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. Note: Bemidji State is included in the WCHA rankings as they are to enter that conference for the 2010-11 season.
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).
Cool colors, fun logo - looks more pro than varsity
We were big fans of having the school's founding year on the front
Tigers rep the school's crest in a simple, effective manner
St. Lawrence Saints
Saints go big with their logo, result is good
Love the font and the design
Dartmouth Big Green
Dartmouth's green is bold and beautiful
Crisp look to traditional college sweater
Font is nice on diagonal design
Clarkson Golden Knights
Knight's helmet is cool, but looks a little lost
Shoulder patches save Crimson from relegation
Very simple; not much else to say
Cornell Big Red
At least Colgate had numbers on front
Both logo and colors are classic
Enjoy it one last time, Sioux fans
Nanooks rep Alaska on shoulder, realistic bear
Huskies soar with baseball-style lettering
St. Cloud State
St. Cloud not far behind Tech
Beaver in the center wins points
Bold purple looks good on Mavs
Nice stripe behind traditional logo
Same colors as rival Gophers
Expected more from collegiate hockey power
Too crowded for hockey; almost looks NASCAR
The orange is bold, the logo is tight
'HC' may as well stand for 'hard core'
Cool emblem with nice striping
AIC's yellow really pops on these sweaters
Colors and font both worthy of an armed forces school
Shoulder patch elevates this from standard to sweet
Almost Anaheim-esque in color and font
Some see simple and effective, others see boring
Whalers' colors were appreciated by jury
No slight on Pioneers; this was a competitive conference
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 (ECAC, WCHA and AHA jersey voting ends at 9 a.m. EST on Sept. 3). To see ratings from other leagues, visit THN.com's Jersey Rankings and Tournament Central.