Through the 5 Hole

November 13, 2009 2:35 PM

Avs' third jersey: nice or awful?

The Colorado Avalanche has unveiled its new third jersey, one that is predominately blue. Perhaps it's an homage to the Avalanche's predecessors, the Quebec Nordiques, whose sweaters were powder blue.

At least, that's the take of center Paul Stastny, who modeled the uniforms with teammate Kyle Quincey.

Stastny's father, Peter, starred for the Nordiques and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. His uncles, Anton and Marian, also played for the Nordiques, who moved to Denver in 1995 and were renamed the Avalanche.

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(Kyle Quincey, left, and Paul Stastny model the Avalanche's third jerseys. Colorado Avalanche photo)

"(The blue) is a little darker now, but you can't go back to that now," Stastny told the Denver Post. "This is a bit of a mix, and I think the blue is the part that stands out on these jerseys. My first two years, we had the red jerseys with Colorado across it, and I liked those a lot. But it's always fun to switch it up and have a new look."

Like the previous third jersey, which actually was burgundy, the new one has a diagonal COLORADO type and retro laces at the neckline. It also has stripes on the sleeves.

The Avalanche will wear the new jerseys at 12 home games, starting with Saturday night's game against the Vancouver Canucks.

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