Through more than a hundred years of the NHL, we have been shown some of the greatest and most iconic jerseys in the history of sports; however, not all jerseys are remembered for being stylish. I am going to be looking at ten of the worst jerseys in NHL history. To be considered, the jersey has to have been worn by an NHL team in at least one game.
Blasty- The Calgary Flames
In 1998, to celebrate the “Year of the Cowboy”, the Calgary Flames introduced an alternate jersey with a flaming horse on the front. The jersey was not met well by fans and the horse was nicknamed “Blasty”. While the jersey itself is not that ugly, it was the horse logo that made fans mad. In 2000, the jersey was made the team’s road jersey. In 2003, the jersey was relegated back to the third jersey before being retired three years later. The jersey has been hailed as one of the worst in the history of the league. While this jersey is not as outrageous as others on this list, it is still pretty bad.
The Mooterus – The Dallas Stars
In 2003, the Dallas Stars introduced a horrendous jersey that featured a logo of the Taurus constellation on the front. The logo was nicknamed “Mooterus” because of its resemblance to, well, a uterus. Dallas Stars legend Mike Modano, Hall of Famer and Dallas Stars legend, even spoke about his hatred for the jersey on Twitter. The jersey was ripped apart by fans and the Stars soon scrapped the jersey after the 2004-2005 season.
Burger King- The Los Angeles Kings
Sometimes, teams will wear a jersey and you just wonder how this ever happened. This is one of those jerseys. This poor excuse for a jersey was introduced at the beginning of the 1994-1995 season. It is safe to say that fans did not receive it well. They called the jersey “the Burger King jersey” and Kings got rid of the jersey after only one season.
The Fisherman – The New York Islanders
It hurts me to include this jersey because I personally love this jersey, however, I am in the minority. The fisherman jersey and logo was introduced in 1995 and was immediately panned by fans. Fans were vocal about their hatred and even booed the fisherman mascot when they saw him. The fisherman was scrapped in 1997. Fascinating enough, the fisherman is the only logo in NHL history that features a human interacting with a hockey stick.
Wild Wing – The Anaheim Mighty Ducks
Well, this jersey happened. You know that situation when you are running out of jersey ideas, so you decide to just throw your mascot on the front and put them in your jersey? No? Just the Mighty Ducks? This jersey is one of the ugliest jerseys in sports history. Introduced in 1995, the jersey was so hated that it only lasted one season.
Original Coyotes Uniform – The Phoenix Coyotes
At the end of the 1995-1996 season, the Winnipeg Jets moved to Arizona and became the Phoenix Coyotes. For their jerseys, the Coyotes decided to use kachina-inspired designs, taking on a strong southwestern style. The final product divided fans with some praising the look, while others shunned it and called it ugly. In my opinion, the latter is more accurate. Both of the above jerseys are hideous. The top was the team’s original jersey, which was hideous, but then they decided to take it one step further and introduced the jerseys on the bottom.
Stripes, Stripes, Stripes – The Montreal Canadiens
Umm… before you ask, yes these are real. And no, the photo is not edited. These jerseys were first worn by the Habs during the 1912-1913 season. Following the season, they were retired until 2008, when they were brought back as commemorative jerseys. They were again retired in 2010. I do not need to explain why these jerseys are ugly, but I will anyway. The stripes are distracting and hideous, the logo is stupid, and the overall look makes it look like it belongs, well, nowhere.
Thunder and Lightning – The Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning debuted these jerseys that look like they were designed by a three-year-old at the start of the 1996-97 season. The jerseys were immediately ridiculed, especially for the yellow lightning bolts on the sleeves. There is too much going on in this jersey, not to mention that they are just straight up ugly. The jerseys were retired after the 1998-99 season.
Sleepy Predator – The Nashville Predators
The Preds unveiled these “beauties” at the start of the 2001-2002 season as their third jersey. Mustard yellow is hideous and does not look good as the main color of any jersey, but the worst part was the logo, which featured a saber-tooth tiger that appears as though it has not slept in two months. The craziest fact about these jerseys is that they were worn all the way until 2007!
The Flying V – The Vancouver Canucks
These disgusting jerseys were introduced by the Canucks in 1978 as an attempt to reach a more aggressive image. As you can see, the end result was an ugly excuse for a hockey jersey that made the team look like clowns. The way the V goes up over the shoulders is stupid and the yellow as the main color does not help the look. Who thought that these were a good idea? The jersey was abandoned in 1985, but the colors stayed and were incorporated into the team’s iconic flying skate logo.
*All opinions are those of the writer.