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Jersey History by Season 

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A visual reference of all jerseys by season used.  Also notes which jerseys were designated for home and road use.

Uniquely produced variants

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A visual reference of all 26 uniquely produced on-ice jerseys (excluding practice and warm-up jerseys).  Notes seasonal changes in branding, logo color and placement, and materials.

Introduction

This wiki exists to provide details and a visual documentation of the evolution of the Dallas Stars hockey jersey.  Its scope is limited to the years in which the team has played in Dallas and covers the authentic on-ice jerseys issued to the team.

Because of the nature of jersey production, this wiki also covers the retail counterpart to the team issued jersey. The Canadian made retail authentic jersey adds removable paper hang tags and a branding label to the inside collar, but is otherwise identical to those that are team issued. Non-Canadian made jerseys and other purely consumer level jerseys are not addressed here.

The team have worn a number of distinctly different jerseys and the amount of variety is surprising.  There are the obvious differences, such as the 12 overall design changes, but there are a range of other details that bring the total number of uniquely produced variants up to 26.  This wiki attempts to catalog the full range of those details with photos and descriptions that make their identification as clear and simple as possible.

The Jersey Eras

Broadly speaking, there have been five distinct jersey eras covering 12 different styles of home, road and 3rd jerseys.  

  • Era 1: the Inaugural Season (2 styles - home, road)
    • Texas shoulder patches added to the existing Minnesota NorthStars jersey
    • primarily ​monochromatic jersey colors in black or white
    • the green colors are very bright
    • numbering and lettering on dark jerseys is layered green on black on white
    • narrow color bands on sleeves and tail in black, green and white
  • Era 2: the 1990's (2 styles - home, road)
    • Essentially the same design as Era 1, with the following notable differences:
      • The word "Dallas" added above the Stars crest
      • the green colors are darker
      • numbering and lettering on dark jerseys is layered white on green
      • wider color bands on sleeves and tail
    • NOTE: 3rd jersey introduced during this period is covered under Era 3
  • Era 3: the Early 2000's (3 styles - home, road, third)
    • the entire jersey reflects the shape of the lower half of a five pointed star, in green, black, white and gold
    • crests remain the same as the previous era
  • Era 4: the Late 2000's (3 styles - home, road, third)
    • primarily ​monochromatic jersey colors in solid black or solid white
    • simple "Dallas" wordmark arc eventually replaces Era 3 crest on all styles
    • narrow color bands on sleeves in black, gold and white
  • Era 5: the current era (2 styles - home, road)
    • primarily monochromatic jersey colors in green and white
    • the green colors are lightened somewhat ("Victory" green)
    • adds laces to collar
    • narrow color bands on sleeves and tail in black, green and white

Additional Features

There are additional features that differentiate jerseys of the same or similar styles.  These features can span eras as well.  Some of these features aren't readily noticeable and some can't be seen without inspecting the manufacturer's tags inside the jersey.

  • Branding
    • The branding marks on the jerseys have changed from season to season.  Brand marks include:
      • CCM (manufactured and licensed under The Hockey Company / Sport Maska / Reebok)
      • KOHO (manufactured and licensed under The Hockey Company / Sport Maska / Reebok)
      • RBK (Reebok logo)
      • Reebok (wordmark)
      • Adidas ADIZERO (Adidas logo)
    • The embroidered brand logos also have changed in appearance through the years, in color, design and placement on the jersey.
  • NHL shield
    • The embroidered NHL logo changed in the 1999-2000 season, from an orange shield on a black field to a silver one
    • The logo changes again after the lockout season, so that the letters "NHL" cross from lower-left to upper-right (instead of upper-left to lower-right).
    • The NHL shield placement on the jersey has also changed over the years.
  • Materials
    • A material known as Airknit was used on 100% of the jersey body for Pro Authentics (model 6100) until Reebok introduced their EDGE system in 2007.
    • Reebok EDGE jerseys were issued in both X-trafil and Airknit materials.

Reebok EDGE 1.0 vs. EDGE 2.0

Reebok introduced the EDGE jersey at the 2007 All-Star game in Dallas.  That prototype model served as the basis for the 2007 - 2008 season's league-wide jersey refresh.  All of the new jerseys were made primarily from a new material called X-trafil, which most players quickly rejected because of its tendency to wick moisture away from their bodies and into their gloves.  Mid season, the league began replacing this new material with the earlier Airknit material.  In addition to some minor changes in the fitment, this change in material is the fundamental difference.

  • EDGE 1.0
    • Primary material listed on inside materials tag is X-trafil
    • Size tag in collar shows 7187 A
    • Paper hang tag (retail) shows 7187
  • EDGE 2.0
    • Primary material listed on inside materials tag is Airknit
    • Size tag in collar still shows 7187 A (no change)
    • Paper hang tag (retail) now shows 7287

Sources 

Information for this wiki was compiled from multiple sources, both online and physical.  Where discrepancies were found, the visual records were used.

  • MeiGrayGroup  for photos of Dallas Stars on-ice and game issued authentic jerseys, listed by season
  • Getty Images  for photos of Dallas Stars hockey games, listed by date
  • NHL Uniform on Wikipedia - for historical overview of hockey jersey branding
  • CCM (ice hockey) on Wikipedia - for historical details of CCM jersey branding
  • Reebok on Wikipedia - for historical details of Reebok jersey branding
  • The Hockey Company listing on Reference for Business - for historical details on the relationship between Sport Maska / SLM / CCM / The Hockey Company
  • Jersey Collecting by Brian LeBlanc on Blogspot - for historical details of the Reebok EDGE jersey
  • Mike Modano Authentic Jerseys collection by Modano1973 - for photos of jerseys (includes Minnesota jerseys)
  • NHL Uniform Database for jersey illustrations, listed by major design changes
  • SportsLogos.net for jersey crest and shoulder patch illustrations, listed by major design changes