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The Hockey News' AHL Jersey Rankings

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They call it the ‘second-best hockey league in the world,’ but the American League certainly won’t settle for that title when it comes to our ultimate jersey showdown. Whether it’s completely original looks or jerseys designed to pay homage to a team’s NHL parent franchise, the AHL has a history nearly as long and illustrious as the big circuit.

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. Third or alternate jersey weren't considered, nor were the new duds for Abbotsford and Texas, who haven't released their sweaters yet.
 
For the AHL, jerseys we thought leaned too heavily on NHL sweaters were dropped to the middle – they looked good, but we know why.
 
With all that in play, here are the rankings. Click on each thumbnail for a larger picture.
 
And once you've taken in our top 27, head over to the voting page to select your favorite from our top 10 and 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).

THE HOCKEY NEWS AHL JERSEY RANKINGS
RK.
LOGO
TEAM
THE SCOOP
1

Milwaukee
Admirals

Love the colors, love the logo; a winner all-around
2
Rochester
Americans
Classic crest with a clean look to it
3
San Antonio
Rampage
Rampage makes grey and black work; logo certainly helps
4
Springfield
Falcons
Points for talons on the arms, plus nice colors
5
Manchester
Monarchs
Jury was high on liberal use of purple
6
Worcester
Sharks
Great original take on parent San Jose's logo
7
Norfolk
Admirals
Unique color scheme backs up solid crest
8
Bridgeport
Sound Tigers
Bold orange and blue backs up parent Isles
9

Peoria
Rivermen

Sweet crest and cool colors
10

Chicago
Wolves

Everything about Wolves' look is their own
11

Manitoba
Moose

Original colors, plus a fierce-looking Moose
12
Houston
Aeros
We loved the green and white
13
Herhsey
Bears
Bears stay true to their chocolate-brown roots
14
Toronto
Marlies
Great logo, clean look to Leafs-esque sweater
15
Grand Rapids
Griffins
Nice crest, but certainly a middle-of-the-pack jersey
16
Portland
Pirates
Much like Grand Rapids, Pirates' sweater does no harm
17
Hartford
Wolfpack
Wolfpack ride coattails of parent Rangers
18
Providence
Bruins
Circle-P also tips hat to Boston overlords
19
Lake Erie
Monsters
Jury divided on Monsters' 'M' crest
20
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins
Steroid Penguin a little too much for our tastes
21
Hamilton
Bulldogs
Bulldog looks good, but sweater otherwise plain
22
Adirondack
Phantoms
Odd colors, plus Phantom looks like a shadow puppet
23
Lowell
Devils
Some of us dug it, others thought it was too close to NJ
24
Syracuse
Crunch
Colors aren't bad; white gorilla mascot still confusing
25

Rockford
Icehogs

Logo not fantastic, rest of jersey copied from parent Hawks
26
Albany
River Rats
River Rat losing its lustre
27

Binghamton
Senators

Bad logo has Bingo following Ottawa to the basement


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 (AHL jersey voting ends at 9 a.m. EST on Aug. 20.). To see ratings from other leagues, visit THN.com's Jersey Rankings and Tournament Central.

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