SAN JOSE - The Hockey News recently unveiled its list of the top 100 hockey jerseys of all time and the San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) original sweater has been selected as No. 1.
The original sweater, worn from 1991 through 1998, took the sports and fashion worlds by storm becoming a global sensation, along with the team's fierce shark-biting-hockey-stick logo.
The Oct. 16 issue of The Hockey News notes:
"Though the logo has been altered in recent years, the original shark crest was perfect. San Jose may not have popularized the use of a triangle as background, but the way the shark is springing out is fantastic. The teal blue is definitely bold, and San Jose owns that color (red, on the other hand, could make you think of Chicago, Montreal or Detroit). The secondary logo, a cutting fin on the shoulder, is also an amazing mark. This jersey could have been used for decades and no one would call it out for being dated. Simply put, it's flawless. The stripes aren't busy and, in an era where garishness took over, the Sharks kept it classy."
Designed by local artist Terry Smith, the jersey and logo have become among the most recognizable images in sports marketing.
"It's a tremendous honor when people like and acknowledge your work," said Smith.
The 2015-16 season marks the Sharks 25th anniversary and in Sept., the team unveiled the Smith-designed "Heritage Jersey," which the team will wear on selected dates this season.
The Heritage Jersey is modeled after the Sharks original sweater with slight modernization's to the team's logo and utilizing the team's current teal.
"As we celebrate 25 years of Sharks hockey, it is extremely gratifying to see a prominent publication like The Hockey News recognize the tradition and pride that our franchise and fans feel for our team," said Sharks Chief Operating Officer John Tortora. "This honor also speaks volumes about the organization's rich history and the players who have donned the Sharks jersey."