The Best and Worst NHL Third Jerseys
After ranking the Western Conference's white jerseys and the Eastern dark jerseys, it is now time to turn our attention to the NHL's third jersey program.
Ever since the third jersey became popular in the 1990s, it has really been a source of heated debate. Some people don't think teams should wear them, while others love the whole idea.
Some teams have never worn one, while other teams have designed quite a few over the years.
Here now is a ranking of all the 2009-10 NHL third jerseys.
No. 29 Atlanta Thrashers
What’s left to say at this point? That the Thrashers are in a tiny club of sports teams that have never worn at least a decent-looking uniform?
At this point I would favor plain white uniforms with only black numbers and nameplate to what Atlanta skates with these days.
No. 28 Ottawa Senators
This jersey is just silly. It is not so much ugly as it is unprofessional and amateurish.
Putting “SENS” across the front is about as lame as you can get.
No. 27 Phoenix Coyotes
It is a nice attempt to utilize more cream for Phoenix, but good heavens, what a disaster this jersey is. Being paired with a red helmet and pants makes it look ridiculous.
This looks like the type of uniform you would see worn by a team in a comedy movie like “Dodgeball.”
No. 26 Tampa Bay Lightning
I like this color scheme and prefer it to the Lightning’s black home jersey, but this is another epic failure by an NHL organization.
Putting “Tampa Bay” on the back of the tail stripe and “Bolts” diagonally across the front completely ruins this sweater.
No. 25 Colorado Avalanche
A jersey very similar in design to their original third sweater, except this one is worse.
I’ve never liked this shade of blue, the “Avalanche” on the back of the collar is stupid, and no one should be allowed to use diagonal lettering except the Rangers.
Can New York finally get a patent on that?
No. 24 Carolina Hurricanes
I actually prefer this sweater to both of Carolina’s regular uniforms, but this one just doesn’t have enough to be ranked higher.
I’m not a big fan of the all-black uniform, but the Hurricanes make it work. The "hurricane warning flag" striping should be removed since they aren’t the right color.
No. 23 Montreal Canadiens (Barber Pole)
Personally, I think this look is awesome, but the amount of striping is completely overwhelming. But as a vintage replica, I applaud Montreal for wearing these.
It could be a really interesting sweater if they limited the barber pole striping to the arms and tail. Can you imagine what people were saying about this jersey 80 years ago?
No. 22 Montreal Canadiens (Red & Green)
Again, another nice vintage replica by the Canadiens, but something that in the modern day looks like:
A.) Minnesota Wild
B.) Santa Claus
I am all for the use of green in hockey, but I don’t think is meshes well with red.
No. 21 Minnesota Wild
Up next, the 2004 All-Star jersey…oh wait, this is the Wild’s new third jersey!
This jersey bothers me so much because I love green and cream, yet this whole uniform spoils it. It has a really old-school feel to it, but there is way too much green and the logo is dull as can be.
No. 20 Montreal Canadiens (Blue)
If this were a modern design, I would say it fails pretty miserably, but it has some honor as a vintage sweater. There is a lot of potential with this one, but it simply is not realized.
I am picturing the Habs regular logo on this jersey and it would look fantastic.
No. 19 Nashville Predators
You can’t really get past that logo, but this incarnation is a clear step in the right direction for Nashville.
It is a bit interesting to go with such a plain color scheme, perhaps a touch of yellow would spice things up? The “NASCAR” checkerboard design is pointless.
No. 18 Philadelphia Flyers
The original black uniforms introduced by the Flyers in the late 1990s were at the top of the bad ass list for quite some time.
Now, with Philadelphia unveiling a couple new sweaters over the past few years, this newer Reebok Edge design isn’t that grand.
No. 17 San Jose Sharks
I don’t like the numbers on the front, I don’t like the redesigned logo, don’t like the all-black look, and I’m not crazy about the shoulder patch.
This uniform is nothing more than okay.
No. 16 Dallas Stars
It was pointless to have this jersey be as similar to their regular white sweater and add the cursed “football” front to it.
A lot like many uniforms today, it’s not ugly, but very dumb.
No. 15 New Jersey Devils
Technically, this throwback to the franchise’s first uniform has not been worn yet, but I believe it will be a faithful reproduction.
Pretty please, New Jersey, can you go back to these colors and design? Please?
No. 14 Los Angeles Kings
A good old throwback to the Gretzky era! Except…not really.
Two main problems: the logo and the vertical stripes on the arms. The Great One would not be proud!
