Unless the coronavirus pandemic derails its plans, the NHL will reportedly debut throwback jerseys during the 2020-21 season according to Icethetics. With the Washington Capitals already honoring its Capitals’ wordmark in both its current jersey design and its third jersey in recent seasons, fans have clamored for an alternate jersey that features the Weagle logo or the screaming eagle illustration that first debuted in 1995 and retired in 2007.
As Alex Ovechkin nears the end of his career, the screaming eagle jersey, which he wore during his first two seasons in the NHL, has made fans more sentimental about its possible return.
Several designers including Tyler Duchaine (@tylerduchaine, Lucas Daitchman (@ldconcepts), and KP8 Design (@KP8Design) have created several intriguing concepts of what that jersey could look like with a modern-day tune-up.
The first design is by Tyler, a longtime RMNB reader and Caps fans. Tyler’s first concept is more a literal interpretation of the screaming eagle on white.
Tyler’s second design has “something from every era,” he said. “You’ve got stars on the sleeves, the screaming eagle crest, and the iconic red” in homage of the team’s current red, white, and blue colors. The tag area says The District, which is a fantastic touch.
Lucas, who is a graphic designer and hockey fan, is currently in the middle of a series where he gives each NHL team four new jersey designs. For the Capitals, Lucas created a concept for the screaming eagle where he carried the bird’s stars onto black and gold stripes on the arms as well as the waist.
Finally, KP8 Design created four different variations of a new screaming eagle design. “I wanted to see how the old screaming eagle design would look in the modern color scheme.”
Then he tried a more traditional look.
KP8’s final two designs used red as a dominant color.
“With the red ones, I figured the navy blue eagle would look nicer on a red base so that was the idea behind those,” KP8 said. “My personal favorite of the two is the one with the blue shoulder caps. If I were to take a guess, judging by the abundance of screaming eagle content being put out by the Caps on social lately, I’d assume we’re going to see either a direct throwback or a version in the current colors in the near future.”
The designers also made a few other variants that used the Weagle and the W logo from the 2015 Winter Classic.
What concept is your favorite and what do you think the Caps’ next alternate jersey should be? Let us know in the comments.
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