NHL Hockey Jersey Guide – Everything You Need To Know About NHL Jerseys

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Deciding what kind of jersey to buy can be a difficult task. You’re a hockey fan and you have a favorite team, so you know you want an NHL hockey Jersey with your teams crest on the front. You might have a favorite player, if so, that takes care of the back and the sleeves.

You might think you are done now and ready to order your new NHL jersey online… but there are other options to consider.

There are NHL Jerseys for casual fans, diehards, children and giants! There are jerseys for your pets if you really want to show your team spirit. There are custom jerseys and jerseys worn by the greats, official hockey jerseys and official looking fakes.

In this comprehensive guide to hockey jerseys we will attempt to shed some light onto all the different options you have, while pointing out the pros and cons of each choice.

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So what kind of hockey jersey do you want?

Officially Licensed NHL Hockey Jerseys

These are the jerseys you can feel proud to have on your back when you enter the arena to watch your favorite team play. They are as close as you can get to the actual jerseys worn by the players on ice.

When it comes to officially licensed hockey jerseys, there are a number of styles available at varying levels of quality. Needless to say, the higher the price point, the closer you will get to mimicking the fabrics and construction of true player quality jerseys.

Currently, the official manufacturer of all NHL hockey jerseys is Reebok.

Reebok Edge Authentic Jerseys

EDGE HOCKEY JERSEY

These are the same jersey worn by the NHL players. They contain all of the high quality performance materials utilized in the cut made for the pros, including fight straps and extra reinforcements.

Defining Features

Quality 100 /100

Price 40 /100

  • 250g double knit polyester
  • Fight Strap
  • Sewn-on, multi-layer tackle twill
  • Fully sewn embroidered tackle twill team crest
  • Numeric sizing
  • NHL shield sewn on the bottom of the front collar
  • Reebok name embroidered the back of the neck

Reebok Premier Jerseys

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Reebok Premier jerseys are designed to duplicate the look of jerseys worn on the ice. You get a sewn-on team crest with tackle twill letters and numbers on the back. Equally as impressive as the EDGE version but at a more attractive price point.

Quality 90 /100

Price 95 /100

  • 175g polyester
  • Polyester interlock knit rib collar
  • single-layer screen-printed twill for shoulder patches (if applicable)
  • Fully sewn embroidered tackle twill team crest
  • Alpha sizing
  • NHL shield sewn on the bottom of the front collar
  • Reebok name embroidered the back of the neck

Reebok Replica Practice Jerseys

Practice Jersey NHL

These are the lower tier of jerseys produced by Reebok. They replicate the look of  the jerseys that NHL players sport during practice. Great jerseys for messing around in, but they don’t really make a statement like the EDGE or Premier lines do.

Quality 40 /100

Price 100 /100

  • Mid-weight Ultrafil Polyester
  • Reflective shoulder and sleeve braid
  • Heat-pressed single layer twill
  • Embroidery and twill applique front crests
  • Standard sizing
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Fake hockey jerseys

Fake hockey jerseys are a scourge. They are found in malls, sporting shops and everywhere online from sellers who do not have the license to sell them. This makes it more difficult to ensure that you are getting a decent product for your hard earned money. (Good thing you have this great guide eh?)

Fake jerseys are always made with sub par materials and can usually be spotted by their lack of official tags and labels, along with improper colors on crests and team logos.

Have a look at some of these photos for a good idea of what the worst fakes look like:


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(and stay tuned for our upcoming Comprehensive Guide to Spotting a Fake Hockey Jersey)
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Hockey jersey name and numbers explained

When hunting for the right jersey, you will come across detailed descriptions that mention various fabrics, crest styles and name & number stitching. It is important to know ahead of time what quality you require, as it can be a real disappointment if you end up with a sub par jersey when expecting something pro.

Here we break down the two major styles of crests, patches and name/numbers you will find mentioned in most hockey jersey specs.

Single Layer Screen Printed Twill

Hockey Screen Print Name-Number

Single-layer screen printed twill is the direct application of ink printed onto a tackle-twill patch (usually white) that is then sewn to the jersey.

This is the option that some jersey retailers choose to use to keep the costs down.  The name and numbers are never sewn, but rather heat pressed onto the jersey.  Although from a distance they look like the tackle twill counterparts, up close you can see the difference. Also, over time the numbers and name bars do peel away leaving you with an item that you will need to replace. This is an option that we DO NOT USE!

