Yesterday, USA Hockey unveiled what the 2014 United States Mens Ice Hockey team will be wearing in Sochi, Russia when the Olympics kick off in February. Many anxiously waited to see what the boys in red, white and blue would be wearing. Then those people saw the jerseys and for many, excitement turned into disgust.
Right off the bat, the biggest thing that pisses me off is that weird fake tie up on the jerseys. Why not just put actual laces up there, in my opinion any jersey with the lace up top is great.
Secondly, what is with the stars across the shoulders. Again, if this was tweaked a little it could look awesome. Throw some white stars on them, and that’ll make Dustin Brown’s hits both bone crushing and patriotic at the same time. But instead, we have black stars, on a dark blue jersey that can hardly be seen.
Finally, we are not the NFL. Albeit hockey is not the flashiest sport in the world, but we love our jerseys. Fans take pride in them and wear them like a badge of honor. So this whole minimalistic look that Nike went with for these jerseys is completely off base. Throw some more color in there, put Uncle Sam’s head right in the middle of the jersey, do something to set these apart from the other nations that will be in Russia in six months.
So rather than hitting other countries with a face full of patriotism. The other teams will have to take a second look to make sure they are even playing the United States.