Today is the final day of 2014 and after much deliberation, I’ve decided to do my annual uniform in review post. I was close to not doing this again this year because I didn’t think I had the time for it. But I have made time and there are some noteworthy uniform notes from this past year.
This is a list of strictly my opinion, so feel free to agree or disagree or just take it for what it is.
To qualify for this list, the uniform element must be a new set that debuted and was used for in-game action in 2014. That’s pretty much it. Let’s go take a look at the list for National Hockey League.
** I hope I didn’t miss anything.
NHL’s Best and Worst Dressed
BEST: PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Bringing a classic look is always great. And when the look is this flawless, you’ve hit a home run. Good job, Pens!
STADIUM SERIES – I think I was against the Stadium Series jerseys when I first saw them. But now after months of the games being played, I think I like them. Chrome was an interesting choice, but it didn’t really irk me that much now that I think about it. I mean, they aren’t great but for a cool event, I can dig it. It’s sure better than what we have in a couple of months.
ST. LOUIS BLUES – Compared to their last set, this is worlds better. No unnecessary piping. Just a simple design and a good balance of their team colors. Major improvement.
WORST: TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
At a quick look at this picture, you’d think it was the Sharks and Kings playing. Nope. If you want to look like the Kings, then I guess that’s what I’m going to assume you are.
MATCHUP OF THE YEAR: WINTER CLASSIC (JANUARY 1)
Every year, the Winter Classic wins my heart. And it should win your heart too. I also give props to the Stadium Series game between the Kings and Ducks. That actually looked good too and I saw it in person.
What other notable uniform, logo or any other visual changes this year did I miss? What did you like or hate?