We’ve rundown our thoughts on some of the worst jerseys in the history of the NHL before, but with news of an announcement on a brand overhaul coming for the Tampa Bay Lightning – coupled with rumblings of several jersey changes on the horizon for 2011 – we figured it’s an opportune time to single out the franchises that we feel could benefit most from a new look.
Bad design, inexplicable colour schemes, and indistinguishable logos. Here’s our nominations for five NHL teams that could use some uniform/logo alterations:
5. Minnesota Wild
We don’t know exactly what a ‘Wild’ is, but we know what it isn’t. A Wild is not “a version of raw power coupled with brilliant intellect, bringing together the varied traditions of the Wolfman with Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde”, as it is described for the NHL’s awful Guardian Project. There’s hope for the Wild’s uniform, as their third jersey colour scheme is actually a pretty good look. It’s time to ditch the lousy numbering and dated look of those road whites, and the home reds are best reserved as a third sweater like all of the other shirts with a circle logo on the chest.
4. Florida Panthers
The Florida Panthers’ third jersey, although derivative and often duplicated, offers a much more sleek look than their traditional red, blue, and gold sweaters. With several teams opting for the navy/baby blue look on their thirds, it’s about time one club not named the Thrashers steps up and claims ownership on that scheme and makes it their official colours. The Panthers could use some help in a lot of areas, but a jersey change would be a great start for a team loaded with hot prospects.
3. Carolina Hurricanes
The Hurricanes’ home sweaters are too red and their roads are too white. It’s time to permanently introduce a lot more black into these uniforms. Carolina’s third jerseys have a great look, save for that awful NASCAR pirate flag of a logo. We’re not big fans of the Hurricanes’ logo in general, but they’ve got a good base look to work with. They could probably get away with some minor tweaking, although a logo change would be the greatest conciliation.
2. Colorado Avalanche
With a brief but rich history and a young roster that boasts the talents of guys like Matt Duchene and Chris Stewart, there’s a lot to like about the Colorado Avalanche. Unfortunately, their maroon sweaters and cartoonish logo are not among the positives with this franchise. An avalanche can be a deadly and fearsome event, so it’s high time that this team updates their look as one of the league’s best young teams ushers in a new era. The blue and the maroon can be worked with, but their current incarnation and goofy Bigfoot shoulder patch and logo have got to go.
1. Atlanta Thrashers
The poor Atlanta Thrashers have three sweaters and they couldn’t get even one of them right. The abomination of a third sweater that is pictured above needs to be exorcised from the memory of hockey fans everywhere, and the baby blues with lettering down one shoulder are nearly as awful looking. Oh, and that logo is among the worst we’ve ever seen. If there’s a club that could stand a complete makeover in terms of design, it’s gotta be the Atlanta Thrashers.
Dishonourable mentions: Dallas, Phoenix, Anaheim, Tampa Bay (change IS coming), Ottawa, and Nashville