HOW TO WASH YOUR NHL HOCKEY JERSEY

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.

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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 pensjersey.givesmart.com, 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.

Forwards

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.”

Defensemen

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.

Goaltenders

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.

The Bruins’ “worst” jersey ever actually rules and you’re all wrong

There are Pooh people, and then there are incorrect people.

We’re joining with the other SB Nation hockey sites to discuss the worst jersey in each franchise’s history, a truly beautiful collection of ugly sweaters just in time for the holidays.

Unlike those sites, however, the Bruins have a long and storied history of wonderful jerseys with nary a blemish in sight. Their jerseys are like the Museum of Fine Arts: beauty around every corner, from all eras.

But there’s a jersey that comes up every time NHL fans discuss Bruins jerseys, or just bad hockey jerseys in general:

Yes, the Pooh Bear jersey.

The Bruins wore the Pooh Bear jersey as their alternate from 1995 through 2006. Sadly, the Pooh jerseys met their demise with the introduction of the RBK Edge jerseys after the lockout.

Just look at it. It’s truly beautiful!

This jersey is much maligned around the hockey world, mainly by people who can’t truly understand what beauty is. For these people, there’s little you can do but shake your head and hope they get better some day. Godspeed.

What is it that makes this worst jersey actually great? Really, everything about it.

The color

A yellow alternate! It’s what the people want. It’s what the people need. This jersey wasn’t exactly a bright yellow, but it wasn’t really a tan-ish gold either. It’s part of what made it unique.

Pooh himself

The bear on the front of the jersey doesn’t look threatening. He doesn’t look angry or intimidating. There’s no snarl, no claws, no lingering threat of violence. He looks approachable, and, dare I say it, snuggly.

The facial expression is the best part. Unlike the 80’s COCAINE BEAR shoulder patch, this bear looks smug. He’s almost bemused. He looks like you just asked him a really dumb question, and he’s about to embarrass you for it.

However, there’s an air of mystery in the bear. Does he know something you don’t know? What’s his secret? We may never know.

The edges

The jagged black edges with white piping just scream late-1990’s. EXTREME!!!!!!

The shoulder patches

Or really, the lack of shoulder patches. The shoulder patch is just the word BRUINS in all caps, and in block letters. No need for subtlety here!

All of these elements come together to make this jersey fantastic. It’s just a collision of 90’s influences with a bear face on the front. It’s a 1990’s fever dream.

That’s why there are two types of people on this Earth: #TeamPooh people with taste, and everyone else.

As a brief aside, if I had to suggest which Bruins jersey is actually the worst, I’d probably go with the all-black alternates they wore until a few years ago. It wasn’t a terrible jersey, as it was nice to see them go bold with a different logo.

However, the lack of any kind of striping at the bottom of the jersey, combined with the black pants, made it look like the players were wearing long-sleeved t-shirts or pajamas.

I own two of them, so it’s hard for me to be too critical, and I liked them more when they first came out. But compared to the classic looks of years past and (then) future, it was a little weird.

Have your say! What are your thoughts on Pooh? Which is the Bruins’ worst jersey?

Ugly Sweater Series: The Worst Jersey in Florida Panthers History

The Cats have not had many stinkers aesthetically. Well.. there was that one.

When it comes to the Florida Panthers, there is one word you can describe them as: consistent. No, I don’t mean the Cats’ performance in the standings, I am talking about their uniforms and overall branding. The Florida Panthers have been a National Hockey League club for more than 25 years and have had only two major looks: 1. The original nineties infused set that lasted more than two decades; and 2. the modern military-inspired motif of today.

Consistency from the beginning. The Panthers wore the same set of uniforms and alternate uniforms from their inception in 1993 until 2007.

Panthers uniforms from 1993-2007.

The Cats’ first and second set of jerseys featured the original incarnation of the Leaping Cat as the crest with the Hockey Stick & Palm Tree serving as the shoulder logos. As far as logos are concerned the Leaping Cat was as 90s as Saved by the Bell and the SEGA Genesis, but the logo is an icon of that era of the NHL and served the Panthers well into the 2010s. The Stick and Tree screamed “Hockey in Florida” and in the pantheon of NHL shoulder logos really did pop on the jerseys more than other team unis with that bright yellow sun. The only change was the addition of the Cat breaking a hockey stick to serve on the alternate uniform crest.

Florida Panthers logos that appeared on their uniforms from 1993-2016.

