No complaints on the jersey because I saw that coming, but I'm very disappointed that they kept that anniversary patch.
Old is new, and nostalgia is the new black, or in this case red, as the Flames released their vintage third jerseys Wednesday.
In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Flames in Calgary, the sweater is a throwback to the days of yore, an identical replica of the original and intended as a tip of the hat to the teams that built the foundation for the organization.
"I'm going to feel kind of nostalgic when I see that sweater, because that was our first sweater," said Flames co-owner Harley Hotchkiss.
"Sometimes I feel a bit lonely because I'm really the only one remaining of that original ownership group. I get some comfort of course from Jim Peplinski who's been around here for 30 years and can hold my hand whenever I'm feeling sorry for myself."
The vintage uniforms will be worn for the following five home games this season:
October 1 vs. Vancouver - Home Opener
October 6 vs. Montreal
January 2 vs. Toronto - Retro Night
January 30 vs. Edmonton - Stampede Night & Hockey Day in Canada
March 11 vs. Ottawa - Jersey Off Our Back
The new vintage jerseys will allow fans to relive the glory days, all while looking forward to a bright future with a promising season less than a month away.
"We think it's important to honour our history, and we think it's as important to focus going forward," said King.
"I feel good about our organization, about our team. We're in a highly competitive league as you all know, but I think we've got a well-rounded team and that we'll make a good account of ourselves this year," agreed Hotchkiss.