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The Hockey News’ NHL Jersey Rankings

Once again, we start at the top with our summer rankings.
 
The NHL goes under the microscope as we rank from first to last the best jerseys in the league.
 
Will the Original Six once again dominate? Who from the new school can crash the party?
 
While logos (last year’s competition) are certainly a big part of the hockey jersey, we also considered shoulder patches, striping and piping – so teams gained and lost points based on those factors. You’ll also notice both home and away jerseys are used to represent the teams. Simply put, we took the one we liked best out of the two. Third or alternate jersey weren’t considered.
 
Plus, influence counts for a lot; how many teams have cribbed off the Bruins’ spoked ‘B,’ or the New York Rangers’ design?
 
With all that in play, here are the rankings. Click on each thumbnail for a larger picture.
 
And once you’ve taken in our top 30, head over to the voting page to select your favorite from our top 10 and help it to move on in the Jersey Tournament that will follow the rankings of each league’s jerseys (find the rankings and tournament schedule on The Hockey News Jersey Rankings and Tournament Central page).

THE HOCKEY NEWS NHL JERSEY RANKINGS
RK.
LOGO
TEAM
THE SCOOP
1

Chicago
Blackhawks

All-around classic edges out competition thanks to cool shoulder patches
2
Boston

Bruins
Often imitated, but the original still stands tall
3
Montreal

Canadiens
Might as well call that middle line the ‘Habs stripe’
4
Detroit

Red Wings
Simplicity defined; focus goes right to winged wheel
5
Minnesota

Wild
New school in the best sense; cool colors and logo
6
New York

Rangers
Defines the diagonal lettering sweater
7
Philadelphia

Flyers
We all know what the Orange and Black means
8
St. Louis

Blues
Bluenote looks strong with some nice piping to back it up
9
Toronto

Maple Leafs
Another crisp classic with clean stripes on arms
10

Calgary
Flames

Great logo with national and provincial pride on shoulders
11

New Jersey
Devils

Maybe it’s Lou’s influence, but such a strong-looking sweater
12
Los Angles

Kings
Great crown, great colors, much better than third jersey
13
Washington

Capitals
Caps went updated throwback for sartorial success
14
Pittsburgh

Penguins
Lines draw eye to big, beautiful logo
15
Dallas

Stars
Love the college-style name with number on front
16
San Jose

Sharks
No one does teal like San Jose, though it is divisive
17
Edmonton

Oilers
Nice colors and a classic logo
18
Phoenix

Coyotes
Took a few tries to get there, but Dogs looking good now
19
New York

Islanders
Number on breast always good; nice color scheme
20
Vancouver

Canucks
It’s a bit busy, but you know who you’re rooting for
21
Atlanta

Thrashers
Logo’s not bad; crispness of white really shines
22
Carolina

Hurricanes
Wins marks for hurricane flag details on shoulders, bottom border
23
Columbus

Blue Jackets
Jury was mixed on logo, but another clean look nonetheless
24
Anaheim

Ducks
Colors are nice, but not a lot going on otherwise
25

Nashville
Predators

Another divisive logo with clean lines elsewhere
26
Colorado

Avalanche
They called it the ‘candy bar wrapper’ when it came out
27
Florida

Panthers
Panel wasn’t feeling the execution on this one
28
Tampa Bay

Lightning
Font is still a little amateur, even if the colors are cool
29
Ottawa

Senators
Sens picked the wrong logo to go to war with
30
Buffalo

Sabres
Even Sabres fans rue the day Buffaslug was hatched
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Over the next two months, THN.com will leave the voting on the best jerseys up to you, the reader. To vote for your favorite, click HERE (NHL jersey voting ends at 9 a.m. EST on Aug. 17.). To see ratings from other leagues, visit THN.com’s Jersey Rankings and Tournament Central.