When the 2016 NHL All-Star jerseys were unveiled earlier this month, let’s be honest, they were met with a lukewarm response.
A description of the design read: “Each All-Star jersey features the official NHL Shield infused with the Predators’ gold in the crest. For the on-ice version of the All-Star jersey, the crest has been constructed with reflective material which glimmers in certain light as a salute to Nashville’s vibrant night-life scene. The black and white colour scheme in each jersey shares the colours of the keys on a piano to celebrate the city of Nashville’s ‘Music City’ nickname.”
There’s nothing wrong with the jerseys. Simple, sleek. They are what they are. The colour scheme was designed as an homage to the host Predators. Cool. The finished product? Well, it was a little Pittsburgh Penguinish. No?
While the 2016 edition of the jerseys aren't too flashy, here’s a look at some memorable NHL All-Star jerseys from recent years and a few older ones as well.
1984-1986 - For many fans, these Campbell vs. Wales games with the black, white and orange jerseys are the best all-star uniforms to date.
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1992 - In honor of the NHL's 75th anniversary, these uniforms paid homage to the original all-star uniforms from 1947.
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1994-1997 - In one of the best moments in NHL All-Star Game history, Owen Nolan (donning the West's purple and black) called his shot as he buried a hat trick goal on Dominik Hasek (adorned in the East's teal and white).
2000-2001 - Teemu Selanne was indifferent to these Team World jerseys, while Jaromir Jagr seemed quite pleased with them.
Meanwhile, Eric Lindros and Mark Messier loved the Team North America uniforms.
2002 - Remember the classic 2002 NHL All-Star Game? You know, the one where both Mark Parrish and Alexei Yashin suited up in another North America vs. World matchup and Jewel sang the national anthems? The good ol' days.
2004 - The NHL switched up the colours and went back to the East vs. West format. Eastern Conference goalie Martin Brodeur, then of the New Jersey Devils, made this great save on Western Conference's Markus Naslund of the Vancouver Canucks.
2007 - Following a two-year all-star absence the NHL returned with these beauties. Rick Nash, then of the Columbus Blue Jackets, is wearing the Western Conference jersey, while Brian Campbell, then of the Buffalo Sabres, is sporting the Eastern Conference kit.
2008 - They reversed the colour scheme and changed up the logo from the year prior.
2009 - The game took place in Montreal and the league went with a traditional red, white and blue pattern as seen here on Western Conference goalie Roberto Luongo, then of the Vancouver Canucks, and Eastern Conference star Alex Ovechkin.
Luongo: Hey, Ovi, really like your jersey, man. Oh, they feel nice too.
Ovechkin: You're too kind, Roberto, you're embarrassing me.
2012 - This was the second time the league used a draft format as Team Chara vs. Team Alfresson played in a game where each roster was drafted by the team captains. In 2011, it was Team Eric Staal vs. Team Nicklas Lidstrom.
2015 - There were definitely mixed reviews on these ones. Neon green is apparently not for everybody. Ryan Johansen didn't seem to mind them. He had four points and was named the game's MVP.