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Throwback Thursday: Remember when the Flyers wore these awful jerseys?

From Cooperalls to 3D and more, a look at some of the truly perplexing jerseys and jersey elements in Flyers history.

Montreal Canadiens v Philadelphia Flyers Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

While we continue to face extended time without actual, live sports, SB Nation is taking the time this week to talk jerseys in all forms and fashions.

Though the Flyers have spent a bulk of their history with a rather defined look and logo, they’ve also fallen prey to some truly terrible jerseys in their franchise history.

So on this throwback Thursday, we’re going to take them to task for those egregious lapses in judgement.

The Flyers, but in 3D!

So these monstrosities were introduced in 2002 and somehow re-emerged after the 2004-05 lockout.

The logo is the best place to start on this hideous iteration, which is a 3D stylization of the Flyers’ classic and timeless logo. The beveling makes the logo look out of focus and whoever came up with the idea should forced to spend a season playing on a line with Nikolay Zherdev.

Montreal Canadiens vs Philadelphia Flyers - January 25, 2006
Only Peter Forsberg could make these jerseys look remotely good.
Photo by Hunter Martin/NHLImages

Oh man if you thought the front was bad, check out the letting and numbering on the back of this trainwreck.

Detroit Red Wings v Philadelphia Flyers
3D sucks, has always sucked, and will always suck.
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

You don’t go messing around with greatness, and yet the Flyers somehow managed to do so with this misfire. Thankfully it survives only in old images, and Mike Rathje/Robert Esche jerseys at the WFC that fans take far too much pride in showing off.

Stay golden, Ponyboy

Stepbrothers is great, but the Flyers’ gold accented jerseys were not.

Drawn up to commemorate the Flyers’ 50th NHL season in 2016-17, the gold was added because 50 is a “golden” anniversary as the team followed other aesthetic moves around the league.

All you need to know about how terrible the look was for the Flyers was that captain Claude Giroux refused to show up to the unveiling and model the new jerseys. Okay so some of that isn't true —he got stuck in city traffic— but there’s no denying that the jersey didn’t hit the mark anyways. I mean, there’s no way that Claude hates traffic this much.

Here’s Brayden Schenn modeling the overbearing gold numbers on the back of the jersey.

NHL: FEB 11 Sharks at Flyers
Brayden Schenn hated the Flyers’ gold trimmed 50th anniversary jerseys so much, he stopped scoring at even strength.
Photo by Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images


Thankfully these lasted only a handful of games and were hopefully incinerated along with the Kate Smith statue.

Reebok “EDGE”

When the NHL introduced the Reebok EDGE jersey template, several teams were left with new designs that weren’t anything to write home about and the Flyers were somewhere stuck in the middle

While the Flyers’ EDGE style wasn’t nearly as garnish as say, Calgary’s, it still looked less like the classic look that became synonymous with the franchise leading up to the change.

New York Islanders v Philadelphia Flyers
The Flyers’ 3D alternate jerseys were worse, but these aren’t exactly going in the Louvre.
Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images

The jersey was pretty busy, especially in the shoulders where the Flyers ditched their classic shoulder yokes for the newfangled design that Reebok came up with.

Thankfully the Flyers would introduce a beautiful throwback orange jersey early in the EDGE era and eventually adopt it as their primary dark jersey, then pairing a matching white version for the road.


This design was worn by just two NHL teams ever, and the Flyers (1981-82 season) just had to be one of them. The other? The Hartford Whalers in 1982-83.

Edmonton Oilers v Philadelphia Flyers
Here’s Mark Howe marking Wayne Gretzky while also being able to stand in for any fine dining waiter at a moments notice.

Not technically a jersey, but a “complete uniform system” per the manufacturer — a fancy description for something that looked just downright stupid.

The pants —er uniform system— just didn’t work, and while the reasoning behind them might have been somewhat sound; the look didn’t take off as thought and was quickly (and rightly) ditched by all teams involved.

Hartford Whalers v New York Rangers
While better than the Flyers’ Cooperalls, the Whalers’ foray into pants didn’t last either.
Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images Studios/Getty Images

Got a take on the worst jersey the Flyers have worn thus far? Drop it like it’s hot in the comments below.