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Professional sports teams stick by each other and support each other throughout their seasons. Teams show their fellow city mates love by having a whole night dedicated to them. For the NHL and even USA hockey that means making jerseys in honor of those teams. Here is my list of the best hockey jerseys inspired by non-hockey sports teams.

San Jose Sharks – Golden State Warriors

The San Jose Sharks showed their fellow bay area team some love by wearing Warriors inspired jerseys for warmups on multiple occasions with the most recent being on February 16th. With the Warriors being the best team in the NBA and looking for their third straight title the Sharks are fully on board and are behind their fellow bay area team. Hopefully, for Sharks fans these jerseys bring the Sharks the same championship success the Warriors have seen.

Tampa Bay Lightning – Tampa Bay Rays

On March 26th of 2018, The Tampa Bay Lightning celebrated their 25th anniversary by showing the love to their fellow city mates the Tampa Bay Rays. The Lightning wore Rays’ themed jerseys for their warmups on March 26th and they looked awesome. The inspiration of these jerseys came from the Lightning playing three seasons at the ThunderDome which is now Tropicana Field and the home of the Rays. I for sure loved the look of these jerseys and wish the Lightning wore them in game.

Los Angeles Kings – Los Angeles Lakers

On December 5th and 6th, the Lakers and Kings showed each other love by having back to back team nights. On December 6th, the Kings hosted Lakers night for their home game. During warmups in the Kings’ game, they wore absolutely stunning Lakers themed jerseys. Not only do they share a city together but each call Staples Center home. One thing is for sure, these Lakers themed jerseys make me miss the Kings old school jerseys.

Minnesota Wild – Minnesota Twins

After the 2018 MLB regular season ended Minnesota Twins superstar and icon Joe Mauer announced his retirement. Mauer was a career Twin and was a once in a generation player. On February 12th, the Wild honored the Twins legend by donning Twins’ themed jerseys and Mauer’s name and number were on the back of all the jerseys. The Wild gave Joe Mauer a true retirement celebration fit for a legend.

Los Angeles Kings – Los Angeles Chargers

On December 18th, 2018 the Los Angeles Kings showed their love to one of their city’s NFL teams. The Kings hosted Chargers’ Night at Staples Center and wore Chargers powder blue jerseys for warmups. In the NFL, the Chargers’ powder blue jerseys are considered one of the best of all time. The Kings scored a touchdown with these jerseys and hope to see them again soon.

St. Louis Blues – St. Louis Cardinals

The St. Louis Blues have shown their support to their fellow city mates by wearing Cardinals themed jerseys multiple times. The Blues played at Busch Stadium (Home of the Cardinals) for the 2017 NHL Winter Classic. As a baseball fan, I love the look and history behind the Cardinals jerseys and the Blues hit it out of the park with the Cardinals themed warmups. I would love to see those jerseys again soon.

Los Angeles Kings – LA Galaxy

In October of 2018, The Kings hosted LA Galaxy Night at the Staples Center. The fans at the game were lucky to see the Kings wear Galaxy inspired warmup jerseys for the game. The LA Galaxy are one of the most successful MLS teams and their jersey crossover to the NHL was perfect and looked fantastic on ice.

Anaheim Ducks – Los Angeles Angels

The Anaheim Ducks share their city with one other sports team and that is the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels who used to have Anaheim in their name, have had multiple themed nights at the Honda Center. The Ducks have worn Angels themed warmups a few times and each time it has been a homerun look. I am a big fan of Angels jersey and I definitely want to see these jerseys again in the future.

USA Hockey – Buffalo Bills

For the first time ever in 2017, a World Junior Championship game was played outdoors. The 2018 WJC tournament had USA and Canada take their rivalry outdoors to New Era Field home of the Buffalo Bills. USA Hockey showed their love by wearing Bills inspired jerseys in the outdoor game and throughout the tournament. It was a classy move by USA Hockey and was definitely a unique look for USA Hockey.

Los Angeles Kings – Utah Jazz

The Kings are back on this list and this time it is for a team outside of Los Angeles. The Kings and Canucks faced off in a preseason game in Salt Lake City. The Kings made a classy move by showing their love for the only professional sports team in Utah by wearing Jazz themed warmup jerseys. The Kings have worn many different warmup jerseys of different sports teams and they have all looked awesome. It was a great move by the Kings to wear these jerseys and they were a slam dunk look on the ice.

Which jerseys did I miss on this list or which jersey crossover would you like to see happen in the NHL?


With the 2018-2019 regular season coming to a close, we look ahead to some exciting jersey changes coming up for next year. Adidas has done a phenomenal job with the NHL jerseys so far, and are looking to add even more improvements next year. Teams will be changing everything from colour schemes to striping patterns and even a few complete rebrands. Below is a list of the 8 confirmed teams that will have uniform changes for the 19-20 season.


The Mighty Ducks are back! Anaheim will be bringing back the Mighty Duck as their main logo for the 19-20 season. Their current third will be used as a home jersey with a white variant being used for the away.


The Sabres will be moving away from the navy and yellow colour scheme they currently employ in favour of a royal blue and yellow one similar to when they first entered the league. No design changes will occur to the actual striping or logo.


