500+ Of The Best Hockey Team Names For Your Youth, Beer League, Or Fantasy Hockey Team

Before Ordering Your Hockey Team's Uniforms You Need a Team Name!

Examples of products we've created for hockey teams across Canada and the United States

Ordering jerseys for your hockey team is a process. It's not like picking up a few extra pucks or the post game brews: you need a logo, team colours, sizing, payment from the team (arguably the most important part), some time for us to print and ship them...but it all starts generating a team name. No team name = no sweaters, sorry boys and girls!

Now, we didn't want to baffle you with one of these annoying lists where you scroll through hundreds of names not knowing where to stop. Just like we try to do when you're ordering your jerseys, we've tried to make it easy by breaking these names into sub-categories. There's a time and place for every team name: you wouldn't want your son or daughter's team named "Book Hockey", but sometimes your beer league team needs to spice it up a bit more than something generic and overused like "Leafs" or "Warriors".

Now, let us assure you: most of this list is comprised of real team names that have been used by a team somewhere, at some point. We've even provided pictures when we've created them ourselves for customers and managed to snag a pic!

To help you navigate the below lists here is what to expect in each category. In a number of cases we came up with/found names that straddled multiple categories, so tried to pick where we thought it fit best!

  • Pro team names: nicknames used by current or former NHL or WHA teams (when you want to be traditional)
  • Minor league, college, and junior hockey team names: nicknames used AHL, ECHL, NCAA, and junior A, B, and C teams (when you want to sound like a serious hockey team, but also stand out with something more unique)
  • Traditional team names: more names we generated that follow the usual "serious hockey franchise" vibe
  • Classic beer league hockey team names: fun names we commonly hear, but you probably wouldn't use for your kids' teams
  • Creative/funny hockey team names: similar to classic team names, but a bit more clever (at least we think). We've created jerseys for thousands of teams across North America, so these are ones we'd call "more unique" or "less common" than those in the "classic" category.
  • Beer-related team names: when you can't resist a good beer reference. In the words of one of our former goalies, "Well, I don't come for the hockey!"
  • Women's team names: a few names specifically designed for the ladies!
  • Dirty/NSFW team names: for teams who like to push the envelope with their convener. Be careful who's looking over your shoulder when scrolling through these.
  • Pop culture references: there's more than a handful of hockey movies out there
  • Player or team references: a number of "play on words" of NHL players or team names
  • Fantasy hockey team names: usually a reference to an NHL player. The difference here for the player/team references is that these are usually names where it's harder to come up with a logo to attached ot it.

Pro Hockey Team Names

Can you call yourself a hockey fan if you don't already know these? Okay, we'll forgive you if you aren't as familiar with the WHA ones.

Important note if you're ordering jerseys for your rec team with one of these team names: you cannot rip off their logos exactly. It's illegal without proper permissions. What you can do though (and we're more than happy to help at no extra charge) is make tweaks to the logo to make it a unique design!

Red Wings
Maple Leafs
Blue Jackets


Golden Knights
Golden Seals

Fighting Saints

Minor League, College, and Junior Hockey Team Names

Okay, they're maybe not quite as goofy as some of the ones we found when we compiled our list of best baseball team names, but the minors are a great source of team names if you're looking for a "traditional" feel without picking something that's overused. The "Wheeling Nailers" will always be our favourite though (Wheeling is the name of the town in West Virginia, if you were wondering).

Important note if you're ordering jerseys for your rec team with one of these team names: you cannot rip off their logos exactly. It's illegal without proper permissions. What you can do though (and we're more than happy to help at no extra charge) is make tweaks to the logo to make it a unique design!

Sound Tigers
Wolf Pack
Fighting Sioux

Golden Flames
Swamp Rabbits
Solar Bears
Sting Rays
Four Wheel Drives

Oil Kings
Wheat Kings

Sea Dogs
Golden Gophers
Yellow Jackets
Sugar Kings

Traditional Hockey Team Names

Want to sound like a serious hockey team (even if you aren't)? Here are some more names beyond what you'll find in the pros that have that hockey "ring" to it.

