Philadelphia Flyers: Power Ranking Each of the Flyers' All-Time Jerseys
With the unveiling of the Philadelphia Flyers' 2012 Winter Classic jersey, the franchise has a new addition to its list of uniforms.
The Flyers have used four different jersey sets, each with their own variations in orange, white and black, though there are really only two basic templates in the team's four-decade history.
Here we rank each and every jersey Philadelphia has used.
Honorable Mention: The Cooperalls
These weren't a type of jersey, but no look at the Flyers' uniform history would be complete without mentioning this atrocity.
The Flyers were the first NHL team to wear pants in the 1981-82 season. The Hartford Whalers donned the "Cooperalls" a season later, but that would be the end of it.
Pants were banned by the NHL after two seasons,
11. Orange Alternate (2002-2007)
With the team having gone without an orange-based jersey for a season, Philadelphia introduced this thing in 2002.
It is the only Flyers jersey to have altered the crest. Look closely and there is a metallic silver border on the flying "P."
It was also the first Flyers jersey to lack an arms-length stripe pattern.
The awkward combination of non-fitting parts made this the worst jersey in Flyers history.
It was dropped when the NHL switched to Reebok Edge jerseys in 2007.
10. White Away (2007-2010)
When the Reebok Edge system took over for the 2007-08 season, teams found different ways to adjust.
Some adjusted their current uniform set to match the slim-fitting style of the new jerseys; others made no changes and others created entirely new uniforms.
The Flyers kept their black home and white away set, but altered the arm striping.
The front of the uniform took a sharp "A" shape instead of the curve that had been used since the franchise's introduction. Additionally, the orange on the arm stopped at the elbow instead of continuing down to the wrist like it had before.
9. Black Home/Alternate (2007-2010)
Here is that white uniform's counterpart. It was used as the home jersey until being booted to alternate status, and finally out of circulation.
8. Black Jersey (1997-2010)
In this picture, you can see the difference in the arm striping. The full, fluid shoulder stripe is more accurate to what a Flyers uniform should be.
During the late 1990s the NHL's third jersey program resulted in many teams adding black to their wardrobe.
It was an easy decision for the Flyers to do one as well, black already being one of their two main colors. Introduced in 1997 as an alternate, it became so popular that in 2001 it replaced the orange jersey as the team's dark sweater.
When teams switched to wearing white on the road in 2003-04, this became the home jersey.
7. Winter Classic 2012
The jersey is a very unique set in comparison to past Philadelphia sweaters.
It prominently combines orange and black and it has a shoulder yoke instead of full shoulder stripe. Both are firsts.
The new look may not be worn for more than one game, but the vending of this popular item will make sure it sticks around for a while in the stands.
6. Current Away (2010-Present)
Hopeful news for fans of the new Winter Classic uniform is that the one from 2010 is now part of the Flyers' regular rotation.
Introduced in the 2010 Winter Classic against the Boston Bruins, this look took over the spot as the team's away uniform the following season.
5. Current Home (2008-Present)
The away uniform simply matched the uniform the Flyers were already wearing at home. This "throwback" orange design was worn as an alternate in 2008-09, but took over as the home jersey the next season.
The reverse nameplates were a result of a peculiar situation in the 1970s. NHL teams were not required to have names on their dark jerseys; however, during nationally televised games, the networks covering games wanted all teams to wear names.
So, the Flyers took the nameplates from their white jerseys and played hockey.
4. Orange Away (1982-2001)
Some might not notice that the orange of the Flyers' current jersey set is a brighter shade than what was used in the first 40 or so years of the team's history.
The Flyers originally used a darker, more intimidating shade of orange on their jerseys. It matched the tenacity of hockey's toughest team.
3. White Jersey (1982-2007)
No Flyers jersey was longer-tenured than this exact sweater.
From Bobby Clarke to Rick Tocchet, John LeClair to Simon Gagne, nearly all of the franchise's most popular players have skated in this uniform.
2. Orange Jersey (1967-1982)
When the Flyers and the rest of the expansion teams entered the league in 1967, dark uniforms were home, just like they are today.
For the first three years of the team's history, this was the home uniform. White names were added to the uniform in 1977.
These uniforms, though similar to the current home jerseys, have the original shade of orange and lack the mismatched nameplates.
Though the white-on-orange nameplates of the current home jerseys and black-on-white nameplates of the current away jerseys seem like an entertaining novelty, and are an appropriate shout-out to the team's history, correctly matched names simply look better.
1. White Jersey (1967-1982)
When the NHL switched to using light-colored jerseys at home for the 1970-71 season, this would become the Flyers' battle gear at The Spectrum.
Philadelphia's history as one of hockey's toughest places to play is all because of what the team and fans did when this white, black and orange jersey was worn on the ice.
Perhaps coincidentally, this is also the best-looking Flyers uniform of all time.
Jersey history courtesy of The Hockey Uniform Database.
Jason Sapunka is a Featured Columnist for the Philadelphia Flyers.
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