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Posted Nov 16, 2010 in For Him | 0 Comments

The Hockey Jersey AWARDS

The leaves are all over the ground, the shorts and flip flops have been put away, the sun has started disappearing a bit earlier, and two-four sales at depanneurs and grocery stores everywhere have gone up (okay, I made the last one up, but there is more than a good chance that it’s true). As I promised you guys in my football fashion article, it is now time my latest installment of the jersey awards. This time I am taking a look at the NHL.

Since almost every NHL team seems to have a third or throwback jersey for every month of the year, I decided to try and stay away from alternate jerseys as much as possible. Although they do make an appearance here and there, I am mostly sticking with home, and the occasional away sweater throughout. To make things a little tougher, only two teams per conference can advance to the second round. Yes this makes my job harder, but I enjoy challenges.

If you guys read my aforementioned football piece, then you know that my one and only rule still applies for the jersey awards. In the event that you didn’t check it out, SHAME ON YOU!!! Since I am a nice guy, I’ll give you a refresher. I don’t include teams that have no shot at winning this year, or in the foreseeable future. So good-bye, and thank-you for coming Blue Jackets, Islanders, Panthers, Thrashers, Sabres, Oilers, Hurricanes, and Maple Leafs.

YES the Leafs!!! I know I have some friends in the T-Dot that are probably mad at me right now, but let’s be serious. Adding Kris Versteeg is nice, but to borrow a classic Rick Pitino from his legendary stint as the head coach for the Boston Celtics reference, Doug Gilmour, Wendel Clark, or Darryl Sittler, aren’t walking through that door.

I am also excluding the Vancouver Canucks. The ‘Nucks as they are so commonly referred to are many people’s pick to represent the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup Finals, and for good reason. However, I refuse to even put them in this conversation, because quite frankly, their jerseys are disgusting.

In the Central Division we have the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. As you can see, they’re rolling with black, white, and red. While the black and white collar and waist is a solid addition to almost any outfit let alone the Hawks jersey, I find myself asking what happened to the red, and what’s up with the arm bands? The jersey as a whole looks great, but the stitching in the arms has to go. If I played for the Hawks, I’d be tempted to wear my elbows pads on the outside just to cover it up. Just like in my football article with the Saints, winning the championship is great, but it doesn’t give a team any advantages in the jersey awards. Sorry Chi-town, but you’ll just have to make due with the Stanley Cup.

Up next is the aforementioned Hawks biggest rival in the history of the game. One of the most storied franchises in all of professional sports, the Detroit Red Wings. When you think of the Wings, you think of tradition and excellence. They are like the Oakland Raiders of the NHL except for the fact that Motown’s finest actually wins games. Unfortunately for the Wings tradition can also mean boring, which is the perfect word to describe their jersey. Red and White go great together, think of a Cincinnati Reds or an Atlanta Falcons jersey, but what separates those two examples from the Detroit’s jersey, is that they both incorporate a third color (both use black) while the Wings seem to play it safe.

Up next is Jaroslav Halak’s St. Louis Blues. Yes that’s right Habs fans, Jaroslav Halak. The man who was the sole reason you guys made the playoffs the last two years, the man who almost single-handedly brought your team to the Stanley Cup Finals, and the same guy who was shipped off to the Show-Me-State by Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier aka little Bob Gainey, for the equivalent of a bag of hockey tape, and a couple of used sticks. Good job!!!

But I digress…

The color yellow doesn’t really make an appearance in the world of sports, unless it’s being used to describe an opponent that you have a strong dislike for. But on the rare occasion that yellow does make an appearance on a jersey, it usually is successful. (Think Georgia Tech) The same is true for the Blues, as the mix of blue, white, and yellow gives the jersey a sharp and distinguished look.

To save time and space, I’m going to cut to the chase. The Calgary Flames jerseys automatically make it to the second round. Let’s be honest, red, black, white, and yellow, (just like the Blues, they make it work) and a kick-ass logo too, how can you go wrong?

When I look at the Los Angeles Kings jersey, the first word that comes to my mind is sharp. The silver, black, white, and purple screams royalty on one hand, and business on the other. Am I the only one that has Purple Rain playing in their head right now?

The San Jose Sharks are also representing California in a strong way. The turquoise, black and white combo plays well off of itself. This home uniform also says business. To all the guys out there, go into your closet, and I am positive, more than 75% of you own a tie and/or a dress shirt in all three of those colors…that’s what I thought. Nevertheless, I have to give the slight edge to the Kings. In case you’re wondering, yes, the crown serving as their logo puts this jersey over the top in my opinion.

For the Minnesota Wild, I’ll make this quick and easy, if you don’t think of Christmas and/or fruitcake when you see their jerseys, then maybe you guys are seeing something that I’m not. You know when the NFL and the majority of its players breaks out the pink gloves, socks, shoes, and other  apparel to celebrate cancer awareness every year, it’s as if the Wild do that to celebrate Christmas, but someone forgot to tell them that it doesn’t last all year round.

Last but not least in the West is the Nashville Predators. While many people don’t think of the capital of Tennessee as being a hockey town, the Preds home threads shows people that at least they know how to design a decent looking jersey. When I think of the word predator, I think of the movies (the last installment staring Adrien Brody was HORRIBLE!!!) The name just like the movie makes no sense. The jersey, while working wonders with gray, blue, and yellow, just don’t have enough to make it to the next round.

So that sums it up for the West. Advancing we have the St. Louis Blues, the Los Angeles Kings, and the Calgary Flames.

In part two of the NHL jersey awards, I will take a look at the Eastern Conference.

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