NHL: The 25 Most Hideously Ugly Jerseys in NHL History

John B Matheson@@JB_WebberCorrespondent IAugust 15, 2012

NHL: The 25 Most Hideously Ugly Jerseys in NHL History

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    Over the course of the NHL’s long history there have been many jersey changes.

    Some have been due to a name change, like when Anaheim dropped the word “Mighty” from their team name.

    Others were done as a third jersey, which was rarely worn by the team. Others have been revamped to update the look or colors of the team.

    Each time there are changes made to a jersey there are those that stand out as absolutely hideous.

    In the slides that follow we will take a look at the 25 most hideous jerseys that have been made. This list is in no particular order.

Anaheim’s “Wildwing” Jersey

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    Back when Anaheim was still going with the Mighty Duck name and was owned by Walt Disney they used the horribly ugly teal, eggplant and white color combination.

    In 1995 they released the third “Wild and Crazy” jersey. It was emblazoned with their mascot Wildwing wearing the Anaheim jersey breaking through a sheet of ice.

    It was mainly teal with stripes of the other colors, but it was the cartoon character wearing the team's main jersey that made this one so ridiculous.

    This jersey only lasted until the end of that season, thankfully.

Boston Bruins' First Jersey

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    For the 1924-25 season, the Boston Bruins were new to the NHL, which at that time consisted entirely of Canadian teams.

    When they entered the league, Boston had an all-brown jersey with gold stripes. The team name was written in gold and a brown bear was also outlined in gold.

    The jersey as seen in the picture was horrid. Brown and yellow are colors that should not be placed on the same jersey.

    It would take Boston 10 years before changing the color scheme to the now familiar black, gold and white—colors which are much more to the fans' liking.

Dallas Stars' Taurus Jersey

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    Dallas kept a similar jersey to the original one they wore while in Minnesota. That was until the 2003 season, when they added an alternate jersey.

    The color scheme was not horrible. It was a black base that featured green, red, black and gold stripes. The image that was dead center is what put this jersey on the list.

    It was supposed to resemble the astrological sign Taurus, with a red shooting star coming around the right horn of the bull.

    What they failed to realize was that this logo resembled a uterus, and the red star did not help.

    It was kept until the end of the 2006 season.

California Seals' Final Road Jersey

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    The California Seals were among the first expansion teams. Unfortunately they were unable to spark any type of fan reaction.

    The lack of fan reaction also had to do with their failures on the ice, and making the first round of the postseason only twice.

    Their jerseys were nothing to write home about.

    In the final season in California, the Seals went with teal, gold and white colors.

    It was a simple design. The Seals' name was written in white and outlined in gold. The color combination is what has added this jersey to this list.

    Thankfully they were moved to Cleveland for the 1976-77 season so that this road jersey was only used for one season.

LA Kings' “Burger King” Jersey

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    In 1995 there were a few alternate jerseys added by some of the teams in the league. Anaheim has already made this list. Now it is the LA Kings' turn.

    This jersey came out after years of the purple-and-gold crown jerseys that had been in LA since the team joined the league.

    Having matched the NBA Lakers' colors until 1988, the Kings went for a much quieter black-and-silver jersey.

    Yet in 1995 they had an alternate jersey that held a block version of a King from a deck of cards. Unfortunately it looked very similar to the Burger King guy and was ridiculed around the league.

    Like the Anaheim jersey, the Kings' jersey only lasted that one season before being dropped.

New York Islanders' “Fisherman” Jersey

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    1995-96 was a year that saw many new logos emblazoned on jerseys.

    The Islanders decided to go in a completely different direction from their previous logo, which  was the team name and an image of Long Island.

    They added a new mascot that resembled the High Liner seafood brand's mascot. Adding insult to the poor fisherman was the color scheme of royal blue, white, orange, grey and teal.

    Even the mainly-white version was an eyesore. Thankfully it only lasted a few seasons.

Original Ottawa Senators' “Champions” Jersey

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    Well before the Senators returned to the league in Ottawa and before they moved to St. Louis,  they had a team in the NHL for a few seasons.

