On Wednesday I took a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly about American team hockey uniforms. Then Team Canada.
Before getting to the heart of the matter, here’s what Canada is going to rock in Beijing in 2022. Just like with the United States, fans aren’t, uh, happy with this look. The big deal seems to be how Nike pushes so hard to make black a part of Canada’s look, even though it’s not in the flag at all.
Personally, I don’t disagree. I think a black Team Canada jersey can look great (loved the substitutes in Sochi, even though I’m in the minority there), but choosing red and black didn’t a lot of sense. Canada’s red sweaters would look very stylish if they had a white logo, name, number and stripe.
In any event! Let’s take a look at some other weird experiments that Canada has tried …
I will first eliminate this monstrosity from the 1992 Olympics in Albertville, France.
Now, in all fairness, this isn’t a bad uniform in a lot of ways. The color scheme is pretty cool, the red really stands out and the three-dimensional numbers on the back are really cool.
Problem is, these don’t look Canadian at all. No, Canada is not known for red, white and blue, it is a different country. In addition, the Canada logo on the chest resembles that of a gas station on the side of a highway.
Make the pants red, fix the logo, and we could have a beautiful uniform here.
I could take a little heat for this because these mustard containers are definitely considered an iconic look for Canada. The Winnipeg Falcons wore them in Antwerp, Belgium, to the 1920 Summer Olympics, which also served as the first hockey world championship.
There is one thing to really love about this jersey, and that is the beautiful artistic interpretation of the Canadian flag serving as the logo. But the problem, of course, is the horrid mustard yellow, which looked even worse when Nike dropped a World Cup remake in 2004.
Okay, let’s go back to the 90s, let’s go.
At the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan, Canada changed from its Petro-Can logo to a modern logo with the player skating in the middle of the maple leaf.
It’s a great logo, but unfortunately the rest of the uniform leaves a lot to be desired. What’s up with that silver band? It almost sounds like a self-fulfilling prophecy that the team won’t win gold, right?
This is one of Canada’s bad looks because it’s the eternal image we have of Wayne Gretzky sitting on the bench and watching the team lose to a shootout in his and only compete in the Olympics. as a player in his career.
THE GOOD ONES
Okay, now that we’ve got through the weird and ugly few, we can enjoy some of the absolute gems that Canada has brought to the ice. There are quite a few, so I had to take a few off the list, unfortunately.
A nice and clean look and good memories? This is what is happening with these gems from the 2021 Olympic Games in Vancouver.
The men’s and women’s teams both won gold that winter, crowning an incredible race that saw Canada dominate the podium at home (and, well, the ice and the snow).
They’re great uniforms, top to bottom. They are clean and simple, capture the red and white of the Canadian flag, and the Indigenous artwork embedded in the maple leaf gives it an added touch of beauty.
I’m glad we get to watch The Golden Goal over and over in these things.
Now I’m going to contradict myself here. I was complaining that Canada used blue in their gas station uniforms in 1992, but the cut the Edmonton Mercurys wore in 1952 is just stunning, even though it heavily features a color that does not represent the country.
Nothing beats this logo. It’s just a thing of beauty. Canada won gold in these beauties in Helsinki, Finland in 1952, its last Olympic men’s hockey victory until 2002 in Salt Lake City.
Finally, we have a pair of iconic looks. I can’t decide which of these two is better, so I’m just going to introduce them both.
Canada’s most iconic team naturally wore Canada’s most iconic jersey. And, above, you have arguably Canada’s most iconic photo.
The 1972 Summit series featured the Canadian version of The Dream Team. Canada beat the Soviet Union in a series of eight games, best against best with players like Ken Dryden, Tony and Phil Esposito, Bobby Clarke and many more.
The simplicity of these jerseys is perfect. It’s a large flag on the front with no lettering and the nameplates on the back all show Canada. Perfect.
And then there’s that 1987 Canada Cup look, which also featured some amazing names. This tournament was especially memorable because fans got to see Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux playing together not only on the same team, but on the same row.
Like the 72 uniforms, those of the 87 are rock because of the simplicity, the intense red color and that large maple leaf that takes up the majority of the jersey. Red and white! This is what works !!!