Nine of us voted on the jerseys we thought were best in the NHL and compiled a ranking system from our votes. There were only two rules: we were only allowed any current jersey from a team but only allowed one jersey per team. The votes correlated into points, for example #1 was 10 points, #2 was 9 and so on. Below are the final numbers based on total “points” for the teams (all votes for the jerseys combined) and which jerseys got which votes will be explained there.
Without further ado, the list!
#1 Chicago Blackhawks (69 points, 7.67 average)
The Blackhawks were the only unanimous selection in our voting, with the home red jerseys garnering all of the team’s points. Seven voters had this jersey in their top four, including three number ones.
#2 Detroit Red Wings (46 points, 5.11 average)
Another original six team, Detroit, came in second. Our voters were split between the Wings’ two jerseys (24 points for white, 22 for home). The classic uniforms haven’t changed much, even since the Gordie Howe days.
#3 Edmonton Oilers (43 points, 4.78 average)
Since the Oilers brought back their jerseys from the 1980s, they have been a favorite around the league. The Oilers are hoping this group of young players reminds fans of those days. This incarnation of the Gretzky-era jerseys got 38 points, as the former home (current 3rd, navy) garnered five.
A third original six team that hasn’t changed their jersey much, the Bruins classic is a winner in our voting. The current version was introduced in 2007. The home blacks got 25 points, while the white away jerseys got 7 points. Our first appearance of an alternate jersey was on this list, as the retro logo jersey got six points.
The Canadiens are the fourth original six team to appear in the top five of our rankings. The classic CH jerseys, which essentially go back to 1914, split the voters, as each jersey received 19 points. The jerseys have gone virtually unchanged since the 1950s.
The Wild bring us the first alternate jersey to gain more votes than both of a team’s regular jersey. The Wild’s green jersey was the third favorite single jersey in the voting, earning 26 points. The other eight points were given to Minnesota’s home red jersey.
Three of the four Kings’ current jerseys appeared on voters’ ballots, with the homes picking up 11 points, while the retro purple got 10 and the 3rds (the crown) got 8.
#8 Philadelphia Flyers (25 points, 2.78 average)
The Flyers went back to orange as their primary home color in 2009 and it’s been a favorite of fans ever since. The current version was based off of the mid-70s Stanley Cup winning teams’ uniforms, and have a white nameplate. These were the 7th favorite jerseys in the voting, getting 22 points, while the current white away jerseys got five.
The Flames brought back their 1980s style uniforms as their alternate and fans have enjoyed the revival. Our voting saw it as the second best alternate jersey, gaining 13 points. The current red and black home jersey was close behind with 11.
The red and black color scheme that the Devils adopted in the mid-90s has worked for them a lot better than the old red and green. The white away jersey gained 10 points and the home red jersey got 9 points.
Rest of the votes:
Maple Leafs 18 (Away 10, Home 8)
Rangers 16 (Home 16)
Capitals 14 (Home 14, 3rd 14)
Jets 12 (Home 10, Away 2)
Senators 10 (Home 6, Away 4)
Blues 10 (Home 10)
Sharks 9 (Home 6, 3rd 4)
Penguins 8 (Home 8)
Blue Jackets 8 (Home 7, 3rd 1)
Coyotes 7 (3rd 5, Home 2)
Predators 5 (Home 5)
Sabres 4 (Away 4)
Hurricanes 4 (3rd 4)
Panthers 3 (3rd 3)
Lightning 1 (Home 1)
Avalanche, Canucks, Ducks, Islanders, Stars 0