3. 2000-01 North America vs. World All-Stars
By 2000, there had only been a few “radical” changes to NHL All-Star jerseys. These jerseys were drastically different than any year before. The All-Star game itself was drastically different than most years before. From 1998-2002, the NHL All-Star game was the battle between North America and the World, not inter-divisional or conference. The players wore the color tops, but the goalies wore the corresponding white tops. The overall design is unique, but not gimmicky. I like the retro vibe of the lines and curves. The best part about these jersey sets is the lack of stars present on them. Save a few years, every other All-Star uniform is either littered with stars or has them in awkward places.
2. 2004 Minnesota Wild Alternates
The newly franchised Minnesota Wild (2000) were picked to host the game in 2004. With that opportunity, they infused their team spirit into their All-Star jerseys. What is not to love about these jerseys? They are clean, simple, and vintage. They undoubtedly inspired the future NHL Winter Classic jerseys, especially using beige/cream in place of white. The green jersey also inspired the Wild’s future alternate and, current, home jerseys. Minnesota was definitely on the cutting edge of jersey design when they crafted these beauties.