When it really comes down to it, minor league hockey is not about winning the Calder Cup, Adams Cup, or the like. It's about preparing the next generation of NHL superstars and giving them the development they need to perhaps eventually go on to win the Stanley Cup.
However, from our perspective, minor league hockey also gives us a massive collection of jerseys to examine. Nearly a hundred teams from a multitude of minor leagues have all designed home, away, and alternate jersey, and even just over the past few years, the range of styles and color schemes is tremendous.
From the American Hockey League to the East Coast Hockey League to the Central Hockey League, the jerseys that some teams have created make the National Hockey League look well behind the times. It may be the minor leagues for the sport, but these teams are definitely in the major leagues of uniforms.
Even with "home whites" - unlike the NHL, all minor league games have the home team wearing their white-themed outfit - it's amazing to see the variety that exists within these leagues. We pick out our 20 favorite jerseys and put them under the microscope in this slideshow.
Note: All jersey images courtesy of Chris Creamer's SportsLogos.Net.