The Hawks are not one to change their jerseys very often, but have decided its time to switch things up. It’s been described to us as swapping Ottawa’s current jersey with a Blackhawks logo for the new season.


With the popularity of the Black Panther movie in 2018, the Panthers are doing a full rebrand to attract more fans by changing their uniforms to a black and neon colour scheme. The redesign will also tie into a “Miami Vice” – like theme that was so popular with the Miami Heat.

Los Angeles

The Kings will follow in the same footsteps as the Sabres and are going back to their roots by switching from grey/black to purple/gold for their home and away jerseys.


The Senators have been a dumpster fire this season and are looking to turn things around. Owner Eugene Melnyk believes that a complete redesign will spark a change in the team and its fan base. In an attempt to show fans that he can be a good guy and is working for them, Melnyk has licensed the rights to @Brian5or6’s logo for their uniforms next season.


After expecting to yet again bow out in the first round of the playoffs to the Bruins, Toronto has decided that an “if you can’t beat em, join em” mentality is the right thing for the team’s future and will adopt the Bruins design but in a blue/white colour scheme.


Vegas have been historic throughout their first couple of years in the league and will be making a subtle but awesome change to their jerseys. While the bulk of the design will stay the same, the striping pattern on the sleeves and waist will now have the word “Historic” indented into the design instead of the current floral pattern.


This edition of the Collector’s Corner was written by Kieran Lang!

The Carolina Hurricanes dropped new road uniforms on August 20th and it featured a look never seen in the franchise. The team decided to go with a diagonal wordmark that says “Canes” and features the warning flag in the C. The warning flags once again line the bottom jersey stripe as well as the inner collar. The team’s secondary logo, featured on the alternate jersey, is on the shoulders. The team also has brought back the red numbers with the black trim. The red shoulder yoke stretching down to house the nameplate has also been removed.

It is a much better look than the road that was there before and feels more like a Hurricanes jersey. The wordmark logo is not that much of a surprise seeing as Tom Dundon, current owner stated that he has been wanting three logos since he purchased the team. It is a cool look that should look great on the ice. This could actually be the beginning of more diagonal wordmark jerseys. The Rangers have had it for such a long time and it has always looked fantastic and the Hurricanes have decided to give it a shot. It is a clean look that should pay off and has a lot of people wanting one.

The biggest thing I have seen people talk about that is not on the jersey is the new helmet decal. There is now a red and black version of the team’s primary logo on the helmet and it is 3D which is the first time anyone has done it and is a great feature. The Hurricanes are also the only team to feature three different main logos on their jerseys. The eye on the home, the “CANES” wordmark on the white jerseys and the double warning flag on the alternate jersey. Only one other team in the NHL has two separate logos on the home and road jerseys. Florida has Panthers on their logo on their home jerseys and and Florida on their road jerseys logo.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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When it comes to washing your hockey jerseys, you probably look a little like this guy. Follow our guide to keep your jerseys looking pristine!

Your jerseys can cost a lot of money and you’ll want to do as much as possible to protect them. Here are a few tips to keep your NHL jersey in mint condition. These tips apply to jerseys that have casual wear and no food stains before washing, if you have a nasty stain it`s always best to consult the jersey hang-tag for more specific instructions.

Tips for Washing Your Hockey Jersey:

Wash your jerseys by themselves. Firstly, it’s important to wash your jerseys by themselves or with other jerseys of the same colors to avoid the colors from other clothes running and causing discoloration.

Wash your jersey inside-out. Turning the jersey inside-out before washing will help prevent fading from direct contact with detergent. It also reduces the chance of items in the wash from snagging on or rubbing against the jersey.

Use color-safe detergent. Color-safe detergents have little or no bleach in them, ensuring your team’s colors will stay as your team’s colors. We’ve noticed that Woolite is a popular choice.

No fabric softener. The chemicals in fabric softeners can affect the texture of the jersey, and change the look. Avoid these if possible.

Use a gentle cycle and cold water. Set your washing machine to the delicate cycle, even though your jersey is made for rough hockey play, you want it to stay as new as possible.

Let it hang dry or air-dry. Don’t throw your jersey in the dryer, instead hang it to dry. This will prevent the jersey from suffering significant damage in the dryer. We’ve seen crests peel and jerseys even melt from use with dryers, so your best bet is to stay away. If for some reason you really need to dry your jersey in the dryer use the lowest heat setting possible.

We`re pretty sure this won`t be your last hockey jersey, but take care of it like it`s your only one and you`ll be glad you did … who knows, it might be the start of a serious hockey jersey collection!

Hand-sculpted hockey jerseys a ‘unique’ project for Edmonton artist

Janet Deane is an Edmonton artist and NHL licensee with new limited edition mini team jersey sculptures on sale at West Edmonton Coin and Stamp in West Edmonton Mall.

An Edmonton artist with an enthusiasm for sports has hit the market with a series of unique, collectible sculptures of hockey jerseys.

“I made this,” Janet Deane said. “How many people do we know in Edmonton who created something from start to finish? It’s not an easy thing.”

