Canada has a new jersey and, with the exception of the World Cup, you’ll be seeing it a lot. The sweater was unveiled in August, just in time for the world junior summer camp tournament Canada attended in Michigan. But the men’s, women’s and sledge hockey teams will also wear it now. The theme? Undoubtedly patriotism.
See, Canada turns 150 in 2017 and, with hockey by far the most popular sport, the tie-in seems like a no-brainer. On the sleeves of the new jersey, you’ll find a patch commemorating the birthday – with diamonds representing provinces, making up the nation’s iconic maple leaf.
Another new flourish comes in the shoulders. The black yoke is inset with a pattern of maple leaves, too – but from afar it has an almost metallic look.
Otherwise, the logo is a slight update of the familiar, but with gold trim – and we all know what that means. “Having that gold around the logo in the middle makes it really fun,” said two-time Olympic gold medallist Marie-Philip Poulin. “It makes you strive for your dream, and it’s really exciting because of that.”
The sweaters also give Nike a nice showcase, as Adidas owns the World Cup and future NHL rights. Technical specs of the sweater include Ripstop Fabric, engineered to withstand the rigors of hockey, as well as meshed zones under the arms to promote thermoregulation. But in the end, the sweater will be judged off the players wearing it – and whether they win their crowns.