Young Guns

Mad Dogs

Rail Riders

All Blacks
Rink Rats

Actual jerseys we've built for customers using these team names

"Cockroaches" in Lancaster, Massachusetts

"Angels" in Denver, Colorado

"All Blacks" in Austin, Texas

"Cariboo" in Surrey, British Columbia

"Narwhals" - we built these for the members of r/hockeyplayers in 2015 and shipped them worldwide (click the image to see the orignal thread)

"Silverbacks" in Guelph, Ontario

Classic Beer League Hockey Team Names

Take a break from boring, overused hockey team names and let the fans know you're here for the fun (and potentially the beer). Once you have a name, us it to create the best men's league sweaters anyone has ever seen.

Fighting Mongoose
Spare Parts
Mid Ice Crisis
Trash Pandas
Mighty Pucks
Red Army

Ice Holes
Puck Buddies
Scared Shotless
Usual Suspects
Swamp Donkeys
Crushed Ice
Lucky Pucks
Cheese Factory

Dump and Change
Pucks Deep
Honey Badgers
Plow Kings
Puck Daddys
Rusty Blades
Ice Hogs
Healthy Scratches
The Boys

Actual jerseys we've built for customers using these team names

"Cheese Factory" in Burlington, Ontario

"Trash Pandas" in Vancouver, British Columbia ( although we once outfitted another Trash Pandas team in Ferndale, Michigan)

"Mighty Pucks" in Calgary, Alberta

"Blunderbirds" in Victoria, British Columbia

"Pylons" in Kitchener, Ontario

"Swamp Donkeys" in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Creative and Funny Hockey Team Names

When you want a "beer league" name, but you want to stand out from every other team on the ice with something more unique. Get a laugh, like, a quarter of the time.

Puck U
Sofa Kings
No Pucks Given
Eh Team
Ice Flamingos
9 to 5ers
Cheddar or Top Cheddar
The Flow
Rolling 60's

Desert Danglers
Jive Turkeys
Rusty Pigeons
Cabbage Blues
Dad Bods
Bolt Boys
Winged Wheels
Turbo Pigeons
Band of Brothers

Mad Cows
Zamboni and Cheese
Shut your 5-Hole
Check Republic
Super High Intensity Team (SHIT)
Ugly Pucklings
Stick Magnets
Flying Elbows
Toothless Wonders
Yesterday's All-Stars

Is it any surprise that we have as many photos in this category as any? If you've found a winner of a name, get in-touch and we'll help turn it into a finished set of sweaters.

"Bladezillas" in Vancouver, British Columbia

"Backstabbers" in Islip, New York

"Ice Flamingos" in Spokane, Washington

"9 to 5ers" in Winnipeg, Manitoba

"The Flow" in Edmonton, Alberta

"Rusty Pigeons" in Vancouver, British Columbia

"The Exterminators" in Holland Landing, Ontario

"Puck U" - Okay, this is just a concept we did up, but we hope someone orders it eventually

"Band of Brothers" in Guelph, Ontario

"Dumpstars" in Caledonia, New York

"Eh! Division" in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

"Steamrollers" in Richmond, British Columbia

Beer-Related Hockey Team Names

When your chalk talk revolves around brand of brew at the bar instead of powerplay tactics.

Busch League
Beer Hunters
Tall Cold Ones
Brew Crew
Party Ice

Mighty Drunks
12 Oz Curls
Beer O'Clock
Busch Lightning
Here 4 Beer
Coors Lightning
Jack Dangles
Drunk and Looking to Score
Whiskey Dekes

How many ways can one spell B-E-E-R?

"Busch League" in Winnipeg, Manitoba

"Brewhawks" in Breslau, Ontario

"Beermen" in Orange County, California

"Beer Kings" in Calgary, Alberta

"Alers" in Elmira, Ontario

"King Cans" in Guelph, Ontario

Women's HockeyTeam Names

As questionable as some of these may be, we swear we've seen all of them on the ice, on the internet, or in our inquiry box at some point. That is to say, "their words, not ours."

Victorious Secret
The Final Period
No Dekes
Naughty on Ice

Dawn's Cherries
Puck Bunnies
Babes on Blades
Queens of the Ice Age
Chicks with Sticks
Ice Angels

Dirty Hockey Team Names (NSFW)

NSFW = not safe for work, for you non-regular internet-goers. It also may not be safe for your league: more than a handful do like to keep it "PG". That said, if you must, here are some of the best (or worst, depending on how you look at it) dirty hockey team names.

