Steven Stamkos is doing his best Johnny Cash impersonation being the man in black today.
The Lightning posted a photo on Facebook and Twitter, seen above, of Stamkos in a black-and-white picture saying “Black Out The Date” for Sept. 27, which is this year’s Fan Fest that the team also announced Wednesday.
The Lightning have acknowledged before that the sweaters would be black as the team’s jerseys have been black based up until a couple seasons ago. Earlier in the blog, I visited the history of the franchise’s third jersey attempts and a new black concept for the team’s regular sweaters before they bolted for blue.
Hockey sweater experts Icethetics took a go at the sweater only suggesting that the color would be blue, but they did offer surprise to the sweater template saying they’ve never seen it before. It’s difficult to tell if this sweater features squared-off shoulder yokes that the Carolina Hurricanes and Dallas Stars adopted or if that white piping extends down the sleeve. But based on the thickness of that line, it has to be a yoke (the coloring of the jersey that reaches both shoulders and dips slightly behind the back and below the neck with or without a border).
By the way, five days earlier on Sept. 23, the Capitals and Blackhawks will unveil their Winter Classic sweaters, perhaps with a similar template.
The photo is just a teaser, but it’s still the first official look of what the sweater will be.
The Lightning’s Fan Fest, where the jersey will be unveiled, starts at 10 a.m. Sept. 27 with the following activities, according to the team:
The Lightning’s annual Fan Fest event is free and open to the public. The doors to the arena will open at 10 a.m. and fans can park in any Lightning-owned lot for a discounted rate of $5 and enter through the grand entrance on Ford Thunder Alley. The team will be split into two groups and will scrimmage from noon until 12:45 p.m.
Half of the Lightning players will sign autographs for 45 minutes on the concourse beginning at 1:15 p.m. The second group of Bolts players will sign for fans from 2-2:45 p.m. The event will conclude following the autograph signings.