Wild alumni go with North Stars throwbacks for Stadium Series game

Jared Clinton
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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

THN.com 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 Sportslogos.net 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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Panthers will have redesigned jerseys, logo in 2016-17

Jared Clinton
Roberto Luongo (Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Panthers are fresh off the news that they’ll be sticking around in Florida for the foreseeable future, and with a new $86 million financial package coming, the Panthers are looking to hit the ice with a brand new look next season.

The Miami Herald’s George Richards reported Wednesday that the Panthers will debut a new logo and new jerseys prior to the 2016-17 season, and the new design sounds intriguing, to say the least.

Per Richards, the color scheme will stay similar, but that doesn’t mean we’ll be seeing only a slight adjustment to the threads. By the sound of things, the jersey could take on a more classic look and give the team that vintage feel — Richards pointed to the Chicago Blackhawks and Montreal Canadiens as two teams the new Florida jersey could be modelled after. Read more

The Top 50 jerseys of all-time: Nos. 10-1

The Hockey News counts down the 50 best sweaters of all-time.

What makes a great jersey? When the topic comes up, it’s hard not to default to the NHL’s Original Six era. Those sweaters launched the pro game to another level. But does that means sartorial glory is a given?

This was one of the questions when we put our list of the greatest jerseys of all-time together. Just because a team has never won a Stanley Cup doesn’t mean it hasn’t looked good trying.

The criteria emphasized factors such as boldness, uniqueness, aesthetics and yes, timelessness. To guard against historical biases, we also reached out to a group of graphic designers, some of whom watch little to no hockey.

Over the next five days, we list off the best ever. Some are really old, some are brand new. And it’s not NHL exclusive. Major junior, college, minor pro, even international jerseys are repped.

Previously: Nos. 50-41 | Nos. 40-31 | Nos. 30-21 | Nos. 20-11

 

No. 10: Windsor Spitfires (OHL)

 

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The Spitfires have rocked several different logos in their longtime major junior history, but this incarnation sticks out the most. Graphic designers loved it, and the uniqueness of the crest is hard to deny. There’s a simplicity to the design, but it’s also eye-catching thanks to the red negative space inside the window. Though some of Windsor’s other uniforms have been pretty sharp themselves, this version, which lasted approximately 20 years, remains an unheralded winner. Call it the dark horse of the elite.

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The Top 50 jerseys of all-time: Nos. 20-11

Ryan Kennedy
The Hockey News counts down the 50 best sweaters of all-time.

What makes a great jersey? When the topic comes up, it’s hard not to default to the NHL’s Original Six era. Those sweaters launched the pro game to another level. But does that means sartorial glory is a given?

This was one of the questions when we put our list of the greatest jerseys of all-time together. Just because a team has never won a Stanley Cup doesn’t mean it hasn’t looked good trying.

The criteria emphasized factors such as boldness, uniqueness, aesthetics and yes, timelessness. To guard against historical biases, we also reached out to a group of graphic designers, some of whom watch little to no hockey.

Over the next five days, we list off the best ever. Some are really old, some are brand new. And it’s not NHL exclusive. Major junior, college, minor pro, even international jerseys are repped.

Previously: Nos. 50-41 | Nos. 40-31 | Nos. 30-21

 

20No. 20: Edmonton Oilers (NHL)

The crest has been around since the franchise’s WHA days and, in fact, this new orange version of the NHL classic is a throwback to the team’s rebel league days. The Oilers logo has influenced other franchises (Rogle in Sweden, for example), and while color schemes have darkened and lightened over time, Edmonton has almost always been an oil-drop town (sorry, 2000s Todd McFarlane version). Connor McDavid wore this on stage at the 2015 draft, where the Oil selected him first overall. Not a bad omen.

 

19No. 19: Toronto Toros (WHA)

Great colors and a sweet snorting bull logo for the erstwhile Ottawa Nationals.

 

 

 

18No. 18: Rochester Americans (AHL)

This iconic minor league sweater has been tweaked over the years – most notably, the shield has been tilted on its side – but it still represents the same venerable franchise it always did, complete with the patriotic color scheme.

 

 

17No. 17: North Dakota (NCAA)

The most controversial sweater in college hockey lasted until 2012. Locals still raise a ruckus.

 

 

 

16No. 16: Minnesota Golden Gophers (NCAA)

The Gophers have rocked slightly different versions of this sweater for decades now, using the school’s iconic ‘M’ as the centerpiece. A good deal of state high schools have cribbed the logo, but there’s no mistaking the maroon and gold original.

