Ugly Sweater Week’s Day 7 Match-Ups

In John van der Woude
Dec 23rd, 2013

UglySweater-Day7-636Welcome to the seventh and final day of Ugly Sweater Week here on Hockey By Design!

In the coming days, we’ll show you a holiday tradition we’d love the NHL to start enacting: in the 7 days before the NHL takes their 3-day Christmas break, every team wears its most historically ugliest jersey in their games, creating a truly festive and horrific display on the ice.

By ‘ugliest’, we mean the jerseys that are a combination of being dreadful by (a) being more ostensibly garish rather than poorly designed, (b) by the jerseys that’s generally accepted as being the team’s ugliest jersey outside of our opinion, and (c) our opinion. It includes the jersey collection of the entire franchise (i.e. – including jerseys prior to relocating to its current location) and consideration will be given to (mostly) ensure the home teams are in coloured jerseys and the road teams in white.

Tonight’s match-ups for December 23 could look something like this:

Phoenix at Buffalo


The horrendously tacky old Coyotes’ thirds against the new Buffalo thirds. Just. Awful.


Toronto at NY Rangers


Another Cuff-To-Cuff Bowl, with ’80s Leafs against the mid-’70s Rangers.


Anaheim at Washington


Complimentary colours compete! Orange vs Blue in the Stadium Series’ Ducks jersey (making its second appearance this week) against the ’90s-era Capitals.


Columbus at Carolina


Yeah, so, this match-up looks like it just took place last year or something. Columbus vs Carolina. It’s okay, nobody’s probably going to watch this game anyway.


Pittsburgh at Ottawa


’70s-era two-blue-toned Pens against the heritage Senators. This could be fun!


NY Islanders at Detroit


We just like this image combination too much to not have it. The orange Islanders against the 2009 Winter Classic-clad Wings.


Tampa Bay at Florida


The Battle of Florida goes retro with the Lightning and Panthers wearing their original, horrible jerseys.


Minnesota at Philadelphia


Lots of colour on this sheet of ice. Forest green Wild against bright orange Flyers (with a bad logo treatment).


New Jersey at Chicago


Christmas Devils against striped-out Black Hawks Chicago.


Boston at Nashville


Boston brings back some historically stripy jerseys so Nashville can wear their urinated cartoon tiger jerseys all week long.


St. Louis at Calgary


Diagonal stripes everywhere! Horrible Blues jerseys against the inexplicable stripes of Calgary.


Winnipeg at Edmonton


Live the mid-’00s all over again with the Jets bringing back the worst of the Thrashers jerseys (which is saying something) against the cogged Oilers.


Dallas at Los Angeles


There’s a joke in here about lines of kings being stopped by uteruses, but I’m not going to make it. The Dallas Worst-Alternate-Logo-Evers against the Los Angeles Day-Glos.


Colorado at San Jose


San Jose and Colorado switch coloured-white jerseys so that they can each wear the worst jersey either team has ever had.


BONUS: Dream Match-Ups That Never Happened

These match-ups never happened this week, but we sure wish they would have, so we could have all watched in absolute gleeful horror.


Montreal at Ottawa


The Stripe Bowl! Watching a hockey game and get a headache at the same time!


Los Angeles at Anaheim


Wild Wing versus Burger King. It even rhymes. Two of the original (and the worst) NHL third jerseys compete. 


Got suggestions for what you think the two teams should have been wearing during Ugly Sweater Week? Let us know in the comments below. Hope you enjoyed this fantasy week at making the NHL a little more…um…festive. And happy holidays!

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3 Responses to “Ugly Sweater Week’s Day 7 Match-Ups”

  1. M Eisenberg says:

    Those aren’t the Panthers original jerseys; the originals had red as the primary color.

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