After more than 10,000 total votes throughout the tournament, it’s all come down to this. We started with all 31 of the NHL’s new Reverse Retro jerseys; through fan voting, we identified the top 16. They were then placed into a playoff bracket, where they were seeded by the number of votes received. And now we’ve reached the final round. Who will win the Reverse Retro Cup?
In the semi-finals, we saw a pair of rather decisive victories. In the Eastern Conference, Carolina captured 64% of the votes in their matchup with Montreal. The No. 1 seeded Hurricanes carved a path to the Cup Final with victories over the Lightning, Capitals, and Canadiens. As noted on a recent Kings of the Podcast episode, we considered the latter two very strong candidates in this competition.
In the Western Conference, by securing 76% of the votes received, it was the Kings advancing over the Avalanche. While not a significant upset, Colorado had entered the tournament with the No. 1 seed on their side of the ladder, just ahead of No. 2 LA. In earlier rounds, the newly designed forum blue and gold sweater had already taken out retro offerings from the Vancouver Canucks and Minnesota Wild.
Interestingly enough, the Kings will now face a Carolina jersey that actually features the Hartford Whalers look, and this comes after just defeating a Colorado jersey based on the old Quebec Nordiques styling. Even LA’s opponent in the second round largely featured a look from a team no longer in the NHL. While the Minnesota retro jersey features the Wild’s crest, the entire design of the sweater is really a tribute to the former North Stars.
Without any further ado, let’s get to it…
REVERSE RETRO CUP FINAL
Carolina Hurricanes vs LA Kings
Voting for the Reverse Retro Cup will remain open until 9am PST on Wednesday, December 16.
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