As part of its 100th Anniversary celebration, the National Hockey League is having fans vote on the 100 greatest uniforms of all time at greatestnhluniforms.com.
I decided to have some fun and make my own list. Obviously nobody will completely agree (or even come close) since everyone’s opinions are totally different, but here’s what I’ve got.
Disclaimer: home/road sets are both included if they are similar enough (i.e. I won’t have both the Blackhawks’ red and white jerseys each occupying a spot). Also, minor changes will not be accounted for, and I will pick what is in my opinion the refined version (i.e. Boston’s Adidas uniforms over the Reebok ones). Lastly, I will include unique third jerseys separate from their complementary home/road sets.
100. Atlanta Thrashers (1999-2006)
Atlanta’s second NHL team didn’t have a great history of uniforms, but their original road threads were their best.
99. Pittsburgh Penguins (2000-2007)
Vegas Gold never really fit Pittsburgh, but it was a unique color in the NHL and was combined with a neat design before Reebok took over.
98. Cleveland Barons (1976-1978)
A bit generic, but the white sweater was pretty nice. Also bonus points for the Ohio sleeve numbers the Barons used in their first of two NHL seasons.
97. Nashville Predators (1998-2007)
The uniforms have never quite been as good as the original logo, but Nashville’s use of silver in its first years was a nice touch.
96. New York Americans (1930-1935)
A bit eccentric, yes, but overall a pretty colorful and patriotic look.
95. Montreal Wanderers (1917-1918)
A clean design, plus red and white almost always make a nice combo.
94. Colorado Rockies (1976-1982)
A solid logo that combined Colorado’s state flag with its most famous feature was the highlight of the Rockies’ colorful look.
93. New York Islanders (1995-1998)
Hated by many, but it goes without saying that this unique look certainly captured the nautical theme the Islanders were going for – as well as the attention of uniform nerds for decades.
92. Calgary Flames (1998-2006)
Speaking of alternate sweaters that got more hate than they deserved…this really wasn’t a bad look for the Jarome Iginla-era Flames. NHL 2003 anyone?
91. Ottawa Senators (1997-2007)
An asymmetrical look that worked – somewhat of a rarity when it comes to hockey sweaters.
90. St. Louis Eagles (1934-1935)
An under-appreciated red-and-white crest really pops due to the minimal blue accents on the white sweater.
89. Boston Bruins (1934-1936)
Pretty great striping pattern, but a generic letter for a crest docks this one down a few spots.
88. Ottawa Senators (2011-2017)
(See #89 – Boston Bruins 1934-1936)
87. Ottawa Senators (2007-Present)
Contrasting colors and minimal accents put the emphasis on the crest. Re-doing the name/number font and changing the striping just a bit in 2017 put the icing on the cake – this is Ottawa’s best look of all time.
86. 2000-2001 NHL All Stars
Of course we’re including All Star Games! The uniforms used in 2000 and 2001 had really unique styles, but that’s what All Star Games are for. The colors looked great and these were pretty cool for a once-a-year event.
85. Detroit Cougars/Red Wings (1926-1927, 2009)
Nearly identical to the Montreal Wanderers, but with a bit more pizzazz and a much better logo.
84. Chicago Black Hawks (1926-1927)
Lots of stripes, but it’s a pretty coo look. Unfortunately, the logo is tough to decipher.
85. St. Louis Blues (2007-2014)
If the apron string Reebok template worked for anyone, it was the Blues. Intentional or not, it looks like a reference to the St. Louis Arch and frames the logo nicely.
84. Carolina Hurricanes (2017-Present)
Definitely the best primary look the ‘Canes have had in years. The return of the warning flags, although they are tough to make out, was much needed.
83. Vegas Golden Knights (2017-Present)
The NHL’s newest team has debuted in some unique but solid uniforms, featuring a logo that makes creative use of negative space.
82. San Jose Sharks (2017-Present)
Not a ton going on here, but it’s okay because teal is such a unique and rare color. Updating the shoulder patches this year was a good decision.
81. Florida Panthers (2011-2016)
Not a ton going on here either, but this is a really clean, bright look that makes the primary and secondary logos pop.
