This morning, the NHL and Adidas released brand new jerseys for each team as part of their “Reverse Retro” collection. Each team dove back into their pasts for inspiration with these jerseys with a hint of the present.
Each team will wear these jerseys “multiple” times throughout the 2021 season. Naturally, some are great and some are terrible. Let’s dive into the rankings of all 31 teams.
31. Dallas Stars
The Stars have done a good job transitioning from bad jerseys, to worse jerseys, to their current good jerseys. We take a trip back to the bad with these. That’s a lot of white.
30. Detroit Red Wings
Speaking of a lot of white… Yikes. Detroit has really good white jerseys. These are not of that variety. The random silver in them? Strange choice. These are fitting of the modern-day Red Wings.
29. San Jose Sharks
This is obviously the workings of someone who is color blind. It looks like that Shark who has been choking on a piece of a hockey stick for years finally threw up and made this jersey.
28. Nashville Predators
The best thing Nashville ever did was get rid of the hideous silver piping on their jerseys’ sleeves. It was such a good move that I can’t believe there isn’t a banner in Bridgestone Arena for it. Naturally, they are back.
27. Winnipeg Jets
The Jets have really good regular jerseys. However, they have completely failed at making alternates. These are so boring even Mike Millbury’s in-game analysis fell asleep looking at them.
26. Anaheim Ducks
People are going crazy about these in a good way. I don’t get it. If you like jerseys designed by six-year-olds, these are certainly for you. The Ducks could have gone several routes with the Mighty Ducks avenue and they drove off the side of a mountain.
25. Toronto Maple Leafs
Hey, let’s do practically the same jersey with considerably worse piping!
24. Tampa Bay Lightning
After winning the Stanley Cup last season, Tampa Bay will bring back the logo that brought home their first Cup in 2004. It’s not a particularly good one, but not bad either.
23. Philadelphia Flyers
The Flyers have always had good uniforms. Making orange work isn’t easy, but they find a way. Let’s call these “worse than our regular jersey, but still okay.”
22. Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver gets saved here by having a great color scheme and a top-notch logo. This design is not great, however. Sidenote: Give us the hockey stick logo.
21. Ottawa Senators
Simple is usually best when it comes to sports uniforms and that reigns true here. The old-school logo is a hit and they don’t drown it out with too many colors or poor striping.
20. New York Islanders
Hold on, this isn’t just their regular home jersey?
19. Chicago Blackhawks
This design leaves quite a bit left to be desired. While it is a clean look with a great logo, this almost looks like one of the Walmart knock-off jerseys.
18. New Jersey Devils
We wish you a merry hockey season! Corey Crawford better break out some Christmas-themed goalie pads for these bad boys.
17. Carolina Hurricanes
The Whalers jerseys are so, so sweet. It’s pretty annoying that the Hurricanes get to claim them as theirs. The blue version of this jersey is far better than the grey one, however.
16. Arizona Coyotes
It’s tough to design a jersey this unique and still make it look clean. Arizona hits a home run here. Purple is a great choice, and the desert design on the bottom is even better.
15. Buffalo Sabres
Props to Buffalo for not going back to the red and black. Those are vastly overrated. This sword logo is killer. Get rid of that “Buffalo” at the bottom and you have a winner.
14. Columbus Blue Jackets
The old-school (if you can call it old) Blue Jackets logo is very good, so it’s nice to see that make a return. Columbus made a nice, clean-cut jersey here.
13. Pittsburgh Penguins
The Penguins should make all their players wear fake mullets when these jerseys hit the ice. This is incredibly well done and hopefully Pittsburgh’s yellow jerseys get lost in a fire that insurance won’t cover.
12. Florida Panthers
Florida should have never gotten rid of this logo. To make matters worse, they replaced it with a soccer logo. This logo does Joel Quenneville justice.
11. Vegas Golden Knights
I think everyone was intrigued to see how a practically brand new team would add a retro jersey. Vegas handled this quite well without having any retro jerseys. The sword logo is a winner and the red with the diagonal piping gives it a retro yet still new-age look.
10. St. Louis Blues
St. Louis wearing red feels incredibly weird. Then again, so does them having a Stanley Cup. If you can get past all of that, you can appreciate how great this jersey is.
9. Washington Capitals
The point of these new jerseys is to blend the past with the present. Nobody accomplished this better than Washington. These are truly awesome.
8. Calgary Flames
If you had told me beforehand that Calgary was going to go for a black jersey, I would have called that a mistake. However, with the clean piping, excellent color choice, and unique logo, the Flames burn hot here.
7. Colorado Avalanche
You’d be hard-pressed to find a cleaner looking jersey. Going back to the Quebec Nordiques logo was a no-brainer. Colorado incorporated their current colors and made one hell of a jersey. The design on the bottom is unmatched.
6. New York Rangers
Going back to one of the greatest alternate logos in the history of sports was an easy choice for New York. Man oh man is Artemi Panarin going go shine bright in these.
5. Boston Bruins
Yellow is tough to pull off. Pittsburgh failed miserably and Nashville doesn’t exactly set the standard. Yellow doesn’t look half bad on Boston those. These are a strong alternate option.
4. Montreal Canadiens
Everyone can breathe a sigh of relief that Montreal didn’t do anything stupid here. They have some of the best jerseys in sports. This blue version might be even better.
3. Los Angeles Kings
Simply perfect. The color scheme is incredible. The logo is classic. The piping has a nice retro vibe but still offers a new-age feel. The hockey team in Los Angeles may stink, but at least they’ll look good.
2. Edmonton Oilers
Let’s talk about a team that had a classic car and traded it in for a Prius. That’s what Edmonton did when they ditched their classic blue sweaters for an orange version. This beauty makes up for that catastrophic decision.
1. Minnesota Wild
Ladies and gentlemen, the Minnesota Wild have finally won something. While they’ll never win a Stanley Cup, the Wild do come away from this NHL jersey launch as winners. The Wild draw from Minnesota’s original hockey franchise — the North Stars — to make one of the sweetest jerseys in hockey.
So there you have it. The NHL has instituted their reverse retro jerseys for the 2021 season and we have graded them accordingly. What are your favorites and which ones make you want to vomit uncontrollably? We’re looking at you, San Jose.