Rick Zamperin: Maple Leafs big losers in retro reverse NHL jerseys


The 31 NHL teams released a new set of alternative jerseys on Monday as part of the league’s Reverse Retro collection, and while a handful of teams got it right, some completely missed the mark.I have to admit that most of the sweaters created by sportswear maker Adidas, many of which are remixes of their current or past designs, are really cool and will be highly regarded products by online shoppers.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the teams that should ask for an overhaul of their reverse retro design.

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The Leafs sweater combines their 1967-70 logo with their stripes from the 1970-71 jersey and adds a touch of gray to their Centennial Classic jersey in 2017.

Honestly, and this comes from a die-hard Leafs fan, the Toronto jersey looks like something you’d grab out of the display at your local department store.

But the Leafs jersey is not the worst of the group among Canadian franchises. That title belongs to the Vancouver Canucks.

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Vancouver, like Toronto, had a great opportunity to turn an old look into an exciting new design, but fell flat on its face.

Instead of taking advantage of their much cooler flying skate and flying “V”, the Canucks jersey is a revamp of their current ho-hum look.

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I think the Edmonton Oilers’ retro inverted jersey, a nod to their inaugural season in 1979, is clearly the winner among Canadian franchises.

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The Edmonton jersey is followed, in my humble opinion, by the Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames, Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators.

My three favorites overall, in order, are the Colorado Avalanche’s nod to their roots as the Quebec Nordiques, the Minnesota Wild paying homage to former Minnesota North Stars and the Hurricanes. from Carolina that go back to their old Hartford Whalers days.

The worst of the worst? It’s easy.

It may be popular with some younger fans, the so-called “Wild Wing” jersey of the 1995 Anaheim Ducks that features the team mascot is just not my cup of tea.

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Rick Zamperin is the Deputy Director of Programs, News and Sports at Global News Radio 900 CHML.

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