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!
Earlier this week was the Carolina Hurricanes, which means today is one of the GOATs: The Chicago Blackhawks!
Red Edge Home Jersey (2007 – 2018)
Often voted the greatest uniform in NHL history, the Chicago Blackhawks can really do no wrong. They have had many, many looks over the years (that will happen when you play in a Winter Classic every fucking year), but I can’t say there is a bad one in the bunch.
I went back and forth on a couple snazzy ones… This black Winter Classic look is literally one of my favourite uniforms of all time.
But when it boils down to it, how can you go against arguably the best jersey in sports history? This red baby is absolutely perfect. There is nothing I would change about it if I could. And while the look has changed slightly over the last 60 years – from stripe changes, to adding name bars – I think the current RBK/Adidas tight fit is the absolute best.
I really have nothing else to say. Let’s just look at some other sweet Blackhawks looks. God damn…
So what do you think? Which Hawks jersey is the best? Do you like the regular red look, or do you like something a little different. Let me know in the comments, or tweet me at @BLTJay!
Check out the best jerseys of each franchise so far here:
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