NHL Reverse Retro Tiers: Winnipeg Jets, Canucks Among Improved Renditions

Vancouver Canucks, Nils Hoglander (36) and Adam Gaudette (96). (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
Vancouver Canucks, Nils Hoglander (36) and Adam Gaudette (96). (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images) /
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Tier Two: Hey, Those are Pretty Nice

Washington Capitals

The Capitals’ black, teal, and gold screaming eagle jersey was a polarizing concept for the Reverse Retro. Despite returning to the eagle for the 2020 version, the jersey was red and felt more like their current home jersey.

This is a near replica of their early-2000s look and it looks great. Bring back Peter Bondra and Olaf Kolzig because these should be in the rotation more often.

Boston Bruins

The “Pooh Bear” jerseys were often joked about when discussing a Bruins throwback, and now they’re actually here. It is kind of goofy, but there’s something so nice about a whole bear head on the jersey.

The jersey itself is great with the little details on the shoulders and arms, all while balancing the different browns and yellows that make the Bruins so recognizable,

New York Rangers

The “Lady Liberty” logo is iconic, as the tweet says. The Rangers used the logo in their 2020 edition but used a darker blue jersey.

Now, the Rangers have used their regular blue color scheme, combining two iconic looks. If they used the darker blue again, this likely would have been tier one.

New York Islanders

Up for some fishing, anyone? The Islanders have finally returned to their fisherman look with some changes that modernize it a bit.

Losing the sea-foam green around the bottom of the jersey takes it out of the 90s, but it would have been cool to see. Seafoam makes it a tier one.

Pittsburgh Penguins

This one seems controversial, as many people seem to dislike the logo from the early 90s. That said, it is so crisp that it really just pulls the look together.

The colors remain the same but the logo and striping take it back to the days of Jagr and Lemieux dominating the league.

Anaheim Ducks

This one was really smart, as the Ducks know how people feel about their Disney era. Combining the classic cartoon logo and their current colors makes for a visually pleasant jersey.

Bringing back the eggplant jerseys more often seems like a good idea, but this is a good step in the meantime.

San Jose Sharks

Paying their respects to the California Golden Seals, the Sharks have released an ultra-simple Seals-inspired jersey.

The color combinations are iconic, and it is nice to see the teal and yellow back in the NHL.