In an exciting revelation on Tuesday, the National Hockey League (NHL) and adidas provided a glimpse into the uniforms that will grace the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames during the highly anticipated 2023 Heritage Classic. This outdoor spectacle, scheduled to take place at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium on October 29, promises a nostalgic nod to the past while incorporating some intriguing modern twists.
The Edmonton Oilers, serving as the hosts for this memorable event, will step onto the ice donning a striking ensemble consisting of a royal blue jersey paired with tan pants. The essence of this unique uniform lies in the artistry behind its creation, as adidas carefully melded vintage-inspired elements with the iconic oil drop emblem of the Oilers. The result is a front crest that encapsulates the team’s heritage, complete with player numbers integrated into the oil drop design.
Adding to the authenticity, the player names and numbers, masterfully crafted by adidas, are rendered in layered felt, lending a tactile quality to the jerseys. Notably, the Oilers’ uniform retains an old-school charm by featuring sleeve numbers on just one arm, and the captain’s marks thoughtfully placed over the shoulder yoke. These meticulous details culminate in a traditional look that pays homage to the franchise’s storied history.
Meanwhile, the Calgary Flames have crafted a design that pays tribute to the rich history of their city’s hockey legacy. The Flames’ Heritage Classic attire draws inspiration from the classic red and white color scheme used by the historic Calgary Stampeders hockey team. In a departure from their traditional Flames’ gold, this uniform only incorporates the fiery gold hue in the “CALGARY FLAMES” lettering of the crest and subtle topstitch detailing on the numbers.
This unique fusion of history and contemporary design sets the stage for a captivating edition of the Battle of Alberta, a rivalry that has long captured the hearts of hockey fans. As the 2023 Heritage Classic approaches, fans eagerly await the clash of these two iconic franchises, each adorned in uniforms that serve as tributes to their respective legacies.
As part of its tradition of celebrating both past and future, the NHL Heritage Classic remains an annual fan-favorite. This 2023 edition promises not only exciting on-ice action, but a visual feast as Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames proudly wear uniforms that pay homage to Canada’s national sport’s rich past while simultaneously looking toward its exciting present.