The Minnesota Wild will take the ice for the 2022 Winter Classic in uniforms rich in hockey and Twin Cities history.
The uniforms, unveiled at the Minnesota State Fair on Saturday, are heavy on throwback details and regional references, supremely fit for the State of Hockey.
The design was based on the St. Paul Saints uniforms from the 1930s and blended with the Wild’s color palette. There were several iterations of the St. Paul Saints that played in amateur and professional leagues and they were inarguably instrumental in building Minnesota into a hockey powerhouse at all levels.
Wild captain Jared Spurgeon modeled the uniforms for the unveiling.
For the crest, two stars on either side of the Minnesota state crest represent Gemini, the twins constellation, and the lettering of the two cities represent them coming together to form the state capital.
The pants feature a new vintage inspired State of Hockey mark inspired by the iconic diamond-shaped Grain Belt Beer sign, which went dark in the late 1990s, but was relit in 2017 after New Ulm-based August Schell Brewing Co. purchased it.
The canvas brown pants, gloves and elbow patches, and vintage white are a throwback to hockey’s origins on the pond.
Felt was used for the cresting, names and numbers, and a narrowed yoke are all callbacks to the 1930s and 1940s hockey aesthetic.