Perhaps it should be no surprise that the best league in the world is also holding serve in our jersey showdown. Other than in head-to-head matchups, the NHL won all its Round of 16 contests, meaning more than half the Elite Eight will come from the circuit.
The Chicago Blackhawks continued their march towards destiny by steamrolling major junior’s Ottawa 67’s, much like if the teams actually met on the ice. Meanwhile, that good ol’ ECHL spirit wasn’t enough to get the Toledo Walleye past the vaunted Montreal Canadiens (last year’s logo ranking tournament champion), though it wasn’t a blowout.
Elsewhere in ECHL news, Florida won the closest of battles against Stockton, eeking out league bragging rights by less than one percent of the popular vote (no Florida recount jokes here).
Carrying the torch for the amateurs are the mighty North Dakota Fighting Sioux and brave London Knights, who keep the NCAA and major junior alive and, ironically, will face each other in the next round (view the tournament schedule on The Hockey News Jersey Rankings and Tournament Central page).
Boston tipped over Minnesota and Calgary edged Philadelphia in the two all-NHL matchups, meaning the stage is set for the quarterfinals.
Can the Bruins knock off Original Six rival Detroit? Will the Everblades be able to slow down the Blackhawks? And what about Montreal and Calgary? These two teams have split head-to-head Stanley Cup finals, so clearly the only way to solve the debate is through a THN jersey showdown.
Once again, it’s time to hit up that web poll page – the mouse is in your hands.
Click on each thumbnail for a bigger picture then go HERE to cast your vote.
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 (Quarterfinal voting ends at 9 a.m. EST on Sept. 24.). To see ratings from the leagues, visit THN.com’s Jersey Rankings and Tournament Central.