From the classic Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers uniforms to the modern Reverse Retro range, looking back at the history of hockey jerseys will always bring entertaining conversation, no matter the era.

The 1960s, as DZ puts it, provided the “base” for everything that followed. Many hockey fans would agree that while there wasn’t necessarily a ton of experimentation (or creativity for that matter) in the ’60s, the precedent set early in the era was instrumental. in the sweaters we see today.

Any concept you see today, especially within the Original Six, was inspired by the 60s era (and years before), so it just wouldn’t be right to hate the 60s too much. .

The 1970s are when things start to get a little more interesting. Gone are the days of “classic” base jerseys. In its place? More teams and more creativity hints. From the Atlanta Flames with the flaming “A” to the Buffalo Sabers with their classic double saber emblem, the ’70s represented a time when more and more teams brought more ideas to the table.

But at the same time, more experimentation led, unwittingly or not, to more gruesome jerseys. Ironically, many Original Six teams ditched their classic threads and tried more logo-centric ideas.

Spoiler alert: it all failed miserably.

So while there have been more teams with more experimentation, not all of the new ideas have been a smash hit.

For the 1980s, hockey fans saw the same thing. The Hartford Whalers, Minnesota North Stars and Quebec Nordiques all brought vibrant colors and new logos to the scene, which, in turn, created some of the most iconic jerseys in NHL history. .

On the contrary, the Vancouver Canucks choosing yellow as their primary color and the New York Rangers choosing to write “New York” diagonally instead of “Rangers” were among the most… disappointing decisions of that era. .

So while the ’80s brought us historic logos and jerseys, the decade wasn’t perfect. Either way, some of the jerseys from that decade are still widely considered some of the best in hockey history.

The 1990s are considered by many to be the greatest NHL jersey era of all time. Period. Looking back at some of the best jerseys from this decade and the options themselves seem endless. The Anaheim Mighty Ducks debuted their iconic logo and the San Jose Sharks took the NHL by storm as an expansion team by debuting their bold shark emblem.

The Pittsburgh Penguins got even bolder with their emperor/robot penguin, the New York Rangers strayed from the norm and introduced a Statue of Liberty logo, and the Sabers somehow upgraded their jersey already iconic in favor of a red and black bull. Taking all of these options into consideration, it’s not hard to see why some (but not all, including some members of the BarDown team) view the ’90s as the best era for NHL jerseys.

In contrast to this, the 2000s and 2010s are ironically considered some of the worst decades for hockey jerseys. Yes, the NHL introduced fun ideas like the Stadium Series and Winter Classic, which ended up bringing an abundance of jersey options to the fold. But unfortunately, as we collectively look at what the teams were looking for, a lot of those jerseys were downright terrible.

A vast majority of Stadium Series jerseys were either A) not creative enough, B) an ugly abomination of a team’s main jersey, or C) a mix of the two.

Additionally, a good number of alternates from those two decades were also terrible. The yellows of the Sabers and the black and grays of the Islanders (the ones that look more like practice jerseys) come to mind first.

It’s been a tough 20 years for the NHL as far as jerseys go, but luckily they seem to be on the right track in terms of redemption.

Which brings us to the present. The 2020s.

Although we’re not even two years into the decade, the argument that this era is also among the best for jerseys has surfaced many times. The Reverse Retro line alone (with the Avalanche, Kings and Wild all bringing incredible leads to the conversation) might be enough of an argument for this decade.

But alas, it is too early to tell. Moving forward before that decade is even halfway through doesn’t do much in terms of settling the debates. Only time will tell if the 2020s are, in fact, the best decade for hockey jerseys. But that won’t stop Corwin from making the case for them.

What’s the best hockey jersey decade? How would you rank them? Let us know @BarDown.