NHL Jerseys: 5 Teams with the Best Alternates

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Apr 9, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jay Harrison (23) reaches between the legs of Colorado Avalanche center Joey Hishon (38) for the puck during the first period at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

NHL jerseys — they serve such an important purpose. They designate, obviously, which team is which. They protect the players during the game. They help fans identify with their teams.

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The third, or alternate, jerseys allow players to get away from the usual. Teams always wear these third jerseys at home, typically around 12 times in a season. These jerseys often eliminate the team logo or even stray from the team’s colors. Usually they are a big hit with fans and are quite well-designed. Some, like the LA Kings’, fall miserably astray, though.

The Colorado Avalanche have been wearing a predominantly blue alternate jersey with the word “Colorado” inscribed diagonally across the front. These jerseys, affectionately called “blueberries,” are very attractive. Likewise, the Avalanche have a better than winning record when wearing these jerseys.

However, because this is a Colorado Avalanche site and I’m a die-hard Avs fan, it would not seem kosher if I put them in the position I think they deserve on this list — #1. So, we’ll celebrate their beauty — even as we tell them good-bye — and look at some other teams that have pleasing alternate jerseys.