New York Rangers v Boston Bruins

As I wrote prior to the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs:

This may not be the case for all hockey fans out there, but when I turn on the TV to watch a hockey game, my enjoyment of said game is affected by the uniforms being worn, the way they work together, and how they work with the crowd around them. I can barely watch the Panthers, for example, regardless of opponent.

A couple simple things matter:

* Contrast: for example, Oilers/Flames is going to be better than Senators (white/red/black)/Hurricanes (white/red/black).


Simplicity: Clean, two-coloured jersey matchups – say Red Wings/Leafs – is going to be better than busy, multi-colour jersey matchups – say Florida/Colorado or something. (Guh, the thought of that.)

We all have our personal preferences – for me, I find red-on-red matchups less pleasurable than cooler colours, and tend to prefer all of the Original 6 jerseys. So we might not agree entirely on the order of the list below, but that’s only because you probably have bad taste and I don’t.

Wow, I was particularly mean that day. Anyway, obviously home/away sweaters make some difference, so take my opinion as an overview of the teams sweaters minus thirds. For the record, this round was extremely hard.


Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators

Ottawa Senators v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game One

Come for the opinion, stay for the AMAZING PICTURE. How is that not a posed photograph? Like, how long did Brooks Orpik keep his stick jammed up against Chris Neil’s goods for? Isn’t the technique to get in and get out ASAP, like a house robbery?

Anyway, the jerseys: The Penguins and Senators are juuuust off having good sweaters.

The Pens really, really need to get back to this, and quick:

pens sweaters

The Senators have pretty fantastic colours, but need to find something more classic than their current iteration which is a lot busy, and still has the apron strings.

I like the contrast between the sweaters, but given the other quality shirts in playoffs, this was a fourth-place no brainer. It gets harder from here.

(By the way, I held an opinion poll on Twitter, and it appears me referring to jerseys as “shirts” is not going to go over so well.)


Detroit Red Wings vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Detroit Red Wings v Chicago Blackhawks - Game One

Two good jerseys, but as I said in the intro: the redredredREDREDRED is searing my retinas. And then all the red in the crowd…I feel like a bull and the game’s the matador. It kinda makes me want to charge.


Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks

San Jose Sharks v Los Angeles Kings - Game One

This is one fiiiine, sexy matchup. For two teams that haven’t been around forever, these two squads have sure settled on great unis. The Kings, which I love, benefits here from playing against a team with a bright, unique colour. Very easy games to watch.

And finally,


New York Rangers vs. Boston Bruins

New York Rangers v Boston Bruins

#1, like #4, wasn’t that hard. Contrast, cleanliness, general sweater perfection. They haven’t met in the playoffs yet this year, but when they do at 7:30 tonight, it sure will be a pretty sight.

Comments (14)

  1. Wow, didn’t think someone more anal about jerseys existed… way to one up me! but I also agree with you….. hmm.

  2. ‘Vegas gold’, indeed. It’s BEIGE. That’s just not sexy.

  3. Fun article…thanks…just wanted to say that teams with black uniforms irk me because of the way they make my HD picture darker…fwiw

  4. The sharks are wearing black at home instead of their teal jerseys, so that puts them below Detroi/Chicago, in my opinion.

    • Agreed. I hate those Sharks 3rd jerseys. Their whole brand is teal, they need to own it.

      What’s odd is that they’re stealing a trick from the Kings, who wore what were then the black 3rd jerseys at home in the 2010 and 2011 playoffs.

  5. chicago and detroit 3rd?! voted #2 and #3 best jersey/logo just behind the habs. understand the contrast part, maybe if chicago threw on their thirds itd tickle your fancy a bit more but agree with you number one overall cant beat those original sixes.

  6. Well I do have terrible taste so who am I to argue with your picks.

  7. This post makes me happy if for no other reason that now I don’t feel so much like a woman since realizing the sweaters a team wears often influences my opinion of them. It’s not the be all and end all but if 2 teams i like are going head to head I often cheer for the team with the sweater I prefer.

  8. The other reason Pens/Sens is the easy #4 match-up, they have the same damn, paint-by-numbers, click-and-fill EDGE template. Side panels and arm flaps.


  9. Regarding “shirts”, I don’t really like it, but I suppose if the Rangers are called the “Blueshirts” and that’s acceptable, referring to jerseys as shirts in general must be too.

  10. the Sens’ third jersey is their best one, in my opinion. All the history of hockey in that town is represented in that sweater–Silver Seven, original Senators, Cyclone Taylor. Plus, it’s great looking with old-timey echoes.

    Lose the Little Caesars pizza guy, and go with the stripes.

  11. Did you know there’s a gif of that first photo? Seeing the full moment in context doesn’t really make any more sense, though:

    But back to the original point of the post: I’d flip #s one and two.

    Unpopular opinion: I don’t like the diagonal wordmark for the Rangers. I know it’s a classic style, and classics are supposed to be untouchable (and there are Pens fans clamoring for a return to the black “Pittsburgh” diagonal), but I think it’s too much negative space, and any movement/wrinkle in the jersey makes the letters look wonky like they were homemade/ironed on crooked.

    I would much rather see a good-looking crest/logo.

    • Oops, by “first photo,” I meant from the first match-up. Neil/Orpik. Not the opening Bruins/Rangers photo. Sorry.

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