Adidas made a minor change to the Blackhawks’ jerseys/sweaters this offseason by altering the highly unpopular collar.
The collar ends near the shoulders in EA Sports’ “NHL 20” video game open beta, which is available now for free in the Xbox and PlayStation stores. The game will be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Sept. 13.
Icethetics posted the update earlier this month with a zoomed in look at the collar.
Blackhawks players and alumni did not sport the modified collar look during the opening ceremony of the 12th annual fan convention Friday at Hilton Chicago.
Adidas signed a deal with the NHL to become the official manufacturer of the league’s uniforms in April 2015, taking over the role from Reebok, which was the NHL’s outfitter since 2007. For the 2016-17 season, Adidas only had home and road uniforms for all 31 NHL teams before introducing alternates this season.
Aside from outdoor games and three games this past season, Chicago has only worn red home and white road uniforms since the 2010-11 season. Prior to that, the Blackhawks donned alternate black uniforms.