80. Dallas Stars (1995-1999)
Maybe a little bit boring, but this is a nice look overall. Black and dark green is an extremely rare combo, and it worked really nice with Dallas’s original striping pattern.
79. Detroit Cougars/Red Wings (1927-1928, 1992)
Again, red and white look great together. It is evident again in this example, where the striping is eccentric but short of obnoxious.
78. Pittsburgh Penguins (1967-1968)
A wintry look perfect for a team that played in a stadium known as “The Igloo”.
77. Phoenix Coyotes (1996-2003)
A look that screams both ’90s and Arizona. Major points in the uniqueness department.
76. Minnesota Wild (2003-2007)
Very Christmasy, but that’s not a bad thing. Red and green are great colors that should be used together in sports more often.
75. Anaheim Ducks (2015-2017)
The return of the original Mighty Duck logo (albeit recolored) was long overdue, but the highlight of this sweater may be just about everything else. The orange looks great, as do the stripes and accents.
74. 1992 NHL All Stars
Weird picture. Cool sweaters.
73. Nashville Predators (2009-2011)
Easily the most traditionalist look in Nashville’s history even with the sleek, shiny logo. Switching to gold was necessary in order to add some variety to the league’s color palette, but if the Predators wanted to be selfish, they should have gone to these as their primary duds.
72. Vancouver Canucks (1970-72, 2010-2011)
The “stick in rink” crest has always been boring, but the rest of this uniform is terrific, especially the “V” carved into the sleeve stripes.
71. 1989-1991, 1993 NHL All Stars
Easily the league’s best look for the All Star Game. Same colors as the NHL shield, classic template.
70. Chicago Blackhawks (2017)
One of Chicago’s eighteen million outdoor looks. This one takes an old logo and combines it with some uniform elements the team used in the ’50s and ’60s.
69. Winnipeg Jets (2011-Present)
The NHL’s return to Winnipeg in 2011 brought us some fine-looking uniforms. The logo is the highlight, adding a fighter jet and a north-pointing compass to the RCAF roundel.
68. Los Angeles Kings (1988-1998)
This uniform will always bring back memories of The Great One when he played in Hollywood. Black and silver can look boring (just look at today’s Kings), but it was done right in this case. Even if the logo looks like it’s part of a Chevrolet advertising campaign.
67. Philadelphia Flyers (2012, 2014-2016)
The threads that the Flyers broke out for the 2012 Winter Classic were so nice that they became the team’s alternates for a couple of seasons. The added black on Flyers orange is a nice touch.
66. New York Rangers (1996-2007)
Some aspects of these sweaters were a bit boring, but there’s no denying how incredible that logo was. Fingers crossed that it makes a return when alternates come back next season.
65. New Jersey Devils (2017-Present)
New Jersey’s new jerseys (no pun intended) received a fair share of backlash from the fans this offseason, and they may not be as great as the previous threads, but they’re still nice. The Devils boast one of the league’s best logos, and the minimalist design of the rest of the uniform makes it stand out even more.
64. Calgary Flames (1980-1994, 2009-2013, 2016-2017)
A classic look that the Flames brought to Calgary from Atlanta in 1980. The Flaming C has always been a nice logo, but something about looks tacky when it is white on a red uniform.
63. Atlanta Flames (1973-1980)
Same uniform, but the white A looks much better than the white C.
62. Toronto St. Pats (1922-1925)
Such a nice shade of green. Great move by the Maple Leafs to bring it back for a one-off in 2017.
61. Pittsburgh Penguins (2011-2013)
In a time when teams were obsessed with two-tone blue uniforms with circular logos, this was by far the best of the bunch. Perfect for an outdoor game and promoted to Pittsburgh’s alternate. It takes some elements from the team’s original looks and throws them in a blender to create a brilliant uniform.
60. Calgary Flames (2017-Present)
Vertical striping is almost always a no-no, but it works for the Flames because the stripes literally look like…flames. The Adidas redesign in 2017 benefitted Calgary greatly, as it cleaned up the unnecessary piping and simplified what was an annoying name/number font.