 

 

15No. 15: Ottawa 67’s (OHL)

It’s really tough to beat the awesome ‘barber pole.’ Attempts to mess with it were futile.

 

 

 

14No. 14: Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)

Two seasons after debuting this golden gem, the Penguins made it their official home sweater for the 1983-84 campaign. Franchise pillar Mario Lemieux wore the sweater briefly before it was shuttled out of the mix, but it really does make a bold impact even today. The Penguins’ logo was never more perfect than it was in this particular iteration, with the bird large and in charge in front of the triangle. The black version may be more famous, but it’s hard to beat gold if you want to get noticed.

 

13No. 13: Central Red Army (Russia)

A quintessential Cold War jersey complete with a red star and a hammer and sickle.

 

 

 

12No. 12: Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL)

Going cream instead of white really propels this recent expansion team with a great logo.

 

 

 

11No. 11: Milwaukee Admirals (AHL)

In a league where, at least from an outside perspective, teams are so closely linked to their NHL parent clubs, franchises that go their own route stand out. Sure, there have been some excellent AHL sweaters that nodded to the NHL – Such as the Binghamton Whalers tipping over Hartford’s ‘H’ logo, turning it into a ‘B’ – but one look at this new Milwaukee jersey and we were sold. Building off the pirate skeleton that preceded it, this new logo is so nuanced, so pro, that it is better than many crests in the NHL. Toss in an incredible shoulder logo (interwoven skull letter initials) and the double-blue color scheme the Ads have been rocking lately and you have a huge entry. And, for the record, the Admirals are the farm team for the Nashville Predators.

 

The countdown concludes on Friday with the Top 10.

The Top 50 jerseys of all-time: Nos. 30-21

Ryan Kennedy
The Hockey News counts down the 50 best sweaters of all-time.

What makes a great jersey? When the topic comes up, it’s hard not to default to the NHL’s Original Six era. Those sweaters launched the pro game to another level. But does that means sartorial glory is a given?

This was one of the questions when we put our list of the greatest jerseys of all-time together. Just because a team has never won a Stanley Cup doesn’t mean it hasn’t looked good trying.

The criteria emphasized factors such as boldness, uniqueness, aesthetics and yes, timelessness. To guard against historical biases, we also reached out to a group of graphic designers, some of whom watch little to no hockey.

Over the next five days, we list off the best ever. Some are really old, some are brand new. And it’s not NHL exclusive. Major junior, college, minor pro, even international jerseys are repped.

Previously: Nos. 50-41 | Nos. 40-31

 

30No. 30: Ottawa Senators (NHL 1923-24)

It’s impossible not to appreciate the audaciousness of this sweater. Ottawa was indeed coming off a Stanley Cup championship in 1922-23, so the club decided to remind all their opponents of this fact while it tried to defend the crown. No team would ever dare do something like this in modern times, but the Sens were owning their victory. Perhaps karma caught up to the Bytown boys in the end, however, as the  Montreal Canadiens got revenge in a rematch of the final, taking the Cup in 1924.

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The Top 50 jerseys of all-time: Nos. 40-31

Ryan Kennedy
The Hockey News counts down the 50 best sweaters of all-time.

What makes a great jersey? When the topic comes up, it’s hard not to default to the NHL’s Original Six era. Those sweaters launched the pro game to another level. But does that means sartorial glory is a given?

This was one of the questions when we put our list of the greatest jerseys of all-time together. Just because a team has never won a Stanley Cup doesn’t mean it hasn’t looked good trying.

The criteria emphasized factors such as boldness, uniqueness, aesthetics and yes, timelessness. To guard against historical biases, we also reached out to a group of graphic designers, some of whom watch little to no hockey.

Over the next five days, we list off the best ever. Some are really old, some are brand new. And it’s not NHL exclusive. Major junior, college, minor pro, even international jerseys are repped.

Previously: Nos. 50-41

40No. 40: Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)

The origins of this sweater actually date back to 1982, though the primary logo was modernized in the late 1990s. This QMJHL franchise rocks a great double-blue color scheme, and the striping on the shoulders is what really sets it apart from most other sweaters. The Sagueneens (named after the Saguenay region where the team is based) also rocked some pretty impressive, albeit now dated, logos during the franchise’s early days of the 1970s.

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