It took Deane about 80 hours to sculpt the original mini jersey. It was shipped to a manufacturer in China who then created moulds and hand-painted replicas made from plastic resin.

Along with her business partner, Deane created a company called Sorturii to have a royalty guarantee with the National Hockey League that allows them to use logos and colours of NHL teams.

“I just wanted to make stuff,” she said.

But if she’s going to make something, it’s got to be unique, she said.

Packaged with adhesive numbers and letters in team-specific fonts, each mini jersey can be personalized — perfect for fans of players who rarely get marketed on collectables, or fans who want to remember an event or special date, said Deane.

Deane, 48, has done commissioned artwork — from digital prints to paintings to hand-sculpted trophies — for a long list of players, teams and local charity organizations.

Creating personalized works of art for players to commemorate career milestones has been a thrill, but Deane said she has experienced a lot of entrepreneurial ups and downs that led her to this point in her career, which began at a young age, she said.

“I was selling snails when I was eight years old,” she said.

While she’s done a lot of sports-related art, she isn’t focused on it exclusively.

Deane opened an art gallery at the age of 22 to sell work by university and college students, pitched her products on the business investment show Dragon’s Den, painted art on toenails for charity, and created trophies for international championship events.

Coming up with a unique idea, turning that invention into a reality, and then being able to market it and make a profit comes with unpredictable challenges.

“It’s a cutthroat business.”

Eventually, Deane said she would like to grow her idea into a larger product list that includes more teams and even other sports leagues.

The mini jerseys, featuring the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames, are available online and in-store from West Edmonton Coin and Stamp for $39.95.

Boston Bruins Unveil New Third Jersey, Debuts Friday

The Boston Bruins today unveiled a new retro-themed third jersey in advance of its on-ice debut coming on Black Friday.

Appropriate for the date of its first game, the uniform is indeed mostly black, it has two stripes – one gold, one white – on each arm, around the waist, and on each sock. Player numbers on the sleeve are two coloured — gold numbers with white trim.

On the front of the jersey is the classic Bruins “B” logo in gold and white all on its own, no “Hub City” tribute going on here.

It’s very similar in style to what the Bruins wore during the 1949-50 season, the only other time in which the “B” logo was worn without any shoulder decoration. Like 1949-50, the 2019-20 jersey has simple gold and white striping (the 1949 version had an extra stripe), but unlike 1949 the socks are not nearly as stripey.

The “B” was first worn on its own in 1932 with brown instead of black, the Bruins switched to black in 1934. It came back as a throwback alternate uniform in honour of the NHL’s 75th anniversary in 1991-92 and again for the Winter Classic game at Notre Dame earlier this year.

Boston will wear the new look eleven times in 2019-20, no full schedule has been released aside from that first game it’ll be worn on Friday when their opponent will be the New York Rangers (a real classic jersey matchup there!)

Ugly Sweater Season: The Predators’ Worst Jersey

The Preds’ original alternate was so bad, it was actually fantastic

’Tis the season to drink eggnog, watch cheesy Christmas movies, and, most importantly, wear the tackiest, ugliest sweater you can find.

We here at On The Forecheck are participating in a new holiday tradition with the rest of our fellow SBNation NHL sites: mocking our team’s past for the sake of your enjoyment. You see, each site is digging deep in the back of their closets to find the worst-of-the-worst jersey in team history.

Look, over the course of your franchise’s history, it’s only natural they have a fashion faux pas or two.

For the Preds, that fateful, ugly sweater came in 2001.

We get it, it’s a new millennium, just a year and change only. For anyone alive during the transition from the late nineties to the early aughts, you know it was…a weird time, to say the least, fashion-wise. This time was essentially the Predators’ awkward adolescence.

Their fourth year in the league, the Nashville Predators debuted a brand new third jersey — their first ever — now known affectionately (to some) as “meth cat.” Don’t do drugs, kids.

First, let’s talk about the actual physical jersey, because anyone who owned one of those bad boys knows that thing was WEIRDLY heavy. You could easily break a sweat just wearing it to the arena; just imagine having to PLAY in it.

While most of the NHL had sweaters made from a single mesh layer, these, for some reason, were double-plied. They had a thin, inner layer of blue mesh, sewn underneath that top layer of mustard.

And the mustard…

Heavens to Betsy, the mustard.

We all know the Preds and their affection for their beloved gold, but not yet half a decade into their franchise, the team was still struggling to figure out what gold was their gold.

This…was not it. Not even close.

If this “gold” were “on the ceiling,” as the Black Keys belt after a Preds goal is scored, the scene in the crowd would look more like a horror film. Stragglers left behind in the stands scurrying to safety as a few brave souls search for the head-spinning creature who spewed this bile-colored mess left dripping above.

While most can agree the color is…something, the debate over the logo itself is more 50/50.

The Predators opted to go for a more 3D-esque version of their traditional sabretooth tiger crest, similar to what Ottawa had done with its long-time primary logo.

It’s definitely not the WORST logo. In fact, it’s not horrible in the least bit. But it’s definitely a downgrade from the original crest. You could justifiably envision it as some tribute to the Puma Pride mural Jack Crowley created on The Simpsons.

