Never before has the NHL’s full slate of teams collaborated for a league-wide launch of fresh jersey re-designs. That means after the NHL and Adidas combined for its “Reverse Retro” line for official release in stores and online on Dec. 1, we have an unprecedented opportunity to fulfill something we so desperately crave — which is to rank professional sports teams based solely on what they’re offering to us aesthetically.
Let’s slot these new threads appropriately, shall we?
The Ten Best
1) Colorado Avalanche
Frankly, I’d be embarrassed to release a jersey that’s not this one today. Revamped by the customary Avalanche burgundy, the classic Quebec Nordiques logo and fleur-de-lis trim absolutely pop on the cleanest of white sweaters.
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) November 16, 2020
It is so simple, and so, so beautiful. And WE GET TO SEE NATHAN MACKINNON IN THEM for goodness sake.
2) Boston Bruins
This is a straight-up beautiful hockey sweater. Beautiful. And it is most effective in that it immediately ushers back memories of the legendary Bruins from previous generations.
While this might be somewhat blasphemous, the only knock for me is the bear on the shoulder, which belies the overall simplicity of the jersey — even if it is keeping with tradition.
3) Carolina Hurricanes
The advantage is built-in for the Hurricanes, who have one of the best, most classic logos and uniforms to lean on — and have done so already — with the Hartford Whalers belonging to their family tree.
They would have had to try to mess these up, and quite clearly didn’t.
— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) November 16, 2020
The whales on the shoulders are way better — or at least cuter — than that mildly terrifying stitched bear on the Bruins sweaters above.
4) Minnesota Wild
I’m not sure the Wild’s logo looks better with the old Minnesota North Stars colour scheme, but it certainly improves the overall look of the sweater. It harkens back to such a classic look, which so obviously belongs in the league’s repertoire.
The lettering is the best aspect for sure, and the modern logo on the chest doesn’t look out of place.
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) November 16, 2020
5) Los Angeles Kings
Here’s another colour scheme that should be a staple for the league. The purple base with the gold trim is a bold and effective design for the Los Angeles Kings, and dates back to such an important period in the club’s past: when Wayne Gretzky was making history.
— LA Kings (@LAKings) November 16, 2020
6) Edmonton Oilers
If anything, it’s a reminder of how good the Oilers jerseys should always be. Yeah, it’s not a complete overall or something silly around the alternate oil drop form the early 2000s. Instead, it’s just a gorgeous and classic sweater.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) November 16, 2020
7) St. Louis Blues
I must say, I was a little concerned about the idea of reversing the colour scheme on a personal favourite of mine: the late 1990s St. Louis Blues alternates.
But the red is working here.
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) November 16, 2020
8) Toronto Maple Leafs
The most contentious revamps are the ones designed for timeless franchises — and more specifically with those that have only two primary colours. Because the Toronto Maple Leafs have basically had the same uniforms for 100 years — or at least have had either blue or white, always, as their base — it seems they have added up all the small tweaks made over the decades and thrown them all into a single sweater.
It’s a bit jarring, and the silver numbers on the back are questionable, but it’s a quality sweater overall.
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) November 16, 2020
9) Florida Panthers
Pretty sure these are the nicest jerseys the franchise has ever produced.
— FLA Team Shop (@FlaTeamShop) November 16, 2020
10) Montreal Canadiens
This almost feels dirty, because Montreal’s sweaters should never, ever change. But the results from a simple flip to the colour scheme — which is, of course, the entire point here — are unquestionably very nice.
Tout comme les légendes qui l'ont porté autrefois. Voici le chandail #ReverseRetro @canadiensMTL adidas. Sur la glace en 2021.
Like the legends who wore it before them. Introducing the @canadiensMTL adidas #ReverseRetro jersey. Hitting the ice in 2021. pic.twitter.com/Z8DI9J5d4n
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) November 16, 2020
If this was the original design 100 years ago, I don’t think anyone would be upset.
The other passing grades
11) New Jersey Devils
Green belongs on the Devils’ sweaters. Forever and always. These are very nice.
— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) November 16, 2020
12) Pittsburgh Penguins
These lack ambition a touch, and perhaps I want to love them more than I do. But anything that immediately makes me think about vintage Jaromir Jagr is OK in my books.
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) November 16, 2020
13) Nashville Predators
Beautiful sweater, but not enough sheen on the shoulders. C’mon now.
14) San Jose Sharks
For whatever reason, the Sharks logo looks exceptional on the grey base, but it distracts from the fact that the rest of the uniform is somewhat lacklustre.
15) Philadelphia Flyers
They’re nice, but it looks like another small tweak from their typical redesigns — not an homage to previous seasons.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) November 16, 2020
16) Winnipeg Jets
I’m having trouble seeing the connection to the 1979 expansion Winnipeg Jets, but this is a distinct look and a nice jersey overall.
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) November 16, 2020
17) Chicago Blackhawks
Has anyone seen the logo yet or nah?
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) November 16, 2020
18) Ottawa Senators
This is a little one note. And that note is red.
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) November 16, 2020
Novelty Item No. 1
19) Arizona Coyotes
Hey, you have to give them credit for choosing the most unconventional design in their history and revamping it. Still, it feels like a missed opportunity to not flip the Kachina design, which is among the league’s best.
This jersey screams roller hockey, but this is the most passable sweater among the truly out of the ordinary offerings. Plus, the logo is cool.
— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) November 16, 2020
‘We didn’t follow the rules’
20) New York Rangers
Where are the red shirts?
That's it. That's the tweet. pic.twitter.com/gnha1vP066
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) November 16, 2020
21) Calgary Flames
Bringing back “Blasty” wouldn’t have been my first choice. That said, literally every “Blasty” jersey in history came on a black sweater. Cheaters.
— CGY Team Store (@CGYTeamStore) November 16, 2020
22) New York Islanders
Did the Isles participate or?
The Islanders forgot the due date of the jerseys and just submitted their regular sweaters pic.twitter.com/K9oiVBmUQL
— Spittin' Chiclets (@spittinchiclets) November 16, 2020
23) Columbus Blue Jackets
With the Blue Jackets, therein lies a reason to not follow the rules.
Present 🤝 Past pic.twitter.com/vYY10MW7Uc
— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) November 16, 2020
24) Washington Capitals
This is a bit much.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) November 16, 2020
25) Buffalo Sabres
I was just expecting better.
Our #ReverseRetro jerseys are modeled after the red alternate sweater introduced during the 2000-01 season and worn through 2005-06, with a royal blue twist. 🤩
Learn more: https://t.co/zBML8G5naU pic.twitter.com/SlbzkniuJm
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) November 16, 2020
26) Tampa Bay Lightning
Not much to work with here.
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) November 16, 2020
27) Dallas Stars
From a literal glow-in-the-dark logo to one you can’t read in broad daylight.
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) November 16, 2020
Novelty Item No. 2
28) Anaheim Ducks
— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) November 16, 2020
29) Vegas Golden Knights
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) November 16, 2020
30) Vancouver Canucks
If not a play on the flying skate, we should have at least received some uniforms with green used as the base. Instead we have this cheap Microsoft Paint colour gradient thing happening from the top to the bottom of the jersey. Ugh.
— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) November 16, 2020
31) Detroit Red Wings
This is a practice sweater right?
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) November 16, 2020
More NHL coverage from Yahoo Sports