NHL’s New Jerseys: Hot or Not?

In the 2017-18 season Adidas is now the official supplier of jerseys for the NHL, and with that comes brand new jerseys for all 31 teams in the league. With new sweaters for everyone, that means that they won’t all be hits. Certainly, some teams uniforms change slightly, while some had more dramatic changes. But in the end, which are good and which are not? You can decide for yourself, as we play a game of “Hot or Not”! For these images and more for the rest of the teams, head to NHL.com.

Detroit Red Wings

Joe – Not

New building, new core, same old sweater. With this team ushering in a new era would of liked to see some updates even if it were minor tweaks.

Kyle – Hot

Nothing has changed, and hopefully nothing ever will. Ultimate classic.

Mike – Hot

Like I was gonna say anything else. The Red Wings’ jersey has been mostly untouched, and that’s how it should be. This design is iconic and Adidas have respected that.

Minnesota Wild

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Joe – Not

This was so close to being hot, the pot was about to boil but then the red line slightly above the elbow. What is going on there? Also the faux laces are part of my issue with the Adidas design team doing these jerseys, it makes the jersey look rather cheap.

Kyle – Hot

Always been a big fan of the logo and colors. Adidas made it all even better with the best “new” sweater for 2017.

Mike – Hot

I love this jersey, it combines the Wild’s beautiful green third jersey with the red of its predecessor. The torso stripe is well proportioned and I’d genuinely consider parting with good money to own this garment.

Vegas Golden Knights

Joe – Not

Game of Thrones called and The Unsullied want to know when their first game is. This jersey had so much potential but when you pay an expansion fee I guess you’re a little strapped when it comes to a design team to give Adidas ideas.

Kyle – Not

I want to like this jersey, but the red kills it for me and just loads of grey. lets not even talk about the white gloves.

Mike – Not

Oh where to begin? Grey? Presumably it represents armor or something but there’s a reason nobody wears grey jerseys. The red stripes on the sleeves don’t belong. I’d be surprised if this design lasts more than a season or two.

Carolina Hurricanes

Joe – Hot

These jerseys may be the only reason I watch a Hurricanes game all season. Sleek, elegant and the laces add a nice touch. Also the transition from red to black on the collar is a great touch.

Kyle – Hot

Behind Minnesota this is my favorite. Sleek design and the black sleeves look great.

Mike – Hot

Adidas took the existing jersey and refined it, the addition of black to the lower sleeves offers some contrast and gives the jersey a t-shirt feel that I dig.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Joe – Hot

Unlike Detroit the classic works for me here: nice clean lines and the thin white line on the bottom doesn’t look clunky at all.

Kyle – Hot

Its a classic with laces so I like it.

Mike – Hot

It’s blue with white stripes and that big goofy logo. What’s not to like? Laces are always a winning touch.

Colorado Avalanche

Joe – Hot oh so hot

See previous comment about the Hurricanes, the Avalanche may play some terrible hockey next season but they’re going to look good doing it. This was the top jersey released in my opinion.

Kyle – Hot

Has a much cleaner look, not a huge fan of the colors but dont hate it.

Mike – Hot

Only because ‘luke warm’ wasn’t an option. This jersey is an improvement on the last, the blue is more prominent and since the Avs will likely never drop the 1990s mountain bike color scheme, may as well embrace it.

New Jersey Devils

Joe – Not

Give the people what they want, and the people (myself included) are begging for the red and greens back. To include the cup years in the collar is great but that is about it.

Kyle – Hot

I’m having a hard time pinpointing whats different but I really like this look. Bringing back the green from the good ol’ days would make it that much better.

Mike – Not

I don’t hate it. But I don’t see it as an improvement either. The stripes on the old jersey worked well but dropping the lower torso stripe detracts rather than improves. The new New Jersey jersey looks a little juvenile.

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