Environmentally conscious Blackhawks to reuse old outdoor game jerseys for Winter Classic

The Elbow staff

A pair of fans model the Winter Classic jerseys they bought two years ago. Source

A pair of fans model the Winter Classic jerseys they bought two years ago. Source

CHICAGO, IL – With a focus on reducing climate change, the Chicago Blackhawks have decided to recycle their jerseys for the upcoming Winter Classic at Busch Stadium on New Year's Day.

The team announced on Wednesday that they will be wearing the exact same jerseys left over from the 2015 outdoor game, and that they don't plan on selling any to fans.

"We at the Chicago Blackhawks are proud of our energy-reduction measures," Shane Nolan, head of marketing for the team, said today. "For the past few years, players who get holes in their equipment have be forced to sew them shut on their own."

"And in keeping with that focus to reduce our carbon footprint, we have decided not to make a new jersey for just one silly game."

Players will instead be made to sort through the pile of jerseys that have been kept in head coach Joel Quenneville's basement since New Year's Day 2015.

"It'll be every man for himself," the bench boss said. "First come, first serve."

"If any of them turn up late to my house, they'll be left to fight over the Carcillo and Bickell jerseys."

Nolan said that the team plans on using the same uniforms for the next four outdoor games they play in between 2018 and 2020.

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