Ranking the 25 Best European Hockey Uniforms

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Ranking the 25 Best European Hockey Uniforms
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The picture above might have some of the finest design ever seen on a hockey uniform. Ever. Unfortunately, these kits belonged to the Kalamazoo Wings of the IHL, which disqualifies them from consideration in this article.

Fun fact: The K-Wings official theme for this night, in January 2009, was "Golden Ice Night." Sponsored by McDonald's, the ice was also yellow to make the evening just that much more special. Insert yellow snow/ice joke here.

European hockey jerseys have served as placards for sponsorships almost as long as the leagues themselves have been around. With the money that is brought in from selling jersey space, the Euro leagues often resemble the worst NASCAR race ever. With high-speed collisions between resplendent colorful billboards, the only discernible difference is the player's ability to turn right (NASCAR joke).

Some of the jersey selections from the foreign franchises simply appear to be rip-offs of their North American cousins, while others lack creativity altogether and are literally sponsored top to bottom, line by line. Original.

There also seems to be a common ecological predator that is the scourge of Europe. Savage bears appear on almost two-thirds of all hockey jerseys abroad. Is there some sort of bear population explosion that is kept out of the news to avoid tourism issues? Granted, the bear presents menace and intimidation to a foe, but there could be a little more variety here, folks.

Now, understand that when you "power rank" something, it is open to interpretation, and I tend to enjoy the weird and unconventional (and conveniently enough, bears too). Flamethrowers, gas up your weapons. I do, however, have appreciation for the classic look too, and I think you'll find plenty of both on this list. Enjoy now!!

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