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The Hockey News’ WHL Jersey Rankings

The Western League spans from the Pacific Ocean to the wheat fields of Manitoba, so it’s no surprise there is a great variance in the jerseys worn by the kids of the ‘Dub.’

From classic to cartoony, big-market to small-market, it’s all here, for better or worse.

Big thanks to River City Sports 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 WHL JERSEY RANKINGS
RK.
LOGO
TEAM
THE SCOOP
1

Brandon
Wheat Kings

Wheat striping is simply awesome in execution
2
Seattle

Thunderbirds
Great colors, great logo. What more do you need?
3
Medicine

Hat Tigers
Attention gets directed to best tiger mascot in hockey
4
Red Deer

Rebels
Rebels always look intimidating in black
5
Kamloops

Blazers
Blazers haven’t strayed from original look and that’s a good thing
6
Regina

Pats
White jersey just looks so crisp and clean
7
Vancouver

Giants
Solid logo, solid colors for relatively new team
8
Spokane

Chiefs
Sweet logo on Habs-inspired sweater design
9

Edmonton
Oil Kings

Gotta give Oil Kings points for bold color choices
10

Calgary
Hitmen

Intimidating logo gets all the focus here
11

Swift Current
Broncos

Clean look and some nice colors
12
Tri-City

Americans
Generic, but still crisp-looking
13
Everett

Silvertips
Swiping bear bad, colors and treeline trim good
14
Chilliwack

Bruins
Cribbed Boston jersey at least has cool striping
15
Portland

Winterhawks
‘P’ shoulder logo only difference between Portland and Chicago
16
Prince George

Cougars
New logo a marked improvement on old cougar
17
Saskatoon

Blades
Logo isn’t bad and the colors are pretty good
18
Lethbridge

Hurricanes
Not much to speak of, but it’s not horrible, either
19
Moose Jaw

Warriors
Jury wasn’t sold on logo or striping
20
Kelowna

Rockets
Colors aren’t bad, but can’t be sold on mascot
21
Prince Albert

Raiders
Logo and design very sophomoric
22
Kootenay

Ice
Ice took worst Caps jersey ever and added an amateurish mascot
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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 (WHL 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.