20th Century Fox

Don’t believe me?

The thing that gets us the most is the eyes. Sure, technically the current sabretooth tiger logo has gold eyes. But the way it’s designed, it’s way more subtle than this…

That is some intense yellow, to the point where you start to worry if this logo has jaundice, or perhaps spent the night at a Glendale, Arizona bar until 4 A.M. the night before a playoff game. A yellow so potent you might run into it in the foothills of eastern Kentucky, glowing in the moonlight.

Cue the eerie banjo music.

What might even be the most unfortunate part of this mess of a tackier-than-tacky-not-Christmas-sweater is that the Predators were actually good while wearing them.

According to the Nashville Predators website, the team had a 38-19-12 record in these sweaters between the ’01-’02 and ’06-’07 seasons. What’s more: in their final two years wearing the meth cat sweaters, the Preds had a 21-3-2 record. Somewhere here there is a very Disney-esque lesson about how it’s not what’s on the outside that counts. The lesson would be correct, but it doesn’t mean they’re spared from the mocking.

Thankfully, Preds ownership finally figured out what their perfect shade of gold is: a gold that differentiates them from other teams in the league — and not in a ‘do you have an undisclosed medical condition?’ type of way. Their gold is mustard cap gold — complete with the helmets to secure the look — and while some may still mock the more “Velveeta liquid gold” than “real gold” look, hey, it could aways be worse. Just look back in their history.

Pens To Wear Green Warmup Jerseys On Friday to Support ‘Sports Matter’

The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation developed ‘Sports Matter’ to support and save youth sports teams

Pittsburgh Penguins players will wear green warmup jerseys before Friday’s game against Arizona at PPG Paints Arena (7 p.m.) in support of The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation’s Sports Matter initiative.

The jerseys will be available for auction for one week at, with all proceeds going to Sports Matter.

The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation developed Sports Matter to support and help save youth sports teams in need.

Billions of dollars in funding have been cut from youth sports programs, leaving millions of students unable to play. DICK’S Sporting Goods and The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation believe that sports make people better. Since 2014, they have pledged over $100 million dollars to give kids the chance to play through their Sports Matter initiative. Through these efforts, Sports Matter has raised awareness of the importance of youth sports and has helped more than one million youth athletes across the country. This summer, The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation committed to helping one million more kids over the next five years.

Additionally, during the second intermission, The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation Sports Matter initiative will present a $25,000 donation to Hockey Sticks Together, a foundation whose mission to embrace and support kids with disabilities and inner-city youth through the great game of hockey while driving positive social change.

Among the other Sports Matter initiatives on Friday:

  • Penguins coaches and front office staff will wear special green lace pins
  • All fans in attendance will receve a Sports Matter-themed cheer card upon entering the arena
  • Children attending the game are encouraged to wear their favorite sports activity uniform
  • The Orr’s Jewelers Ice Crew will be wearing green laces and Sports Matter beanies

NHL weird jerseys: When stars wind up in random places

In the National Hockey League, the oft-cited credo is that the logo on the front of the jersey is more important than the name on the back, because hockey culture prioritizes teams over individuals at every juncture. Perhaps that’s why star players are synonymous with certain teams, as the name on the back is partially defined by the logo on the front.

But professional sports are a transactional business. Rare is the NHL player who spends the entirety of his career with one team. Trades happen. Free agency happens. You always pictured them in one sweater, and now they’re wearing another — as is the case with Joe Pavelski joining the Dallas Stars this season (among other examples). Sometimes that image is added to our collective memory. Most times it’s an image we just want to delete.

Here are some of the biggest names in hockey who wore random jerseys during their careers. We’ve applied our Weird-o-Meter to each. A “1” means the jersey was a good fit. A “10” means the human mind can’t conceive how this happened.


Wayne Gretzky, St. Louis Blues

How this happened: Also known as “The Other Gretzky Trade.” Late in the 1995-96 season, the Los Angeles Kings sent a 35-year-old Gretzky to the Blues for three players and two draft picks.

The fit: The Blues were loaded with stars, including Brett Hull, Al MacInnis and Gretzky’s old Oilers teammate Grant Fuhr. The Great One had 21 points in 18 games and 16 more in 13 playoff games, but the Blues won only one of their final 12 regular-season games down the stretch and then were ousted in the second round by the Detroit Red Wings. Game 7 ended in double-overtime after a Gretzky neutral-zone turnover, one noted by coach Mike Keenan. That offseason, Gretzky signed with the Rangers, for whom he played the final three seasons of his career.

Weird-o-Meter rating: 10. A strange, almost surreal pit stop in Gretzky’s cross-country journey from Los Angeles to New York. They still wear Gretzky jerseys in St. Louis. It’s still weird.

Bernie Federko, Detroit Red Wings

How this happened: After 13 years building a Hall of Fame career with the St. Louis Blues, Federko was traded to the Detroit Red Wings on June 15, 1989, with winger Tony McKegney for winger Paul MacLean and a promising 26-year-old center named Adam Oates.

