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Memorable NHL All-Star uniforms

A look back at the most interesting uniform designs worn at the NHL All-Star Game

by Chris Creamer @sportslogosnet / NHL.com

From orange-and-black with stars all over to neon green and reflective crests, the NHL All-Star Game has always been the ideal event to experiment with new designs and give fans a visually unique uniform matchup. Let's take a look back at some of the more interesting threads worn by the NHL's best players during the first eight decades of the All-Star Game.

 

1934: Ace Bailey Benefit Game, Toronto

The first true collection of NHL All-Stars gathered for the Ace Bailey Benefit Game at Maple Leaf Gardens on Feb. 14, 1934. The All-Stars took on Bailey's Toronto Maple Leafs in an exhibition game to raise funds for Ace, who had sustained a career-ending injury in a game two months earlier. The Leafs wore modified versions of their usual jerseys with the team logo in the top left and "ACE" diagonally across the front; the NHL stars went with a similar look featuring the league name and an orange star. 

 

1948: 2nd NHL All-Star Game, Chicago

No uniform was worn for more NHL All-Star Games than those used for the first 13 games: red and white with contrasting blue stripes down each sleeve and the now-famous NHL shield on the chest under an arch of stars. The design was so important in All-Star Game history that it was brought back more than 30 years later to help celebrate the NHL's 75th anniversary in 1992. 

 

1962: 16th NHL All-Star Game, Toronto

The uniforms worn at by NHL All-Stars in the early 1960s appeared more suitable for a football game. They featured the All-Star team clad in white uniforms with black and orange shields on either shoulder. On the front and back of the jersey was the player's number in black with orange trim, ensuring there would be no issue instantly identifying any of the NHL's most skilled players of the time. 

 

1982: 34th NHL All-Star Game, Washington

A truly star-studded affair, the 1982 All-Star Game hosted by the Washington Capitals featured more than 50(!) individual stars throughout the entire design of the uniform. For a game played just outside the U.S. captain and hosted by a team that wore stars across its own uniform, the theme certainly made sense. The result? An unforgettable All-Star Game uniform.

 

1986: 38th NHL All-Star Game, Hartford

If, for whatever reason, you found yourself wondering how the New York Rangers would look if they wore orange and black, just look at the uniforms for 1984-86 NHL All-Star Games. The design was heavily influenced by the classic uniform of the Rangers, using the exact same font for the logo on the front of the jersey and the player's number on the back. 

 

1992: 43th NHL All-Star Game, Philadelphia

It's not unusual for teams to wear throwback uniforms during an anniversary season, but a league? That's what the NHL did for its 75th anniversary season at the 1992 game at the Spectrum. The teams representing the Wales and Campbell conferences each wore designs based on those worn at the first All-Star Game in 1947. 

 

1993: 44th NHL All-Star Game, Montreal

The inspiration behind the design for 2017, the uniform that debuted at the 1989 All-Star Game in Edmonton was the first in a generation to downgrade orange to a mere trim color. The uniform was a popular one and worn again in 1990 and 1991, and in 1993 at the Forum after a one-year break.

 

1994: 45th NHL All-Star Game, New York

When the NHL renamed its conferences, the League got a perfect opportunity to take a new approach to its All-Star Game uniforms. For the 1994 game at Madison Square Garden, the teams wore designs featuring a giant star covering the entire front and back of the uniform. With the East in teal and the West in purple, it was the most unique color matchup the game had seen up to that point. 

 

2000: 50th NHL All-Star Game, Toronto

The dawn of the new millennium saw a reimagined uniform design that made its debut at the 2000 All-Star Game at Air Canada Centre. The NHL shield was moved off-center to the left and contained within a horizontal stripe, and the World All-Stars had player names below their numbers on the back. Perhaps the most interesting change, borrowing an idea from soccer, was that goaltenders wore different colored jerseys from the rest of their team. 

 

2004: 54th NHL All-Star Game, Minnesota

A combination of a few previous All-Star uniforms with some added twists was the look chosen for the 2004 Game at Xcel Energy Center. Featuring a mostly "fauxback" theme with cream-colored elements, the jerseys incorporated the diagonal conference names down the front like those worn in the 1980s with the waistband of stars seen in the early 1990s.

 

2009: 57th NHL All-Star Game, Montreal

The 2009 game at Bell Centre celebrated another centennial milestone, that of the host Montreal Canadiens whose history predates the NHL by nearly a decade. The influence of the Canadiens was felt in the uniform design that year with the bleu, blanc et rouge color scheme and the city's All-Star hosting history noted down each of the asymmetrical sleeves.

 

2015: 60th NHL All-Star Game, Columbus

The All-Star Game is the perfect opportunity to experiment with new technologies, from glowing pucks to helmet cams and yes, even uniforms. For the 2015 game at Nationwide Arena, the teams wore neon-trimmed uniforms featuring "chromified" reflective NHL shield crests that even appeared to glow under the right conditions. 

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