Logos are sacred. They are the symbol athletes fight and bleed for, and they are the source of pride for a team's fans. Those aforementioned logos rest on the crest of a team's jersey, made up of the colors and designs that make each team unique and provides the visual representation of a franchise.
For the most part, NHL jerseys are fairly standard: basic color schemes, nothing too extravagant or wild, which should come as no surprise in a league that has often wagged a disciplinary finger at anything remotely close to flamboyant or original. As opposed to other leagues, notably football in the past few year, there has never been much room for creativity or originality when it comes to the styles and colors of NHL jerseys. Quite frankly, I'm not one to complain about it, because I'd like to be able to focus on the game without having to squint through bright neon jerseys or chromed-out helmets, but that's just me.
However, there are plenty of examples of NHL jersey concepts that have left many of us scratching our heads, laughing incredulously or simply looking on silently, utterly disgusted. Some were simply poor judgement. We've all had ideas that seemed right in our head to start, but once executed we stand back and wonder how we ever could have thought this was a smart decision to make.
There are some jersey concepts that we've seen, though, that should be federally investigated, as they are simply criminal. No self-respecting professional athlete should ever have to put on such hideous sweaters, no matter how much fame and fortune comes the way of a pro hockey player. As the great prophet Deion "PrimeTime" Sanders once said: look good, play good. This, apparently, was not a mantra these teams lived by when they decided to come up with these awful jerseys.
15 Anaheim Mighty Ducks: 1995-1996
14 Montreal Canadiens: 1912-1913
13 Edmonton Oilers: 2001
12 California Seals: 1974-1976
11 New York Islanders: 1995
10 Boston Bruins: 1995
9 Buffalo Sabres: 2006
8 Vancouver Canucks: 1978
7 A Majority of the Atlanta Thrashers Jersey Collection
6 Los Angeles Kings: 1995
5 Calgary Flames: 1998
4 Tampa Bay Lightning: 1996-1999
3 Dallas Stars: 2003-2006
I'll never forget the first time I saw the "Mooterus" jersey during a game. I must have been flipping channels and landed on this particular game, and it was at a point in the action where the imposed scoreboard was not on the screen at that particular moment, meaning that neither team's abbreviation was on the screen, let alone the score. I watched for a few seconds, confused, wondering if this was an NHL game or some weird crossover game.
Alas, the scoreboard reappeared and to my great surprise and disgust, it turned out these hideous jerseys belonged to the Dallas Stars.
2 St. Louis Blues: 1996
1 The Entire Phoenix Coyotes Jersey Collection
You all knew this was coming. The Phoenix Coyotes inaugural jersey was a absolute mess. Not only that, once the organization realized this, they proceeded to make changes to the jersey...but they used the exact same concept, color scheme and overall design in the newer versions. The original Coyotes jerseys were pricklier than a desert cactus, and it probably felt like the players were wearing one when they pulled those awful things over their heads.
They finally moved over to the red and white version when Reebok redesigned the jerseys for the entire league, but even the latest Coyotes jerseys have their flaws.
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