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NHL Helmet Colors


Hoops McCann

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Does the NHL have a rule requiring white helmets with the white/away unis and colored helmets with the color/home ones? It seems that every team in the NHL follows this guide.

This isn't an issue for international play

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or juniors

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or even american college hockey

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Any insight? Even looking back into old NHL games, I can't see too many examples...

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I personally feel that with colored jerseys, the helmet should match the pants.

I also feel this way about football uniforms, but that's another thread.

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For some reason... I like that the NHL is one of the only levels to match the helmets. I want to say a couple WHL teams have two sets, but I'm not totally sure. I know a few teams in the AJHL do.

Not a serious thing, but anyone tried playing NHL10 with the Capitals and the bug with their helmets? It's actually hard to play with when they have the opposite helmets!

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It's to help referees sort out various scrums and scraps, I believe. The helmets are the most obvious identifiers when you're at eye level. Major-junior teams probably don't have the budgets for multiple sets of helmets, but NHL teams do (even the cash-bleeding 33% of the league), so why not.

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I personally feel that with colored jerseys, the helmet should match the pants.

It didn't look so hot when the Jets tried that

it didn't look so hot here

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or here either

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My own personal rule is that the helmet (when wearing the dark jersey) should match the pants, unless the pants are a different and brighter color than the jersey.

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I personally feel that with colored jerseys, the helmet should match the pants.

It didn't look so hot when the Jets tried that

Ahh, the infamous goal-light helmets. The red was just too bright. Even a matte red would've helped that look a lot.

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Interesting that red helmet is a dying breed - only Red Wings, Canes and Coyotes left, I think... and only the Coyotes wear with a non-red shirt.

By the way, my original question had to do with actual NHL uniform rules - whether it's official. I could buy that it helps the referees in a scrum, but it certainly doesn't always help, does it? Just ask Andrew Ference

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Interesting that red helmet is a dying breed - only Red Wings, Canes and Coyotes left, I think... and only the Coyotes wear with a non-red shirt.

Prior to the Winnipeg and Hartford moves, the Wings were the only team with red helmets. Phoenix' helmets now are dark red...

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I personally feel that with colored jerseys, the helmet should match the pants.

It didn't look so hot when the Jets tried that

it didn't look so hot here

3rd_jokinen_jovo_1227293895962.jpg

or here either

060505_avs_ducks_vlg10p.widec.jpg

My own personal rule is that the helmet (when wearing the dark jersey) should match the pants, unless the pants are a different and brighter color than the jersey.

The Avs have always been strange to me. Why? Because they are the only team in the NHL that use a helmet color that does not use one of the team's primary colors, yet they use black for the pants, gloves, and helmet.

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