Getting into the low minor leagues, our jury had to recalibrate its thinking a little bit.
After all, grabbing eyeballs in ‘non-traditional’ markets can be tough, so mascots and sweaters are often outrageous, or at least geared towards the locals.
With that in mind, turquoise, black and gold is a perfectly good color scheme, while gorillas and mud bugs jockey for position – but we drew the line at diamonds.
While logos (last year’s competition) are certainly a big part of the hockey jersey, we also considered shoulder patches, striping and piping – so teams gained and lost points based on those factors. You'll also notice both home and away jerseys are used to represent the teams. Simply put, we took the one we liked best out of the two. Third or alternate jersey weren't considered.
Due to unavailability, the expansion Mississippi Surge and Pensacola Ice Flyers of the SPHL and Allen Americans and Missouri Mavericks of the CHL were not included.
With all that in play, here are the rankings. Click on each thumbnail for a larger picture.
Once you've taken in our top jerseys, head over to the voting page to select your favorite from our top picks and help it to move on in the Jersey Tournament that will follow the rankings of each league’s jerseys (find the rankings and tournament schedule on The Hockey News Jersey Rankings and Tournament Central page).
Rio Grande Valley
If you're from the Southwest, turquoise is a legit sweater color
Great logo and some nice flourishes on the side
We didn't like the logo last year but the striping here is excellent
Cool color scheme with a bit of a throwback look
What can we say? We love that gorilla
Dark green and black works here
Logo is solid, as is the purple
Blue and purple together somehow not bad
Has an NHL-in-the-80s simplicity to it
Jury divided on the mythical Jackalope
Sundog 'S' a little too soft for hockey
Nothing quite caught our attention here
Too generic for our tastes
Quad City Mallards
Cool colors, great new logo
Jury won over by color scheme and laces
Fort Wayne Komets
Classic emblem framed nicely
Port Huron Icehawks
Evil bird loved by some, not by others
Nice colors, logo reminiscent of late '90s Sabres
Since when did Captain Caveman play hockey?
We're all for originality, but wow. I mean…wow.
All-around goodness with logo, shoulder patch and baseball lettering
Circle logo improvement on main emblem
Asymmetrical slashmarks a winner
Original name, middle-of-the-road sweater
So-so logo with nice colors
Over the next two months, THN.com will leave the voting on the best jerseys up to you, the reader. To vote for your favorite, click HERE (CHL, IHL and SPHL jersey voting ends at 9 a.m. EST on Aug. 27.). To see ratings from other leagues, visit THN.com's Jersey Rankings and Tournament Central.