Toronto goes green for St. Patrick's Day: Five of the all-time weirdest NHL jerseys
Toronto has nice throwback touch with green uniforms, but other teams have unveiled some laughable threads over the years
The Toronto Maple Leafs are making sure you don’t forget about St. Patrick’s Day this year.
Paying tribute to their earlier years as the 1920s-era St. Pats with striped throwbacks for a Saturday showdown with the Chicago Blackhawks, they certainly aren’t going to be overlooked on the ice.
Toronto’s limited-time threads are a nice touch for the shamrock holiday, and they make sense because once upon a time, they were actually part of the team’s uniform arsenal. That doesn’t mean, though, that they don’t bring to mind a slew of other creative -- and some not-so-appealing -- jerseys to have hit the NHL over the years.
Fashionistas, brace yourselves. Here are five of the weirdest:
The Neon Experiment: 2015 All-Star Game jerseys
Why do these feel like they belong in some sci-fi movie where hockey has been relocated to some steel-coated space station? The neon inclusion is reminiscent of the NFL’s short-lived infatuation with bright-colored all-star jerseys. And while the enlarged NHL shield sure looks crisp, it didn’t play as well on real-life unis.
The Optical Illusion: 2009 Montreal Canadiens throwbacks
The real question with these is: Can you see them?
For your own good, don’t stare too long. These optical illusions were a throwback to the 1912-13 years, when old-fashioned eyeglasses were apparently more equipped to handle an assault of clashing color lines.
The Disneyworld Getup: 1995-96 Anaheim Ducks alternates
How this ever became an actual jersey design I cannot say. Yes, we all know Disney was behind the Ducks’ formation, so this literal cartoon alternate has a background. But we can probably all understand why it did not last.
The Stormy Conglomeration: 1996-99 Tampa Bay Lightning alternates
The concept is admirable for a team trying to sell itself as the Lightning, but why didn’t anyone in the production line stop and think, “Hey, maybe there’s just a little too much going on here?”
The Deep V: 1978-85 Vancouver Canucks jerseys
The real-life V-neck threads are even more astounding than this design. Talk about a bold era for the Canucks.
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