No. 13 Florida Panthers
This was one of the new third jerseys that I wasn’t expecting much from, but when it was unveiled I was quite surprised.
I’m not crazy about the main logo, the shoulder patches are silly, and it was a bit weird for the team to go with a different color scheme. Overall though, this is a pretty sweet sweater.
No. 12 St. Louis Blues
When this jersey came out I kept hearing how amazing it was. I’ll admit it is a nice sweater, but I don’t think it should be considered among the league’s best.
I like how the team finally settled on a dominant blue and let the entire uniform match. But there’s another logo with a circle around it that is becoming way too common in the NHL.
I think just their logo would have looked fine and bumped this one up a few spots.
No. 11 Boston Bruins
This is a pretty traditional look and the Bruins pull off the all-black as well as anyone in the NHL. The large logo on the front of the jersey is decent, but certainly not anything memorable.
The weird thing for me is seeing Boston wearing black socks, which they have never done in team history until this jersey was used. It looks cool, but not normal.
No. 10 New York Islanders
This uniform is so much better than anything the Islanders have ever worn that it’s not even funny. They won four straight cups wearing these!
This shade of blue and orange are quietly one of the best in sports and it would serve the organization well to return to this sweater full time. Even if they do move to Kansas City.
No. 9 Toronto Maple Leafs
Part of me was thinking that this was one of the best third jerseys in recent history and that it should be ranked higher.
But, I think since it’s been around such a long time that it has decreased its appeal somewhat. In the end though, this is one classy jersey.
No. 8 Buffalo Sabres
There’s no debating what the Sabres should do and that is to switch back to their original uniforms. I had been saying for years that Buffalo should add some white trim to their old blue jerseys, but instead the team chose silver.
This is a great jersey, but it needs the extra piping and front numbers removed. It would also be better to return to the original shade of blue which was lighter.
No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers (WC)
This might be the best white jersey the Flyers have ever had, and with some tweaks I think it could become even better.
Philadelphia looked really sharp this year in the Winter Classic and the team is rumored to be switching to this old school look full-time in the future.
No. 6 Vancouver Canucks
For my money, I’ll say the Canucks will never design a uniform that is better than this beauty. It just can’t happen.
And with the team’s history of wearing some of the ugliest garb known to man, they should do us all a favor and wear this sweater for every home game. They owe us, really.
No. 5 Calgary Flames
Ah, the good ol' days!
Upon reflection I don’t think this jersey would be ranked this high if this list was done in a year or two from now. But I’ve just missed this Flames sweater for so long that it just has to be this high right now.
Look at it! It’s so much better than anything in Calgary history.
No. 4 Edmonton Oilers
Up next, we have Calgary’s biggest rival in the Edmonton Oilers in what could be considered to be one of the best jerseys in NHL history.
There’s just so much history behind this jersey that it is unfathomable that the team ever went away from this look. They’ve taken the Islanders color scheme and made it look super fantastic.
It’s good to know the Oilers have been wearing this jersey more often at home and slowly relegating their darker blue sweater to the dust bin of history.
No. 3 Pittsburgh Penguins
To anyone who knocks the use of powder blue, how dare you! This color was meant to be worn on the ice.
It was really hard to keep this jersey from the top spot, but the big thing holding it back in my mind is the circled logo. It would look twice as good with just the skating penguin enlarged and standing alone.
I’d like to see a return to these colors because a white jersey would look just as nice.
No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks
I consider this jersey to be more like a 1B in the world of NHL third jerseys and I can’t really say there’s anything wrong with it.
Normally, the encircled logo would bother me, but it fits perfectly in with the horizontal stripe going across the chest. There’s just so much to like about this uniform that it’s ridiculous.
We’re talking probably the best use of cream in sports history, a great color scheme and design, absolutely beautiful pants…it just goes on and on.
No. 1 Boston Bruins (WC)
Allow me to explain why I think this uniform is number one. For years I have been waiting for a team (Bruins and Sabres especially) to design a yellow jersey that is as awesome as the University of Michigan’s hockey team.
The Sabres haven’t tried, and the Bruins mid-'90s attempt was a huge failure. But this one comes very, very close.
And then you add in the brown helmets, pants and trim! This uniform is insanely amazing. I also like this sweater because it is a mish-mash of several uniforms worn throughout Boston’s history, but it still comes out clean and refreshing.
The weird shaped “B” logo (worn for only one season in team history) is probably the only thing holding this jersey back. A return to the block “B” would only improve this gorgeous third jersey.