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Sorry fans, Canadian players love the black third jersey

Feb 14, 2014, 8:40 PM EDT

Sochi Olympics Ice Hockey Men AP

When Hockey Canada showed off their Olympic jerseys, their black alternate jersey was met with mockery and criticism by fans on Twitter and elsewhere. Team Canada opted to wear them against Austria and rolled to a 6-0 win in them.

While the win was good news for Canada fans, the bad news is the players love the black jerseys as Neil Davidson of The Canadian Press shares.

“Yeah, I don’t remember wearing black too often but they’re nice,” Sidney Crosby said. “I didn’t really expect to wear black today when we came into the room. It’s a nice jersey.”

Defenseman Drew Doughty and goalie Roberto Luongo also said they were big fans of the black duds and even said they were their “favorite.”

If you’re a traditionalist that wants Canada to just wear red as the home team, you might be out of luck. If the team dons them again and rolls to victory, with how superstitious players can be, we may not see their red jerseys again.

Canada will be the “road” team against Finland on Sunday which could mean they’ll be stuck in white.

  1. ash0war - Feb 14, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    I loved the black!

    • kaptaanamerica - Feb 15, 2014 at 5:08 AM

      Now if they would only change the flag and get rid of the leaf…

  2. bsaures - Feb 14, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Anyone else at times get confused watching the game today with latvia jersey looking alot like some of canadas old jerseys especially from behind.

  3. hockeyissweet - Feb 14, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    i liked them. not nearly as bad as every columbus jersey ever.

  4. einjzmolf - Feb 14, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Crosby doesn’t remember when he’s playing in Pittsburgh? His home uniforms are black, what?

    • penguins87and71 - Feb 14, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      Yeah I was kind of wondering the same thing when I read the comment by Sidney Crosby, not the smartest thing his ever said. I personally love the all black unis they are sick, and they are also intimidating. That’s why I love the Penguins home black jerseys.

    • lowenni - Feb 14, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      He was talking about not remembering wearing black for Canada. Given his international experience and the many games that spans, the comment makes sense in context.

  5. jacketsfan7 - Feb 14, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Of course, a Columbus diss…..yay

  6. jacketsfan7 - Feb 14, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Doesn’t even bother to diss the sabres 3rd jersey no no let’s just trample over Columbus like everyone does

    • hockeyissweet - Feb 14, 2014 at 9:16 PM

      i live in columbus, who cares about buffalo?

  7. hockeyissweet - Feb 14, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    i live in columbus, jackets have awful jerseys. thats just a fact. they look a minor league team for the rangers

  8. jacketsfan7 - Feb 14, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    I love my jackets too but I’m just saying everybody seems to diss my jackets when people could be dissing a team with worse jerseys , and not to be an ass but saying the jackets jerseys is an opinion not a fact , other then that let’s go jackets lol

  9. hockeywizardbill - Feb 14, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    as a canadian, love the black jerseys

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 14, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      As a Canadian who remembers the first Flag Day, Feb. 15, 1965, I prefer the red sweaters, but they can wear whatever colors they like as long as they can accessorize their outfits with those pretty gold pendant necklaces on Feb. 23!

  10. hockeywizardbill - Feb 14, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    except for when kunitz wears it though, wish they could just figure out that he needs to be scratched

  11. csilojohnson - Feb 14, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    I like them. Dont see the fuss. Change is part of life. Hopefully it is just practice for a gold game LOSS.
    Go USA

  12. csilojohnson - Feb 14, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Im pretty sure he meant wearing black for Canada….

  13. bigtganks - Feb 14, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    I loved those jerseys as an American. Though at the same time they kinda looked like Panthers jerseys. If I was Canadian I would totally buy one of those though. I think they’re awesome.

  14. sippindasyzurp - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:22 AM


  15. nicofthenorthstar - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    As long as I’m never again subjected to that turd salad the US athletes wore to the opening ceremony, I’m cool with pretty much anything worn in Sochi.

  16. barkar942 - Feb 16, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    Canadian players only love it cause they now look like their favorite beverage.

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