There is something great about a throwback jersey. It sparks memories of the league's past and gives the younger generation of fans a new appreciation for where the franchise has gone since they began.
The Winter Classic is a perfect opportunity for teams to represent their past logos and uniforms, but that is only two teams per year, and for only one game.
There are many great throwback jerseys that NHL fans would love to see more of, and here are my top 11.
The Toronto St. Patricks operated from 1919 to 1927, and even won the Stanley Cup in 1922. The St. Pats are now known as the Maple Leafs, and it would be awesome to see them rock the green and white more often.
Sticking with Canadian teams, the Montreal Maroons operated from 1924-1938, and they had the classic maroon and white look with the big "M" on the front of the jersey. They won the Stanley Cup in 1926 and 1935. The Great Depression was the ultimate demise for the franchise.
While they were not associated with the Montreal Canadiens, it would be awesome to see them pull these classic jerseys out for a game.
The Vancouver Canucks have recently embraced their blue, green, silver and white color scheme, but back in the day of Pavel Bure, their black, yellow and red scheme was as sharp as it got.
One of the sharpest-looking jerseys of the past, it would be great to see the Sedin twins rep these for a game or two next season.
The California Golden Seals were a team that was a part of the NHL from 1967-1976 based in Oakland, Calif. The Seals eventually moved to Cleveland and became the Cleveland Barons, a team that also failed to generate revenue and was only around until 1978.
It would be great to see the San Jose Sharks wear these jerseys for a game, as the two cities are only 40 miles apart.
Before the L.A. Kings adapted their coveted black and gray cover patterns, they wore a very vintage purple and gold jersey with the king's crown on the front.
I would love to see the defending Stanley Cup champions pull these out for a game next season.
The throwback jerseys that the Detroit Red Wings wore during the Winter Classic against the Chicago Blackhawks were unbelievably sharp.
I'm sure a similar style will be pulled out for the 2013 contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs, but it would be great to see these pulled out more often.
While I love the powder blue jerseys that the Penguins pull out every once in a while, the jerseys they fail to utilize are their old-school yellow and black jerseys from the Lemieux era.
The abundance of yellow compliments the black trim, and it makes for an outstanding look.
The new color scheme of the Vancouver Canucks reminds me of the old school look that was first embraced by the Hartford Whalers. Hartford was a part of the World Hockey Association from 1972-1979, and then the NHL from 1979-1997.
The Whalers moved to Raleigh, N.C., where they are now known as the Carolina Hurricanes. It'd be great to see Eric and Jordan Staal wear these for a game next season.
You have to feel for the Quebec Nordiques franchise. When they moved to Colorado to become the Avalanche, they won the Stanley Cup in the team's inaugural season.
The newly structured Colorado Avalanche need to pull these out more often.
Now that the Minnesota Wild have acquired Ryan Suter and Zach Parise in the offseason, the Wild fans have a rejuvenation of excitement for the the 2013 season.
The last time there was this much hype, the North Stars were in Minnesota...why not wear these threads for a game next season?
The Atlanta Flames were the first of two NHL franchises to fail out of Atlanta, Ga. They were a part of the NHL from 1972-1980. They were relocated to Calgary for the 1980-81 season but kept their trademark nickname of the Flames.
Jarome Iginla would look great in one of these retro-style uniforms.