Applique Tackle Twill

tackle-twill jerseyApplique is the process of sewing the twill onto a garment. Twill is 100% polyester. Twill comes in a variety of colors and has pressure sensitive adhesive on one side, to ensure easy layout positioning

Just like embroidery, a computer file is created that tells our machines what design to cut and sew. Two separate files are created – a cut file and a sew file. The cut file is sent to our plotter, which then cuts the twill into the required shape. Once all of the pieces are cut, the sew file is sent to our embroidery machines. The machine then sews the outline where each piece of twill will go. Twill has an adhesive side to help it stick in place, making it easy to get a perfect design. Once the twill shape is placed on the garment correctly, the machine sews it down, creating a border of embroidery around all edges. Although twill does have an adhesive side, sewing it down is the only way to ensure that it stays properly adhered. This is the process we use for all our customers!

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Hockey jersey sizing explained

Sizing on a hockey jersey can be tricky. Getting the right size depends on how you plan on wearing the jersey. If you are planning on wearing your jersey over some equipment or over a hoody and some layers, you definitely want to size up from what you might normally wear. (For specific hockey jersey sizing, see the sizing tables at the end of the article)

You will also notice that there are three (3) types of sizing styles depending on what kind of jersey you are looking at. The EDGE jerseys use a numeric system, the Premier jerseys use an Alpha system and the Kids & Toddler lines have a split sizing scheme.

Numeric Sizing

numeric tag nhl jersey The Pro or Edge Jerseys use numeric sizing. this has been the case for many years in the NHL and will continue to do so in years to come. Typically sizes 54, 56 and 58 are the most popular sizes for current NHL players. These sizes are large enough to fit comfortably over their equipment (hey, they are big dudes!) but tight enough that the jersey does not get in their way while playing the game.

The most popular sizes for consumers are sizes 50, 52 and 54. The reason for this is most of us wear our jerseys over a t-shirt, some a hoodie and others bring them out on the ice over equipment of their own! These size are also popular as a lot of people like them a little baggy or loose when wearing them to the game or out to the pub to watch their team!

Alpha Sizing

alpha tag hockey jerseysThe Reebok Premier version is alpha size and was during the days of CCM (also part of Reebok which does the vintage jerseys BTW!). These are strictly for fan use (as I’m sure you know!). The most popular sizes are medium, large and x-large. Again we wear them with t-shirts, hoodies and over our equipment and as with the Edge jerseys most people like a little extra room!

With the youth sizes you will notice S/M and L/XL. The reason for this is simple, kids grow! It a little more comforting know that when purchasing a youth jersey for your young one they will get more than a season out of it!

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Reebok rules the world


January 1, 2007

The Edge sweaters were unveiled at the 55th National Hockey League All-Star Game. The Reebok jerseys have been worn, league-wide, from the 2007–08 NHL season until present day.




2001 – 2006 – The Hockey Company has it sewn up


January 1, 2001

For the 2000–01 season, through to the 2005–06 NHL season, all team sweaters were made by The Hockey Company in an NHL-wide deal. The Koho brand was added to dark sweaters and alternate (third sweaters), while the CCM brand was on the white sweaters.




Prior to 2000 – Everybody was in


January 1, 1999

Prior to 2000, different NHL teams had contracts with different manufacturers for their sweaters, although in some years all or most teams had a deal with one supplier. Manufacturers included CCM, Koho, Nike, Starter, and Pro Player.


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Women’s Hockey Jerseys

Montreal-Canadiens-2016-Womens-NHL-Winter-Classic-Premier-Replica-Jersey-N37709_XLTraditionally, hockey jerseys are designed with a boxy, not so flattering cut. There are however, an entire line of NHL jerseys designed with the woman’s figure in mind.

For those who need a slimmer fit, Reebok’s women’s fit hockey jerseys are the ticket. They are Premier quality jerseys, which means they look very close to the actual on ice jerseys worn by professional players.

Women’s Premier jerseys are sized using the alpha system and run small through XXL. They are available in two style, including Premier and a Women’s Fashion cut.

Children’s Hockey Jerseys

children kids hockey jersey

When it comes to gearing your little ones up for family hockey night, it is adorable when Johnny or Suzie camps out on the couch with you all swamped in your full sized jersey. Even more adorable is the look on their face when you give them their very own child sized jersey.

Children’s hockey jerseys are sized using the alpha system and run small through XL.

There are a number of children’s hockey jersey styles available, including: Premier, Replica, Girls Fashion Jerseys and a specific infant / toddler line.

Vintage & Throwback Hockey Jerseys

Vintage Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Jersey

Styled to mimic the uniforms worn by teams in the past. One-time or limited-time retro uniforms are sometimes produced to be worn by teams in games, on special occasions such as anniversaries of significant events. These jersey versions are often released for sale to the public, , marketed as “Throwback Jerseys”.

You can find authentic throwbacks (actual old jerseys) as well as replica throwbacks (made from the modern materials while using designs of the originals).  Both types of vintage hockey jerseys are valuable, although most purist collectors prefer to stick with the authentic jerseys.

