Jack’s Top 10 Flyers Uniforms
Those of you guys that know me, know that I am a major jersey buff, and own a large collection myself. I like to think these past few years have been great uniform wise and overall Philadelphia has some great jerseys across all 4 major sports. So I decided to list my own top 10 for each team. This is my own opinion and what I like the best. I decided to do each jersey individually so home and away jerseys from the same season are ranked different from each other.
For the first part I decided to do the most exciting team in Philly up until recently and that is the Philadelphia Flyers. Having never changed their logo almost at all in their 53-year tenure in the NHL they have managed to have some different looks while also keeping the same color scheme mostly. So without further ado, let us take a look at my personal top 10 Flyers uniforms.
10: Mid 2000’s 3D Vision
Up until recently, this was probably the most unique of their entire history, and probably still is. Adding Silver for the first and only time, this was an alternate for the Flyers from 2002-2007. It was hated at the time and still is not very well-liked. In my opinion, I am a sucker for out of the ordinary stuff and this unique jersey in the Flyers history will always hold a special place in my heart.
9: 1972-1977 Home
This look resembles the current home set which you will see later on in this list but there are a few minor differences that make it noticeably different when you compare them side by side. The first is there is no name on the Orange jerseys but interestingly enough, there are names on the white jerseys. Also, the Orange on these uniforms is much darker than the current look which I am a major fan of and these changes help it stand out as its own look. It also is the look from the Flyers 2 Stanley Cup’s, so that holds a lot of significance.
8: 2007-2010 Black Reebok Edge
The NHL changed over to Reebok in 2007, every team in some form got a rebrand of their uniforms and the Flyers’ look of the past decade got sleeker and more streamlined. The black looks aren’t the better of the two in my opinion but it is a good look nonetheless. Changing things up while keeping the same overall vibe from the look from the past decade the Edge home uniform started to help show a change of times in Philly. A new group was starting to take over and gone was the team of the early 2000s. Claude Giroux and Simon Gagne were climbing the ranks and it was time for another Cup run.
7: 2007-2010 White Reebok Edge
As mentioned above, when the NHL changed over to Reebok in 2007, every team in some form got a rebrand of their uniforms and the Flyers’ look of the past decade got sleeker and more streamlined. This look reminds me of those playoff runs and the early days of Pronger and while it isn’t talked about much it is one of the better Flyer jerseys in my opinion. The Orange numbers on white are just such a good look and I feel this is a very underrated jersey.
6: 2017 Stadium Series
When Adidas took over as the uniform supplier they promised that every team was going to be getting some new looks, even if their home and away stayed the same. The Flyers were chosen to play Pittsburgh in the 2017 Stadium Series and while the Winter Classic was known for more reserved throwback looks, this was all about the future. This look goes back to the all-black style from almost a decade ago with orange being a secondary color on the uni. The major thing that sticks out is the large numbers on the sleeves. While it looks wonky by itself, it makes sense for the event as fans were further away and it was easier to help identify players so it had more of a helpful use for it. The black on black for the numbers was really creative and the white outline really helped it popped so it worked well.
5: 1997-2007 Black Jerseys
Originally introduced as a third uniform in 1997 the Black look was an incredibly different look for the flyers, for the first time in franchise history they had an alternate uniform, and it was the first jersey not primarily orange or white. This was the look notorious with the Legion of Doom led by Eric Lindros. Like mentioned before, this was the first black jersey worn by the Flyers and eventually became their home uniform and stayed the main color until the rebrand in 2010. This is not the most exciting look but it has that bully vibe to it and is nostalgic to many Flyers fans of their early fandoms
4: Current White away (2017-today)
Simplicity is sometimes just better. First seen as the 2011 Winter Classic jersey, it was a change that was familiar to Flyers fans but also something different. The Orange look from the 1970s had returned and this had shown fans what a home and away set of the 2 would be like and it was demanded by fans all over the city. After a few years they changed over to the Orange and White looks and the away has been here ever since. Having a contrast black nameplate on the white jersey is such a unique look in the NHL currently and helps the look stand out more. With Orange numbers and bottom stripe and on the shoulder it is such a simple but fantastic look and the best away Flyers jersey ever, in my opinion.
3: 2012 Winter Classic
Oh Winter Classic, what great looks you have brought to the entire NHL. The Flyers have been lucky to be able to participate in so many special games recently and have produced some unique looks. One of the best looks from the Flyers ever has to be this. The faux throwbacks the Winter Classic brings out are some of the best looks ever in Hockey. A primarily Orange look replaces the regular white with a cream look and uses the PA State symbol for the Alternate and Captain patches which gives it an incredibly unique look. This is definitely the most creative of their history and one that many fans like myself, see as one of the best ever.
2: Burnt Orange (1982-2001)
One of the longest-tenured looks for the Flyers is probably my best of the older designs and one I demand to return as a throwback. Covering so many eras this look has its own small differences that make it better than the rest. Most notably, the orange is much darker than any other, hence the Burnt Orange name. Adding a thick white border on the shoulders with a black outline it was a major modernization of the look at the time. The numbers were also made larger and bolder and a bit of a new font. This look covered over 3 decades and while they have gone back to orange, this look is one that is missed.
1: Current Home (2008-today)
As mentioned above, simplicity is sometimes for the better. First introduced as an Edge alternate in 2008 the orange made its much-needed return after a 7-year absence. Being a modern rendition of the 1970’s looks there were some touches to it that made it perfect. Permanently adding the white nameplate that made appearances occasionally in the ’70s this is a look that has been replicated by many but Philadelphia makes it work beautifully. The orange on the jersey is spot on and the bottom stripe alongside the shoulder stripes accents it perfectly. This is the best look for the Flyers ever and one of the best looks in the NHL right now.
Good work on this. The ‘07-‘10 black jersey is a favorite of mine hopefully it comes back in some form soon.