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Could The Boston Bruins ‘Pooh Bear’ Return?



Are the Boston Bruins ‘Pooh Bear’ jerseys making a comeback next season?

According to Icethetics, NHL teams could be announcing fourth jerseys next season that will have a ‘Reverse Retro’ look to it. The jerseys will take former uniform styles and logos from a team’s past and then reverse the base color. Icethetics recently revealed the reverse retro jerseys that the Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, and Anaheim Ducks could sport soon.


Those uni leaks have caused a social media movement to bring back a reverse retro style of the third jerseys the Boston Bruins wore from the 1995-96 to 2005-06 seasons. The jerseys became known as the ‘Pooh Bear’ jerseys because of the bear logo resembling Winnie The Pooh and also because of the Bruins’ less than exciting and far from fierce hockey played during that forgettable era of Boston Bruins hockey. 

There has been a growing counter-movement though to honor the days when Boston Bruins team President Cam Neely and General Manager Don Sweeney helped make the Bruins a perennial playoff contender that prided itself on old-time hockey. CBS hockey writer Pete Blackburn concocted reverse retro designs for both eras on Twitter.



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Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk recently told NHL Network host Jamison Coyle he’d prefer the original ‘Pooh Bear’ jerseys after signing his new four-year contract with the Bruins worth $14.7 million

“I haven’t heard anything but I feel like with that one [pooh bear] especially, people either love it or they hate it, I think it’s pretty cool to be honest, it’s got that unique yellow look, and I’m sure not everyone is a fan of it but, I certainly am. I wonder if they could maybe put their own spin on it,” Grzelcyk told Coyle.

For the sake of humanity and our eyes, here’s hoping Neely makes sure they go with the uniforms he wore in his prime!


With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN,, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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