The Penguins last wore blue and white against the Bruins in Boston, on January 27, 1980.
Almost 28 years later, the Pens wore “throwback” jerseys for the NHL Winter Classic outdoor game between the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins at Ralph Wilson Stadium on January 1, 2008.
Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby scored the walk-off winner in the shootout to push the Pens past the Sabres, 2-1, in front of 71,217 fans at Ralph Wilson Stadium – a new attendance record for an NHL game.
The tie-down jerseys were modeled with the new RBK Edge cut and made out of Airknit material.
The jerseys featured a fully embroidered “NHL Winter Classic 2008” patch.
The Pittsburgh Penguins unveiled the 2008-09 season’s third, or alternate jersey, on November 5, 2008 at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Robinson.
Long-rumored to be blue and white like the uniforms worn to ring in the New Year in the outdoor game in Buffalo, but “slightly different.” The difference? No Winter Classic Patch.
The Penguins wore the jersey against Buffalo on November 15th for the first of 10 games in the new, but old, blue and white and the team’s official game puck featured the popular circular crest logo.
In 2008-09, the Pens wore the alternates in 10 home games,and went 3-5-2 in those games.
The original plan was to schedule 11 games in the retro uniforms, with the possibility of up to 15 games, but the team decided that ten games would be the limit.
The team wore the jersey for 12 games during the 2009-10 season and went 8-2-1.