The World Cup team jerseys have been revealed. Let’s rank them

Ian Denomme

The NHL and NHLPA have spent all day Wednesday slowly, and meticulously unveiling the first 16 players for each of the eight teams participating in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. The specifically made-for-TV event full of flashy graphics and many talking heads, for the most part, was about as exciting a trade deadline day without any trades.

The one bit of fun and frivolity came when the jerseys for each team were unveiled. The design of hockey jerseys can be almost as contentious an issue as the rosters themselves with some fans. And while some countries almost always have similar looks, the 2016 event has the added wrinkle of two teams, North America and Europe, with no existing logos or template to work with.

These jerseys are the first to be designed for the NHL by adidas as part of a new sponsorship agreement. You’ll note the strong adidas influence on all the jerseys with the three stripes running up the seems on each side into the armpits. And it’s not completely objectionable.

Here now is a look at each team’s uniform, ranked from worst to best.

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Canucks unveil awesome old school jerseys ahead of Retro Night

Jared Clinton
(via CanucksTV/YouTube)

Of all the classic Vancouver Canucks jerseys, there’s not one fans wanted to see make a return more than the old school ‘Flying Skate’ Canucks sweater. It’s the jersey of Pavel Bure, Trevor Linden and Kirk McLean. It’s the uniform the Canucks wore during their magical run to the Stanley Cup final in 1994. And it’s making its return Feb. 13.

The Canucks unveiled the updated version of the sweater Monday on their Twitter account in a take-off of the unboxing videos that have become popular over the past few years. With mascot Johnny Canuck behind the camera delivering a bizarre voiceover, we get our first look at the ‘Retro Night’ Canucks jerseys: Read more

IceCaps unveil beautiful tribute jersey, honor 100th anniversary of World War One battle

Jared Clinton
Gabriel Dumont models the IceCaps' newest jersey (via St. John's IceCaps)

On July 1, 1916, approximately 733 men from Newfoundland and Labrador were killed or injured during the Battle of the Somme at Beaumont-Hamel. In the 100th anniversary year of that battle, the St. John’s IceCaps want to commemorate and pay tribute to those who fought in the battle and are doing so with a tribute jersey.

The new uniform, which was unveiled Thursday in St. John’s, is a striking jersey that honors the Royal Newfoundland Regiment and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Using the color scheme of the parent club Montreal Canadiens, the jersey uses both broad and narrow striping, a two-color collar and the wide horizontal band of color across the torso that has been used for years on Canadiens jerseys. Take a look: Read more

Toledo Walleye to host Don Cherry night, wear checkerboard suit jerseys

Jared Clinton
(via Toledo Walleye)

Don Cherry is one of the most recognizable figures in all of hockey, and a big part of that is it’s not hard to spot the Coach’s Corner host every Saturday night during Hockey Night in Canada. Just look for the most spectacularly dressed on set, and that’s Cherry.

Cherry’s suits have been everything from garish to great, and the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye have certainly taken notice. That’s why Jan. 23 the Walleye will be hosting ‘Don Cherry Jersey Night,’ and the jerseys for the evening are exactly what one would hope. The Walleye aren’t interested in showcasing Cherry’s more subtle attire. Instead, they’re going all out with a nod to one of Cherry’s checkerboard suits. Read more

NHL gives nod to Nashville with 2016 All-Star Game jerseys

Jared Clinton
(via NHL)

The NHL officially unveiled the jerseys for the 2016 All-Star Game Wednesday, and the showcase-game threads are a tip of the cap to the city of Nashville and the host Predators.

“The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star jersey pays tribute to the city of Nashville’s cultural scene, which includes the Nashville Predators,” said NHL chief marketing officer and executive vice president Brian Jennings. “With creative support from Reebok’s design team, the jerseys reflect the deep bond the Predators have with the music community, the city’s growing passion for hockey and the All-Star Game’s showcase of the best players in the League.”

While some of the connections to Nashville may not seem obvious, there are a number of ways the league has tied in the city and the Predators into the All-Star Game. Read more

Wild alumni go with North Stars throwbacks for Stadium Series game

Jared Clinton
(via NHL/Minnesota Wild)

The Minnesota Wild are paying tribute to part of the state’s hockey heritage as the alumni team that is set to play Feb. 20 in a game against former Chicago Blackhawks ahead of the 2016 Stadium Series game will wear Minnesota North Stars throwback jerseys.

Minnesota unveiled the uniforms Monday evening ahead of their game against the Dallas Stars, which happens to be the team that shares a history with the North Stars. In a 58-second video on WildTV, the Wild showed off some of the former North Stars greats, including Mike Modano and Neal Broten, both of whom also suited up in Dallas. Read more Roundtable: NHL teams in need of a logo and jersey refresh

Florida Panthers (Getty Images)

Rebranding professional sports teams is not a new or unusual concept. In their 45 years of existence the Vancouver Canucks have had enough logos and jerseys to cover off all the colors of the rainbow.

The Florida Panthers made headlines last week by announcing they were going to make sweeping changes to their logo, colors, and uniforms — then the Toronto Maple Leafs stole their thunder when reports surfaced that they were going to make changes to their iconic logo and uniform as part of their centennial season in 2016-17.

That got us thinking — which NHL teams actually need a logo or uniform refresh? Here are the answers.

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Report: Maple Leafs getting new logo, uniform for 2016 centennial season

Ian Denomme
Toronto Maple Leafs uniform. (Getty Images)

When the Toronto Maple Leafs turn 100 years old next season, they will reportedly have an entirely different look.

That’s according to Chris Creamer’s website. Creamer broke the news Sunday that the Maple Leafs are in the process of a major rebranding that will include a change to the iconic maple leaf logo, which has been mostly untouched since 1970.

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