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The Hockey News’ OHL Jersey Rankings

A mixture of legendary franchises and more recent upstarts, there’s a lot of history in the Ontario League – and like other major junior circuits, there’s both good and bad in there.

Graphically, the OHL runs the gamut, but there were still clear lines for our jury over what worked and what didn’t.

Big thanks to River City Sports and Chris Creamer’s Sports Logo Page for helping us with pictures, as the CHL is bringing in new Reebok sweaters for 2009-10 and photos were unavailable at the time of voting.

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. Click on each thumbnail for a larger picture.

Once you’ve taken in our rankings, 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 OHL JERSEY RANKINGS
RK.
LOGO
TEAM
THE SCOOP
1

Ottawa
67’s

Traditional striping is a classic
2
Mississauga

St. Mike’s Majors
Colors and big, bold “M” are hot
3
Soo

Greyhounds
We love the old-school logos
4
Plymouth

Whalers
Hartford colors and a fun mascot? Yes, please
5
Belleville

Bulls
Bold gold and a menacing-looking bull
6
London

Knights
Knights rock a clean design with solid logo
7
Sudbury

Wolves
Original logo and a great blue-gray color scheme
8
Oshawa

Generals
Gens stick with the winning look they’ve always had
9
Peterborough

Petes
Rival Petes follow suit; maroon and white is tight
10

Brampton
Battalion

Divisive, but bold. Military stripes on arms is cool
11

Sarnia
Sting

Love the swarming hive shoulder logo
12
Windsor

Spitfires
New look still needs to grow on us
13
Kitchener

Rangers
Great jersey, but we still think of New York first
14
Saginaw

Spirit
Not a standout, but not a dud, either
15
Niagara

IceDogs
Dogbone shoulder logo is cool
16
Barrie

Colts
A very typical junior sweater layout
17
Kingston

Frontenacs
Logo’s great, Dallas-style star design not so much
18
Guelph

Storm
Colors and shoulders good, logo bad
19
Erie

Otters
Another swiping bear with dicey accent designs
20
Owen Sound

Attack
Way, way too much trim and arm design
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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 (OHL jersey voting ends at 9 a.m. EST on Sept. 10.). To see ratings from other leagues, visit THN.com’s Jersey Rankings and Tournament Central.