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Love those Jets heritage jerseys? You'll see them again

If you really loved those special jerseys worn by the Winnipeg Jets during Sunday's NHL Heritage Classic, you'll get a chance to see them again — and then again.
Mark Scheifele (Winnipeg Jets)

If you really loved those special jerseys worn by the Winnipeg Jets during Sunday's NHL Heritage Classic, you'll get a chance to see them again — and then again.

The team is planning to wear the retro-esque jerseys against the Calgary Flames on Jan. 9 and then against the Minnesota Wild on March 19. Both games will be at the MTS Centre.

The jerseys — a mix of nostalgic and modern Jets gear — were worn during the outdoor game against the Edmonton Oilers. The Jets lost the game but their uniforms won the day.

They've been getting rave reviews on social media and from the mainstream media.

When the Jets walked out for the warm-up skate, the broadcast crew for the game lauded their look, with one declaring them to be "by far the best uniforms I've ever seen."

"These jerseys are by far the best selling item in our Jets Gear Stores this season," said Scott Brown, senior director of corporate communications for True North Sports and Entertainment, the Jets' ownership organization.

He wouldn't provide any specific figures however, in terms of how many jerseys have been sold.

Hockey legend Bobby Hull, seen in the Heritage Classic-like logo and stripes, played with the Winnipeg Jets from the team's WHA inaugural season of 1972-73 until 1980. (Graphic Artists/Hockey Hall of Fame)

The jersey design pays homage to the history of the Jets even though the current franchise is not linked to that first one, which relocated to Phoenix in 1996 and became the Coyotes. The new Jets are a rebranding of the Atlanta Thrashers, which moved to Winnipeg at the start of the 2011-12 NHL season.

Nonetheless, the Heritage Classic jerseys showcased a logo first introduced in 1973. That was combined with red and blue stripes around the arms, waist and socks — a direct nod to the design of the Jets World Hockey Association days (before the WHA was absorbed by the NHL).

The blue, however, on the uniforms was navy, which matches the present-day Jets, instead of the old royal blue.

The name and numbers featured a bold font with sharp angles, very different from the current font with soft, curved corners on the numbers and letters.

The Jets (Trevor Hagan/Canadian Press)

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