Fun fact: for whatever reason, this category was WAY larger with hockey teams than it was when we built a similar list of best baseball team names.

Wheeling Nailers
Stoner Bears
Sperm Whales
Don Cherry Poppers
Angry Beavers
Moose Knuckles
Peter North Stars
Slap That Pass
Big Dekes
Mother Puckers
Eskimo Brothers
Book Hockey
Dicken's Cider

Backdoor Bandits
AM Lumber
Big D's
Muffin Men
Big Test Icicles
Money Shots
Slot Rockets
Easton Fection
Boch's Liquours
Morning Sherwoods
Just the Tip Ins
Biscuit Snatchers

Very Athletic Guys (VAG)
Master Baiters
Strictly Bush
Fussy Puckers
Multiple Scoregasms
Shootin' Blanks
Net, Sticks, and Chill
14 Guys, 1 Cup
Toe Dragons
Cunning Stunts
Nine Inch Males
Men With Wood
Curved Sticks
Big Wrenches

"Eskimo Brothers" in Abbotsford, British Columbia

"Thundercocks" in Knoxville, Tennessee

"Dicken's Cider" in Aurora, Ontario (yes, they went there)

"AM Lumber" in Oakville, Ontario

"Backdoor Bandits" in Cambridge, Ontario

"Jughandles" in Landing, New Jersey

We know some of you are struggling for design ideas, so here are a few concepts to get you going before ordering your jerseys.


"Sperm Whales"

"Don Cherry Poppers"


"St. Louis Blue Balls"

"Peter North Stars"

Hockey Team Names With Pop Culture References

Alright you ragtag bunch of misfits! Who doesn't appreciate a good pop culture reference? Most of these are odes to hockey-related movies, but we threw a few others in there for good measure.

Wolf Pack
Flying V
Atta Boy Blue
Blades of Steely Dan
Hattrick Swayze's
Average Bro's
Garey Busey Express
Puck Norris
50 in '07
Hanson Brothers
Skateful Dead
Prestige Worldwide
Channel 4 News Team

Dekes of Hazzard
Cobra Kai
Knuckle Pucks
Puck Dynasty
Jurassic Puck
Make Hockey Great Again
Booze Jenner
Mighty Chucks
Blades of Steel
Trinidad and Tobago
Mystery Alaska

Once again, evidence that these are ACTUAL names that men's league teams around North America have

"Atta Boy Blue" in Calgary, Alberta

"Blades of Steely Dan" in Ottawa, Ontario

"Hat Trick Swayze's" in Newbury, Ohio

"Tropics" in Waterloo, Ontario (we cheated a bit - these are ball hockey jerseys)

"Puck Norris" in Montreal, Quebec

"50 in '07" in Kleinburg, Ontario

Player and Team References

If you don't love a good pun it might be time to check your pulse

No Regretsky's
Pierre McGuire's Monsters
Weekend at Bernier's
Seguin Genesis
Breaking Bobby Ryan
Edmonton 8-Bits
Detroit Batwings
Fighting Amish
Minnesota Gone Wild

Taxicab Kane-fessions
Jagr Bombs
Camel Toews
Teemu's Salami
Don't Toews Me Bro
Prusty Trombones
Big Stammers

We've seen all of these names thrown around "the net" (get it?), but we've yet to have the pleasure of building most them. Here's what we think they should look like!

Weekend at Bernier's

Seguin Genesis

Edmonton 8-Bits


"Fighting Amish"

"Pierre McGuire's Monsters"

Fantasy Hockey Team Names

Okay, so these may not work well for creating a logo for a hockey team uniform, but maybe you found this page because your hockey game is one that's online. Here's the best we could come up with and find.

