In case you missed it, Paralympic and world silver medalists Canada unveiled the team’s new ice sledge hockey jersey for the 2016-17 season earlier this month.
Designed by Nike, the jersey celebrates Canada’s 150th anniversary as a nation and is
composed of a series of diamonds that represent the four original Confederation provinces, forming the shape of the iconic Maple Leaf. On the upper section of the jersey, rows of maple leaves fill the jersey’s shoulder caps, forming one of the most patriotic features ever seen on a national jersey. Meshed zones under both arms support thermoregulation through optimal ventilation allowing players to stay cool during the game.
“This jersey is designed to match performance with patriotism,” said Hockey Canada’s president and Chief Executive Officer Tom Renney in a press release. “Hockey is part of the fabric of our nation, and teaches all of the life lessons that build great citizens. We wanted to ensure that every aspect of this jersey had a deep meaning to Canadians, while still pushing the envelope with innovation. From the bottom white stripe to the embedded maple leaves, the jersey is emblematic of that intrinsic link between the game and the 35 million Canadians who carry the Maple Leaf in their hearts.”
The new jersey is now available online at HockeyCanada.ca/Shop and selected Canadian retailers.
Canada were the runners-up at the last Paralympics, World Championships and Pac Pacific Championships, and will be looking to turn as many of those silvers into golds as possible for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.