The best Team Canada hockey jerseys of all time
It shouldn’t be that hard to design a decent looking hockey jersey. Especially when it comes to playing internationally. Each country has a flag and color palette to work from, making the designer successful just by walking through the door.
Sadly, this has not always been the case. And the last few days have shown how easy it is to misunderstand the mission.
Canada, in particular, has a mix of international outfits throughout its tenure on the international stage. Some are phenomenal and some are fashion disasters.
What we’re going to do today is focus on the old category, counting the top four Team Canada jerseys in the nation’s illustrious history.
Why not among the top five? Because I am different. That is why.
4. 1972 Summit Series
What if the logo … was the jersey ???
This is essentially what Canada had in mind when designing their kits for the Summit Series of 1972. And, surprisingly, it works.
The maple leaf is such a big central logo. It’s simple yet powerful, recognizable by anyone who sees it and should be prominently featured on all official Canada uniforms. The 1972 kits take this to the next level, with the maple leaf taking up about 80% of the entire jersey and even widening the sides to the cuffs of the arms. It’s a distinctive design, which looks as good up close as it does from the back of the cheap seats.
However, what holds back these forms is the fatal flaw of Canada in the design of the jerseys: the color black.
Taking such a gorgeous sweater and accentuating it with black pants should be a crime. It is despicable. And yet its continued inclusion on this list should show how much I love the jerseys themselves. Yet they were so close to perfection. Using white pants over the red uniforms to blend in with the white maple leaf, thereby turning the player’s legs into a rod, seems like such an obvious home run and yet the powers that escaped the ball down the line. one meter.
Too bad. Life is about taking the good with the bad.
3. 2016 Hockey Canada
This jersey gets bonus points for doing the impossible: making black look great on a Team Canada jersey.
It shouldn’t. But it is. I am just as surprised as you are.
Using black simply as an accent allows red to shine as the main jersey color while ensuring that the all-black shoulders blend well with black helmets, thus segmenting the jersey color scheme in a way that appeals to you. ‘eye. The black stripes on the arms work the same, pairing well with the black gloves in the kit while ensuring that red is the star of the show – as it always should be.
If you stray away from Canada’s two official colors, you better do it with a goal. The 2016 Hockey Canada jerseys do just that, using black accents in a way that unites the design and makes their sets look sleek and modern without sacrificing historic design.
2. 1987 Canada Cup
I have no idea why Canada hasn’t doubled, tripled and quadrupled on this design in the years since.
Everything is perfect there. The color scheme. The sleek half logo that looks like a razor sharp maple leaf waiting to dice opponents. Even the strange three-branched maple leaves on the arms. Everything works there.
Canada won gold with these kits. They’re the perfect blend of simplicity and style, taking the general idea of the 1972 Summit Series and adapting it to something timeless and dare I say better.
If Nike reissued these bad boys in 2021, they would sell like hot cakes.
If it is not broke, do not fix it. And these uniforms are as tough as they come.
1. Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games
There was no other choice.
Hosting the games on its home soil, Canada needed a uniform worthy of the postage stamps and Heritage Moments it would appear in for decades to come. And not only did they understand the mission, but they crushed it. Like, out of the park. It just couldn’t have been better.
Do you want to know why? Because they haven’t thought about it too much.
The flag of Canada has two main colors: red and white. These colors are beautiful colors. You could even say they “pop”. And instead of going funky with black or throwing gold in there for no reason, Canada sent its hockey players to the biggest international stage in their nation’s colors for everyone to see.
The kicker, however, includes the conception of a West Coast First Nation. Created in tandem by Nike and Musqueam artist Debra Sparrow, the jersey features a Thunderbird and an eagle placed in the maple leaf to protect the crest.
This is extremely important because here is the thing: the history of the First Nations is the history of Canada.
The 2010 Olympics were held on First Nations land – land unfairly taken from them by colonizers against their will. To exclude First Nations culture from the cultural expression that hosts the Olympic Games would have been a gross oversight. Hockey Canada has done well in recognizing its full place in Canadian society.