Reebok has not always been the official brand for NHL jerseys. If you are interested in finding a vintage jersey from a specific year, be sure to have a look at our Official NHL Jersey timeline below. It will help you determine what brand of hockey jersey you are looking for which is a great start towards verifying it’s authenticity.

Goalie Jerseys

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Goalie Jerseys are not widely available. You will have to go custom if you want one.

Custom Hockey Jerseys

custom hockey jersey

Sometimes you need a little something extra in a jersey. If you want to really feel like you are part of the team, get yourself a custom hockey jersey.

With a custom jersey you can pick your team and add your own number and name on the back and sleeves. These are great for gifts and definitely turn some heads. Additional options include adding A or C patches to complete the look.

Custom NHL Jerseys are made using Premier quality materials and look extremely close to professional on ice hockey jerseys.

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Hockey jersey sizing charts

Reebok EDGE Authentic Jersey Sizing Chart

Jersey Size Front Hem to Bottom Back Hem to Bottom Chest/Pit to Pit
46 30 1/2″ 33 1/2″ 25″
50 31″ 34 1/2″ 26″
52 31 1/2″ 35″ 27″
54 33″ 36″ 28″
56 34 1/2″ 37 1/2″ 29″
60 36 1/2″ 38 1/2″ 31″
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Reebok Premier Jersey Sizing Chart

Jersey Size Front Hem to Bottom Back Hem to Bottom Chest/Pit to Pit
S 30″ 33″ 26″
M 30 1/2″ 34″ 26 1/2″
L 31″ 34 1/2″ 27 1/2″
XL 31 1/2″ 35 1/2″ 28 1/2″
XXL 34″ 37″ 30 1/2″
XXXL 36″ 38″ 33″
XXXXL 36 1/8″ 38 1/8″ 34″
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Reebok Practice Jersey Sizing Chart

Jersey Size Front Hem to Bottom Back Hem to Bottom Chest/Pit to Pit
S 31″ 30″ 24″
M 31 1/4″ 31″ 25 1/2″
L 31 1/2″ 32″ 27
XL 31 1/2″ 35 1/2″ 28 1/2″
XXL 33″ 33″ 29 1/2″
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Vintage CCM Jersey Sizing Chart

Jersey Size Front Hem to Bottom Back Hem to Bottom Chest/Pit to Pit
S 28″ 29″ 26″
M 29″ 29 1/2″ 27″
L 30″ 30 1/2″ 28″
XL 31″ 32″ 29″
XXL 32″ 33″ 30 1/2″
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Womens Premier Hockey Jersey Sizing Chart

Jersey Size Front Hem to Bottom Back Hem to Bottom Chest/Pit to Pit
S 24″ 24 1/2″ 19″
M 24 1/2″ 25″ 20″
L 25″ 25 1/2″ 20 1/2″
XL 25″ 25 1/2″ 22″
XXL 26 1/2″ 27″ 24″
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Womens Fashion Jersey Sizing Chart

Jersey Size Front Hem to Bottom Back Hem to Bottom Chest/Pit to Pit
S 18 1/2″ 25 1/2″ 18 1/2″
M 19″ 26 1/2″ 19″
L 21″ 27″ 21″
XL 22″ 27 1/2″ 22″
XXL 24″ 29 1/2″ 24″
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Kids 8-20 Practice Jersey Sizing Chart

Jersey Size Front Hem to Bottom Back Hem to Bottom Chest/Pit to Pit
S 22″ 22″ 16 1/2″
M 24″ 23 1/2″ 19 1/4″
L 26″ 26″ 20 1/2″
XL 27″ 27 1/4″ 22″
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Girls 8-20 Fashion Jersey Sizing Chart

Jersey Size Front Hem to Bottom Back Hem to Bottom Chest/Pit to Pit
S 22″ 23 1/4″ 17″
M 24″ 24 1/2″ 18 1/2″
L 24″ 25 1/2″ 20″
XL 25″ 26″ 20″
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Infant/Toddler/Kids Replica Jersey Sizing Chart

Jersey Size Front Hem to Bottom Back Hem to Bottom Chest/Pit to Pit
Toddler (2-4) 18 1/4″ 19″ 14 1/8″
Kids (4-7) 21″ 22 1/2″ 17 1/4″
Infant (12-24 months) 13″ 14 3/4″ 12 1/2″
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Kids 8-20 Premier Jersey Sizing Chart

Jersey Size Front Hem to Bottom Back Hem to Bottom Chest/Pit to Pit
Small/Medium 23 1/4″ 24 3/4″ 19″
Large/Extra Large 27″ 27 3/4″ 22″
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Kids 8-20 Replica Jersey Sizing Chart

Jersey Size Front Hem to Bottom Back Hem to Bottom Chest/Pit to Pit
Small/Medium 23 1/4″ 25″ 19 1/2″
Large/Extra Large 27″ 28 1/2″ 22″
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