Everyday I'm Byfuglien
Malkin in the Middle
Made in Kariya
Kane is Able
Weiss Guys
Moves Like Jagr
Bobby Sc'Orrs
Vanek! At the Disco
Deep Fried Cammalleri
No Woman, No Krejci
Buekeboom Goes the Dynamite
Fresh Prince of Briere
Big Daddy Kane
Gordie How Hat Tricks
Ranger Things
The Crosby Show
Crosby Staals and Nash
Kimmo Therapy
Hockey Balboa
Lil' Wayne Simmonds
I Love Lucic
Too Hot to Yandle
Oshie Can You See
Staal Tactics
Scary Barrie
Chronicles of Sarnia
May the Forsberg Be With You
Gilmour Girls
Tatar Sauce
Salt N Peca
Love Yandles
Bust a Kapanen
Too Fehr Gone
Handzus Job
Fleury of Semin
Honey Nut Chelios

Lucic and Chong
Lehtonen Me Down
Hull and Oates
Streit Outta Conklin
Eberle Hills Cop
Pimpin' Ain't Parise
I Benn Around
Third Degree Burns
Dude Brooks Laich a Lady
Oshie's 11
Who Shattenkirk’s Bed
Dropping Klefboms
Dzingel Berries
Drunk Dahlin
Pekka Heads
Parenteau Guidance
The Vlasic Pickles
Not Your Stepan Stone
Phaneuf Said
Doan and Out
Flippula You Off
Glass of Marleau
The Ott Man Out
Orr Diggers
Eichel Tower
Dark Maatta
Crash Test Domi
Stastny & Hutch
Ennis the Menace
Doan Stop Believin'
Doughty Little Secret
The Luongo Shot
Krugs Not Drugs
Backes Spasms

Have other ideas for hockey team names we haven't listed? Comment below!

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Funniest Beer League Hockey Jerseys 2021

Funniest Beer League Hockey Jerseys 2021

Here are some of the funniest jerseys we've built for beer league teams across North America

Examples of products we've created for hockey teams across Canada and the United States

So, maybe you’ve read our list of Best Beer League Hockey Team Names and you’re wondering, “Does anyone actually use these names for their team?” The answer is a resounding YES!

Now, these are not necessarily meant to be the “best” beer league hockey jerseys, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

We’ve divided this list into two simple categories:

  1. Beer-related (expanded to include all types of alcohol)
  2. Not beer-related (most often sexual innuendos or other dirty/NSFW puns, because you guys are like that)

Because we like to be different, we’ll start with number 2


Dinosaur Cowboys - Waterford, Connecticut

We need to start with one that still has us laughing to-date. It's not so much the logo that is funny alone as it is the back story.

As customer emailed us and said, "Teammate got a dumb tattoo, as you can see. So I figured I'd make his tattoo our team logo."

...and with just a Snapchat picture in hand we made it happen!

Fresh Lettuce - Emerald Park, Saskatchewan

Finish this sentence:

"Mullets and hockey are like __________ and __________"

Hard to keep a team off this list that pays homage to an iconic hockey look.

We're curious if any of these gentlemen happened to go to high school in Minnesota.

Wiarton Skoonerz - Barrie, Ontario

We're not sure what's funnier: the Microsoft Paint drawing or the fact that this team is in Barrie, Ontario and not, in fact, in Wiarton, Ontario.

We never did get the back story here.

Saskatoon Juulpods - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

A separate inquiry from Saskatchewan came in 3 days before this one with the team name "Tide Pods". One can only assume this was a teammate.

We're guessing this was the "upgraded" name after a few team roundtables.

Dad Bods - Whitby, Ontario

Let’s ease into this thing and keep it PG, alright?

Boilers - Mississauga, Ontario

These fellas asked for some logo help when ordering jerseys from us, so we offered up some past creations. They ran with the Dad Bods and made it their own.

Eskimo Brothers - Knoxville, Tennessee

First time we’ve heard that one, right?

Eskimo Brothers - Vancouver, British Columbia

Oh wait, it’s not. Have we mentioned we also done more than one “Ice Holes” (although those photos are all either lost or were too boring to show you).

Backdoor Bandits - Cambridge, Ontario

Suggestions on the right emoji to describe this one?

Sex Panthers - Waterloo, Ontario

60% of the time, they win every time. Follow their shenanigans on Instagram.

These rebels went as far as to create matching shells too.

Thundercocks - Knoxville, Tennessee

We must say, great work on the logo!

