The Winnipeg Jets will draw on their beginnings in a rival league as they get set to host the 2016 NHL Heritage Classic outdoor game.
The Jets, who will meet the Edmonton Oilers at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg on Oct. 23, will wear jerseys that pay tribute to their seven years in the World Hockey Association (1972-79). The white sweater features a vintage logo from their Avco Cup-winning season of 1976-77, along with a crossover V-neck color and vintage-inspired mesh striping. The player's name and number will be era-accurate as well. It's a look that hasn't aged particularly well, but it's a better option than the overly busy logo they sported for their first two seasons. And it should be a big hit with local fans who hoped the team would reprise the design upon returning to the city in 2011.
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The Jets will be making their first appearance in an outdoor game, becoming the 22nd NHL team to do so. For Edmonton, this will be their first time braving the elements since hosting the first-ever NHL regular-season game played outdoors at Commonwealth Stadium in 2003.
Ticket details and other announcements are expected shortly.