PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - The Philadelphia Flyers turn a half-century old this season and the team unveiled a newly-created 50th anniversary third jersey to mark the special occasion.
You'll notice the hockey club opted to integrate gold into the uniform, as well as in the Flyers campaign this season, as a nod to what's referred to as the 'golden anniversary.'
Gold accents featured in the anniversary jersey include gold numbers on the back and sleeves, a three-color name plate, a gold-outlined crest on the front, and gold captain 'C' and alternate captain's 'A' patches, as well as additional gold accents on the pants and gloves," the team explained. "The jersey also features 'Est. 1967' on the inside neckline, as well as newly-designed socks."
The specially-designed Reebok jersey will be worn 12 times at home during the 16-17 season: Oct. 20 vs. the Anaheim Ducks (Home Opener), Nov. 2 vs. the Detroit Red Wings, Nov. 19 vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning, Nov. 25 vs. the New York Rangers, Dec. 3 vs. the Chicago Blackhawks, Dec. 10 vs. the Dallas Stars, Dec. 21 vs. the Washington Capitals, Jan. 7 vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning, Jan. 21 vs. the New Jersey Devils, Feb. 2 vs. the Montreal Canadiens, Feb. 4 vs. the Los Angeles Kings, and Feb. 11 vs. the San Jose Sharks. (Schedule subject to change.)
The jerseys will also be a benefit for this year's season ticket members. Each will get the commemorative jersey.
There will also be a new, commemorative anniversary logo patch on players' right shoulders that'll be featured on all game jerseys during the 2016-17 season.
Flyers senior management reviewed dozens of jersey prototypes and more than 100 logo sketches before finally settling on the design.
The jersey and anniversary patch were actually finalized in December 2015, when management received the blessing of Ed Snider - who approved both upon first sight.
In honor of Snider, player helmets will feature an Ed Snider "A Flyer Forever" tribute including the Chairman's signature.
Not a season ticket holder? You can buy the 50th anniversary jersey exclusively at the FanZone store at the Wells Fargo Center from Tuesday, Sept. 6 through Saturday, Sept. 10. Special store hours will be 10am-6pm (Sept. 6-8) and 10am-3pm (Sept. 9-10). Click here for more information.