From 1979 through 1995, the city of Quebec was home to the Nordiques. One of the more unique color schemes in professional hockey, the team featured a dominant powder blue and white brand with red accents. It’s been over 20 years since the team moved and they are still widely regarded as one of the best jerseys in hockey.
Before it was announced that the team would move to Colorado and become the Avalanche, the Nordiques were set to unveil a whole new jersey that thankfully never saw the rink. For my take, I went back to the team’s classic colors and logos and rebuilt them from the ground up.
The home design features most of the same elements from the original jerseys but updated a bit. I love the unique powder blue and really wanted that to dominate the design, so there is only a limited amount of white, and almost no red. The fleur-de-lis are knocked out against white stripes on the waist and sleeves. The same fleur-de-lis is featured as an accent on the solid blue pants. Dominant blue with white accents are also used on the socks, skates, gloves, and helmet.
The white jersey is essentially the reverse of the blue, with the exception of the blue shoulders and white collar.
I took a completely different turn with the alternate. I chose to focus on the red and fleur-de-lis as the primary choices for this jersey. To start, I created a new fleur-de-lis logo in the same style as the primary logo (Red with white-blue-white outlines) and placed it on an almost exclusively red jersey. I also used oversized fleur-de-lis on the sleeves to break up the large amount of red and to create a unique design element. Red was added to the shoulders, pants, gloves, socks, and skates. The primary logo was added as a shoulder patch and to the all-red pants. The blue accents on the helmets in the blue / white jerseys have also changed to red.