The Arizona Coyotes will be sporting the fan-favorite Kachina jerseys when hockey makes its return.
While there may be uncertainty surrounding when hockey will return later this year, but fans got some good news about what it will look like when it does. No, we’re not talking about the NHL’s 24-team playoff format. Instead, on Friday, the Arizona Coyotes announced that the team will be wearing their alternate third jerseys — the famous Kachina throwbacks — when hockey resumes.
The Coyotes will wear their Kachina third jerseys during any game that they are designated as the home team, while wearing their normal white away jerseys for any game they are the designated away team.
Arizona will be playing the Nashville Predators in a best-of-five qualifying matchup when hockey resumes. With the Coyotes being the No. 11 seed and the Predators being No. 6, it’s more than likely Arizona will be the designated home team for two games to Nashville’s three.
This look isn’t a new one for the Coyotes, who have recently made their Kachina jerseys their alternates for the last few seasons as more and more fans have clamored for their return. These black jerseys had been part of the team’s rotation since their inception in 1996, but after the team rebranded its logo and colors in 2003, they took a back seat until the team brought them back as alternates in 2018.
The Kachina jerseys are considered one of the most memorable jerseys in all of hockey, though not everyone agrees on its aesthetics. It is certainly one of the more unique sweaters that’s ever graced a sheet of ice, and it’s wonderful to see the Coyotes embrace their history with such enthusiasm.
It’s possible other NHL teams will follow suit and bring back alternate or throwback jerseys for the league’s return. Considering everything else happening in the world, hockey could use a bit of levity in any way we can get it.
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