#1: Columbus Blue Jackets
Oct 17, 2014; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Scott Hartnell (43) against the Calgary Flames at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
The Columbus Blue Jackets alternate jerseys almost make me want to become a fan just so I can purchase one of these. Every single aspect of these jerseys is spot on. It starts with the color palette of navy blue and cream — a combination that would look appropriate on a Cape Cod yacht, it’s so classy.
The lines in the uniform are clean. There is striping in the expected places for an NHL jersey, at sleeve and hem. The wide band on the shoulders echoes epaulettes.
Though the Blue Jackets are a relatively new team, the throwback lacing at the hemline adds a vintage appeal to the design. Finally, the logo adds the only detailing in the jersey. It’s far less graphic than the usual logo for Columbus. Instead, it features their beloved cannon encircled by the name of the team.
A little-known fact about these jerseys is that the phrase “We Fight, We March!” is inscribed on the interior of the jersey’s collar. The team introduced the phrase during the 2008-09 season to describe their first-ever march to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Beneath the phrase are 10 stars to represent the fact that the jersey debuted during the team’s 10th season.
Columbus may not have a storied history, but they’re making a point of marking it along the way.
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