Imagine the reaction if someone came up with the Red Wings' design today: "No, sorry, it's too plain -- can you add some black accents? And the logo has too much subtle detail. And where's the alternate uniform?" Fortunately, nobody was worried about any of those things back in 1932, when the Wings came out with their basic look. Eight decades later, it still works. Bonus points for the vertically arched lettering on the player names.
Something that only 3 teams in the NHL currently use, Colorado, Detroit, and NYR.
Detroit's been using the vertical arched letters since 1982, New York since 1990, and Colorado since their inception in 1996.