NHL teams will start buying new batik print jerseys this year, but many teams are also doing away with them entirely.
The Chicago Blackhawks announced Tuesday they will no longer be using batik jersey printing in 2018, and they are ending the use of batik jerseys for the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Chicago is the only team in the NHL that will not use batik printed jerseys.
The Blackhawks also announced that they will not be using the traditional “Hook” jerseys from the 2017-18 season.
The Los Angeles Kings will be the only Kings team that will still be using Batik printed jersey jerseys in 2018.
The Nashville Predators have stopped printing the traditional hook-up jersey for the 2017 NHL season, and the team has also stopped printing batsik printed sleeves for the upcoming 2018-19 season.
“As a business, we are very fortunate to be able to continue to use batikh jerseys, but it is time to make a strategic decision about where to place them,” Nashville Predators president of business operations John Chayka said in a statement.
“This decision will have an immediate impact on our ability to compete in the 2018 NHL Playoffs.”
The Pittsburgh Penguins stopped printing traditional hookup jerseys for this season as well, and also stopped using batikh printed sleeves.
The San Jose Sharks will also stop printing batik-printed sleeves for this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs, and will no long be printing the batik design for the logo on the front of the Sharks’ jersey.
The New York Rangers have also stopped wearing batik.
The Pittsburgh Panthers will stop using batikk printed jerseys in 2019-20, but they will continue to wear the traditional jacket-front jersey and the traditional shoulder-button logo.
The Detroit Red Wings will continue wearing the traditional glove-front jerseys and the “H” logo on their jersey.