We had so much fun putting together our Worst Blue Jerseys in NHL History post that we’ve decided to compile a similar list for another colour that was overused in NHL history. Especially during the 1990s, it was almost impossible to watch a hockey game without seeing a team in a black jersey. Almost every organization had one and many teams abandoned their traditional colour schemes in order to wear “tough” black jerseys that would intimidate the competition.
These are some of the worst.
Ottawa Senators Current Third Jersey
Much like the “BOLTS” that we discussed last time, putting your team’s nickname on your jersey is just a terrible idea. ”SENS” looks ridiculous here and reminds us of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System more than it should. Ottawa doesn’t stop there either. They added all kinds of confusing striping on the sleeves as well. Argh.
Dallas Stars Current Home Jersey
The jersey itself is fine, but removing the team crest and writing the word “DALLAS” on the front just looks bad as do the large numbers on the front. This isn’t the NBA. The design is apparently popular however as a white version of this jersey was created and is now the team’s road jersey.
Buffalo Sabres Road/Home Jersey, 1996-2006
The jersey itself isn’t awful, but the fact that the Sabres ditched their blue and gold look for this design is the real crime here. As we mentioned, many NHL teams threw out their traditional colours and switched to black in the 90s and this was one of the worst examples of that trend. Also, the team is named the Buffalo SABRES not the Buffalo Buffalo. There’s a buffalo on the logo, but no sabres at all except for on the shoulder. Futhermore, the logo looks more like a goat than a buffalo. It’s just a bad idea.
Dallas Stars Third Jersey, 2003-2006
We don’t want to pick on Dallas too much, but we couldn’t let this one slide. Like the Sabres jersey above, the Stars’ design itself isn’t bad and we like the addition of red to the colour scheme. However, the bull on the front – nicknamed the “Mooterus” due to it’s similarity to a female reproductive organ – is the reason this jersey is one of the worst.
Pittsburgh Penguins Third Jersey/Road Jersey, 1995-2002
One of the first alternate jerseys in the league, this Penguins jersey is radically different from their usual look. They added grey to their colours and threw in a tremendous amount of asymmetry. They also included a gradient, which is always a bad idea. This jersey just screams 1990s, and not in a good way.
Phoenix Coyotes Road Jersey, 1996-2003
Where do we start with this jersey? The Picasso-inspired logo is just awful, but the worst part of these jerseys is the bizarre trim around the sleeves, neck and waist. This may be one of the worst jerseys ever worn in the NHL.
It’s almost guaranteed that some version of a Vancouver Canucks jersey will end up on pretty much every worst jersey list, but this one definitely takes the cake. Between the lack of a logo on the front, the giant V design and the hideous colours, this is just a mistake all around.
Thankfully, most of these teams have seen the light and changed their jersey designs which gives us hope for Ottawa and Dallas.
The Hockey Uniform Database provided a lot of information for this post and it’s always a great place to kill some time looking at jerseys.