The Canadian Olympic Committee was the big newsmaker of the week when they officially unveiled the recycled water bottle jerseys Team Canada would wear at the upcoming 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.
There was much criticism when these jerseys were unveiled, “they’re too boring”, “what was wrong with the old ones?”, “Petro Canada!”. I’m going to try and look at them from a different angle, one in which they’re not that terrible, especially when placed in context with what the national team has worn in Olympic games past.
This jersey combines two historical uniforms very special to Hockey Canada on the international stage. The first is the 1920 Summer Olympic Hockey jersey (yes, summer) worn by the very first Olympic gold medal winning Canadian hockey team. Canada played three games and won them all outscoring their opponents 29-1 in the process. Absolute domination. The world was warned, Canada owns hockey, and they continued to do so winning gold at every Olympic games (except one) through 1952. The jersey that team wore was yellow but also featured a single horizontal stripe across the chest with nothing but a maple leaf on it. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?