The Tampa Bay Lightning unveiled a new all-black third jersey, returning the look associated with the team’s Stanley Cup victory in 2004.
The Lightning wore black as their primary dark jersey from their inaugural season in 1992-93, but moved to a simple blue and white scheme as part of a logo and uniform rebrand prior to the 2011-12 season.
“We’re very excited to unveil our new third jersey today and invite our fans to go ‘Back in Black’ this season,” said Tampa Bay president Steve Griggs. “The Lightning are proud to honor the history of the franchise by bringing back a black jersey system.”
The all-black look, which features a blue lightning bolt on the pants, will replace the blue alternate uniform that the team has been using since 2008-09. Similarly, the old alternate uniform also featured “BOLTS” across the front.
Lightning captain Steve Stamkos is a big fan of the new threads, saying “I’m really looking forward to wearing the new third jersey this season and I’m glad it maintains the ‘BOLTS’ across the front. I’ve always liked black jerseys in the past. It’s clean and crisp, and I think we’ll look a little meaner with the new black jerseys.”
The Lightning will wear the new third sweater 12 times over the upcoming season, all in front of the home crowd at the newly renamed Amalie Arena.
Nov. 13 vs San Jose Sharks
Nov. 15 vs New York Islanders
Nov. 22 vs Minnesota Wild
Nov. 29 vs Ottawa Senators
Dec. 6 vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Dec. 27 vs Carolina Hurricanes
Jan. 17 vs Colorado Avalanche
Jan. 31 vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Feb. 7 vs Los Angeles Kings
Mar. 7 vs Dallas Stars
Mar. 14 vs Winnipeg Jets
Apr. 11 vs Boston Bruins