Ok so let me start off by saying I’m a total jersey nerd. I have to believe that one of the big reasons I got into hockey as a little two year old lad was the awesome, bright, crazy unis of the 1990’s. That love has followed me into adulthood, and I have built up a mighty fine collection over the years of some beautiful jerseys (and some pretty ugly ones too).
One of my biggest gripes with the current state of the game today is how many teams have absolutely shocking uniform designs and decisions. I would assume these franchises are paying for top-quality business consultation and design people, yet we continue to see insane decisions like the Flames and Capitals just made recently when Adidas took over, to ditch the beautiful retro looks they had, and go with plain, pipe-y, pyjama-looking trash, while 99.9% our jaws dropped at how such a decision could be made. Is there some ugly-jersey conspiracy that we’re all totally oblivious to?
But alas, we don’t have any say in which jerseys our teams will don. But it won’t stop us from dreaming! So I decided to do a series on the best jerseys that each franchise has worn. You may agree with some, you may think I’m crazy. Either way, let me know by tweeting me at @BLTJay!
Classic Black Non-Yoke Jersey (1981-1995)
So let me be straight up here: fuck shoulder yokes. I’ve never been a fan of them, and can’t really think of a single time it has made any jersey look better. I’m a classic man, and this classic black jersey with the angry bear-like thing on the shoulders is by far the best look the Bruins have ever had. The white one is pretty good too, but the black just says BIG BAD BRUINS better than any other jersey ever has.
But seriously, look at the shit on the shoulders and arms here… Does anyone in the world really think this is a better look?
And if you need any more convincing, check out this incredible mock-up by @S7Dsn on Twitter (give him a follow by the way, all his designs and mockups are awesome).
So there ya have it. After you finish cleaning your jeans from seeing that Charlie McAvoy photo, comment and let me know your favourite Bruins jersey ever. Do you think they should bring back the classic, simple look? Or are you more of a Pooh Bear fan? 😉
Summer got ya down with the lack of hockey? Fret not friends… check out episode 3 of Post and Out!