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NHL All-Star game: 7 evolutions of the jersey

The 2015 NHL All-Star game featured new jerseys with a neon green colour scheme to dress up the best players in hockey on Sunday. Here's a look at the evolution of the NHL All-Star game jersey, from the first game in 1947 to the 2015 tribute to science fiction.

From red, white and blue to neon green

Team Foligno's Ryan Johansen is sporting a snappy neon green themed jersey for the 2015 NHL All-Star game in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday. (Gene J. Puskar/The Associated Press)

The 2015 NHL All-Star game featured new jerseys with a neon green colour scheme to dress up the best players in hockey on Sunday.

The new jerseys are a departure from what hockey fans have seen in the past with Team Toews and Team Foligno looking like something out of Tron as they darted around the rink. The only missing accessory was LED lighting on the sticks and helmets.

Here's a look at the evolution of the NHL All-Star game jersey, from the first game in 1947 to the 2015 tribute to science fiction.

1947: Red, white and blue

The first All-Star game was held in Toronto, Ont. in 1947 with the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Maple Leafs playing a selection of players from the other five teams. The all-stars went on to beat the Leafs 4-3. 

For this first game, the all-stars wore red jerseys with white and blue accents and the NHL logo on the front with five stars on front and back.

The original NHL All-Star game jersey featured a red, white and blue colour scheme with the league logo and five white stars. (NHLUniforms.com)

The colour scheme remained the same with different variations used until 1959. By then, the jersey was white with red and blue accents but still featured the logo and the five stars.

1960: White, black and orange

For the 1960 game in Montreal, Que., the jerseys were changed to reflect a new white, black and orange colour scheme. This ode to Halloween was reflective of the colours of the NHL logo which was used from 1946 until 2005, when the colours were changed to black and silver.

The colours seem symbolic of the times, fitting in with the vibrant colours of the 1960s. Very groovy.

The next evolution of the NHL All-Star game jersey featured a white, black and orange colour scheme paying homage to the official league logo colours. (NHLUniforms.com)

The new jerseys were without the NHL logo, instead putting an emphasis on the player's number. 

1969: White, black, orange and navy blue

For the 1968-69 NHL season the format of the All-Star game was changed. The game now featured two teams of all-stars, instead of one team playing the defending Stanley Cup Champions. A team of all-stars was fielded from the West Division and the East Division.

To accommodate the change, the league introduced two jerseys with two similar but slightly different colour schemes. The first carried on the tradition of the 1960s, featuring the white, black and orange, while the other substituted the black for navy blue.

The league introduced two all-star jerseys for the 1968-69 season to accommodate the new format for the game where two teams played each other instead of one group of all-stars playing against the defending Stanley Cup champions. (NHLUniforms.com)

Another change for this year was the inclusion of the player's name on the back of the jersey.

1973: Back to white, black and orange

For the 1973 game in New York, NY, the league got rid of the navy blue and created two jerseys with the same, white, black and orange colour scheme. This style of jersey was used for the next 20 years with several variations brought to the ice over that time. The only exception was the 1992 All-Star game where the jerseys honoured the original red, white and blue as part of the league's 75th anniversary. 

The NHL logo was featured prominently as well as stars on the jersey and pants.

The NHL got rid of the navy blue for the 1973 All-Star game creating two jerseys with the same white, black and orange colour scheme. (NHLUniforms.com)

Between 1983 and 1986, the league logo was replaced with the names of the conferences, Campbell and Wales, that each team represented.

1994: Purple and teal

Things took a radical turn in 1994 when the league, in all its wisdom, decided to introduced purple and teal jerseys. The jerseys are much different than anything that came before although a star symbol is used on the front of the jersey to surround the logo. Instead of a league logo, each team wore a logo for their team conference. By this point in NHL history, the Campbell and Wales conferences had been replaced with the Eastern and Western conferences.

Things got fashionable in 1994 as the league took a radical turn by using purple and teal for the All-Star game jerseys. (NHLUniforms.com)

It was a short lived experiment in fashion, as the jerseys were changed for the 1998 All-Star game.

21st century return of red, white and blue

From 1998 until the last All-Star game in 2012, the jerseys changed frequently but the theme stayed similar. The colours changed but were mainly red, white and blue with a few exceptions like the red and green jerseys used in 2004. By 2012, the jerseys were starting to look a little futuristic with a webbing design incorporated on the sleeves.

By 2012, the all-star jersey had evolved into a mix of the original colours of red, white and blue, combined with some new design elements. (NHLUniforms.com)

However, nothing in the evolution of the jersey could have prepared hockey fans for 2015's neon green. At least the NHL will have a viable jersey option if they ever expand into outer space.

For the 2015 season, the NHL introduced some very unique jerseys with a neon green theme. (NHLUniforms.com)

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