Penguins to introduce Winter Classic jersey in fall
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The Penguins plan to introduce a new sweater early this fall, but it won't replace their current third one.
Not yet, anyway.
Team officials have decided to retain their powder-blue alternate sweaters for 2010-11, and expect to again use them in about 10 regular-season games.
However, they are working on a special one for the Winter Classic game against the Washington Capitals Jan. 1 at Heinz Field. That's not surprising, given that all six teams that participated in the first three Winter Classics have worn uniforms made for the occasion.
"The new jersey we unveil will be specially designed for the Winter Classic," said Tom McMillan, the team's vice president of communications. "That's become a Winter Classic tradition."
The Penguins' current alternate jerseys were first worn at the Winter Classic in Buffalo in 2008, and were adopted as the team's third sweaters after they proved to be extremely popular with fans. It is conceivable that the same will happen with the sweaters the Penguins will wear against the Capitals.
"It could become the third jersey in the future," McMillan said.
First Published July 16, 2010 12:00 am