The first set of uniforms featured a striking pattern that once more was a product of its time, but did not stray too far from traditional NHL striping patterns. The team’s red, navy, yellow, and white all were prominently shown off on the angular sleeve stripes and the traditional tail stripes. And the consistency carried across home, white, and alternate uniforms with only the colors changing with the Home White uniform serving as the best of the bunch.

Following the NHL switching to Reebok as the uniform provider and the introduction of its EDGE jersey design, many teams changed the design of their jerseys as a result. The Panthers went pretty conservative with its unis. The logos remained the same and in their same place along with the colors, but the Cats removed the tail stripes from the jersey, had a long stripe that stretched from the neck to the entire sleeves with a traditional sleeve pattern appearing at the elbow area.

Florida Panthers uniforms 2007-2016

The only crime in this second set was the piping that ran along both uniforms. The Home navy had it in a gaudy yellow with the white in a muted navy. It was a little too much and was a byproduct of the mid-2000s in which Reebok was too concerned on whether they could do something rather than if they should.

Thankfully, the Panthers made a welcome tweak to the second set with their switch back to a primary red sweater as their home uniform. The piping was removed from the uniform and suddenly the Cats had a nice modern set with once again, the white being the star of the show.

Florida Panthers jerseys from 2016-present.

The Panthers made their first major re-brand in 2016 with a logo and uniform set that looked nothing like what they for the most part had since 1993. The Panthers came at us with a military inspired logo set that had a clean shield serving as the crest, a clever Cat and Flag upper arm logo as the shoulders are now occupied by the player numbers, an updated Leaping Cat that is suspected to return on an alternate uniform, and starting in 2019-20 the return of the hockey stick and tree on the helmets. The yellow has been changed to gold, but the Panthers have once again come out with a clean looking uniform set as many NHL teams have gone traditional with their looks beginning in the 2010s. The shade of red and navy have remained the same. Take a look back at LBC’s coverage back when the Panthers current set came out.

Florida Panthers current set of logos.

But, this is an article about the worst jersey in Panthers history. And the theme so far has been consistency. And there is a reason why the following uniform was panned by most Panthers and hockey fans.

Reebok’s EDGE style uniforms started seeing alternate designs after a couple of years of experimentation with the primary uniforms across the league. The Panthers decided to stray away from their identity entirely as if they took the word “alternate” and interpreted it as “alternate timeline” because these uniforms may have been what the Panthers would have looked like if they were part of the 1967 NHL expansion.

Florida Panthers alternate uniform 2009-2012

The uniform itself isn’t awful as those of other teams during the Reebok era, but something about this alternate set felt forced.

Let’s start with the inconsistency. The uniform featured two new logos. A roundel crest that had “FLORIDA PANTHERS” fill the navy outer ring and a mew version of the head of a florida panther that cleaned up some of the elements of the Leaping Cat head, but felt a bit off.

Florida Panthers alternate logos 2009-2012

The shoulder logo featured a 3⁄4 yellow sun with “FLA” in white in large capital letters. Once again not the worst logo in sports but still a stark departure from what the Panthers had been using for 16 years up to that point in time. The uniforms featured no red whatsoever outside the crest logo and introduced the powder blue color that likely drew upon the Pittsburgh Penguins’ retro-inspired Winter Classic uniforms.

Penguins Winter Classic 2008 uniform on the left; Panthers 2009-2012 alternate on the right.

Where as the Penguins uniform was derived from their origins in 1967, the Panthers created a fauxback uniform that really was not their identity. It is hard to make a serious throwback style uniform for a team that came to being in Miami alongside the debut of the X-Files and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

Finally, this was the era of Panthers hockey where the team president decided to plaster advertisement on any blank surface on the then BankAtlantic Center that he could. If the Panthers could have ads on their uniforms as if they were a European hockey team, the team president would have had them look like this. The Panthers at the time were heavily sponsored by the airline JetBlue and it is highly suspected that the navy, powder blue, and white color scheme was chosen to tie them into the airline as the NHL has, as of this writing, yet to place ads on player uniforms.

There’s not much else to say about this uniform other than that it was a victim of lots of bad factors. A uniform manufacturer that was trying out new designs and seeing what stuck, a set of logos that failed to tie into the team’s history or even the region’s history in any meaningful way (Todd chiming in here: A Miami Screaming Eagles inspired uniform would have been a bold and better choice) and a color scheme and striping pattern that was as close to making the jerseys a JetBlue billboard as possible. All of these factors did in the Panthers alternate uniforms of 2009-12.

