#1. 1996 Third Jerseys (Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins, Vancouver Canucks) – On January 27, 1996, five teams introduced special jerseys to be worn either on Saturdays or on special occasions, thus introducing the concept of the third jersey to the NHL. And they were horrific. Okay, Pittsburgh’s robo-penguin jerseys weren’t bad (other than the colour-gradient-necessitated silk screening), and were an improvement over their rather dull road jerseys of the time, so they get a pass (other than guilt by association). But the rest are dreadful, forcing me into this four-way tie cop-out for first place; otherwise, these jerseys would have dominated the list. And, hey look, it’s our old friend Vancouver again, with a jersey that probably worked great for road crew safety, but not so much for a major league sports franchise (tough call to say which is uglier, this or the flying V). The Boston Bruins stuck with their sad pooh bear jerseys for far too long (the jerseys survived until 2006, making them the longest tenured third jersey in NHL history), despite the fact that it was the least fearsome bear logo in the history of sports. But the worst of the worst came out of California, with the Los Angeles “Burger” Kings and those god-damned Mighty Ducks again. There’s really nothing more that needs to be said to explain why these are the absolute worst jerseys in the history of the NHL, perhaps of any sport ever. And to think, it could have been worse. There was one more team that was supposed to debut a third jersey that night, the St. Louis Blues. But, in possibly the last good decision he ever made, then-coach Mike Keenan refused to allow his team to hit the ice in the jerseys that easily would have been the worst of all-time, for all-time.
As I recall, they were gonna debut a new mascot too, some cool jazzy cat(an actual cat) that played a sax or something.
I mentioned on Twitter yesterday that the ECHL's Bakersfield Condors will be paying tribute to Michael Jackson on Friday night. The Condors will be honoring the King of Pop with a specialty jersey.
I mean look at that thing. There's just so much to mock. The condor is wearing Jacko's trademark hat. The sweater numbers are laughably illegible. It even has the suspenders. The best part is that each player will also be wearing a single white glove