vintage white. It's like you're all hopping on the Chris bandwagon because he doesn't like it, but for some strange reason is ok with the Bolts alternate. Not to mention the fact that he condemns the Sens old 3rds which look practically identical to TB. :S

Sep 18 · 11:16 AM PDT | Unregistered CommenterJesse

I just noticed that the "n" in Toronto isn't capitalized though every other letter is.

Sep 18 · 11:39 AM PDT | Unregistered CommenterBUREV

Now what Ottawa has to do is drop their current two and make a white version and they could have the best jerseys in the league.

Sep 18 · 12:23 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterStephen

“We have spent over two years developing this uniform..."
Seriously? 2 years to put an "O" on a uniform with some stripes? Wow. Honestly, they're the ugliest I've seen.

Sep 18 · 12:25 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterCCH

Me Likey the Leafs 3rd jersey. Sharp and clean, reminder of better times. The Sens...Nothing can save the debacle that is their jersey collection from day one. As bad as the team.

Sep 18 · 12:38 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterErnest Reed

Chris you made

Sep 18 · 12:45 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterPepper

Is Ottawa traditionally a Francophone city?

Sep 18 · 1:34 PM PDT | Unregistered Commenterisleslikeme

Leafs jersey looks okay enough.

Sens jersey - shoulder patches do look a bit weak, and I'd much rather see a true white.

Sep 18 · 1:55 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterRob a.k.a. kyojikasshu

Agree with Matt...the Leafs 3rd, while nice, isn't all that distinct from their current home jersey. Would've liked to see something more unique. Nothing against the jersey, its classic, but just not distinct enough from the current uniform

Sep 18 · 2:49 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Sens jersey is great! I agree that the shoulder patches are a tad weak (though maybe a typical Ottawa government-town gesture to have a bilingual jersey), but overall it's a gorgeous design. I wonder if they've designed a white version of this because I could see it becoming the first jersey some day.

The Leafs one is nice but unspectacular. I like the striping and the logo but I agree with the commenters above, it's too similar to their existing theme. Then again, why mess with a good thing.

Sep 18 · 3:51 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterNick

Love the Senators jersey. That should be their primary from this day forward. Surprised it took this long to find such a back-to-basics original 6 (7?) look.

Sep 18 · 3:57 PM PDT | Unregistered CommenterG-Man

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