We’re just under two months away from the NHL Winter Classic between the Dallas Stars and the Nashville Predators and the Stars have already appeared to run into their first issue leading up to the outdoor game.
On Wednesday morning the Stars officially revealed their Winter Classic jerseys and, like every other brand new jersey, there were plenty of mixed reviews on the new threads.
However, it appears that there were a lot more people in favour of the new look than there were against it and now the Stars have an issue on their hands.
In less than 24 hours, the Stars managed to sell out all the available Winter Classic jerseys they made available during an online presale and it appears there aren’t many backups ready to go for the rest of the fans who didn’t take advantage of the presale.
4:30 p.m. UPDATE: The supply for online pre-sales has sold out. A limited supply of additional jerseys will be available for in-person purchase Friday, November 15 at The Hangar inside Comerica Center. Availability includes Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Miro Heiskanen, and blank jerseys. We are continuing to work on solutions with the manufacturer for additional jersey inventory.
As of right now, the next batch of Stars Winter Classic jerseys will only be available at the team store inside the Comerica Center starting next week, and they’re hoping there will be more arriving shortly after, especially with Christmas quickly approaching.
Here’s part of the statement the team released in regards to the jersey sales on Thursday evening.
The jerseys are unique, and therefore required an initial production order in January 2019. Knowing how much our fans support this team, we placed an initial order that was considered very aggressive by our apparel manufacturer. Unfortunately, we will only be receiving a portion of this order due to production issues out of the Dallas Stars' control, and have been working diligently to find additional product to meet our original order.
We have also seen high demand for select players, especially Miro Heiskanen and Roope Hintz, whose jerseys are sold out for online pre-orders along with Alexander Radulov and John Klingberg. We have made our best efforts to shift on-the-fly and meet the increased demand for our young star players' jerseys, after the original order was placed 10 months ago.
We are continuing to work on a plan to add additional inventory in short order, and we hope to have more jerseys added to inventory by mid-December. The classic nature of our Winter Classic sweaters, with felt lettering and unique threads, make producing these exclusive jerseys more difficult and we may still find ourselves at a deficit of jerseys after this solution is confirmed.
Hopefully the NHL acts quickly on this because there are a lot of Stars fans waiting to get their hands on these new threads.