Judging sweaters from the U.S. college ranks takes a bit of a different eye, since so many schools follow a similar style. Whereas pros tend to go with logos on the front, colleges favor lettering and numbers. This makes distinguishing them all the more difficult and fonts and color schemes become all the more crucial.
But there are still gems all around in the NCAA, so the jury hashed out its hits and misses, both traditional and new-school.
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.
With all that in play, here are the rankings. Click on each thumbnail for a larger picture.
Once you've taken in our top rankings by conference, head over to the voting page to select your favorite 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).
Love the main font and school crest on shoulders
Great colors, great shoulder logo
Like the realistic bear and state shout-out on sleeves
Classic 'M' speaks for itself
Logo on front rare for CCHA, cool shoulder emblem
Points for colors and baseball-style font
Colors and striping wins favor with jury
Classic logo saves rather ordinary entry
Lake Superior State
The anchors are cool, but execution suffers a little
Looks a bit like a graduation gown
Can't do much less with a sweater
Oh wait, you can
A lot of great details here, including the 'P' on the neckline
A classic jersey in all of hockey, not just college
Cool colors and a nice baseball-style font
New Mack sweater has bold colors, sweet emblem
Great shoulder patches; love the green and gold
Much like Vermont in execution
A lot going on here, but some nice elements
A step up from previous incarnations
Not bad, but not spectacular, either
Can't do much less, though maroon is cool
Purple Eagles certainly rep their colors
Font is oddly engaging; love the shoulder logo
Nice colors, but looks more like a T-shirt than a jersey
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 (CCHA, HE and CHA jersey voting ends at 9 a.m. EST on Aug. 31.). To see ratings from other leagues, visit THN.com's Jersey Rankings and Tournament Central.