After this misstep, the Florida Panthers have a grand opportunity to rectify this blunder with a new alternate uniform now that Adidas has taken over as NHL uniform provider and the Cats have yet to introduce one in their current modern set.

Please comment below on what uniform you believe is the worst in Florida Panthers history. You can also check out the LBC crew’s ideas for third jerseys from a few years back and offer up your ideas of what a new Panthers alternate uniform should look like.

Boston Bruins unveil new alternate jersey ahead of ‘Thanksgiving Showdown’

The Boston Bruins have unveiled a new alternate jersey for the 2019-20 season.

The team will wear them for the first time Black Friday, as the Bruins host the New York Rangers at TD Garden in the 2019 NHL Thanksgiving Showdown.

Boston last had a third jersey when it adopted its 2016 Winter Classic jersey as a seasonlong addition for the 2016-17 campaign.

The new alternate sweater pays homage to the club’s rich heritage, with features that hark back to the late 1940s and early 1950s.

The all-black uniform features a gold, varsity block-B as the centerpiece and single gold and white stripes around the elbows and the bottom of the jersey. It also has an all-gold collar with gold lettering that matches the team’s current primary jersey.

The sleeve and hem stripes are inspired by the Bruins’ unique numbered front jerseys from 1940-48.

The Bruins will wear the jersey 11 times this season, including Friday.

The third jersey will become available for fans to purchase on Black Friday at the ProShop powered by ’47 at TD Garden and online. The ProShop will host a special Black Friday shopping event beginning at 8 a.m.

It’s ugly sweater season: Detroit’s worst-ever jerseys

There’s been a lot of talk around jerseys lately with the revelation of the Winter Classic and Stadium Series jerseys for the four teams playing. With the disclaimer that taste is personal to each person, I feel completely confident objectively ranking the four of them:

  1. Dallas
  2. Nashville
  3. Colorado
  4. Los Angeles

Dallas’ only problem is the gloves/pants mismatch. Nashville nods to the city’s hockey history but are boring. Colorado’s are fitting because they’re tacky and the use of negative space immediately draws your eyes to the A-hole. Los Angeles’ are what I can best describe as ice skating uphill.

Hey, ugly ain’t boring.

With that in mind though, we wanted to take a look at our own closet and come to grips with the Red Wings’ worst-ever jerseys. This will help solidify our judgment of the other hideous jerseys as righteous.

For the sake of argument, I’m considering everything ever worn by the franchise. This allows us a lot more leeway than just saying worst Red Wings jerseys (and it gives us the top two finishers easily). I’ll rank mine and then we’ll let you the people decide once and for all which one is the worst.

1930-32 Detroit Falcons

Between being the Cougars and the Red Wings, the franchise spent 1930-32 as the Detroit Falcons and the only time they’ve used a color other than red or white in their scheme was a disaster. Without the yellow, it’s kind of a boring sweater but no more offensive than the boring ‘DETROIT’ sweaters worn by the Cougars in 27-28 or 29-30. That lil’ splash of mustard in there on the arched letters make this kit McSuck.

1928-29 Detroit Cougars

I know graphic design in the 1920s wasn’t quite as advanced as it is nowadays and to be honest, I really like the simplicity of the arm stripes with the big arched Detroit and the idea of there being a logo beneath it.

But c’mon that cougar is brutal. That thing looks like it’s about to chase Rick Moranis through Central Park. You could tell me that this was the Detroit Shreks and I would believe that as much as I believe it’s a cougar.

2016 Red Wings Stadium Series

This one is a tough call for me because I don’t actually hate it and I really like the logo and the fact that the team went white-gloves with it. The sash is just gaudy to me. I just don’t know if I would like it a little more or hate it a LOT more if it were a horizontal stripe instead. The sash going under the right arm, but not continuing to wrap around the back is another curious choice where I can’t say for certain whether I would appreciate or hate the change.

Outside of those, the only other candidates are the Winter Classic jerseys from 2008-09 (a throwback to the 1926-27 Cougars), the 2013-14 Winter Classics, the Centennial Classic in 2016-17, the 1991-92 alternate throwback (to the aforementioned boring Cougars logos), or your pick of the regular Detroit jersey that’s been around since forever. Personally, if I have to pick there, I’d go with the earliest of them because the logo is kinda small on them and I like it bigger.