The St. Louis Blues announced their new uniforms this week, fortunately bringing the number of teams that still stick with the visible “piping” down the sides or down the sleeves of their jerseys down by one.
You'll notice that when jerseys of this type are introduced, everyone says, “Oh this jersey looks so great.” St. Louis's new ones are gorgeous. Fits in pretty well with the rest, too. Boston's? Great. Carolina's? Great. Chicago's? Great. Dallas's? Great. Edmonton's? Minnesota's? Montreal's? Both New York teams? You can go right down the list.
Jerseys without piping or unnecessary stripes are the ones people like the most, and the reason why is simple: Those things are ugly and unnecessary.
The good news is that another one biting the dust here brings us that much closer to a piping-free and more aesthetically pleasing National Hockey League. Hopefully everyone else will join the ranks soon. And then we can turn our collective attentions to getting rid of the real scourge of uniform wearing in this league: black jerseys.
There are two teams in this league that should be allowed to wear black, and it's Boston and Pittsburgh. That's it. (And I'd listen to an argument that the Pens should go back to powder blue full-time.) Kings go back to purple — there's not enough purple around here
— and everyone else throws their black thirds in the garbage. Then we never speak of it again.