59. Arizona Coyotes (2015-Present)
Not much to complain about here, just a solid all-around look with a color scheme that is entirely Arizona’s.
58. Columbus Blue Jackets (2017-Present)
Like Calgary, Columbus’s font underwent a major upgrade thanks to Adidas, as did its socks. Two great logos adorn this uniform, which gets extra points because of how nicely the navy shoulder stripe contrasts with the red pants.
57. Montreal Canadiens (2016)
Les Habitants broke out some sharp faux-backs for the 2016 Winter Classic in Foxborough, MA, roughly combining their early-1920’s logos with their mid-’40s jerseys.
56. Winnipeg Jets (1979-1990)
Winnipeg’s original look was a decent one, highlighted by how the red accents really popped on a primarily blue-and-white sweater.
55. Chicago Blackhawks (2009-2011)
Those triangles on the pants are terrible, but the rest of this faux-back was terrific. A combination of Chicago’s jersey from the 1930’s and logo from the 1940’s.
54. Columbus Blue Jackets (2000-2007)
Is it a bit cartoony? Sure. But with all of the blue and red looks in the league, a splash of neon green was refreshing – and it works surprisingly well with blue and red.
53. Carolina Hurricanes (2008-2017)
Still trying to figure out why Carolina isn’t using the warning flag logo as its primary mark. Lots of teams have used black alternates not only in hockey, but in all sports; however, this is one of the best across the board.
52. Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes (2007-2015)
This look has never really gotten any praise, but it deserves some. Imagine if it were used by a storied franchise – the words “classic”, “clean”, maybe even “iconic” would be tossed around. It happens with Montreal’s current white duds, which are certainly no better than these from a completely aesthetic point of view.
51. New York Rangers (1997-Present)
Classic? Check. Clean? Check. Iconic? Check.
50. St. Louis Blues (1968-1984)
It’s a bit busy, but royal blue and gold combined with any iteration of the blue note logo is a definite winner.
49. Pittsburgh Penguins (1968-1973, 2008-2011)
Powder blue can be a polarizing color, but it looks excellent here. The Penguins definitely nailed the cold and snowy theme in 1968, and brought it back for a few years after breaking it out in the 2008 Winter Classic.
48. California Golden Seals (1970-1974)
First of all, Golden Seals is an awesome name. Anyways, everyone loves when green and yellow/gold are used together in sports, and for good reason. Why is it so rare?
47. Carolina Hurricanes (1997-2007)
Carolina’s best look since moving from Hartford. Things got too busy in 2007 when Reebok added a shoulder yoke and then really bland when the team underwent a redesign in 2013. Shameful.
46. Washington Capitals (1995-2000)
Definitely not a patriotic look that one would expect out of a team from D.C., but this was still nice on the eyes. Blue, black and bronze work really well together, and the eagle logo was fantastic.
45. New Jersey Devils (1982-1992)
Great layout, great logo, unique color scheme.
44. Minnesota Wild (2000-2007)
Such a creative logo, but this was the only time it was truly paired with a good enough sweater. Reebok thinned out the accent colors, the shoulder patch eventually underwent a major downgrade and then the look was scrapped for good.
43. Toronto Maple Leafs (1970-1992)
You’re going to be seeing a lot of Toronto in the top 50.
42. Tampa Bay Lightning (1992-2007)
Black and blue was an absolutely perfect color scheme for a hockey team. Why did the Bolts ever waver from this design?
41. Colorado Avalanche (1995-2007)
This one checks all the boxes – unique but good-looking color scheme AND template, creative logo, even geographic relevance as the stripes resemble the Rocky Mountains. Thank goodness the Avs went back to a similar design this season.
40. Dallas Stars (2013-Present)
Getting rid of gold and brightening the green in Dallas’s color palette may have seemed like a head-scratcher at first, but the Stars’ new look is fantastic.
39. Pittsburgh Penguins (1986-1992, 2016-Present)
The Penguins have won the Stanley Cup in four consecutive seasons while sporting this look (okay the white sweaters weren’t resurrected until the 16-17 season, but still). Maybe the Hockey Gods are trying to tell us something.