    They entered the league in 1917 and by the 1921-22 season's start they had won a number of Stanley Cups (including one in the 1920 season).

    That was their first season as an official NHL team. The 1921 season was when they introduced a logo on their black-and-white-and-red striped jersey (which seemed too busy to begin with).

    The centerpiece of this eyesore was a logo that had nothing to do with their team name, but one which recalled the glory they had enjoyed during the season before.

    Proclaiming themselves the “Champions of the World” (though this busy jersey was nothing more than a pat on their own backs), it seemed to be true as they won the cup that season as well.

Ottawa Senators' “Arrow” Jersey

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    The recent incarnation of the Ottawa Senators has kept the black-and-white-and-red color scheme with much success, which is why this alternate jersey was such an eyesore.

    It was the same as their main jersey with the Sens' logo and colors, but was bordered on the sleeves and bottom by a yellow stripe with black arrows that resembled something out of Mario.

    Yes, it was supposed to resemble the small portion of the main logo but it ended up looking less like the portion of the logo and more like a warp strip.

    This alternate would last seven seasons though it was infrequently used. 

Vancouver's “Flying V” Jersey

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    From 1978 until 1985 there were only minor variations made to this horrid jersey that will go down as one of the ugliest in the NHL.

    The "V" swooping down from the neck in multiple colors for both the home and away jersey was just a bad idea.

     With multi-colored stripes added throughout, the jersey became iconic for all the wrong reasons.

    Sadly it would take until 1989 before the jersey was made into one that was not an embarrassment to wear.

Calgary Flames' “Flaming Horse Snot”

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    It could be that the Calgary Stampede is a large event that is based in the same town as the Flames. But who thought that a horse head shooting out flaming snot was a good idea?

    It looked ridiculous and was reminiscent of the Dallas Stars' Taurus jersey. 

    Unfortunately this alternate jersey lasted from 1998 until 2006 before someone finally realized it was a horrible idea.

Edmonton's “Oil Drop”

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    The simple logo that the Edmonton Oilers had used for decades was one of the few that did not need to be updated.

    In 2001 they unveiled their third jersey and it had people scratching their heads. It was supposed to be a drop of oil.

    The gear at the one end throws you for a loop, as do the metallic wings—or streaks, or whatever it is that they were supposed to be.

    Either way this was just an ugly jersey that should have been phased out early into its career, but managed to hang on until 2007.

Hamilton Tigers' Original Jersey

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    The Hamilton Tigers may have only lasted five seasons but they had some really ugly jerseys, including their yellow-and-black prison-inspired jersey which featured a black square with a tiger head on the chest.

    Some of the old-time teams had some decent-looking jerseys. This was not one of them.

Buffalo “Buffaslug”

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    The name says it all. This jersey was just hideous.

    What was worse was that the season before they introduced the Buffaslug, the Sabres had some pretty cool jerseys.

    They may have been trying to update the buffalo. But by leaving off the legs, it became a ridiculed jersey that somehow managed to remain from 2006 until 2010.

Atlanta Thrashers' Original Road Jersey

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    Many fans have given the Thrashers a hard time for their various jerseys, but none was more of an eyesore than their first road jersey.

    No one was sure if the logo was just the letter T or if was supposed to be stylized to look like a T and a bird at once.

    It did remind some WWE fans of something the Ultimate Warrior may have painted on his face, however.

Tampa Bay's “Wavy” Alternate

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    Tampa earned the nickname the Bolts, as it was shorter to call them that than the Lightning. So in 1996 they added a third jersey that had huge yellow bolts on the arms.

    It also included waves under the logo and dashes, or lines—or what may have been rain?

    The jersey made little sense other than the lightning on the sleeve. Though the color was not bad, the concept was just hideous.

Phoenix Coyotes' “Badlands” Alternate

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    For the 1998 season the Coyotes put out some pretty ugly jerseys. They were busy with the Coyote Mascot in the centre and multiple color lines throughout the jersey.

    Neither the home nor away jersey could touch the alternate, with its green upper portion that faded into a night sky above the desert.

