In the NHL, teams are forced to work exclusively with Reebok in designing and manufacturing their jerseys. Most teams do not vary their jersey design with any great frequency. Some are timeless classics like the Blackhawks or Red Wings, others are more average that just don’t change.
In the CHL, teams also work alongside Reebok in designing jerseys. However, teams are much more active in redesigning new jerseys for their team. Maybe the CHL is easier to work with in that regard, or teams do it to capitalize on the new demand created by new sweaters.
Whatever the reason, the result is that some of the coolest looking jerseys in all of hockey reside in the WHL, OHL, and QMJHL. They’re bolder than NHL jerseys, and in many cases, much cooler looking. For my money, WHL jerseys as a whole are the best, but each league has some incredible sweaters.
Here are the best each league has to offer, with a special bonus at the end:
Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, QMJHL, White
London Knights, OHL, Green
Red Deer Rebels, WHL, Tan
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Chicoutimi Sagueneens, QMJHL, Blue
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Sarnia Sting, OHL, Yellow
Medicine Hat Tigers, WHL, Black
Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL, White
Oshawa Generals, OHL, Red
Brandon Wheat Kings, WHL, Black
Rouyn Noranda Huskies, QMJHL, White
Kitchener Rangers, OHL, Red
Seattle Thunderbirds, WHL, Navy
Sherbrooke Phoenix, QMJHL, Tan
Soo Greyhounds, OHL, White
Victoria Royals, WHL, Blue
Kingston Frontenacs, OHL, White
Calgary Hitmen, WHL, Black
Kamloops Blazers, WHL, Blue
Everett Silvertips, WHL, Green
Bonus: Dubuque Fighting Saints, USHL, Red
What are your favorite QMJHL, OHL, or WHL jerseys? Did I miss anyone (don’t say Edmonton Oil Kings! They’re hideous!)? Let me know in the comments below.
Bill Schoeninger is a Philadelphia Flyers writer and current Boston University student studying business. Coming to THW from Hometown Hockey, Bill follows and writes about the Flyers, Boston University Terriers, and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on twitter @BSchoeninger17