38. St. Louis Blues (2014-Present)
Although St. Louis still looked okay in its Reebok uniforms, a upgrade was definitely needed. This fits the bill.
37. Detroit Red Wings (1948-1972)
Similar to what Detroit wears now, but with some changes to the logo. A classic look.
36. San Jose Sharks (1991-1998)
Such a great use of teal. One of the most ’90s uniforms out there, but it could probably still survive today and be well-received by fans.
35. Toronto Maple Leafs (1927-1934, 2014)
Again, more Toronto. Great move to bring back the team’s first-ever blue-and-white uniform as the Maple Leafs for the 2014 Winter Classic.
34. Buffalo Sabres (2000-2006)
Red, silver and black looked excellent on Buffalo’s old alternate. The 3D-type logo was also a masterpiece. This is one of the most under-appreciated sweaters not only in the NHL, but in all of sports.
33. Washington Capitals (1974-1995, 2011-2015)
Such a brilliant patriotic look that looked terrific whether it was paired with red or blue pants. Major missed opportunity for the Capitals during the Adidas redesign – why didn’t they just go back to this full time?
32. Boston Bruins (1967-1974)
The uniform that will always be associated with Bobby Orr. Easily the best version of the spoked B, and a rarity for the Bruins in that the gold socks actually looked like they matched the black jersey.
31. Dallas Stars (1999-2007)
Such a cool look. Green isn’t used enough in sports, and the Stars put it with a striking template that only they could use. Why not try this with the current logo and colors?
30. San Jose Sharks (1998-2007)
San Jose did a great job of using piping on this uniform to give it a shark-like appearance. A work of art indeed.
29. Pittsburgh Penguins (1992-2002)
The robo-pen logo is cool. Sorry. It’s also framed perfectly on this jersey, which uses perfect amounts of gold and black in a unique template. Unfortunately, the Penguins could never come up with a dark jersey anywhere near as good as the light one during this era.
28. Florida Panthers (1993-2007)
A vibrant, tropical look perfect for South Florida along with a beautifully-detailed logo. Why did the Panthers ever change a stitch of this?
27. Edmonton Oilers (1981-1994, 2008-2017)
The teams that wore this jersey were the epitome of greatness (well, the first time around). The uniforms? Well, they were also great.
26. Montreal Canadiens (1944-1947, 2004)
Everyone loves Montreal’s red home jersey, so why is this inverse not what the Habs use on the road? Absolutely baffling.
25. Vancouver Canucks (1992-1997)
The Canucks have used pretty much every color in the book at one time or another. They should stuck with what they wore in the mid-’90s. Black and gold with red accents was a great color scheme, and the minimalist striping draws your attention to the logo, which is an absolute beauty.
24. Winnipeg Jets (1990-1996)
Another beautiful logo here, complemented by a near-perfect execution of Winnipeg’s original blue-white-red color scheme.
23. Boston Bruins (2017-Present)
Another team that benefits from Adidas. The socks finally match the rest of the uniform and the name/number font is actually legible now. Certainly one of the best looks in the league today…now if only we could use the Orr-era spoked B…
22. New York Islanders (1978-1995)
The Islanders need to go back to this striping pattern ASAP. Everything just seems to fit into place better than it does on what they wear now.
21. New Jersey Devils (1992-2017)
The reason Devils fans were outraged about the redesign this summer wasn’t because the new uniform was bad – just that this one was so good. No wonder it stayed around for 25 years (and should have for many, many more).
20. Toronto Maple Leafs (2017)
For the NHL’s Centennial Classic, Toronto pretty much broke out arch-rival Montreal’s template but put it in Leafs colors – and it worked. The hint of silver puts it over the top.
19. Philadelphia Flyers (1967-1981, 2008-Present)
There’s a reason the Flyers went back to their original look – it works. Talk about staying power – Philadelphia’s logo has never changed since its inception in 1967.
18. St. Louis Blues (1995-1998)
People hated this sweater because there was too much red for a team named the Blues…but the team is named after blues music, not the color blue. These uniforms capture the spirit of music much better than any other, and the colors and design create a striking look.
