This edition of the Collector’s Corner was written by Lucas Roche.
With Christmas and Hannukah less than a month away it should soon be time to start ordering your NHL jerseys from CoolHockey, but with all the different choices available it may be difficult to make a decision on what to purchase. In this blog, I will go over my personal top 10 selections on what the most ideal jerseys are for the holiday season.
10. MINNESOTA WILD (HOME)
Starting off the list at #10 is the Wild’s home jersey. The Wild jersey is one of the best in the league, even if the team isn’t, and the Adidas rebrand is almost a must-have for any collection. This jersey, especially a good purchase at this time of year with the Christmas colors would look great with the young defenceman Matt Dumba on the back. Overall a great jersey to start the list.
9. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS (HOME)
At #9 is the Blackhawks home jersey but not the new one for this season. If you can live with the hated collar on the original Adidas Hawks jersey, it is not only beautiful including a hand-stitched logo, but is also 40% with the code “HAWKS40”. In my opinion, this jersey is best fit with the future Hall of Famer Patrick Kane on the back, coming off a dominant 2018-19 season and continuing his dominance throughout this season.
8. EDMONTON OILERS (HOME)
The #8 pick is the Edmonton Oilers home jersey. In my opinion, this is the best oilers uniform in their team history, as the bright orange goes perfectly with the navy blue. This is a no brainer to add to your collection and who better to get on the back then the best player in the NHL Connor McDavid.
7. NEW JERSEY DEVILS (ALTERNATE)
My 7th pick is the New Jersey Devils alternate jersey. Not only is this a very festive jersey with the classic red and green Christmas colors, but is also a beautiful throwback to the original Devils look. Just in case Taylor Hall leaves in free agency the best choice for this uniform has to be the first overall pick, Jack Hughes.
6. ST. LOUIS BLUES (HOME)
Just before the top 5 at #6 is the Stanley cup champions jerseys, the St. Louis Blues. The Blues coming off their first cup in franchise history, also have one of the nicest jerseys in the league and adding a Stanley cup patch to the jersey would be a perfect addition to any collection. The obvious choice to put on the back of this jersey would have to be the past Conn Smythe winner, Ryan O’Reilly.
5. NEW YORK RANGERS (HOME)
Starting the top 5 is the team that signed the biggest free agent of the past season, the New York Rangers. The Rangers classic look is undoubtedly one of the best in the league and the player of my choice has to be that big free agent, Artemi Panarin.
4. BUFFALO SABRES (50TH)
At the fourth spot is one of the best jerseys to be released this season, the Sabres 50th. The Sabres 50th includes the beautiful crest just like the Hawks, hand-stitched on to perfection. The college-esque uniform is extremely nice and a solid choice would be captain Jack Eichel or the first overall pick of 2018, Rasmus Dahlin.
3. VANCOUVER CANUCKS (ALTERNATE)
Starting the top 3 is the new Canucks third. At first, I didn’t like the look of the alternate but really liked the new homes/aways. But after some time the look really grew on me. The two thick green stripes on the bottom and the new stick in rink logo create one of the best alternates in the league and with many players to choose from such as Horvat, Pettersson, Boeser, and Hughes you can’t go wrong with the new Canucks alternate jersey.
2. ANAHEIM DUCKS (ALTERNATE)
You may have thought this was the recently released orange thirds but no, I’m talking about the black alternates from last year. This jersey was only worn for the 2018-19 season so the Ducks will most likely never wear these again. This means it’s a great purchase for any collection as it will possibly be a very rare jersey in the future, not to mention it’s a very nice nod to the Mighty Ducks. If I were to pick a player I’d have to go with Rickard Rakell as I think he’s a big piece of the Ducks current rebuild and is only getting better.
1. ARIZONA COYOTES (ALTERNATE)
Without a doubt, this jersey will always take the #1 position for me. This is by far the greatest alternate in the league and in my opinion the greatest jersey of all time. Even if you’re not a Coyotes fan which many are not, this jersey is ideal for any collection especially in an Adidas. The obvious choice would be captain, Ekman-Larsson or newly acquired Phil Kessel, but I would recommend the young center who’s off to a great start, Nick Schmaltz.
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