Yesterday we stomached the ugly, now let’s reward ourselves with some AHL eye candy. These are our favorite current, alternate and themed jerseys.
I prefer originality and classy throwbacks. There are a lot of jerseys I like, but didn’t include based on the fact that they’re just NHL jerseys with AHL logos.
You know, the ones that make you scratch your head and ask, “gee, I wonder what team they’re affiliated with…” I kind of skipped over those with this list with No. 1 being the exception.
(Note: Despite being numbered, these are really in no particular order from best to worst)
1. St. John’s IceCaps
Yes, the basic layout is the same as the Jets, but if I had my way I would switch this name and logo with the NHL name and logo. “IceCaps” just screams hockey to me, and that sharp looking logo works much better with the jersey itself than Winnipeg’s maple leaf jet does. Plus there’s already a Canadian team with a maple leaf in its logo.
2. Connecticut Whale
Pure nostalgia makes this jersey great. Hartford may have moved to Carolina, but the Whale ensured that green and blue scheme wouldn’t die. A nice/tacky touch depending on your point of view is the waves at the bottom and on the sleeves.
3. Manitoba Moose
Manitoba broke out these beauties to honor the Canadian military and man are they gorgeous. I don’t know why, but I’ve always been a sucker for the powder blue. The front looks nice, but its the back that makes it cool. The font is just classic.
And speaking of classic, check out their Winnipeg-inspired jerseys below. Would love to see the Jets wear something like this one day.
4. Norfolk Admirals
Norfolk wore these awesome threads for a jersey auction in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Looking good for a good cause is always nice and these “old school Kings” lookalikes feature a better logo than the Admirals currently use, in my opinion.
5. Rochester Americans
I know I picked on Rochester a little bit in the last post, but these jerseys are the perfect example of how to make the Red, White and Blue work. Bold, yet subtle these jerseys employ a great blend of patriotism with a traditional hockey jersey.
Honorable mention: San Antonio Rampage
I’ve always been a fan of the silver-and-black San Antonio Spurs scheme and to see it carried over into a hockey jersey is really cool. I also love when towns make an effort to use the same colors with each of their teams. It’s a nice touch and really creates a strong unity factor.
Note there are no Milwaukee Admirals jerseys on this list. I find that having such a distinct history of themed and throwback jerseys the Ads deserve their own post and will be granted it in third and final installment.
So for now, what are your favorites of all time?