The Worst Fashion Crimes in NHL History

Tom Urtz Jr.@@TomUrtzJrContributor IJanuary 31, 2013

The Worst Fashion Crimes in NHL History

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    In today's NHL, where jersey sales are very important, Reebok takes a great deal of care to produce quality uniforms for the players and fans. But in the past, there have been some true fashion crimes, like the Philadelphia Flyers' Cooperalls.

    Throughout the history of the league, there have been many different combinations of colors, logos and other weird elements on a jersey, but here are some of the worst fashion crimes in NHL history.

Phoenix's Robo-Coyote

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    The coyote featured on this jersey is half coyote and half robot, and that really doesn't make any sense.

    It is an interesting jersey from the 1990s, and one that had many people scratching their heads when the 'Yotes took the ice.

    This jersey was introduced when the Coyotes were relatively new to Phoenix, so in terms of building a brand, this jersey really fell flat, and it was a true fashion crime,

Philadelphia Flyers' Cooperalls

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    The Philadelphia Flyers' Cooperalls were one of the biggest fashion crimes in the history of the NHL. The design of the Cooperalls had safety and protection in mind, but aesthetically, it wasn't one of the most appealing uniforms. 

    The Hartford Whalers also used these briefly, but they didn't look as bad when compared to the Broad St. Bullies.

Blue Alternate Jerseys (Columbus and Florida)

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    These two sweaters are among the worst in NHL history because not only did the two teams that sported them deviate from their natural color schemes, but they are a complete copy of the Pittsburgh Penguins' Winter Classic jerseys.

    The Penguins were able to pull this off because of the situation in which they wore it, but Florida and Columbus had no business sporting these sweaters.

Dallas Stars' 'Mooterus' Jersey

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    Sometimes, there are just ideas for NHL uniforms that sound great as an abstract concept, but once they are back from the presses, the designer finally realizes his or her huge mistake.

    This jersey sums up a good idea gone wrong. The Dallas Stars thought they were doing a good thing by featuring a bull on their jerseys because of the association of bull riding in Texas.

    Well, unfortunately, the logo has been named the "mooterus." You can click the link for a better explanation of what is means, or you can google it.

New York Islanders' 3rd Jersey

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    It was pretty funny that the New York Islanders debuted this jersey just when the New York Mets and New York Knicks decided to do away with this color combination.

    The color combination, the style and overall appearance is head-scratching given the options the Islanders could have went with based on their location and their history.

New York Islanders' Fisherman Jersey

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    The Islanders' current jerseys are one of the league's best because it is a clean and simple design that represents their colors.

    These colors should transition well when the team moves to Brooklyn. However, the Islanders have not always worn respectable threads.

    Case in point, the infamous Gorton's Fisherman sweater.

    The Islanders wore a jersey featuring a logo that happens to resemble the Gorton's Fisherman, and it was a sweater that was maybe nice in theory, but horrible in execution.

Vancouver Canucks' Tri-Color V-Necks

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    This tri-color V-jersey sported by the Vancouver Canucks makes very little sense when you consider the great jerseys they have had through the years.

    This jersey is absolutely hideous and it still lives on in the realm of EA video games.

    This may be the team's ugliest jersey because the jury is out on the flying-skate jersey.

Calgary Flames' Donkey Jersey

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    The Calgary Flames are a team that has sported some nice jerseys over the years, so it was a huge surprise when they debuted this uniform.

    Their most recent third jersey is amazing, but their uniforms have not always been so nice. This logo made zero sense for the team and it is a huge mystery why the jersey existed in the NHL for multiple seasons.

    Although this has been pointed out to be a representation of a horse, it still looks like a flamed snot donkey.

The Buffaslug

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    The Buffaslug is probably one of the freshest bad ideas in the minds of most NHL fans. 

    This jersey became known as the Buffaslug because it featured a slug-like body with a buffalo head. It was one of the worst jerseys in NHL history.

Tampa Bay Lightning's Inaugural Third Jersey

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    When the Tampa Bay Lightning entered the league, they made a fiery impact with their uniforms, but it didn't translate to on-ice talent.

    The flames on the side of the jersey really didn't make sense, and this jersey was eventually revised sans Dante's Inferno and the Lightning word mark. The front of the jersey was replaced with a larger lightning bolt with "Tampa Bay" on top.

    Tampa Bay's current sweater is also simply done, and that seems to be the case for most jerseys in the league today.

California Golden Seals

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    Under no circumstances should a team combine teal, yellow and white on uniforms, but the California Golden Seals thought that would be a good idea.

    Just when you thought the jersey colors were terrible, the team took it a step forward when their skates were colored white to compliment the uniform.

Los Angeles Kings Want You to Have It Your Way

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    The Los Angeles Kings apparently wanted the fans to have it their way when they sported these sweaters. If the classic Burger King slogan doesn't immediately come to mind when you look at this jersey, you are lying.

    This jersey also had a weird color scheme that diverted from the traditional look of the Kings' jerseys during the Gretzky era.

The Jersey Mike Keenan Would Not Allow

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    The jersey apparently was such a fashion crime that Mike Keenan would not allow his players to wear it.

    Maybe it was the trumpet horns, the color scheme or something that doesn't meet the eye, but the jersey died in Iron Mike Kennan's hands.

    However, some feel this jersey could fit in today if some tweaks were made, as stated on the Marek vs Wyshynski podcast.