Pucking Clowns - Kitchener, Ontario

Don’t miss the circus references on the shoulders.

50 in '07 - Kleinburg, Ontario

A reference to the famous @DanyAllstar15 Twitter account. Recap for those unfamiliar: this Twitter account was meant to be a parody of “Dany Heatley’s ego”.

The account made smart a** remarks about anything NHL-related and constantly reminded fans that Dany Heatley scored 50 goals in 2007.

Bigguns - Surrey, British Columbia

Our screening team didn’t quite notice what this one was until we pointed it out a week later.

AM Lumber - Oakville, Ontario and Denver, Colorado

A great one if you’re looking to mask your jokes to avoid being asked by the league to rename your team.

This team name/logo is so popular that we've had it ordered more than once!

Dickens Cider - Aurora, Ontario

Unfortunately, the first female member of our sales team was greeted with these jerseys going out the door her first week. Good thing she’s not easily offended.

Here's what we believe to be the original reference (if this is your type of humour).

Gary Busey Express - Toronto, Ontario

Usually we’re leery of using a celebrity’s face (for legal reasons), but this team showed us evidence that Gary Busey had personally signed their old jerseys and given their past sets several likes on social media, so we gave it a pass.

Our favourite touch is that instead of captaincy it spells out G-A-R-Y

Another beer league team you can follow on social media.

Zambronies - Waterloo, Ontario

Once again, not the only Zambronies team we’ve printed! Our screening team got a kick out of the fun little surprise that is the logo’s “wrench” when they went to print these.

Book Hockey - Toronto, Ontario

Not only far from the first first Book Hockey we’ve done, but also not the first “K” we’ve put for captaincy. What is a first though is their insistence to use lowercase “a’s” for alternate captains.

Unfortunately we don’t have a photo of it, but we once had a team in Salem, Wisconsin “prank” their goalie by assigning him two captaincy “D’s”, one on each chest (oh, brother).


Alers - Elmira, Ontario

And they used the Hartford Whalers colours, get it?

Beer Kings - Calgary, Alberta

Please take a moment to zoom in and appreciate the detail that went into this logo. This customer hand drew this logo before turning it into vector art for us (if you don’t know what vector art is don’t worry, we can help at no extra charge).

One particular note we want to call out are the bubbles that are even inside the team name. To top it all off, these lads used the Brandon Wheat Kings striping pattern: fitting!

12 Oz Curls - Windsor, Ontario

These guys lift.

Boozehounds - Markham, Ontario

Ok, maybe these were baseball jerseys we printed, but the logo could definitely work for hockey jerseys as well!

Chicago Beers/Drunk Bears (Guelph, Ontario and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia)

Similar logo, different teams.

The language of beer is universal, apparently.

King Cans - Guelph, Ontario

Great take on the NHL/MLB/NBA players association logos. Love this one

Gin and Tonic - Quebec City, Quebec

The reason we had to expand the label to include “more than beer”

Solar Bears - Lacombe, Alberta

Some may think of this colour scheme as the “Miami Dolphins” but we pushed for Kobe Sportswear to add it to their inventory because of the volume of customers wanting to pay homage to the Flint Tropics. We only have one rule on team JME, and that is E.L.E.!

Tall Cold Ones - Orangeville, Ontario

These gents came to us with a team name, but no logo. We worked together though and we got there!

Which is your favourite and why? Comment below!

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Best Beer League Hockey Jerseys 2021

Best Beer League Hockey Jerseys 2021

Here are some of the top jerseys we've built for beer league teams across North America

Examples of products we've created for hockey teams across Canada and the United States

We all know the axiom, “You need to look good to play good”, but how do you make it happen? We don’t have a flippin’ artist on our team!

Lucky for you, we’ve been at the custom jersey game since 2014 and not only do we know a thing or two about it, but we’ve got the resume to prove it. If you’re reading this post there’s a good chance you’re looking for some design ideas for your next set of men’s league sweaters.

This list is comprised of some of the nicest-looking hockey jerseys we’ve built (click here if you’re looking for the Funniest Beer League Hockey Jerseys or Best Beer League Hockey Team Names instead).

