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Hockey Canada officially releases Olympic jerseys

Oct 8, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

And here they are…

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Not that this is a huge surprise after last month’s leak.

Here’s the press release from Hockey Canada, with some information on each jersey.

RED JERSEY

The iconic red jersey celebrates the rich history of hockey in Canada. From the vintage-inspired logo on the new lightweight front crest to the Canadian flag on the sleeve and the maple leaf graphics on the shoulders, the new jersey represents Canada from top to bottom.

WHITE JERSEY

Unmistakably Canadian, the white jersey is the perfect complement to the red. With ‘Canada’ standing out proudly in red on the white background of the front logo and the country’s colours flowing through the asymmetrical stripe on the left arm, this jersey is a perfect representation of the pride Canadians feel when it comes to hockey

BLACK JERSEY

To round out the exciting collection of jerseys for the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Hockey Canada chose to add a black third jersey. Inspired by memorable vintage Team Canada jerseys, this jersey will inspire our Olympians to win again. The bold ‘Canada’ word mark on the chest reminds the world of Canada’s hockey heritage, while the gold piping on the badges and gold maple leaf on the shoulders remind the world of Canada’s goal to win gold medals in Sochi.

The jerseys, created in partnership with Nike, have not received the greatest reviews, save for Canadian golfer Graham DeLaet.

For what it’s worth, I’m with DeLaet and don’t quite get why so many people dislike them. I think the red one is pretty nice, even if I could do without the faux laces.

  1. billyhauntswizards - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    absolutely horrible.

  2. imacdane - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Those are just long sleeve soccer jerseys

  3. ethanmacleod1685 - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    I’m in the minority also, love em

  4. pxland - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    I like the black one very much (minus the painted on laces). You throw real laces on that one and I might buy it.

  5. gregman98 - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Do any other national teams have a third jersey?

    Is Team Canada going to actually play wearing the black jersey, or was it created just for merchandising?

    • nj666 - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      usa had a 3rd jersey in ’10

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      It seems so unnecessary to have a 3rd jersey. Even if you win gold, there’s just not that many games.

      • joey4id - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:50 PM

        Three jersey’s will increase sales.

  6. axisofweasels - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    theyre going to look great with the silver medals you guys are going to win.

    • dreamzilla - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      and we going to lose in Gold Medal game to who????? The Russians???? perhaps with the home crowd behind them as the 7th Man

      • ibieiniid - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:38 PM

        don’t play coy. i think you know who he was talking about.

      • davebabychreturns - Oct 8, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        Finland? Slovakia? Help me out here.

      • ibieiniid - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        WE TALKIN BELARUS SON! 2nd most represented fanbase on PHT. Belarus.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      I would love to see a Canada-USA gold medal game. Could you imagine how mad the Russians would be watching two North American teams in the final.

  7. earpaniac - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    I don’t know what it is, but in every country’s sweater so far, there is just something “off” about them. I cant explain it, i dont think its the laces though. Those don’t bother me, and I can’t even see them half the time. I haven’t seen one yet that just screamed incredible to me.

    • ibieiniid - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      i noticed all the pictures they’ve shown on PHT look like computer models. plain and dull (plainer and duller than they actually are). each one looks a BIT better when they show a guy wearing it….. but these are still bad. especially the black one.

    • elvispocomo - Oct 8, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      For me it’s that there’s no collar. You look at any jerseys past or present and they all have a visible collar to them rather than the seamless/performance style they have on this one. It wouldn’t even have to be a different colour I don’t think, but they’re going to minimal weight to increase performance and have basically left off a traditional hockey jersey collar.

      • ibieiniid - Oct 8, 2013 at 4:50 PM

        lol
        Jersey weight: something the creators of hockey never thought we’d be considering in the year 2013.

      • elvispocomo - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        That was the thinking behind the Sharks jersey redesign this year, with minimal design elements like stripes and shoulder logos that’d add to weigh with more seams and material.

