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 of some beautiful jerseys over the years (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. That 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!
Last week I did the Minnesota Wild, which means today is the Montreal Canadiens!
Winter Classic Jersey (2016)
So if I’m being fully honest here, I’m a Bruins fan. But shhh don’t tell anyone: I’ve always thought the Canadiens had pretty cool jerseys… Like fuck every player and fan that has ever been associated with them, but since at least the 90’s when the jersey finally got sharpened up and the logo got enlarged, not too shabby.
That said, there is still something about the 2016 Winter Classic uni that makes my Jimmy tingle. I even had to watch the Habs put a beatdown on my Bruins 5-1 in them, and I still like them.
First of all, the stripe that goes all the way around is really sweet (*cough* Florida and Minnesota). I think the regular road whites should have it, and don’t know why it was ever taken off of them. I also think the lighter shade of blue is nicer too. And then the inverted white logo is fucking phenomenal. Seriously. And it’s kind of cartoon-y? Oh god. This is probably one of the best non-full time jerseys ever worn.
So that’s about it. What’s your favourite Habs look ever? Let me know in the comments, or tweet me at @BLTJay! Just please don’t tell me it’s that frickin barber pole one…
Check out the other best jerseys of each franchise so far, here:
Columbus Blue Jackets
Detroit Red Wings
Los Angeles Kings
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September 5, 2018