Starting next season, NHL teams will be permitted to have only home and road jerseys as Adidas takes over for Reebok as the official outfitter of NHL uniforms. There will be no third jerseys, in order to make the initial implementation of new sweaters easier. This sad news has inspired us to look back at some the NHL's more bizarre third jerseys of the past two decades.
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Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
When it came to shameless cross-promotion, few teams could top the Disney-owned Ducks, who used their players to plug the Mighty Ducks movie franchise. This corker of a jersey looks like a mash-up of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Slap Shot. After one season, it was dispatched to the fashion penalty box, from where it has (thankfully) never gotten free.
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Introduced in 1995 and in use until 2006, Boston's throwback bear's head looked more jolly than menacing.
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Tampa Bay Lightning
The threads on the left, with their driving rain, lightning bolt, roiled waves and windblown spinach leaf on the right shoulder evoked Snoopy's classic literary opening, "It was a dark and stormy night." And so it was until the clouds cleared and the duds were deep-sixed for 1999-2000. The sweater on the right, which Tampa Bay rolled out in 2008, looks like either a tribute to hardware stores or to heavy industry.
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The good folks in Vancouver who gave the world some of the most memorably garish gladrags in hockey history -- the Canucks' eyepopping orange, yellow and black V-necked sweaters of the late 1970s and early '80s -- launched another psychedelic assault in '95 with a new alternate. The later model on the right isn't all that bad, just a far cry from the team's current, and blessedly soothing, blue, green and white scheme.
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Worn for five seasons, the color scheme summons to mind an upset stomach. Crest by Pablo Picasso?
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Depending on your sensibilities, there was something either vaguely satanic about Calgary's fire-breathing steed, or else it looked like a label lifted from a bottle of hot sauce. Introduced as an alternate in 1998, it found its way onto the team's road sweaters in 2000.
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Last seen in 2006-07, this alternate's crest looked like an evil mechanical eye or a refugee from an episode of Pokemon.
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New York Islanders
As if their infamous "Fish Sticks" attire of 1995 through '97 hadn't been bad enough, the Islanders wore this alternate for four seasons. The blue bat wings on the sides only enhanced the jersey's distinct Halloween motif.
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What the crest on this lulu actually symbolized was anybody's guess. Ours? A space alien being buzzed by a comet, or some kind of interstellar eel. Worn for two seasons.
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With their fake lacing, and with shiny stars sublimated on their shoulders, these sweaters worn by Team USA in Socchi made quite the fashion statement.
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The colors are stock gangsta, but at first glance, that storm warning crest appears to be a knock-hockey stick menacing a tattered pair of lips.
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