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Flames going full-time retro jerseys for 2020-21 campaign

Calgary Flames Austin Czarnik, Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau after losing game five of the Western Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary on Friday, April 19, 2019. Al Charest/Postmedia
Calgary Flames Austin Czarnik, Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau after losing game five of the Western Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary on Friday, April 19, 2019. Al Charest/Postmedia

It’s been circulating the rumour mill for over a year, bandied about on social media every other day, and been requested by fans, well, since 1989.

But — finally — it’s looking like the Calgary Flames are planning to adopt their now-infamous “retro” jerseys on a full-time basis for the upcoming 2020-21 National Hockey League campaign.

Why not? It worked for them during the 1988-89 Stanley Cup-winning year, the only time the franchise has captured hockey’s Holy Grail.

They rolled out the retros as their third jersey ahead of the 2018-19 season and wore them 12 times during that campaign. Last year, they wore their retro white jerseys three times last season — against the Winnipeg Jets, appropriately for the 2019 Heritage Classic, on Dec. 19 against the Montreal Canadiens and Feb. 17 against the Anaheim Ducks.

The white retro look features a classic white background with a gold-trimmed flaming red ‘C’ with red and yellow stripes around the arms and base of the jersey. The red retro sweater features a red background with a gold-trimmed white flaming ‘C’ in the centre with gold and white stripes around the arms and base.

The team is expected to make an announcement and roll out the iconic uniforms on Monday morning.

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