The fit: Considered one of the worst trades in NHL history, a clearly cooked Federko played one season for Detroit, scoring 57 points, his lowest total since 1978, in 73 games. (MacLean actually outscored him with the Blues!) Oates would play until 2004, finish with 1,420 career points and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012, joining Federko there.

Weird-o-Meter rating: 10. Federko is practically Mr. Blue, still leading the franchise in games played and points while currently serving as a television analyst for St. Louis. Seeing him in any other jersey was wrong. Seeing him in the jersey of an archrival like Detroit was — to put it in St. Louis terms — like seeing a Budweiser poured into a can of Pabst.

Mike Modano, Detroit Red Wings

How this happened: Modano had the perfect farewell with the Dallas Stars. The last game of the 2009-10 season was in Minnesota, and Modano was named the first star and saluted the crowd while wearing a North Stars jersey. But he still had the itch, and when he didn’t re-sign with the Stars it was off to the Red Wings on a one-year deal.

The fit: Modano became a spare part with the Winged Wheel, skating 12:27 per game on average and scoring four goals in 40 games. His season was interrupted for three months after he underwent wrist surgery. It would be his last in the NHL.

Weird-o-Meter rating: 10. It’s still frustrating to think about how Modano had his storybook ending and then decided to write another chapter. He would sign a one-day contract with the Stars the next season in order to retire and correct the error.

Mats Sundin, Vancouver Canucks

How this happened: After refusing to waive his no-trade clause, denying the rebuilding Toronto Maple Leafs the chance to flip him at the trade deadline, Sundin hit unrestricted free agency in 2008. He weighed his options, including retirement, but in December he chose the Canucks and their cap space over the New York Rangers for his 18th NHL season.

The fit: Sundin had nine goals and 19 assists in 41 games for Vancouver, adding eight points in eight playoff games before the Canucks were eliminated in six games in the second round. He would retire in September 2009.

Weird-o-Meter rating: 9. His refusal to leave Toronto made one wonder whether he’d retire with a Leaf on his chest. Instead, the Hall of Famer wore the Orca for one more season. And it was weird, for sure.

Daniel Alfredsson, Detroit Red Wings

How this happened: After Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk declared that he couldn’t afford to give Alfredsson the contract he wanted and still add high-priced talent to make the team better, Alfie peaced out and signed a one-year contract with the Red Wings in 2014.

The fit: At 41, Alfredsson had 49 points in 68 games and played three more in the postseason, fitting in well with the other eight Swedes on the team.

Weird-o-Meter rating: 8. While seeing Alfredsson retire in a Red Wings uniform was unexpected, since many assumed he’d be a career Senator, one simply can’t underestimate how Melnyk’s frugality can lead to strange sights.

Peter Forsberg, Nashville Predators

How this happened: The Hall of Fame center had played with just two franchises since arriving in the NHL in 1994: Quebec/Colorado and the Philadelphia Flyers. In 2007, Forsberg was still a viable offensive star, but one slowed by chronic foot problems. After a meeting with Flyers owner Ed Snider about his future, the pending unrestricted free agent was sent to Nashville in a trade deadline blockbuster.

The fit: He had 15 points in 17 regular-season games with the Predators, and then four points in their five-game playoff defeat to San Jose.

Weird-o-Meter rating: 8. One of the more effective weird jersey rentals for a superstar player, Forsberg would set the world back on its axis by rejoining the Colorado Avalanche for the final two years of his career.

Brett Hull, Phoenix Coyotes

How this happened: In 2004, the Coyotes were willing to give a 40-year-old Hull a second contract year as a free agent. The Dallas Stars were only offering one.

The fit: Hull signed before the 2004-05 season was wiped out by a lockout. He returned at 41 years old, played five ineffective games and then told his close friend and coach Wayne Gretzky that he was retiring.

Weird-o-Meter rating: 7. This was Hull’s fifth NHL team. While seeing him in a Coyotes sweater was a bit odd, he was far from the only NHL veteran seeking a comfortable life of warm weather, high wages, golf and occasional hockey in Arizona; ask Curtis Joseph, Mike Ricci, Owen Nolan and Jeremy Roenick.

Eric Lindros, Dallas Stars

How this happened: In Philadelphia, he was a franchise player. With the Rangers, he was a star acquisition. In Toronto, he was the native son returning to Ontario. But at 33 years old with Dallas in 2006, he was on a one-year contract and a bargain free agent, admittedly just one of the guys.

The fit: Concussions had slowed Lindros through the years, and he played just 49 games in 2006-07 and scored a career-low five goals.

Weird-o-Meter rating: 7. After stops with Eastern Conference standard-bearers, it was strange to see Lindros in the West and as a limited-minute role player with Dallas.

Igor Larionov, Florida Panthers

How this happened: The 39-year-old center signed a free-agent deal with the Panthers in 2000. After five years with the Red Wings, Florida signed him to play with fellow Russian legend Pavel Bure, the league’s top goal-scorer.

The fit: Oh, it was bad. He never clicked with Bure. He clashed philosophically with coach Terry Murray. He lasted 26 games, scoring 11 points, before agreeing to waive his no-trade clause for a move … back to Detroit.

Weird-o-Meter rating: 7. Larionov played for other teams (Canucks, Sharks, Devils) besides Detroit, but the utter disaster of the signing makes this an awkward one.