    It was such an ugly jersey that it had to stick around with a small variation until 2003.

Pittsburgh Pirates “Harding Blue”

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    The original Pirates' jersey was the same color scheme as the Pittsburgh city crest, and would later become the team colors for the MLB Pirates and Steelers of the NFL.

    So when the Pirates changed their jersey in 1928 to a light blue-and-gold striped jersey fans stopped to pause.

    Added to the brown shorts this was by far one of the worst color schemes.

    The blue was called Harding blue, as it was apparently a hue that was favored by former First Lady Florence Harding.

Vancouver's “Red-Blue Fade” Jersey

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    It debuted in 2001 and lasted as an alternate jersey until 2006.

    The upper portion of the jersey started out navy blue and merged into a maroon at the bottom.

    While red and blue may be nice colors, this jersey made them an eyesore and hard to look at without inducing a headache.

Boston Bruins' “Smiling Bear”

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    Many decades after the Bruins ditched the brown from their jersey, they brought back the bear that was their namesake.

    Unfortunately for Boston, which is a rough and gritty team, the bear on their 1996-2006 alternate jersey was all smiles.

    The predominately-yellow background also made this jersey ugly.

    The jagged black-and-white border dividing the smiling bear and the yellow upper portion from the black bottom made this jersey simply horrible to look at.

Montreal Canadiens' “Retro Jersey”

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    This red, white and blue monstrosity was used a few years ago as a throwback to the Canadiens' history.

    These eyesores were originally used for the 1912 season, after which they were then promptly discontinued.

    Why Montreal chose the ugliest retro to wear again is unknown.

    Much like the early Ottawa Senators' striped jersey, this Montreal one was distracting and hideous. Thankfully it was only briefly used both times.

Pittsburgh Pirates' Final Jersey

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    For the 1929-30 season the Pirates changed their jersey away from the previously-seen ugly yellow and blue.

    Sadly it was changed to an ugly orange and black with the image of a pirate in the center of the chest.

    While many years later the Flyers of Philadelphia would use orange and black as their colors, they seemed to learned how not to do it from the Pirates.

Florida Panthers' “Retro” Attempt

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    In 2009 the Panthers decided for some reason to try their hand at a retro alternate jersey.

    While the logo was simple and not too bad, the color scheme they chose made no sense and looked more like a Penguins throwback than one for the Panthers.

    The light blue trim with dark blue centre caused the panther logo look wildly out of place and somewhat silly.  

    It was not a good color choice for a team that had been predominately red and blue.

1982 All-Star Game

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    Yes the players who make the All-Star team are just that: stars.

    The orange, black and white motif that had been around for the All-Star game became much more pronounced for the 1982 contest.

    Yet what made this jersey particularly ugly was the need to show the world that the players who were wearing these jerseys were stars.

    Stars covered pretty much any open space on the upper part of jersey.

    Yes, we got it. The jersey is still ugly.

Pittsburgh Penguins' “Breakaway Penguin”

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    The Penguins had a number of years of ugly jerseys, as they had to use the two-blues-and-white color scheme.

    This was before they changed to black and white, which they had the Pirates to thank for as Boston tried to stop it.

    The ugly blue jersey that Pittsburgh used from 1971-73 was the first to take away the circle that surrounded the yellow triangle and penguin (that is all that currently remains).

    The home jersey was not bad as the yellow was against a white jersey, but the away blue with the no-longer-circled yellow triangle was an ugly clash of colors.

    They would continue to try and darken the blue to no avail, until they simply switched to black and did away with the light blue all together.

New York Americans' Original “Stars and Stripes”

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    The first New York-based team was the Americans. They were so named during the break between the World Wars when patriotism was high.

    It made sense that the Americans were a red, white and blue team through and through.

    Unfortunately their first jersey was far too busy to capture the attention of any fan.

    With red at the top divided by a ton of stars, the following stripes were buried in a busy design.

    Over the next few years of their existence they would tone down the amount of stars on the jersey, making it less busy that way.


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