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. Thankfully they made it kind of right this summer by adding them back as third jerseys. But why wait? 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!
Current Home Jersey (2011-present)
Gimme the gold baby.
I didn’t like this look for the Preds when it first came out, but it has definitely grown on me and is one of the most unique looks in the league. And I love me unique.
Not to mention the Preds’ jersey history is less than amazing. They’ve definitely never been boring, but sometimes they just tried too hard. Whether it was the shiny silver shoulders when they came into the league, or the absolutely TERRIBLE mustard third jerseys in the 2000’s, these are some ridiculous looks.
… Not a good look for you Paul. I like you better in these.
When the Preds took another leap of faith in 2011 with their current gold look, it was met with mixed reviews… But I think most hockey fans like this look now, and it suits the crazy and unique atmosphere of a Preds game at Bridgestone Arena. It’s also nice for branding purposes when you have your own colour that is all yours (the Preds are the first team to wear all gold at home since the 1966-67 Boston Bruins).
It also has the beautiful added touches of guitar strings in the numbers, and one of the nicest secondary logos in the game (a guitar pick with the three stars of the Tennessee flag).
So… What’s your favourite Preds jersey ever? Maybe you like the shiny silver? Maybe you like the navy blue checker flag third from 2009-11 best? Let me know in the comments, or tweet me at @BLTJay!
And 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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