We’ve all been there…
You think you lost your keys. So, you tear apart the house; turning over every seat cushion from the couch, rummaging through the junk drawer, and checking pockets in every pair of pants you own. Only to come up empty-handed.
They were on the kitchen island next to your cellphone the whole time.
Sometimes the things we need are right below our nose, hiding in plain sight, yet we miss them.
From the earliest days of us talking about the Kings Reverse Retro program, we had been exploring a reimagined version of their early ’80s purple and gold jersey — aka LA’s second generation purple and gold jerseys, the ones they wore in the era after the innagural 1967 sweaters and before the eventual change to black and silver.
We even featured such an idea among some different Reverse Retro concepts shared back in July. Among the six jerseys shared in that article was a mix of three different crest variations on a reversed out early ’80s Kings shell.
Then, just before we launched a poll last week to get some reader feedback, we received some intel that the striping would be gold, not purple (see the bottom right corner).
Perhaps this information was lost in translation. Maybe it was a misunderstanding.
When attempting to verify this design detail from multiple sources (which is extremely difficult to do when everybody is being tight-lipped about the project), it was strongly suggested to us that the key secondary color would be gold. As mentioned on a recent Kings Of The Podcast episode, while it was certainly possible, there was one piece of the logic puzzle that didn’t seem to fit when really thinking about it — the Kings haven’t used gold as a feature color since the ’80s. After Wayne Gretzky arrived in the summer of ’88, LA has used black, silver, white, and later added purple back in just before moving to Staples Center in 1999. Gold really hasn’t been on the Kings radar for about 35 years.
In the end, guess what? That thought process appears to be correct.
With the NHL and Adidas set to roll out the 2022-23 Reverse Retro jerseys
nearly any day now around October 21, we’ve likely closed in on the Kings final design. And it seems we had it all along.
Look for the new uniform kit to be pretty close to this:
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