Today we say goodbye to what was, without a doubt, the ugliest team in the NHL. We’re not talking about the appearance of the players and we certainly don’t mean The Blue Crew. We’re talking about the uniforms. They’ve been among the worst in the NHL since the team’s inception. We’re pretty sure that no matter what Winnipeg comes up with, it will be better than that abomination pictured above.
Today, thanks in part to way too much time spent on The Hockey Uniform Database, we present a look back at the absolutely disgrace that is the Atlanta Thrashers’ jersey history.
The Thrashers came into the NHL wearing this jersey at home. It was pretty distinct for an NHL jersey, but there isn’t anything here that makes you want to punch whoever designed it. It wasn’t a bad look at all.
That would change, however, as things were about to get much worse.
The dark version of the Thrashers’ original look wasn’t bad either. Interestingly enough, they had a different logo on the front of the home jerseys than they had on the road ones. We’re kind of partial to this logo over the other one.
This jersey, despite the strange triangle trim around the waist, may have been the best look in Thrashers history. Of course, that means it didn’t last very long. This look was abandoned in 2006 and the logo on the front pretty much disappeared with it.
And this is where things started to get bad. Really bad.
In 2003, the Thrashers released a third jersey that, for reasons we will never understand, had a dark blue stripe down only one sleeve. To make matters worse, they wrote the word “ATLANTA” down that sleeve, just in case people didn’t understand where the team was playing. Of course, those people would only be helped out when a player was facing in one particular direction. This also meant that only one arm had a number on it, because who cares about numbers anyway.
They added a tie to the neck because, you know, these jerseys are so traditional.
The complete lack of symmetry in these jerseys has always confused us, but that didn’t stop the Thrashers from adopting this as their new home jersey in 2006.
We can honestly say that we’re glad that these are gone.
2007 saw the new RBK Edge system come in league-wide. Many teams took the opportunity to completely revamp their looks and redesign their brand. Not Atlanta.
Nope. They were pretty happy with what they had. In fact, the only changes they made were to add some vertical piping to the jersey and to make the shoulders look more like a football jersey, because that’s what was obviously needed.
Sick of all of those horizontal waist stripes that were clearly ruining hockey, the Thrashers eliminated them and replaced them with some vertical stripes on the sides that ran into the arm pit. Vertical is good, horizontal is evil.
Thankfully, they left the “ATLANTA” on the sleeve, because that’s what made these uniforms great horrendously awful.
And now we’re back at this one. We’re not sure what’s worse: the word “THRASHERS” on the front, the number underneath it, the bird head on the shoulders, the crazy colour pattern, the socks or everything all together.
We can’t imagine how a group of people – many of whom were probably designers and image specialists – looked at this uniform and thought “That’s great! Run with it!”
We’re also intrigued by the fact that this jersey has the player number on it one additional time (right on the front) while the standard blue jersey had the player number on only one sleeve. Are numbers important or not?
The Thrashers had plans to discontinue this uniform starting next season, but they decided to move the entire team instead. If any single thing was responsible for the Thrashers moving, it’s this uniform. No one could possibly support a team wearing this.
Okay, maybe it was this and Don Waddell.
Farewell Atlanta Thrashers. We will miss many things about you, but not your terrible uniforms. We hope they accidentally fall off the truck on the way to Winnipeg.