Yesterday we saw the 2016 Boys State Hockey Tournament kick off, with the Class A Quarterfinals. As everyone highlights the best players and the best hair throughout the tournament, its time we highlight the best jerseys as well.Here are the rankings of the jerseys we saw from the eight teams yesterday:
8. Hermantown Hawks
They might be the best team in Class A, but they are a ways away from being the best dressed team in Class A. There is so much going on in these jerseys, its hard to know where to even begin. The bars going from the shoulders down the arms mixed in with all the piping and stuff going up the sides and under the arms just makes one cringe when looking at them. Feels like there are about 500 stripes on the bottom of the jersey, and then they added one on the back where a name plate usually goes for whatever reason. Someone get the Hawks some new uniforms please!
7. Princeton Tigers
Princeton appears to be fashioning their uniforms after the current Bruins home uniforms, just a different alternate color (orange instead of yellow). Very similar crest to the Bruins as well, with again the swapping out of the main letter and alternate colors. Not an overly big fan of the Bruins look, but the orange on the jersey sticks out better than the yellow, so this is a passable jersey for Princeton.
6. St. Paul Academy and Summit School Spartans
The style of the Spartans' uniform is very similar to what we saw from Breck in the early game. A couple of blue and gold stripes on the arms and at the bottom of the jersey give it a very clean look. Another theme we saw throughout the day was the diagonal wording down the front of the jersey. While it certainly is simple, it just didn't jump out as great. Maybe that's because their opponent's jerseys were quite exceptional?
5. Thief River Falls Prowlers
Another nod to an old NHL uniform, with this one being fashioned after the Los Angeles Kings' jerseys from their 'Forum Blue and Yellow' days. However, the 'Forum Blue' is swapped out for just regular blue, and the put 'Prowlers' diagonally across the uniform. Its another solid old style look. These are becoming a rarity these days, so props to the Prowlers for going with it.
4. Breck Mustangs
Here is a nod to the Bruins jerseys of the 80's (which are the best in their history). The Mustangs differentiate themselves from the Bruins by making the black navy blue but keeping a similar yellow color. They added the 'Breck' wording to the crest on the front, which they are also able to pull off. The yellow helmets (not shown) are somehow pulled off by Breck, so maybe they should send pointers to the Nashville Predators on how to make those work.
3. Mankato West Scarlets
Good look here. Clearly modeled after the Chicago Blackhawks home uniforms. 'Scarlets' running down the front of the jersey with a few stripes on the arms and at the bottom. Can't see it in this photo, but the breezers are black with red, white, and black striped socks. Not often you find the jersey brand across the front of the jersey, but still a good look for Mankato West.
2. Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato Dragons
Plain green and white look, looks very good for the Dragons. Has a similar feel to what Grand Rapids wore back in the 70s/80s, just changed up the color scheme. With the number in between the name, along with the one stripe on each arm and at the bottom, this is one of the better looking jerseys we saw on Wednesday. Never forget folks, when it comes to jerseys, simple is always better.
1. St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders
Without a doubt, this was the sharpest jersey we saw all day. the bold blue and yellow look is very reminiscent of the Sweden National Team's uniforms, which rarely come up as bad when they get a new uniform. Couple of stripes on the arms (along with the numbers) and the bottom of the jersey, and add in the 'SCC' on the shoulders, and you have the best jersey in Class A. If memory serves correct, the home yellows are just as sharp as the road blues. Great job, Crusaders.
Check back tomorrow for the Class AA jersey power rankings!
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