The jersey for the Ice Sledge Hockey Team features the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic mark, as well as the Canadian Paralympic Committee mark. Team Canada’s uniform is the result of a partnership with the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), Nike Canada Corp., the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee. They will be worn exclusively at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games by the Ice Sledge Hockey team representing Canada.
President of the National Paralympic Committee of Canada Carla Qualtrough said that the committee is very proud of the national team who are the current Paralympic gold medallists, and this pride is reflected upon in the unique design of the jersey. She added that it was fitting to have Paralympic athletes wearing this jersey as Canada hosts its first Paralympic Winter Games, where many Canadians will be introduced to Ice Sledge Hockey.
Designed to represent the country and team, the jersey incorporates several icons and cultural symbols that were developed by Musqueam artist Debra Sparrow. The dominant imagery depicted inside the Maple Leaf crest includes smaller Maple Leafs representing the gold medal counts for Canada’s Ice Sledge Hockey team, the thunderbird and eagle, two powerful First Nations symbols supporting and protecting the central Maple Leaf, and the heralded hockey player and stick.
Team Canada’s jerseys for the upcoming Games, which come in red or white (suggested retail price CAN$ 135), are available online and in over 2,000 retail outlets across Canada, including but not limited to SportChek locations, Nike stores, Hudson’s Bay Company stores, Olympic Stores in Vancouver, Whistler and the Vancouver International Airport. They will also be sold at the Olympic Superstore at the Bay Downtown Vancouver and Ice Sledge Hockey venue concession stands operated during the Games by VANOC’s merchandise concessionaire, XP Canada ULC. Replica jerseys will be identical to the authentic jerseys, with the exception of the presence of the Hockey Canada mark on the left sleeve.
For more information about the jerseys or the upcoming Paralympic Winter Games, please visit www.vancouver2010.com.
For more information on Canada’s national team, visit www.hockeycanada.ca.