Right up front I must confess that I am not a huge fan of Hockey. I usually will only watch a game if it’s a big rivalry or if it is playoff time.
I don’t have any ties to a particular team.
I am interested, however, in NHL apparel. Some hockey logos and color schemes are amazing, and would be great additions to any wardrobe.
So without further delay, here are my novice recommendations for NHL apparel you should consider.
Apparently, there was a period of time when the NHL only had six teams in the league.
These teams were known as the Original Six (For a more detailed history, click HERE).
From an apparel standpoint, all of these teams have solid logos and color schemes. Here are my rankings of Original Six apparel:
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Maple Leafs jerseys might be the coolest in all of sports. Not only are they grammatically incorrect, which is unique in and of itself, but the blue and white color scheme is very clean
Another classic jersey with a great color scheme and an iconic logo. The only factor keeping them from the top spot in my rankings is how great the Maple Leafs apparel is.
New York Rangers
While some might see this apparel as the most boring of the Original Six, I actually think it is great. I admittedly am a sucker for blue apparel, and the basic lettering fives this apparel some old school flare.
I rank this jersey very closely to the Rangers, but a little lower because I prefer blue and red to black and yellow. They do have an alternate jersey that, if it became their primary logo, would push the Bruins to my top place among NHL apparel.
Detroit Red Wings
I must admit my bias here. I don’t like the Red Wings. The only hockey game I attended was between the Red Wings and the Sharks. I was supporting the sharks and rooted against the Red Wings, and my dislike has persisted. They do have a very iconic logo, which ties in nicely to the Detroit auto industry. I cannot get over my bias, however, and I have to rank them near the bottom of the Original Six in NHL apparel.
I had a hard time ranking this apparel, because I don’t particularly care for logos based on depictions of a Native Americans. This logo, however, appears to be in better taste than some others in professional sports. Apparently, the name and logo were intended as signs of honor, although the use of the logo is not without controversy.
Many of the iconic NHL teams are in the Eastern conference, so it is harder to choose my favorite NHL apparel from the western conference, but there are a few teams with great looks. Here are my favorites:
Good to see the Jets in the NHL again. The team really did a great job with its logo and color scheme.
The logo and color scheme of the Oilers screams classic NHL to me. How can you beat a jersey worn by the Great One.
San Jose Sharks
I am generally not a fan to teal when it. Ones to sports teams. Too many expansion teams used it at is was a trendy color in the past. The Shark logo, however, is too imposing to leave off the list.
Blue and green together is one of my favorite color combinations. The whale logo is a nice touch as well.
The Eastern Conference has a lot of classic teams and color schemes. Here are my choices for the best Easter Conference looks
Although I am generally not a fan of orange and black color schemes, the Flyers logo and look is fairly iconic. Plus, they have a super cool mascot!
I really like the Penguin logo, and the black and yellow color scheme is iconic Pittsburgh.
Yet another Canadian hockey team that gets it right. Love the simplicity of the black and white color scheme, and the logo is classic.
The Sabres have gone through several logo types and color schemes over the years, and I feel they finally got it right here. The Buffalo symbol is obviously closely tied to their city, and the crossed swords are a nice touch.
NHL Apparel To Avoid
I don’t even know where to begin with this mess. The color scheme is unappealing ( forest green, maroon, and beige?) and I’m not sure what the logo is trying to be. It appears that the team is trying to turn something inanimate into some sort of animal. I would pass on this apparel.
Oh, Mighty Ducks, what are you doing here? It was a bad idea to name a professional sports team after a Disney movie, and the team has been trying to dig its way off of that hole ever since. This logo is horrendous, and the color scheme is not pleasing.
Putting a hockey team in the middle of the desert was probably not a good idea. I really dislike the use of Coyote for a hockey team, as well as the color scheme.
Los Angeles Kings
This is 100% based on personal bias, but there is only one “Kings” in pro sports-The Sacramento Kings!
Overall, there is some great NHL apparel out there for both the hardcore fans and the casual fans.
Did I get any of my selections wrong? Was I too harsh/favorable to any of the teams?