Hockey Canada still hasn’t officially revealed the jerseys that Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and, hopefully, Ken Dryden circa 1970 will wear when the defending gold medalists take to the ice in Sochi next February. I’m not surprised by the secrecy. I remember putting off showing a failing grade to my parents as long as I could, too.
But you know how things are these days. It’s tough to prevent spoilers when you’ve got Getty Images doing photo shoots. Or, you know, you’re sending the jerseys out to retailers.
That’s apparently what happened here. And someone who received a shipment was only to happy to post an image up on Reddit as soon as the new threads came into his store.
Hey, the red and whites could have been worse. After seeing what horrors Nike foisted on the Americans and Russians, the annoying design elements on Canada’s home and road sweaters — the fake laces, the glossy pattern on the shoulders, and the precious gold-medal tribute along the front left hem — aren’t all that tough to stomach.
But then there’s the predominantly black third jersey that looks like cigarette packaging or worse, something that Hugo Boss might have designed about 75 years ago. That one’s not being well received.
One red armband? Really?
Here are some of the early reactions from social media:
Russell Brand has some scathing things to say about Team Canada's new hockey jersey.—
Butter Chicken (@MrButterChicken) September 24, 2013
Maybe someone said they wanted the jerseys to be germane to Canada and someone at Nike misunderstood.—
Dave Lozo (@DaveLozo) September 24, 2013
Rather than going for gold, Canada should try to steal the Ark of the Covenant.—
Harrison Mooney (@HarrisonMooney) September 24, 2013
Just saying, Canada, last time a bunch of guys with one red armband tried to go deep into Russia, it didn't work out so well for them.—
Jesse Spector (@jessespector) September 24, 2013
The black Team Canada jersey looks like one of those Olympic T-Shirts they were selling at Zellers last year—
Jeff Veillette (@Jeffler) September 24, 2013
UGHHH…Red one isnt bad, White one looks like team Petro Canada jerseys, Third jersey is HORRENDOUS, nazi-esque (one red arm stripe)—
(@MrGenier) September 24, 2013
Basically the 2014 Team Canada uniforms are the love children of the 1920 and 1972 Team Canada jerseys. Both those teams won, so… winners!—
Chris Creamer (@sportslogosnet) September 24, 2013