  8. swenny19 - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Yuck

  9. mrhyperpants - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    So the hockey team are wearing Canada’s Cycling teams shirts?

    • yankeehawk - Oct 8, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      Yep…lol….we give ‘em back after Sochi….

  10. mrpinkca - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Did they get input from Hugo Boss for the black one? If so, he’s stealing his old designs…

  11. vshehane - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Very unimaginative and boring. Perhaps a group of 2nd graders designed them.

  12. shamu1the1whale - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Fake Laces for everybody!

  13. ibieiniid - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    “The bold ‘Canada’ word mark on the chest reminds the world of Canada’s hockey heritage”

    that makes no sense to me. how does just that one remind us of the hockey heritage, but the others, that also say Canada, don’t? Somebody picked those descriptions using manatees I think.

  14. lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Wow…I hope with all my heart these jerseys look better in real life because these flat-out SUCK. These pictures don’t do the designs justice whatsoever.

  15. Stiller43 - Oct 8, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    that black one is atrociously bad.

    the red/white ones are nice i think. the fake laces are DUMB

  16. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Oct 8, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Yeah, let’s all just pray the rest of the complete uniforms can fix how bad these team sweaters are. There’s so much I don’t like about them. The weird bedazzled looking maple leaf things on the shoulders. I really hate the asymmetry of arms. Why doesn’t the other arm get a stripe???

    The idea of a third jersey at the Olympics makes no sense to me. There’s just not that many games, it’s so unnecessary. The only game it might come in handy is Canada vs the Swiss. That one could be a red and white mess for the refs, depending what the whole uniforms look like.

    The good news is at least, it will be really easy to fight the urge to waste however many hundreds of dollars it costs to get one of these things.

    • ibieiniid - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      that 1/3 red, 1/3 white, 1/3 blue czech jersey might be a pit of a pain from one side of the ice too.

  17. snipedanglecelly13 - Oct 8, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    I kinda like the white jersey but the red one is bad but not as bad as the black! That is just disgusting!

  18. nflnhlrulznbasux - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    The 3rd jersey is geared towards the white skinheads as they have lots of disposable cash.
    Orange stripe on the left side…Heil Hitler!!!
    And what’s up with the swoosh on the front? Thought corporate advertising was not allowed in the Olympics?
    Nike = Idiots

    • elvispocomo - Oct 8, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      Advertising for companies other than the official Olympic ones isn’t allowed, but there’s no issue with the Olympic sponsors I think.

      • nflnhlrulznbasux - Oct 8, 2013 at 4:54 PM

        Then why did they ban Hockey Canada and US Hockey logos? They should only be allowed to put the swoosh on the inside of jersey.

      • elvispocomo - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:35 AM

        Uh, they aren’t corporations? You asked about corporations and in specific the Nike swoosh so I told you.

        And I’m not sure they have banned the Canada and US hockey logos as certainly Russia and Czech are using their normal logos on their jerseys.

  19. hockeyflow33 - Oct 8, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Wouldn’t it make sense to have a hockey company design these?

    • ibieiniid - Oct 8, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      I was wondering this too: do you think Nike designs just the base jersey, and olympic committees design the specifics? Like I know KOHO and Reebok weren’t out there designing NHL jerseys, the teams did. I guess my real question is how much flexibility the committees have in their designs. I can’t imagine all these countries CHOSE to have the fake laces though. maybe it’s a combined sh**ty effort, not just one person/company’s sh**ty effort. ahhhh, cooperation.

  20. shamu1the1whale - Oct 8, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Actually, the more I think about it, the red and white jerseys would make nice pajamas, especially the white jersey. The white jersey reminds me of snow.

  21. canadianguest - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    All of a sudden it feels like 1940 again

  22. jrcan13 - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Who the hell cares WHAT they look like. Not a freaking fashion show. As long as the compete for gold they could be wearing freaking skirts for all I care.

    Methinks some people have been hanging with the knitting club too much ;-)

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