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!
Earlier this week I did the Nashville Predators, so today is the New Jersey Devils
The Red And Black One? (1992-2017)
I’m sorry guys, but there isn’t much to say with this one. I like nostalgia as much as the next guy, and the red and green Christmas jersey is alright, but I just don’t think it is quite as good as the classic black and red.
It makes for a nice third jersey, and change of pace. And I’m glad they are bringing the white version back for next year’s third jersey… But that’s about all it’s good for at this point.
And as for the new Adidas version brought in last season, I do like the squared shoulders, but I don’t like the lack of the waist stripe.
So by process of elimination, we get the regular red and black jersey worn for 25 years. Yay!
So what do you think? Are you a Christmas jersey fan? Do you agree with me? Maybe you like one of the white versions? 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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