NEW! Ranking All 31 NHL Reverse-Retro Jerseys



The day has finally arrived and all 31 NHL teams' new Reverse-Retro jerseys are now unveiled! For the most part NHL and Adidas did an unreal job bringing back some of the wackiest jerseys in NHL history and remixing them in a great way. Though there were definitely some confusing or underwhelming ones too and any time you unveil 31 new jerseys there is gonna be lots of dramatic controversy among the fans.


Our mission is to go through each jersey, ranking them from worst to first! We will critique each one based on three criteria: a) jersey choice, b) colour reversal choice and c) appeal.


#31. Detroit Red Wings

We are dubbing the Red Wings the worst of the bunch primarily because of their very strange colour choices that turn one of the best jerseys in NHL history into a bland colourless design resembling a practice jersey. They could have picked a wackier jersey from their early history rather than their 1998 sweater that is pretty much the same as their current primaries. So we give it an 0/3 score.


#30. Winnipeg Jets

A very boring dark grey jersey from the Jets falls to #29 on our list. We've seen a lot of the original Jets jerseys get resurrected by the new Winnipeg franchise in recent years so we were hoping for the one-off retro to be inspired by the Atlanta Thrashers. Could have had the striping going down just one arm with WINNIPEG written down it, like Atlanta sported in the early 2000's. I think that would have looked more retro and they could have had more fun with it. But the colour choice of dark grey is the downfall of the jersey for sure. Nothing about this jersey pops or excites you. So that's another 0/3.


#29. New York Islanders

The NY Islanders missed the amazing opportunity to bring back the Fishermen jerseys and instead, Lou and company opted with a simple navy colour-reversal of their current jerseys. Any time you use your current sweater design as the base for a Reverse-Retro you know you did something wrong. So, wrong jersey, should have brought back teal... though still is pleasing to the eye so that's 1/3.


#28. Toronto Maple Leafs

The Leafs fall to #27 on the backs of some very strange design choices. The jersey choice is perfect. It fits the retro theme as this design departs from their typical striping pattern and is the most different from their others. However, lots of changes were made! They didn't want to use the logo that belongs to this jersey because it was introduced by the "hated" owner, Harold Ballard, and many fans even call it cursed. So they went with their 1967 logo which resembles it the most so we're ok with that. But then they used the "cursed" logo on the shoulders which seems to defeat everything that was just said. But the biggest problem here is the outlined crest and jersey numbers! Not to mention the logo is gigantic! I'd say switch the logo and numbers to white/grey and this jersey would skyrocket up this list! So we'll give them a 1/3 score.


#27. Ottawa Senators

The Sens land at #26 mainly because it matches their new current set. It is basically a direct reversal of their new black home jersey. We think the right choice here would have been a red colour reversal of their white jerseys that they wore when they went to the 2007 Stanley Cup Final - or their red ones from 2007 which is even wackier! Nonetheless, this jersey still looks pretty good and could easily become their new alternate. We give it a 2/3 score.


#26. Chicago Blackhawks

Believe it or not these were the best shots of the jersey shown today with an obvious effort by the NHL and Adidas to hide the classic Blackhawks logo for political reasons. But anyways, we love the look and colouring of this jersey, but find it too clean and classic for a Reverse-Retro. We think fans were hoping for their wild pin-striped sweater from the 1940's instead. We give it 2/3.


#25. Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins fall to #25 because their jersey seems more like an old classic rather than a wacky retro. We think the Robo-Penguin jersey would have been a much better choice that captures the theme better. Plus they won two cups wearing it, and we haven't seen it for a while. But the colour reversal was executed perfectly and the jersey looks awesome! So that's 2/3.


From here, we think the jerseys are all very good and capture the spirit of the Reverse Retros.


#24. Dallas Stars

The Stars picked the right jersey and we like that they used their current colours to match their brand but the execution slightly missed the mark. The biggest problem is the logo is very hard to see other than the green star. We also think it would have been cooler to keep the sleeves and bottom of the jersey green. We give it 2/3.


#23. LA Kings

It's very tough to rank these last 23 so we're gonna get nitpicky here! A cool blend between two classic Kings jerseys. But just not wacky enough for us! They had a number of pretty wacky jerseys from the 90's and 2000's that could have matched the theme a bit better. But still, this is an awesome jersey! It gets 2/3.


#22. New Jersey Devils

The Devils did everything perfect on this one. The only thing is the jersey looks too much like a classic than a retro but that's because they never had a wacky jersey yet in their history. Lou Lamoriello and company held firm to their classic look throughout the 90's and early 2000's when everyone else was drinking the wacky retro Kool-Aid. It gets a 3/3 too.


#21. Edmonton Oilers

This jersey is so so nice and is only this low on the list because it's more of a classic than a wacky retro. There was definitely one wacky jersey from 2001-02 with the one-off gear/oil drop logo that they could have went with but in their current colours. Or used the orange WHA version of their current logo as the crest. But man, this is way too beautiful to not use. It may be the best white jersey in their history! So it better stick around. So we'll still give it 3/3.


#20. Philadelphia Flyers

This is a very good looking jersey. The only knock is that it looks too frickin good. Maybe if they added in the silver they had in one of their one-off jerseys it would look a bit more wacky. 3/3 for sure!


#19. New York Rangers

We love that NYR brought back the Lady Liberty logo but outside the logo this jersey is a bit underwhelming. There were no waste stripes on the original so I guess they couldn't add any. But they removed the red sleeves which make the jersey less fun for sure. I think a better choice would have been to reverse the colours of the original with their current blue and red scheme. We still give it 3/3.