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25 Greatest Jerseys in NHL History

Matthew FairburnCorrespondent ISeptember 12, 2011

25 Greatest Jerseys in NHL History

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    The NHL has the best jerseys in the world. Nothing compares to the feeling of pulling a hockey sweater on. Whether one is hitting the ice or just getting ready to cheer on their team, there is something special about putting on that jersey.

    Creative jerseys and classic jerseys alike have made the NHL a special and stylish league over the years. So, here are the top 25 jerseys in NHL history. Enjoy.

Minnesota Wild Present Day Alternate

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    The Minnesota Wild have always had some pretty sharp uniforms, but the third alternate they have been going with is the best of the bunch in my mind. The forest green really captures the essence of the teamname, and the beige/gold is an excellent touch.

Phoenix Coyotes Inaugural

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    I may be in the minority here, but I really enjoyed the inaugural uniforms the Phoenix Coyotes rocked by in the late '90s. They were a bit different, but the logo and color scheme were both excellent in my opinion.

Tampa Bay Lightning

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    The Tampa Bay Lightning have always had some slick uniforms, particularly the black ones. Rob Zamuner pulled it off especially well.

Los Angeles Kings Throwbacks

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    The Los Angeles Kings used to sport what was an eye-popping uniform. However, it really worked for them. The bold color scheme paid off.

Calgary Flames 1980s

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    The 1980s were the glory days for the Calgary Flames both in terms of on ice performance and their slick uniforms.

Boston Bruins

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    The Boston Bruins have classic uniforms. They have made minor tweaks to it over the years, but overall the team has kept the vintage feel, thankfully.

Buffalo Sabres

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    The Buffalo Sabres did the hockey world a disservice when they went away from these jerseys a while back. Arguably one of the nicest looking jersey in the history of the league.

Montreal Canadiens

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    Admittedly, I have a bit of a preference for the vintage uniform. The Canadiens have an excellent appreciation for their rich tradition.

St. Louis Blues

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    The St. Louis Blues not only stick with the tradition of their hockey team but also the tradition of their city with their uniforms. The first jersey they had was the best of the bunch.

Edmonton Oilers Alternate

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    The Oilers wore this third jersey in the early part of the millenium and it is still one of the most creative uniforms they have worn. Each of the small oil drops represents the championships the organization has one, which is an interesting way to pay homage to the past.

Los Angeles Kings Gretzky Era Uniform

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    Many people would disagree with this choice as the best Kings' uniform, but in my opinion the classic black and silver is such a great look. Maybe it was the fact that Gretzky was wearing it that makes it look so good.

Florida Panthers

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    The Florida Panthers don't have a whole lot to be proud of as an organization. However, their jerseys are a thing of beauty. The Beezer days were the best.

Philadelphia Flyers

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    The Philadelphia Flyers have a beautiful jersey. The jersey is essentially the same as it was when the Broad Street Bullies were taking the league by storm and there has been no reason to make any drastic changes.

Pittsburgh Penguins Alternates

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    The Pittsburgh Penguins have had some great jerseys but they have also had some duds. The best jersey they have ever worn had to be the alternate that was worn in the '90s. Lemieux looked as good as he played in this uniform.

New York Rangers

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    I have always loved the diagonal letters on a hockey jersey. This Rangers uniform has such a classic feel to it. 

New York Islanders

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    Having a vintage uniform is awesome, but it's even better when a team can combine the vintage feel with a modern day design. The Islanders have done that perfectly here.

Chicago Blackhawks

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    Original six teams are dominating this list, and for good reason. The first jerseys the NHL ever made were the best. The Chicago Blackhawks are no exception. The logo and color scheme are as sharp as it gets.

Edmonton Oilers

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    For as great as the Edmonton Oilers were during the 1980s, their jerseys were right on par with their play. I love the color scheme and the simple yet creative logo.

Washington Capitals 1974-1995

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    The Washington Capitals made the worst decision in the franchise's history when they got rid of the uniform's pictured above. The present day Capitals' uniforms are excellent, but during the late 1990s the Caps had pretty awful uniforms. From 1974-1995 the Capitals had it right. 

Minnesota North Stars

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    The worst part about the move by the North Stars from Dallas was the loss of these jerseys. The color scheme is so underused and the logo is outstanding.

Quebec Nordiques

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    There is a small hope that the Quebec Nordiques could return to the NHL. If they manage to do so, the most exciting aspect would be seeing these uniforms in action again.

Winnipeg Jets

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    The new Winnipeg Jets uniform is a solid look, but they could never matchup with the vintage look of the original Jets.

Hartford Whalers

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    I would put the Hartford Whalers at the top of this list if it wasn't for the respect I have for the teams ahead of them. This Whalers uniform is pure artistic genius.

Toronto Maple Leafs

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    Few teams have the tradition that the Toronto Maple Leafs have. They have kept the same look for so long, and the present day jerseys are a testament to that fact. It's tough to beat the Maple Leaf and the classic blue Toronto sports year in and year out.

Detroit Red Wings

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    No jersey could ever top the threads that the Detroit Red Wings sport on a nightly basis. The logo is the best in all of sports, and the simple color scheme of red and white is perfect for this team. They have never drastically changed their uniform, nor should they. It is the best in all of sports.

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