17. Edmonton Oilers (2017-Present)
The Oilers have always had a terrific logo (save for that weird mid-2000s alternate design), but it’s the use of orange as a primary color and the way it looks with navy that makes Edmonton’s current set its best ever.
16. Buffalo Sabres (1996-2006)
There were plenty of gripes about Buffalo’s 1996 rebrand because of the sweaters they replaced, but the only real issue is that the logo is a bison (not a buffalo) and the team is named after a type of sword, not an animal. Still, the red accents along with black and silver looked absolutely spectacular.
15. Minnesota North Stars (1978-1988)
Another example of how nice green and gold/yellow look together.
14. Los Angeles Kings (2002-2007)
The purple/silver/black era is one that is often overlooked in Kings history, but there’s no denying how gorgeous these sweaters were – especially the white version with the crown.
13. Chicago Black Hawks/Blackhawks (1999-Present)
It’s tough to find a uniform in sports that everyone likes. This is one of them. No wonder it has undergone only minor changes since its first version was introduced in 1955.
12. Quebec Nordiques (1980-1995)
There are so many aspects of this uniform that make it absolutely beautiful. The rich blue, the striking contrast of the bright red crest, the fleur de lis adorning the waist and shoulders, and so on.
11. St. Louis Blues (1987-1994)
Hull & Oates and the peak of the black-and-blue Norris Division immediately come to mind. A true gem of a logo and a uniform, made even greater due to the small red accents. Attention to detail certainly does matter.
10. Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1993-2006)
A true favorite of just about any hockey fan born between the years of 1980 and 2000 due to the movie series that inspired the team’s formation. Eggplant and jade plus the famous (or infamous) duck mask logo created what may be the NHL’s newest look that can be dubbed “iconic”.
9. Boston Bruins (2016-2017)
No spoked B? No problem. This is the best look the big, bad Bruins have ever worn. Loosely based off of the team’s original sweaters from 1924 (although those were brown), the 2016 Winter Classic/2017 alternate uniform looks ridiculously tough and exemplifies old time hockey.
8. Toronto Maple Leafs (2016-Present)
The uniforms Toronto debuted for its 100th anniversary in 2016 are simply stunning. They use the same amazing blue-and-white color scheme the Leafs have used nearly since their inception, but the emphasis is on the crest, which was a huge upgrade from what they wore before. In fact, it may be the best logo in hockey today.
7. Chicago Blackhawks (2015)
Chicago’s white sweaters have always been a little better than the red ones because the logo’s colors pop more. The version the Hawks used for the 2015 Winter Classic, however, is the absolute pinnacle. The re-colorization of the shoulder patches and their movement to the sleeves was a great idea inspired by earlier uniforms, and the elimination of a red border around the numbers makes this jersey look even cleaner than normal.
6. Los Angeles Kings (1967-1980, 2010-2014)
Forum blue (purple) and gold. Tough, maybe impossible, to find a better color combo. Such a regal look is absolutely perfect for a team called the Kings.
5. Montreal Canadiens (1984-Present)
Perhaps only the New York Yankees’ famous pinstripes may have more history behind them than Montreal’s classic set. An absolute masterpiece.
4. Hartford Whalers (1979-1990)
Such a perfect shade of green along with perhaps the most brilliant logo in sports history. The perfect use of negative space.
3. Detroit Red Wings (1984-Present)
Out of all the uses of the red-and-white color scheme that always looks so great, this is far-and-away the best. Slap on maybe the greatest logo in the history of sports, and you’ve got quite a fine uniform.
2. Buffalo Sabres (1983-1996)
Royal blue and gold is an outstanding color scheme in any sport, especially hockey (think Slap Shot), and nobody has executed it to the degree the Buffalo Sabres did back when they played at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.
1. Toronto Maple Leafs (1958-1967, 2000-2007, 2008-2011)
The colors, the stripes, the socks, the jagged leaf, and the way they all come together…down to every last detail, this is the greatest uniform any NHL team has ever worn.