Jarome Iginla, Los Angeles Kings

How this happened: In 2017, Iginla was in his second season with the Colorado Avalanche, who were in last place. He expressed a desire to play for a playoff team again, having been on the outside of the postseason since 2014, and the Avs traded him to the Kings, who were a few points out of the last wild card.

The fit: Iginla had nine points in 19 games, but alas, the Kings fell just short of the postseason field. He’d officially retire the following summer.

Weird-o-Meter rating: 6. Frankly, the meter should hit a 10 for any jersey Iginla wore outside of the Flames following his time in Calgary, but the Kings were the fourth team he had played for since 2013.

Wendel Clark, Chicago Blackhawks

How this happened: Citing a need for “grit and character,” the Blackhawks signed the former Maple Leafs star to a one-year contract in 1999.

The fit: A bad one. Clark played 13 games with two goals and no assists. His general manager called him out, and he was released. The Leafs, whom he left as a free agent, signed him in January 2000 after that release.

Weird-o-Meter rating: 6. While clearly associated with the Leafs, to the point where his autobiography was called “Bleeding Blue,” he did see time with a few other teams during his career. Plus there’s something very “Chicago” about Wendel’s overall comportment as a player.

Jaromir Jagr, Dallas Stars

How this happened: The legendary winger had completed a season with the Philadelphia Flyers and was a free agent in the 2012 offseason. His top priority, apparently, was finding a suitor whose state had the best tax benefits for this salary. Enter the Stars.

The fit: Jagr’s first foray into the Western Conference saw him score 26 points in 34 games, leading to a “pump and dump” scenario in which Dallas traded him back East to the Boston Bruins for two players and a first-round pick.

Weird-o-Meter rating: 5. Jagr made his rounds as he got older, including stops in New Jersey, Florida and Calgary in his final NHL season. Well, final season to date. As we’ve often said, when the sun finally explodes, all they’ll find on Earth are cockroaches, Twinkies and Jaromir Jagr playing hockey.

Adam Oates, Philadelphia Flyers

How this happened: Oates was traded by the Washington Capitals on March 19, 2002, to the Philadelphia Flyers for goalie Maxime Ouellet and a first-, second- and third-round pick in the 2002 draft. It was an aggressive response by the Flyers at the trade deadline after injuries to centers Jeremy Roenick and Keith Primeau.

The fit: Oates had 10 points in 14 regular-season games with the Flyers and two assists in five playoff games. It wasn’t enough to entice Philly to extend a contract to him as a free agent, and off the future Hall of Famer went to Anaheim for the chance to center Paul Kariya and make upwards of $7 million.

Weird-o-Meter rating: 4. Seeing Oates in orange and black is strange, considering he spent less time in Philadelphia than Sam Bradford. But after stops in Boston and Washington — and with stops in Anaheim and Edmonton to come — those visions of Oates dishing dimes to Brett Hull in St. Louis had faded.

Brendan Shanahan, Hartford Whalers

How this happened: The Whalers wanted an elite NHL scorer to generate interest in the team. They had a 20-year-old named Chris Pronger, who they knew had the tools to become an all-time great, but potentially not the commitment. So they sent him to St. Louis for Shanahan, who had had a falling out with coach/GM Mike Keenan.

The fit: Shanahan spent parts of two seasons with Hartford, playing 76 games and scoring 45 goals and 34 assists. But he wanted out of Hartford, and GM Jim Rutherford said “enough is enough” and moved him to Detroit in a deal that brought Keith Primeau and Paul Coffey to Hartford in 1996. Then in 1997, the Whalers moved to Raleigh.

Weird-o-Meter rating: 4. This was Shanahan’s third NHL team after the Devils and Blues, and he’d go on to play with the Red Wings and Rangers. Wearing the Whale wasn’t weird; the duration was.

Jari Kurri, New York Rangers

How this happened: Since the Rangers were continuing to collect every ex-Oilers dynasty star still active in the NHL, it was natural Kurri would join the team after a trade with the Los Angeles Kings in March 1996 — one that saw former Oiler Marty McSorley join the Rangers, too.

The fit: Kurri had one goal in 14 games with the Rangers in the regular season but had eight points in 11 games in the playoffs. The Rangers let Kurri walk after the season, and he signed a one-year deal with the Mighty Ducks before ending his career in Colorado.

Weird-o-Meter rating: 3. Honestly, it wasn’t all that weird to see any former Edmonton star skating for the Blueshirts in the 1990s. If it was good enough for Messier, Gretzky, Lowe, Anderson, Graves, Tikkanen and Beukeboom, it was good enough for Kurri.

Luc Robitaille, Pittsburgh Penguins

How this happened: From 1986 to ’94, Robitaille was a franchise stalwart for the Kings, scoring more than 50 goals three times. His trade in 1994 to Pittsburgh was stunning, as he expected to finish his career in L.A. He also suspected that Wayne Gretzky played a role in his trade, in an attempt to acquire his friend Rick Tocchet from the Penguins.

