Hockey. Is. Back. With the start of the 2020-21 NHL season just days away, the jersey committee at FOX Sports North -- the same group which determined the Twins powder blue threads were the best in Minnesota sports history -- ranked all 31 NHL “Reverse Retro” sweaters, which will debut on the ice this season. These new alternate jerseys are a play on throwback uniforms -- with a modern twist.
Let’s begin with the worst of the bunch (No. 31) and work our way up:
31. Dallas Stars
These threads make Dallas look like a high school hockey team that organized a “T-Shirt White Out” promotion in the bleachers, only to lose to its rival 10-1 on home ice.
30. St. Louis Blues
Since when are they the St. Louis Reds? It feels like we’re in a McDonald’s PlayPlace.
29. Detroit Red Wings
Yawn. Who called up the practice squad?
28. New Jersey Devils
Is this Santa Claus Night at a minor-league hockey game?
27. Vancouver Canucks
A graphic design student learned about the Gradient tool. Congrats.
26. Ottawa Senators
The same error national radio stations made with Taylor Swift's 2012 album -- there's too much Red.
25. Columbus Blue Jackets
Throwback logos rule. But give it a little spice!
24. Nashville Predators
It’s nice. It just looks too much like the other Preds jerseys. Did Nashville procrastinate this project? Admit it.
23. Toronto Maple Leafs
Again, it’s a clean look. But we’ve seen it before.
22. Tampa Bay Lightning
Any jersey will look good next to the Stanley Cup. That's just a fact.
21. Philadelphia Flyers
There’s something goofy about the white sleeves cutting off at the elbow. Just tear those off and go with a tank top. Let’s play hockey.
20. San Jose Sharks
A shark biting a hockey stick will always look cool on a sweater, no matter the lack of creativity surrounding it.
19. Winnipeg Jets
Hey, it’s different. It might not be a great different, but it’s different. Let’s reward the effort.
18. Florida Panthers
Yes, the Florida Panthers are still an NHL team. Here is evidence.