The time has finally come for the newest edition of the Chicago Blackhawks’ sweaters to be revealed. After months of rumors, the collar change that the Blackhawks have made for the upcoming 2019–20 season has finally been revealed in real life, on a real player.
The Blackhawks’ new collars have finally been revealed
At the annual NHLPA Rookie Showcase, Blackhawks defenseman Adam Boqvist was snapped in his new Blackhawks sweater.
Behold the new collar:
— Mario Tirabassi (@Mario_Tirabassi) August 25, 2019
The change had been rumored for months and months by Icethetics:
Taking a look at the updated #Blackhawks jerseys for 2019-20 on the blog. Nothing earth-shattering, but we do now have images of the new collar designs. (Stick tap to @ReaganKingIsles for the road jersey.)
— Icethetics (@icethetics) August 24, 2019
Standing next to his brother, Jesper Boqvist of the New Jersey Devils, Adam was photographed by the NHLPA and by Tom Gulitti in the new Blackhawks sweaters. The change in the collar sees the end of the “Pilgrim Collar” and the dawn of a new, scaled-back collar. It is a minor change to a minor sweater detail that has cause major waves among the Blackhawks’ fan community.
Later, the Upper Deck showed Kirby Dach wearing the new digs:
— Upper Deck Hockey (@UpperDeckHockey) August 25, 2019
A few reactions:
— Chris Scheiber (@scheib43) August 25, 2019
— MeatballSznBuster (@PuckinHostile) August 25, 2019
Just bring back the classic one🙄
— Shawn (@ShawnycashH) August 25, 2019
So yes, mixed reaction is one way to describe the reviews that the new collars have garnered online. While the team has yet to officially announce the changes, this picture confirms the months of speculation behind the change. It is expected they will wear the new sweaters in the preseason; if not, by puck drop of the regular season on Oct. 4.