Tight budget, you say? We did our best to mix it up: not only did we include some of the fanciest, most expensive jerseys we’ve built but we also show off sets printed on basic practice jerseys.

So, if you’re more hockey player than graphic designer feel free to use the below examples as a starting point before getting in-touch with us to order your team’s next set of custom hockey jerseys.

Each year we’ll keep adding to this list as we find more favourites, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or join our email list in order to know when we make next year’s updates!

G67s - Newbury, Ohio

Believe it or not, this is actually a youth spring team. We make the rules around here and our rules state that if the jersey looks good enough then it doesn't matter if the players are of drinking age to be included on this list.

Embroidered twill applique logo, the Ottawa Senators alternate jersey, and 3 colour twill numbers made it easy for this set to secure a spot on our list.

Ice Aged - Garner, North Carolina

Great name, great logo, and really easy-to-deal-with customer. That's one way to make our list!

We seem to have fumbled the photo of the backs of these jerseys, but this team went with the rare sublimated twill numbers to achieve that "3-colour" number effect without weighing down the jersey.

Reversible Jerseys

Cambridge Canucks - Cambridge, Ontario

Reversible jerseys have been a hit since we introduced them in late 2019. And why not? They're great value being far less than purchasing 2 separate sets of jerseys.

We enjoyed this twist on the Canucks' logos, jazzing up the lumberjacket with a different outfit and beard as well as changing the skate on the "old" Canucks logo to a more modern one.

Interested in ordering your own reversible hockey jerseys? Get a quote and get in-touch here.

Nordeen Boys - West Mifflin, Pennsylvania

It's funny: certain jerseys that (at least from our perspective), got a lot of hate while they were a thing seem to become favourites in the world of beer league.

Amazing logo with the fun and sometimes forgotten Atlanta Thrasher alternate striping striping pattern.

We're excited for the 2022 version of this blog post because this squad is working on a new set of jerseys we're positive will make this list.

Off-beat patterns that are/were less popular (e.g. this), brief flashes in history (e.g. Stadium Series jerseys), or straight up never existed (concepts from internet fans) are only possible with sublimated jerseys (like these!).

Click here to get a quote on your own sublimated hockey jerseys.

Rusty Pigeons - Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

These gents held nothing back when it came to their sweaters, going with an embroidered twill front crest, embroidered twill shoulder patches, sewn twill numbers, and a neat little embroidered twill maple leaf on the shoulder yoke on a New York Islanders blue K3G pattern from Kobe Sportswear.

We’re fans of the effort they put in to build a unique shoulder crest and love the touch of flipping the logo colours on their white set they came back to order a year later.

And it paid off! They sent us this beauty team photo after they won a ‘ship at a tournament in Vegas

Wolfpack - Greely, Ontario

Okay, this was actually a youth spring league team, but we had to include it anyway. Originally their coaches contacted us intent on ordering embroidered twill jerseys, but later switched to a fully sublimated jersey after learning it not only had a nicer price point, but also made way for easier fill-in jerseys and allowed for 100% customization of their striping pattern.

Hats off to the coach’s son who actually designed this jersey in his EA Sports NHL video game (kid, call us when you’re done school)! Here’s what we like here: the 3 alternating colours on the jersey striping makes it possible use a single set of jerseys without clashing. The jersey works well against, gold, blue, or white teams.

Russian Camo Jerseys - Toronto, Ontario

Here is something we don’t do often: an embroidered twill crest on a sublimated jersey. Our customer was so detail-oriented on this jersey that he drove over an hour to our retail showroom in Kitchener, Ontario to help walk us through it. He had a special edition jersey only worn for a single game by Pavel Datsyuk in his KHL days he wanted re-created with his personal team logo on it.

Now, camo is something only available through sublimation, but our customer was insistent on having the texture of an embroidered twill logo. Pricey and time-consuming (since there are many steps in the process), but he knew what he wanted. We settled on sewing on the front crest only while sublimating the names, numbers, and shoulder logos.

A few other nice touches to point out: the logo in the collar gusset and the fight strap (we only get a request for a fight strap about once per year).

