Jun 15, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger (16) skates with the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the third period in game six of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
NHL uniforms are arguably the best in all of sports. Teams in the NHL really show off their team’s colors and logos and make their uniforms part of their identity.
Unfortunately, not all teams hit the bullseye with their designs. NHL uniforms range from absolutely gorgeous — and I am talking an 11 on a scale from 1 to 10 — to totally ugly. I feel sorry for those fans that have to see their team play in ugly jerseys several times a week — myself included.
The criteria were clear for me. What counts when judging how good an NHL uniform looks?
- The colors and use thereof. Too much of one color? Just the perfect amount of each? Or something in between?
- The logo. Logos can really catapult an NHL uniform far up in this ranking, while others prevent their team from ranking higher.
- Design. Striping, piping and anything the like — on jersey, pants and socks.
- How unique is the design? The Lightning almost looks like the Leafs, while everybody can tell when the Predators are on the ice — from 10 miles away.
In the end, I made some decisions that even surprised myself. Jerseys I once thought I liked, suddenly looked quite ugly compared to ones that are actually nice. There sure will be some unpopular opinions in here.
But as you’re enjoying this ranking, always remember the most important part: everybody has different taste.