(Puck Daddy presents its annual look back at the year in hockey. Check back every day through the New Year for our many lists and hot takes.)
On Friday, we brought you the worst Jersey Fouls of 2016, as fans created abominations and basically threw their money down the toilet.
Now, we focus on the players and teams, with the Top 10 greatest jerseys of 2016 in hockey, Enjoy!
10 – Orlando Solar Bears Holiday Sweaters
We’ve seen so many variations of these in recent years, but props to the ECHL Solar Bears for the “visit Orlando” spin on them with palm trees and sunglasses.
9 – Toledo Walleye Don Cherry Jerseys
On Jan. 23, the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye wore jerseys inspired by legendary hockey analyst Don Cherry. While we’ve seen better Cherry-inspired jerseys, this captured the spirit of the thing.
(Stay tuned for a really different, much better Walleye jersey.)
8 – USA World Cup Home Jerseys
The one on the left, not the one on the right with the silly font.
It’s a really solid crest and sweater, with great integration of the Adidas stripes on the sides. Inside the collar: “Home of the Brave” and “Land of the Free.”
A nice keepsake from the World Cup if you can fine one, as we assumed all the jerseys were consumed in the tire fire that was Team USA at the World Cup.
7 – Toronto Maple Leafs New Home
The Original Six team changed its look for the centennial (and to usher in a new era of young stars) with these sweaters. Nice style, even if the logo has a butt on it.
6 – Reading Royals KISS Jerseys
Rock and Roll All Night, Party Ev-er-y Day in these jerseys worn by the ECHL team and auctioned off to raise funds for Hope Rescue Mission in Reading. We assume Gene Simmons will now claim to have invented hockey.
5 – Florida Panthers Road Jerseys
The new militaristic logo – courtesy of Secretary of the Army nominee and current owner Vincent Viola – is sharp looking.
But while the home jerseys look good, we’re partial to the road jerseys. It’s a lot harder to make the white jerseys pop in the NHL, and the Panthers’ certainly do – to the point where they almost resemble a Knights Templar flag.
4 – Winnipeg Jets Heritage Classic
Crisp, clean and classic, reducing the current jerseys to a generic placeholder until something like this makes a total comeback.
3 – Muskegon Lumberjacks ‘Beach Night’
March 12 was “Beach Night” for the USHL team, and they unleashed this patently ridiculous sweater on an unsuspecting public. Tank tops, fake muscles and a flowered lei … but what elevated these uniforms to greatness were the matching board shorts.
2 – Toledo Walleye Zombie Attack Jerseys
— Yeti Sportswear (@YetiSportswear) March 13, 2016
You have to hand to the ECHL team from Toledo: Not only did they wear bloody disgusting “Zombie Infection” jerseys on March 12, they tied them to a huge marketing campaign that included fake medical reports on “infected” players through YouTube clips.
During the game, they wore a different jersey each period to show the degenerative effects of the zombie plague.
Rick Grimes would be proud, in the sense that he would give a long, droning speech about how proud he was about it until someone was brained with a barbed-wire bat again and he starts whimpering.
1 – TNA
The jersey of the year.
From the anarchy-like logo, pulsating in orange, to the all-black design, it was the perfect marriage of bad-ass look for a group of young dumb players that decided to play like ones for two weeks.
An instant classic, and a collector’s item, in the sense that we’ll never see it again until all the young stars that wore it at the World Cup have a 10-year reunion, where they all compare Stanley Cup rings and postseason trophies.
Puck Daddy Year In Hockey 2016
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