Cariboo - Surrey, British Columbia

We promised we’d take a break from the pricey stuff, so let’s go to the other end of the spectrum. Using a simple Kobe 5400 practice jersey and a 2-colour screen print these lads produced a work of art. The gold and white contrast well with the forest green, which is a fitting colour given the logo contains a lot of trees in it.

Maryland Crabs - Frederick, Maryland

Although we can’t use NHL logos, past or present, we can certainly pay tribute to them with a unique logo like these fine gents did. This was the first time we’d had a customer go back to the old Vancouver Canucks black-gold-red colour scheme (or, depending on where you're from, maybe they remind you of the German national team) and we absolutely love it.

Apparently, the rest of the hockey world did too. These jerseys were featured on the hit Washington Capitals blog, The Russian Machine Never Breaks, and got several thousand likes when posted on Instagram. Not only that, but our customer came back with an order for over 50 more jerseys as he had fellow Marylanders (is that the right word?) banging on his door to grab their own.

Tkachuk Brothers

Speaking of press, did you hear about the time our jerseys made it all over hockey news everywhere? A relative of the famous Tkachuk brothers contacted us in 2018 looking to build a “half and half” jersey with each of the boys’ colours for their first game against each other. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough time to attempt to obtain proper permissions from the league for their logos (assuming they would have even allowed it), but the family was over-the-moon excited to support Brady and Matthew.

Zurich Volunteer Firefighters - Zurich, Ontario

From hockey heroes to everyday heroes: let’s pay tribute to some of the most unique jerseys we’ve ever created. These fine gentlemen came to us with the request to create the look of a firefighter jacket.

How did we do?

Duffield Devils - Vaughan, Ontario

Speaking of tributes, we’re including this set because of a simple, yet unique idea they implemented. This youth summer team (again, breaking the rules as they’re technically not “beer leaguers” yet…they’ll get there) wanted to pay homage to their roster that season. For that reason, they included everyone’s number around the bottom of the jersey. Just another example of sublimated jerseys flexing their benefit of being a flat price, regardless of design.

Dumpstars - Caledonia, New York

Okay, last time we break the rules and showcase a youth hockey team, we swear…we couldn’t leave this one out though. The Minnesota North Stars’ may be long gone, but their striping pattern will never die.

That says something. Think about all of the defunct/re-located teams whose patterns you rarely see on rec hockey ice: the Quebec Nordiques, the Atlanta Thrashers, the original Winnipeg Jets…the list goes on. The North Stars, however, is a pattern so popular that Kobe Sportswear continues to stock it with

Back to these jerseys those: we loved the unique, playful front crest and the tribute on the left chest. There was no keeping these beauties off this list.

Blades of Steely Dan - Ottawa, Ontario

Back to making beautiful jerseys on a budget. These jerseys used the Kobe XJ6, possibly the most popular jersey pattern we sell for men’s league sweaters as it’s a great balance between quality and price consciousness. These fellas had a 2-for-1 paying tribute to both their favourite band and a classic hockey video game.

Pylons - Kitchener, Ontario

Another local customer in the house! When they first came to us we thought they were trying to break the universe (well, they might have). They wanted to the Philadelphia Flyers’ 2017 Stadium series jersey, which we weren’t too familiar with at the time. When we created their initial mock-up they insisted we’d made the sleeve numbers too small by mistake despite our confidence that 4” was a standard sleeve number size on adult hockey jerseys.

Well, we’ll admit, we were wrong. This jersey surprisingly had 6” numbers and although we were hesitant about the final product, they turned out fantastic.

You may have never noticed it, but Philadelphia has a history or breaking the rules with jersey design. They pulled off the rare contrasting name bar (whereas most teams’ bars match the colour of the jersey) and they’re one of a few teams to use a raglan cut sleeve on their jerseys (read here if you don’t know what that is).

Hat Trick Swayze's - Newbury, Ohio

This list couldn’t be complete without the Hat Trick Swayze’s. Rarely do we do a custom cut-and-sew jersey (i.e. a jersey that’s not an in-stock pattern that we DON’T go to sublimation for). For anything under 100 jerseys, it’s usually cost prohibitive. For these boys, however, nothing comes before hockey.

They’re so committed to the squad that not only did they order this unique colour scheme take on a vintage Ottawa Senator’s jersey, but they also came back one short month later to order matching toques and at the time of writing this post we're running another beauty jerseys for a youth summer league team they're involved with.

