Flames honor 1989 Stanley Cup win with Heritage Classic jerseys

via Calgary Flames/Adidas

As much as our nostalgia-soaked culture can make you roll your eyes, every now and then, it pays off.

Personally, turning back the clocks almost always works out when it comes to NHL uniforms (or “jerseys” or “sweaters”). There’s something about the simplicity of older designs that often ends up more aesthetically appealing than the sharp edges preferred by certain modern looks.

So, it wasn’t that bold of a move for the Calgary Flames to choose the look they’re rolling with against the Winnipeg Jets for the 2019 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic (airing on Oct. 26 at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN). But why try to reinvent the wheel when you can instead evoke a “fresh and clean” look from the past? These might be sharp enough to keep you from being an, erp, Outkast.

Those are so nice, Sam Bennett should be forced to keep his incredible mustache going to honor Lanny McDonald, and truly bring that nostalgia thing full circle. Granted, when McDonald won the Cup, he was looking different both in jersey and in that ‘stache turning into a STACHE-BEARD.

(Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images Studios/Getty Images)

What do you think about the Flames’ Heritage Classic look overall? The Jets unveiled their duds on Friday, too. Thoughts?

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