Taking on the task of ranking the top 10 sweaters across the NHL is no easy task. Alas, here's my list of the top 10 based on originality, style and more.
When it comes to something so arduous, so subjective, and yet, as of utter importance as a list like this, it is no surprise that it becomes a challenge trying to compile a list of the top 10 NHL sweaters across the league. Because there are 10 teams represented below, that figures to mean there are 21 other upset fanbases.
Well, I don't even know if this list would be my list tomorrow if I had to pick again. In fact, I compiled a list one year ago. At the time, there were different teams represented below, including many of the alternates that are no longer employed by the NHL and its clubs today.
So, I figured it was time for an update. I like these 10, and whether based on team history, originality, uniqueness, simplicity, even color and a combination of it all, somehow, these 10 made my list.
1 Chicago Blackhawks
I could almost throw a dart at the order of this list, but it goes without saying Chief Blackhawk represents one of sports' greatest logos.
2 San Jose Sharks
What’s not to like about this one? The Sharks have always had a cool design. I really liked their old black alternates, but can't go wrong with the teal either.
3 Pittsburgh Penguins
The Penguins black and gold is as good as it gets from a color-scheme standpoint, and the old-school logo is only a win.
4 Toronto Maple Leafs
The classic logo is a must, and the team on the ice these days more closely resembles the Leafs of old.
5 Washington Capitals
Some might like the old Capitals sweaters, ya know, the eagle. But this has been a win for me since the team brought back the word mark and red. It’s simple and it just works.
6 Detroit Red Wings
7 Boston Bruins
The traditional pinwheel is hard to ignore. Again, if I liked Pittsburgh's color scheme, it's hard to forget this one.
8 New York Rangers
9 Buffalo Sabres
Remember the “Buffa-slug?” Yeah. This is a logo that falls under the if it’s not broke, don’t bother fixing it.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Honorable mentions: Canadiens because, well, they're a classic. I just didn't go with them for this list. And, I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least mention my Jackets. I own both the home and alternate. While I like both, I don’t love them.
So what’s your list?
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