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Best and worst sweaters of all-time: Vancouver Canucks

Aug 8, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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I guess if I start with the Bruins, it’s only natural to follow with the runners-up from the Stanley Cup finals. Luckily for us, they’ve got enough sweater mayhem throughout their 40 years in the league for someone to write a book on. We’ll keep things a little bit shorter here.

Best: For a team with such a horrific history of sweaters, it can be tough to zero in on one that was great. For me, however, the choice is simple and it’s their current third jersey. It incorporates the original Canucks logo on the chest and adds the “Johnny Canuck” logo in the letter “V” on the shoulders. For a franchise with so many God-awful sweaters in their past, this one is about as good as it gets.

Worst: So I can only pick one? No way. The Canucks sweater history is so bad I have to make a top (bottom?) three list of their biggest mistakes. Third worst: Their third jersey from 2001-2006 that mixed red into a dark blue sweater with the ice-crashing orca. Second? Their third jersey from 1995-1997 that took their “flying skate/spaghetti plate” logo which looked good naturally on black and white and turned it into a red monstrosity. Trevor Linden’s career never recovered from wearing that.

The top spot of the worst, however, belongs to their home yellow jerseys from 1985-1989. It mixed parts of the “Flying V” era (often regarded as the ugliest of all time) and crossed it with the “flying skate/spaghetti plate.” It was a yellow home jersey with pointed shoulder yokes and was a horror show for the eyes. It’s so ugly I’d love to own it to scare friends.

Old-timey Favorite: Since the Canucks have only been around for 40 years and 400 different uniforms, their originals in blue and green are still the best. Sometimes you do get it done the right way off the bat. The Canucks wore the white version of this as a special throwback to commemorate their 40th anniversary last season.

Assessment: After so many different attempts and so many failures, the Canucks seem to have gotten things right. Their current home and road set of sweaters are nice. The “crashing orca” logo is a nice regional tie-in despite being a graphic brainchild of the former ownership group (Orca Bay) and even the arching “VANCOUVER” is all right. Their third is what they should switch to permanently at home though. It’s pretty, it’s so pretty.

  1. derpdederpdederp - Aug 8, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    seriously? with the exception of the Flying V (and maybe that crazy red one Linden had which Ive never seen before) I think the Canucks have had solid jerseys throughout their existence

    • comeonnowguys - Aug 8, 2011 at 2:50 PM

      Trolling? Or just not very smart?

      • derpdederpdederp - Aug 8, 2011 at 3:01 PM

        stating an opinion if thats ok with you bud

  2. sharksfan754 - Aug 8, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    I actually like their current jerseys the best, both the home and away. Not as keen on the third jerseys and I think we can all agree those orange, red and black eyesores shouldn’t see the light of day again

  3. warpstonebc - Aug 8, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    The current 3rd jersey is indeed the best. No constipated whale or spaghetti plate = win.

    The strange thing about the Flying V: it is so godawful that it’s captivating.

    • mgp1219 - Aug 9, 2011 at 12:59 PM

      nice of you to come out of hiding after your team and city (with much credit going to the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins!!!) embaaaaaaarrased you!

  4. tommytd - Aug 9, 2011 at 6:19 AM

    What’s a Canuck anyway????

    • miketoasty - Aug 9, 2011 at 9:29 AM

      Canuck: ca·nuck/kəˈnək/
      Noun: A Canadian, esp. a French Canadian (chiefly used by Canadians themselves and often derogatory in the US).

  5. mgp1219 - Aug 9, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    The way the Bruins pounded, embarrassed and humilitated Vancouver in the Stanley Cup finals, perhaps they should have a silhouette of a hockey player with a line through it as the logo on theIr sweaters and the team name “CANNOTS” enbedded in that line. That would be the best ever and most appropriate.

    • mgp1219 - Aug 9, 2011 at 12:55 PM


    • b1unt3d - Aug 9, 2011 at 2:02 PM

      Stay classy

  6. b1unt3d - Aug 9, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    In my opinion, aside from the Flying V jerseys, their current third jerseys (the one you said is the best) with the lame blue and green are the worst jerseys they have ever had.

    Also, it is my opinion that their classic Flying Skate logo is the best logo in the history of sports.

  7. emperorzero - Aug 9, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    The ’94 jerseys are the best without a question in my mind. I would kill to get a Bure jersey from that era.

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