Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Kicking It Old School

For one reason or another, I have been thinking about the older, "vintage" jerseys that have come and gone. I think most of it has to do with TSN's Top Ten when it comes to hockey, then they show the old school jerseys. So, I have turned to the fantastic site, NHL Uniforms. I must say, this is a site that has been a long time coming and Andrew Greenstein has done it perfectly-- so much props to him. In no particular order, here is my list of top-5 great vintage jerseys.

1. Washington Capitals (1974-1995): This jersey has a special meaning to me. It reminds me of the times me and my dad would head down to the Capital Centre to catch our game of the month. This jersey was worn for the majority of the time we went, with the exception of the '95-'96 season. This was also great because of the stars and patriotic theme that went with it, but the change was apparently needed. These are still pretty sharp duds.

2. Hartford Whalers (1992-1997): Not only is the logo classic, but it's a bit easier on the eyes than the old green jerseys. The addition of navy blue and grey make this jersey a slick design with a modern, fashionable appeal to it. Anything to get over the Cooperall debacle of the '80's.

3. Home Yellow Jerseys (1967-1989): Whether it be the Vancouver Canucks (version one and version two), the California Golden Seals, or the LA Kings (version one and version two); the home jerseys in the color yellow was something different. It got away from traditional whites and gave it some pizzaz. Whether it worked or not is debatable, but it was very memorable. Honorable mention the Boston Bruins old jerseys and recent third jerseys, as well as the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sunday jerseys.

4. Phoenix Coytoes (1996-2003): When they moved from Winnipeg and became the Coyotes, these jerseys were out there, but they meant something. They has almost a Southwestern feel to it and a decent design to the logo and all that jazz. I liked it, but some within my family were not so fond of it. I still wish I hadn't given away my jersey to a Baltimore radio personality.

5. Colorado Rockies (1976-1982): This jersey is pretty much an evolution of the KC Scouts jersey the team had when it was in Kansas City, but this one help incorporate the Colorado flag into the jersey, as well as keeping a pretty interest color scheme to it, as well. Of course, they moved from Denver to New Jersey to become the Devils.

Honorable Mentions
-Winnipeg Jets (version one and version two): You can't go wrong with this beauty
-Calgary Flames (1980-1994) Though they have nice ones now, this brought the ATL with them
-New York Islanders (1995-1998) Good thought in premise, hunger for fishsticks in hindsight
-Pittsburgh Penguins (1980-1992) Classic look and color, skating penguin a plus
-Minnesota North Stars (1988-91) Sleek logo with new black pants

So what's your favorite jerseys from the days of yore?? Ship us an email at the Show and tell us all about your favorite jersey and why. Also, you could berate me for making this picks, so do it.

As an aside, you all need to check out for the upcoming playoff push. Not only is it informative, but Cap'n Bosh has put out a Guide for Grading Playoff Beards that definitely something you should be able to check out and enjoy. So do it.....

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