We’re currently stuck in hockey purgatory– it’s the offseason (however not the enjoyable part of the offseason) and we do not yet know when a new season will start back up again.
However, the hockey world has actually been keeping busy with a lot of uniform talk over the past month or two thanks to the new Reverse Retro alternate jerseys that were unveiled today earlier in November. Following the rankings and grades for those jerseys, I figured it would be an appropriate time to do a basic check-in with the state of every group’s uniforms while proposing some methods to make them much better.
Naturally, taste and fashion are subjective so not everyone is going to agree with my assessments and, with that in mind, it is essential to bear in mind this: I’m constantly right.
The Ducks have had a few of the worst uniforms in the league for several years now. They’ve yet to have a single jersey that matches the success of their initial uniform set from the ’90 s, and they most likely never ever will. Anaheim has brought the Mighty Ducks logo design back for alternates in the last few years however, for some reason, they will not just confess their error and return full-time. Proposed fix: Enough is enough. Give individuals what they want and bring back the initial name, logo design and jerseys.
So much about the Coyotes organization remains a complete mess but they actually have pretty solid uniforms.
The Bruins primary set is strong but it could be better. The home uniform lost a bit of flare when they changed from gold socks to black socks a couple of years ago, and they ‘d be smart to fix that error. It feels like this team is transitioning into a brand-new period, which would provide a good chance to refresh their appearance. Proposed repair: Boston’s ’80 s set is an all-time traditional appearance. Bring it back, older logo and all.
This offseason the Sabres made the really right (and extremely overdue) decision to change from navy back to royal blue and now they have among the best jersey sets in the league. Proposed fix: Re-introduce the ’90 s goat head logo design as part of an alternate sweatshirt, either in its initial red & black form or an upgraded blue & yellow version.
Much like the Sabres, the Flames took a massive leap in the consistent department by changing to a retro look this offseason.
The Hurricanes uniforms are fine, even if they’re a bit all over the location.
The Blackhawks have one of the more timeless uniform sets in the league and I would not alter much beyond the uncomfortable clerical that featured the switch to the Adidas system. That being said, the Blackhawks’ logo has actually typically given controversy but, with current pushes to eradicate demeaning Native American images in sports, the team said it plans to keep its name and logo design since it honors a real life Native American (Primary Black Hawk of Illinois’ Sac & Fox Nation). Proposed repair: Make the clerical less cumbersome and reintroduce a black alternate.
There’s something about the present Avalanche uniforms that make them fall a bit flat.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Branding has actually never ever really been a strong suit of the Blue Jackets but I do believe they took a subtle action forward with the switch to Adidas.
While I’m a huge fan of destiny’ green and base jerseys, the logo is just so “meh.” I’m more partial to the logo design that they utilized in the 2020 Winter Season Classic. The new black alternates that they simply presented appearance like they were created by a 14- year old who chugged a two-liter of Mountain Dew for motivation. Proposed repair: Fine-tune the logo, improve thirds and possibly mix in a bit of gold.
Detroit Red Wings
Their jerseys and logo design are superior classics. Proposed fix: Not do anything.
The Oilers had among the league’s much better three-jersey sets from 2015-2017 however then they decided to change to a darker shade of blue while making orange the base of their primary house sweater. The orange is great, but all of their uniforms lost a lot of pop with the color design change. Proposed fix: Go back to the brighter shade of blue.
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