Worst to First: Dallas Stars Jerseys

Few teams have had as many bland jerseys as the Dallas Stars. From solid black setups, to recycled jerseys from the Minnesota North Stars and past all-star games, Dallas has found a way to consistently keep their uniforms as dry and drab as possible.

WORST- Number 10- Black Home (2007-2013)

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At some point in time, a group of people sat around a table and brainstormed ideas for a jersey concept, and somehow a solid black jersey with the city across the chest won out. When reebok took over in 2007 the Stars ditched their green jerseys and deployed a black jersey in their place. It was a design meant to pay tribute to high school and college hockey with the city and number on the front, but in reality they were just boring. The Atlanta Thrashers would adopt the same style the following season, the first teams to wear numbers on the crest since the New York Rangers in the 1940’s.

Number 9- White Away (2007-2013)

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The away version of the Reebok redesign is about as cookie cutter Reebok as you can get. These are just a little less terrible than the home jerseys because they at least feature a bit of color with gold, green, and black stripes on the sleeves, waist, and collar.

Number 8- Original White (1993-1999)

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These are actually the second version of the Dallas Stars original jerseys when the relocated from Minnesota. The originals were the same, just without the “Dallas” above the crest. They were the exact same jerseys the North Stars wore in their last three seasons of existence. How do you relocate a team, rebrand, and yet not change your jersey design for two years?

Number 7- Original Black (1993-1999)

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The last few seasons the North Stars existed they dropped the “North” from the branding and debuted black jerseys, which was a deviation from their bright green and yellow color scheme. Once the team moved to Dallas they just… kept the same jerseys. Why? Why not.

Number 6- 2020 Winter Classic (2019-2020)

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Much like the Predators, the Dallas Stars paid tribute to a team of yesteryear during the 2020 Winter Classic. These were designed as an homage to the Dallas Texans of the USHL that existed in the late 1940’s. Those jerseys featured a “D” with “Texans” written in the middle. Obviously the Stars tweaked them slightly to use their name, but the concept was the same. The most frustrating part of these uniforms was the pants and gloves were two different shades of beige.

Number 5- “Mooterus” (2003-2006)

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A jersey made with the best of intentions went down in history with a very unfortunate name. The new alternate crest was supposed to be the constellation Taurus, but due to the design, some compared it to a uterus. They were worn scarcely for three seasons and then retired due to the embarrassment they brought with them.

Number 4- Current Away (2013-present)

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After six seasons of solid black jerseys, the Stars debuted a richly deserved facelift in 2013 with a new logo and new shade of green. The star logo design was still there, but they added a big “D” in the middle to, you know, pay homage to the nickname of the city of Dallas.

Number 3- Current Home (2013-present)

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The Stars 2013 rebrand was the first time they had a green home jersey since 2006, and the new shade of green made them stand out in the league. Coming after years of the black “Dallas” jerseys, these were a welcome addition to give the Stars their first, unique, jersey style in their history, 20 years after they relocated.

Number 2- White Star (1999-2006)

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When the Stars ditched their original black jerseys in 1999 they switched to their most popular setup to date with the debut of their star jerseys. Keeping their crest and borrowing the NHL All-Star jerseys, the Stars found their lone successful jersey setup until 2013.

FIRST- Number 1- Green Star (1999-2006)

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The Stars wore jerseys in the shape of a star. BRILLIANT! Dallas debuted these jerseys as an alternate in 1997, and they became their full-time home jerseys in 1999. The issue being, they weren’t very original. They were the exact design the NHL was using for the All-Star game from 1994 to 1997, with just minor tweaks. Despite the unoriginality of the design, they must’ve been good luck, as the Stars won a Stanley Cup in them in 1999.

 

 

By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)

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