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The Hockey News' ECAC, WCHA and AHA Jersey Rankings

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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).

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

Quinnipiac Bobcats

Cool colors, fun logo - looks more pro than varsity
2
Union Dutchmen
We were big fans of having the school's founding year on the front
3
Princeton Tigers
Tigers rep the school's crest in a simple, effective manner
4
St. Lawrence Saints
Saints go big with their logo, result is good
5
RPI Engineers
Love the font and the design
6
Dartmouth Big Green
Dartmouth's green is bold and beautiful
7
Yale Bulldogs
Crisp look to traditional college sweater
8
Brown Bears
Font is nice on diagonal design
9

Clarkson Golden Knights

Knight's helmet is cool, but looks a little lost
10

Harvard Crimson

Shoulder patches save Crimson from relegation
11

Colgate Raiders

Very simple; not much else to say
12
Cornell Big Red
At least Colgate had numbers on front

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

Minnesota
Golden Gophers

Both logo and colors are classic
2
North Dakota
Fighting Sioux
Enjoy it one last time, Sioux fans
3

Alaska-Anchorage
Seawolves

Nanooks rep Alaska on shoulder, realistic bear
4
Michigan-Technological
Huskies
Huskies soar with baseball-style lettering
5
St. Cloud State
Huskies
St. Cloud not far behind Tech
6
Bemidji State
Beavers
Beaver in the center wins points
7
Minnesota State-Mankato
Mavericks
Bold purple looks good on Mavs
8
Colorado College
Tigers
Nice stripe behind traditional logo
9

Minnesota-Duluth
Bulldogs

Same colors as rival Gophers
10

Wisconsin
Badgers

Expected more from collegiate hockey power
11

Denver
Pioneers

Too crowded for hockey; almost looks NASCAR

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

RIT
Tigers

The orange is bold, the logo is tight
2
Holy Cross
Crusaders
'HC' may as well stand for 'hard core'
3

Canisius
Golden Griffins

Cool emblem with nice striping
4
AIC
Yellow Jackets
AIC's yellow really pops on these sweaters
5
Air Force
Falcons
Colors and font both worthy of an armed forces school
6
Bentley
Falcons
Shoulder patch elevates this from standard to sweet
7
Army
Golden Knights
Almost Anaheim-esque in color and font
8
Connecticut
Huskies
Some see simple and effective, others see boring
9

Mercyhurst Lakers

Whalers' colors were appreciated by jury
10

Sacred Heart
Pioneers

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.

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