NEW JERSEY CITY, N.J. — You may not know it yet, but you’re about to start wearing the new jersey.
The New Jersey Devils, who have been without their captain for a month, were officially back in the thick of things on Thursday when they wore their new jerseys to a home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“I feel like we have to get it together,” said defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere.
“It’s a big game and it’s a game where the boys know we’re coming and that’s a good thing.”
After the team’s 4-1 win, coach John Hynes said that he didn’t think it was a long time before the players would get back to practicing in their new uniforms.
Hynes, who has a reputation for not being overly concerned with injuries, said he believed that it would take “a little while” before players were fully prepared to play again.
He didn’t have a timeline for when they would start practicing again.
New Jersey is expected to begin practicing Thursday afternoon.
Players have been wearing their new uniform since the start of the season.
The jersey was introduced with the team on Nov. 15 and was originally designed to be worn by members of the front office and team management.
Last year, the team was awarded the NHL’s first NHL All-Star Game MVP, which the team wore to a game against Washington on Jan. 25.
The new jerseys are the latest in a long line of jerseys that the Devils have worn in the past.
In 2015, the Devils wore their first all-white jersey.
In 2017, they wore black jerseys, which was the first all black jersey to be used by the team since 2003.
In 2016, the first two jerseys were black and white.
In 2018, the third jersey was red and white, and in 2019, the fourth jersey was silver and white with white trim.