The fit: Lucky Luc had 42 points in 46 games in his only season with the Penguins, plus 11 more in 12 playoff games. He was traded to New York in August with Ulf Samuelsson in exchange for young standouts Sergei Zubov and Petr Nedved, as the Rangers tried to load up on veterans to give Mark Messier another shot at the Stanley Cup. Joining that effort in 1997? Wayne Gretzky.

Weird-o-Meter rating: 1. This might have been a higher score were it not for Robitaille having been immortalized as a Penguins player in the Jean-Claude Van Damme action classic “Sudden Death.”


Bobby Orr, Chicago Blackhawks

How this happened: After missing all but 10 games with the Boston Bruins due to injury in 1975-76, Orr left the negotiating of his new contract to agent Alan Eagleson. The Bruins wanted to keep him. Orr would later say he had no idea of this, as Eagleson led him to sign with the Blackhawks, owned by the agent’s friend Bill Wirtz.

The fit: After signing the richest deal in NHL history at the time, Orr was limited to 20 games due to injury the next season, missed the entire 1977-78 season and skated in just six games in 1978-79 before retiring at age 30. To call the signing a disaster on every level would be doing it a kindness.

Weird-o-Meter rating: 10. Bobby Orr as a Blackhawk is often cited as the apex of weird jersey images. He was a Boston sports deity on the level of the Red Sox’s Ted Williams and the Celtics’ Larry Bird, neither of whom wore another pro jersey. Nor should have Orr.

Brian Leetch, Toronto Maple Leafs

How this happened: In 2004, the rebuilding Rangers ended an era by shipping Leetch out to Toronto for picks and prospects after 17 seasons, two Norris trophies and a Conn Smythe in the Rangers’ 1994 Stanley Cup win.

The fit: Leetch played 15 games for the Leafs, scoring 15 points, and then had eight more in 13 playoff games. He was going to play another season in Toronto, but the lockout turned him into a free agent. He finished his career with the Bruins, as the Boston College product returned “home.”

Weird-o-Meter rating: 9. Seeing the greatest American-born defenseman of all time wearing the Maple Leaf of another Original Six team is like the comic where baby Superman landed in Soviet Russia instead.

Chris Chelios, Atlanta Thrashers

How this happened: He was the original Greek Freak, playing well beyond the expiration date for NHL defensemen. At 48 years old, Chelios was called up from the AHL to the Atlanta Thrashers in March 2010.

The fit: Chelios was a spare defenseman who skated in seven games for the Thrash, averaging 11:10 per night in his 26th NHL season.

Weird-o-Meter rating: 8. While it wasn’t strange to see a 48-year-old veteran getting any work he could, not seeing Chelios in a Montreal, Chicago or Detroit sweater is bizarre. Although, truth be told, that Thrashers jersey wasn’t nearly as surreal a sight as Chelios in a Chicago Wolves minor league jersey.

Paul Coffey, Chicago Blackhawks

How this happened: For a Hall of Fame player, Coffey certainly made the rounds. He was in his second season with the Philadelphia Flyers when they traded him to the Chicago Blackhawks for a fifth-round pick in the 1998 draft.

The fit: Talk about your cup of Coffey. The defenseman played 10 games for Chicago, limited by a sore back. They flipped him to Carolina in December for forward Nelson Emerson.

Weird-o-Meter rating: 7. Again, when a guy plays for nine different franchises over 21 years, there are going to be a few weird jerseys. This one ranks high due to the limited duration with the team.

Paul Coffey, Boston Bruins

How this happened: Looking to extend his career after the 1999-2000 season, Coffey signed a two-year free-agent deal with the Bruins.

The fit: Coffey played 18 games for Boston, generating just four assists although he was playing 18:57 per game. They released him in December, with GM Mike O’Connell saying, “Paul had a terrific career, but he was not playing up to par.”

Weird-o-Meter rating: 6. An ignominious end to a stellar career, proving once again that the only Coffey that belongs in Boston is Dunkin.


Martin Brodeur, St. Louis Blues

How this happened: After the New Jersey Devils signed Cory Schneider to a seven-year deal, Brodeur went to unrestricted free agency in the 2014 offseason in search of another chance to play at 42 years old. He found it with the Blues, where he turned a professional tryout contract into a bonus-laden one-year deal after goalie Brian Elliott was injured.

The fit: After 1,259 games and 688 wins with the Devils, Brodeur played seven games and went 3-3-0 with the Blues. But when Elliott returned, Brodeur stepped away from the team for a few weeks before announcing his retirement in January 2015.

Weird-o-Meter rating: 10. For two decades — which included three Stanley Cup wins and four Vezina trophies — Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils were synonymous. It shouldn’t have ended like this. (But kudos to those hipster Blues fans who own Brodeur jerseys. You know who you are.)

Billy Smith, Los Angeles Kings

How this happened: Smith was drafted in the fifth round (59th overall) by the Kings in the 1970 NHL amateur draft.

The fit: Many of the players on here are ones who ended up in weird jerseys at the end of their careers. It works the other way, too: Smith played five games (going 1-3-1) for the 1971-72 Kings before the New York Islanders selected him in the expansion draft. Four Stanley Cups, a Conn Smythe, a Vezina and 304 more wins later, and Smith was a Hockey Hall of Famer.

