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Alternate jerseys

Any Blues player, including Brad Winchester, looks good in St. Louis' third jersey. (Photo by Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Any Blues player, including Brad Winchester, looks good in St. Louis' third jersey. (Photo by Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images)

Every year now, a slew of NHL teams introduce alternate jerseys. It all began in 1992 on the occasion of the NHL’s 75th anniversary. That year, the Original Six squads all sported throwback jerseys. More recently, Colorado and the Rangers began the trend with their classics. But since then it’s started to go a little haywire (see Coyotes, Phoenix; Lightning, Tampa Bay; and Hurricanes, Carolina).

Cynics will say it’s all a cash grab; preying on parents hoping to satisfy their kids and fanatics’ needs for everything team-related. Those with more optimistic outlooks see alternate jerseys as links to the past and chances to make-up for earlier jersey faux pas (we’re talking to you, Atlanta).

Despite some poorly conceived alternates, there are some mighty fine ones as well. With that in mind, this week we’re counting down the Top 10 debuted this season by NHL teams.

Top 10 2008-09 Alternate Jerseys
10
PITTSBURGH
PENGUINS
Not so sure about the baby blue trend around the league, but the old logo and retro feel work well.
9

PHILADELPHIA
FLYERS

You gotta love the Flyers. This alternate is simple and true to its roots. And those white nameplates are a great tweak.
8
BUFFALO
SABRES
Everything old is new again and the Sabres are no exception. Now if only they could find another French Connection.
7
TORONTO
MAPLE LEAFS
The Leafs took it old school. Like “I used to walk 15 miles through the snow everyday, just to get to the road…” old school.
6
BOSTON
BRUINS
Boston has been really playing up the Bruin part of their name in recent years, but this one takes it to a new – and better – level with the intimidating black.
5
LOS ANGELES
KINGS
The only alternate jersey to make the list that doesn’t have a retro feel. This jersey emits an English Premier League-feel. Hey, when in Rome (or London) with Mr. Anschutz…
4
CHICAGO
BLACKHAWKS 
The Hawks went back to 1935 for this beauty worn at the Winter Classic. What’s not to love about a jersey worn by Paul Thompson, Johnny Gottselig, Howie Morenz and Lorne Chabot?
3
DETROIT
RED WINGS
The Wings went even further back than Chicago for New Year's Day game, paying homage to their first NHL season with this 1926 replica jersey when they were known as the Cougars. Duke Keats finished that season as the team's leading scorer with 16 goals and 24 points in 42 games.
2
MONTREAL
CANADIENS
This jersey is part of the Habs’ 100th anniversary celebrations. It was worn during the 1915-16 season and was the last to feature the “A” for “Athletique” before the “H” for “Hockey” took center stage.
1
ST. LOUIS
BLUES
Retro, retro, retro. It’s all about retro this season. And the Blues have done it the best. The simple, circular shape with the arch silhouette, staying true to the winged musical note and the deep, darker-than-normal blue all give this alternate jersey points for class and feel.

The THN.com Top 10 appears Wednesdays only on TheHockeyNews.com.

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