NHL Uniform Concepts That Would Look Great on the Ice
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Clearly, there are some teams that could use uniform changes or additions in the NHL today.
Since we're in the middle of what seems to be a very quiet stretch in this NHL offseason, I decided to take a break from player movement itself, yet still stick with something hockey related.
I've had these ideas in my head for a long time, but I didn't know how to draw them out (I'm not exactly what you would call an artist). Finally, I tried them on Paint, and it worked!
Since these are from Paint, I know they're not the highest-quality concepts, but I hope I can get my ideas across.
Toronto Maple Leafs Winter Classic
This is the idea that I had for the Maple Leafs for the Winter Classic on New Year's Day. It's a vintage white color and takes elements from many different periods in Toronto hockey history.
The stripes on the sleeves pay homage to the Toronto Arenas, and the logo, waist stripes and socks are taken from the different designs the team has seen in its time as the Maple Leafs.
Detroit Red Wings Winter Classic
I had somewhat of the same objective in mind for this one as I did for the Maple Leafs' jersey by adding an off-white and darkening the red slightly to make the jersey look more like a throwback. I also took different elements from the team's history.
The stripes on the sleeves were inspired by the jersey that the Red Wings wore in the early '30s and again in 1992, the logo is from the Original Six days and the waist stripe is taken from the more modern versions of the Red Wings jersey.
Nashville Predators Concept 1
To make these jerseys, I took what the Predators had from from 2007 to 2011 and added more yellow in place of a lot of the silver. I also made the third jersey primarily yellow.
I really liked the jersey that the Preds had during this time, but some fans say that the NHL needs more yellow in it. Nashville obliged this request in the summer of 2011 by becoming the only primarily yellow team.
Nashville Predators Concept 2
Here, I basically just reversed the jerseys from the last slide. Which ones do you like better?
Nashville Predators Concept 3
I don't really have a huge problem with the current Predators jerseys, but I think that they could use a little bit more spice, such as in this concept.
Minnesota North Stars
If the Dallas Stars ever play in a Winter Classic, I would love to see them wear something from the North Stars era. I would like to see a normal green North Stars jersey taken directly out of the past. Here, I just moved the colors around on the jersey a bit.
What do you think?
Everyone seemed to love the Oilers' third jerseys from the late 1990s and early 2000s, and everyone seems to love the original colors of the team, which are back in use.
Why not combine the design and the colors to make a new third jersey?
I have no problem with the Panthers' current duds, and I love how they returned to a red jersey. However, I always thought that the Panthers should have used a white jersey with more dark blue than red.
Also, the Panthers will no longer be wearing the "JetBlue" third jerseys anymore this season, but this version that I came up with features more of the Panthers' colors rather than the over-used two-tone blue.
Pittsburgh Penguins Concept 1
I wrote an article with my Pittsburgh Penguins concepts about two months ago, so I'm just going to put the designs I had on this one, in case anyone's interested.
The Penguins clearly need to change either their colors or their template; I like how the colors are unique, but they look very boring with the design of the jersey.
Here, I took the current colors and put them on the Lemieux-era jerseys.
Pittsburgh Penguins Concept 2
In this concept, I took the ever-so-popular baby blue color and put it with black on a template from the years before the NHL switched to Reebok.
Pittsburgh Penguins Concept 3
This is pretty much the opposite of the previous slide: the current colors and the baby blue jersey's design.
Pittsburgh Penguins Concept 4
This is just an inverse of the current set. The third jersey's colors are on the home and away jerseys, while the normal colors are on the third jersey.
What do you like better? The normal set, or the inverse?
Pittsburgh Penguins Concept 5
This is what I would like to see the Penguins do. The jersey looks much better with a brighter and more vibrant yellow.
San Jose Sharks
These are based off of the design that the Sharks first used when they started off as a team, but I mixed in the orange and made the primary color black in order to create a more modern feel.
Dallas Stars Concept 1
Why did the Stars ever switch to such a boring design? This was a classic!
I did another inverse of the colors in this concept, but I really don't care what order the colors are in. As long as the Stars bring back this idea (which I can't really see happening the way things are going), I'm happy.
Dallas Stars Concept 2
If the Stars insist on using the current template, this would be an improvement. I actually really like their current black jerseys, but there is not a lot of green in the NHL at all and it would be nice to see some.
Tampa Bay Lightning Concept 1
When the Lightning debuted their new look, I was somewhat upset at how the black was basically completely gone.
The new look has grown on me now, but I would still like to see more black in the color scheme.
Tampa Bay Lightning Concept 2
When the Lightning announced that they were making uniform changes prior to this past season, I hoped it would be something like this.
I loved the original Lightning uniforms, but I could never understand the shoulder yoke, especially the white one on the black jersey.
My favorite Canucks jerseys have always been the Pavel Bure-era ones with the skate logo, but I've always wanted to see the Canucks in green.
New Jersey Devils
This would be the ideal third jersey for the Devils. It is black, like many people have been asking for, and it also incorporates the green and red from the original Devils jerseys that they now wear on St. Patrick's Day.
I would absolutely love to see something like this, but I don't see Lamoriello going to a third jersey any time soon.
There's nothing wrong about the Flyers' uniforms, but if any team would look good in a black uniform, it's Philadelphia.
New York Islanders
The Islanders' new black jerseys are just...strange.
If they wanted a new black jersey, this would be the way to go instead of something radically different from tradition (even if that isn't always a bad thing).
Yes, the former Winnipeg Jets jerseys are property of the Phoenix Coyotes franchise, but this concept combines old with new, using the classic vintage design with the current Jets colors.
I also have always wanted to see just the word mark without the circle from the original Jets logo on a jersey, like in the white version seen here.
Los Angeles Kings
I love the current Kings jerseys and I think that they have never had a bad set of jerseys in their history.
These jerseys take elements from the original black-and-gold era of the Kings while combining them with the current designs.
Anaheim Ducks Concept 1
The old Mighty Ducks uniforms were some of my favorites, and today's Anaheim Ducks jerseys are pretty boring.
Here, I took the current color scheme and applied it to the old design. I'd love to see the Ducks promote their current third jersey and make one of these an alternate.
Anaheim Ducks Concept 2
This is a reversal of the previous slide. I have always loved the eggplant and jade colors the Mighty Ducks used, and here I put them on the current design while keeping the orange.
Looks like something out of the '90s again.
St. Louis Blues
My favorite Blues jerseys are the ones from the mid-to-late 1990s that had the template you see here.
In this concept, I switched around some of the colors on the older jerseys and the design that took their place in the following years.
New York Rangers Concept 1
This is just an inverse of the Rangers' current set and a slightly different version of the Lady Liberty jersey.
The current set is a lot better, obviously, but I thought this would be interesting to look at.
New York Rangers Concept 2
This is just an inverse in shades of blue from the Lady Liberty era. Amazing what a little change in color can do, eh?
I really like these and wouldn't mind seeing either of them in a game, but hardly anything can beat the current Rangers set.