2021 update:

The boys trusted us, once again with a brand refresh on home, away, and alternate jerseys (thanks guys)! This time, they went with a more "classic" look, changing the logo to an old English "S". We were skeptical on their red/white logo request on the Islanders short-lived black jersey, but man, they nailed it!

Estevan Vikings - Estevan, Saskatchewan

Originally this team thought they were requesting to rock the Winnipeg Jets alternate jersey, but we discovered what they actually were requesting was a concept jersey drawn by a fan. A sharp set regardless!

Blunderbirds - Victoria, British Columbia

There’s one specific feature we want to point out on these bad boys: the sleeves. Check out the feathers extending downwards! What a unique touch to make these some of the coolest jerseys we’ve ever printed!

Code Monkeys - Edmonton, Alberta

For 90% of orders we just use a stock font we call “varsity”. Logo design and striping pattern selection are enough to make most of our customers’ heads spin, so we just assign them that font to keep it easy for them.

This team was a little different. You know that part at the beginning where we said, “But I’m not a designer!”? Well, this team was all designers. In fact, they’re a web design firm out in Alberta who call themselves the “Code Monkeys”.

They had a smaller budget, but they nailed it with these jerseys. Usually, we recommend matching logo colours to jersey striping colours to create a cohesive, matching look. These guys are pros though and pulled it off with 2 totally unique colours they found a way to blend with Kobe’s maroon XJ5 jersey.

The fun doesn’t end there though. These chaps asked to see our entire font selection and found one that we didn’t even know we had: circuit. Can you think of a more fitting font for the Code Monkeys?

Redneck Games - Toronto, Ontario

Well, we touched on it with the Code Monkeys and we now realize that we haven’t explained a few simple tricks to making your jerseys look great without spending hours on design.

  1. Limit your logo to 2 or 3 colours
  2. Make those colours match the colours in your jersey exactly (and don’t add anything not already in the jersey).

This isn’t a hard-and-fast rule, as evidenced by our last example, but it’s tried and proven. Like your peewee coach told you: stick to fundamentals!

Most NHL teams have a 3-colour jersey (the odd ones having 2 or 4 colours, such as Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues, respectively), so choosing all, or all-but-one colour from their sweater will do the trick.

Take the Rednecks. You may picture Rednecks as simple folk, but they crushed these simple screen printed jerseys using a stock jersey from Athletic Knit.

Trash Pandas - Vancouver, British Columbia

We can’t mention simple screen printed jerseys without mentioning these jerseys we shipped to our friend Fred in Vancouver (customer plug: check out his hilarious goalie YouTube channel by the way - and maybe sauce him a follow on the 'gram). Kobe’s 5200 house league jersey, modeled after the Vegas Golden Knights’ striping pattern, just makes Fred’s logo pop.

Hellfish - Stoney Creek, Ontario

The Chicago Blackhawk’s winter classic jersey has been a hit with our customers since our supplier, Athletic Knit, began stocking it. The Hellfish ordered themselves a slick set of sweaters with an embroidered twill crest and sublimated twill sponsor names, name bar, and numbers. The sublimation twill allowed us to give the numbers that 3-colour effect without the steep cost or stiff/heavy feeling of a true 3-layer piece of twill.

This one is a couple of years old meow, but will always be an all-time favourite of ours.

Wolves - Whitby, Ontario

Speaking of all-time favourites, this Sudbury Wolves concept jersey is to die for.

Enough said.

Kings - Kitchener, Ontario

All it takes to create something unique is some simple colour flipping though. The Kings mashed together Nashville Predators colours with a Pittsburgh Penguins’ alternate jersey striping and….voila!

Meddy Ducks - Hamilton, Ontario

What list would be complete without an ode to Walt Disney’s favourite hockey team? Similar to the North Stars’ pattern we mentioned earlier, the Mighty Ducks’ colours may never die (because Ducks fly together). The Kobe 6200 series is great for this too. They use a more basic striping pattern to keep costs down while still offering NHL team colour patterns (since we know many of you base your team names off spoofs of NHL teams).

Which is your favourite and why? Comment below!

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