Weird-o-Meter rating: 8. Seeing Smith as a King prior to his Islanders tenure was like seeing Eddie Vedder as lead singer of Bad Radio before Pearl Jam. But everyone has to start somewhere.

Ed Belfour, San Jose Sharks

How this happened: With free agency looming, the Chicago Blackhawks sent their popular goaltender to the Sharks for three players and a conditional draft pick midway through the 1996-97 season.

The fit: Belfour, 31, went 3-9-0 in 13 games for the Sharks, missing about a month of action with an MCL injury. At the time of the trade, they were three points out of a playoff spot. They finished last in the Western Conference. The Sharks hoped that new coach Darryl Sutter could help convince Belfour to stay in San Jose. He ended up taking less money to sign with the Dallas Stars, with whom he won the Stanley Cup.

Weird-o-Meter rating: 8. Perhaps the most awkward moment of an otherwise Hall of Fame career. OK, second most behind that time he offered a cop a billion-dollar bribe to get out of a trip to jail.

Grant Fuhr, Calgary Flames

How this happened: The St. Louis Blues traded Fuhr, 37, to the Flames in September 1999 after acquiring goalie Roman Turek.

The fit: Fuhr played 23 games as a mentor to starter Fred Brathwaite, going 5-13-2. He retired after the season.

Weird-o-Meter rating: 8. The goalie who backstopped the Edmonton Oilers to four Stanley Cups, retiring as a member of their Battle of Alberta rivals? Why, that’s like forcing Calgary to retire Wayne Gretzky’s No. 99! Wait …

Dominik Hasek, Ottawa Senators

How this happened: Saying he wanted another shot at the Stanley Cup, Hasek signed a one-year deal with the Senators in 2004. He was promptly given his No. 39 by Ottawa center Jason Spezza.

The fit: After waiting a year to get started because of the NHL lockout, Hasek played 43 games, went 28-10-4 and finished seventh in the voting for the Vezina Trophy in 2005-06. But his stint in Ottawa was a peculiar one: He didn’t appear again for the Senators after the 2006 Winter Olympics, citing an injury. With Ray Emery in goal, Ottawa was eliminated in the second round of the playoffs.

Weird-o-Meter rating: 6. At 41, it wasn’t a shock to see Hasek trying his luck with a presumed Cup contender. But after he built his legend in Buffalo and won the Stanley Cup with Detroit, it was still a bit awkward.

Olaf Kolzig, Tampa Bay Lightning

How this happened: After 711 games with the Washington Capitals over 16 seasons, Olie The Goalie found himself on the outs in 2008 as coach Bruce Boudreau moved on to other young options. So the 37-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Lightning during a summer spending spree.

The fit: Expected to play a big role in a tandem with Mike Smith, Kolzig was limited to eight games (2-4-1) and was out for the season by December after he ruptured the biceps tendon in his left arm. Infamously, he would be traded to Toronto in one of the first deals in the salary cap era in which teams took on a problem contract in exchange for a draft pick.

Weird-o-Meter rating: 6. Although for Capitals fans, this might be an “11” since Kolzig was the most recognizable face for the franchise before the arrival of Alex Ovechkin. Which is quite an accomplishment for a guy who wore a mask.

Chris Osgood, St. Louis Blues

How this happened: In 2003, it was already a little weird to see Osgood with the New York Islanders after eight seasons with the Red Wings. But then it got really weird when the Isles sent him to the Blues at the trade deadline.

The fit: Osgood was an upgrade over Brent Johnson and Fred Brathwaite, and he helped the Blues to the postseason in 2003 and 2004, making 76 regular-season appearances.

Weird-o-Meter rating: 3. While seeing Osgood with a rival in St. Louis was awkward, it was the Red Wings who let him slip away in the waiver draft after they snagged Dominik Hasek. These years with the Isles and Blues made the Detroit reunion in 2005 — and another Cup in 2008 — all the sweeter.

Curtis Joseph, Calgary Flames

How this happened: CuJo didn’t have a team to start the 2007-08 season. The 40-year-old had options, but wanted to choose a team that worked for him and his family. So he signed with Calgary in January 2008.

The fit: Joseph was brought on as veteran backup for Miikka Kiprusoff, who had started an incredible 47 of 48 games for the team at that point. Joseph appeared nine times and went 3-2-0.

Weird-o-Meter rating: 2. At this point, Joseph had journeyman status, coming to the Flames after stints with Detroit and Phoenix.

John Vanbiesbrouck, New Jersey Devils

How this happened: The veteran goalie, who spent 11 seasons with the Rangers before helping the trap-happy Panthers to the Stanley Cup Final, signed with the Flyers in 1998, was traded to the Islanders in 2000 and then traded to the Devils in 2001.

The fit: The Beezer appeared in only four games after the trade, playing behind Martin Brodeur. He was with the Devils through their Stanley Cup Final loss to Colorado and then retired. That lasted eight months, before he re-signed with the Devils to play an additional five games.

Weird-o-Meter rating: 2. After the Rangers, Flyers and Islanders, the Devils seemed like a natural flex for VBK.