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(As is the case every time the NHL playoffs start up, it’s time to evaluate the matchups on a very deep, complex level: based purely on jersey aesthetics.)

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 (sorry), for example, regardless of opponent.

A couple simple things matter:

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

And…

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. (Oof, the thought of that.)

We all have our personal preferences – for me, I find red-on-red matchups less pleasurable than cooler colours. 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.

Without any further ado, here are this year’s eight playoff match-ups, ranked by jersey aesthetics. Obviously it differs depending on which team is home or away, so take the rankings to mean a general take on any combination of the main uniforms:

8) Pittsburgh/Columbus

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Having Penguins/Blue Jackets as the worst jersey match-up does sort of contradict my own rules, I admit that. The contrast between the two sweaters is nice. But, there’s sharp contrast in every series this year, and let’s be real: the Penguins need to go back to their simplier, more-yellow, Lemieux-era jerseys, and the Blue Jackets do as little with a red/white/blue color scheme as possible.

There’s no real terrible match-ups this year. This one is just kinda blah. Read the rest of this entry »

Canada's New Olympic Hockey Jersey

The Canadian Olympic Committee was the big newsmaker of the week when they officially unveiled the recycled water bottle jerseys Team Canada would wear at the upcoming 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

There was much criticism when these jerseys were unveiled, “they’re too boring”, “what was wrong with the old ones?”, “Petro Canada!”. I’m going to try and look at them from a different angle, one in which they’re not that terrible, especially when placed in context with what the national team has worn in Olympic games past.

This jersey combines two historical uniforms very special to Hockey Canada on the international stage. The first is the 1920 Summer Olympic Hockey jersey (yes, summer) worn by the very first Olympic gold medal winning Canadian hockey team. Canada played three games and won them all outscoring their opponents 29-1 in the process. Absolute domination. The world was warned, Canada owns hockey, and they continued to do so winning gold at every Olympic games (except one) through 1952. The jersey that team wore was yellow but also featured a single horizontal stripe across the chest with nothing but a maple leaf on it. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

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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).

And…

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Toronto Maple Leafs v Boston Bruins - Game One

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).

And…

* 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. 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.

Without any further ado, here are this year’s eight playoff match-ups, ranked by jersey aesthetics. Obviously it differs depending on which team is home or away, so take the rankings to mean a general take on any combination of the main uniforms: Read the rest of this entry »