2. 2014 Winter Classic (2013-2014)
In one of the most historic games in NHL history, the Toronto Maple Leafs stepped out in some absolutely beautiful uniforms.
The 2014 Winter Classic saw the Leafs take on the Detroit Red Wings in front of 105,491 fans at Michigan Stadium. The Original Six matchup smashed the NHL’s previous attendance record of 71,217 (2008 Winter Classic) and became the first NHL contest to be played in a stadium solely dedicated to college football. Oh, and the actual game was pretty good too.
Tyler Bozak scored the winning goal in the shootout to give the Leafs a 3-2 win.
But enough about actual sports, you came here for the fashion.
The jersey featured four white-blue-white-blue-white horizontal bands down each arm, along with an oversized, wind-swept retro Leafs logo in the middle. The “Toronto” was written in a bowed arc that stretched into the far reaches of the leaf, as if the designers wanted to make the city’s name as prominent as possible.
The look, especially coupled with Jonathan Bernier’s old-school brown pads, gave the game a truly classic feel. As the Leafs have chosen to modernize with their recent outdoor game looks (snowtroopers, I’m looking at you), hopefully a return to the retro is not too far away.