Team USA unveiled its Nike hockey jerseys on Tuesday for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The unveiling took place at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va., the venue of Team USA’s orientation camp. In the words of the Washinton Post’s Lindsay Applebaum,”The Nike-made jerseys, modeled by Bill Guerin and Chris Drury, feature, among other American distinctions, a neckline inscription that reads,”Land of the free, home of the brave.”
Chris Littmann of the Sporting News enumerated various descriptions of the new uniforms, per NikeInc.com:
— Nike Flywire reinforces the neck area while providing a closer fit to preventing slipping. The aesthetic also provides a nod to the traditional lace neck design.
— Reduced seaming eliminates weight and creates a more traditional blocked look.
— Recycled polyester embraces sustainable innovation without compromising performance.
— Each jersey is made from about seventeen plastic bottles and the socks use approximately five plastic bottles.
— Lightweight premium letters and numbers shave off unnecessary weight.
— Zoned ventilation and articulated sleeves for ventilation and maximum range of motion.
— Stretch open hole mesh under arm for added ventilation.
The Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Dillman took note of some harsh comments on Twitter as soon as the new jerseys went trending online.
“Cannot get over how bad those Team USA jerseys look. The stars and fake laces look tacky as hell and the K-Swiss looking crest?”
“Team USA should try to get an original logo instead of stealing it from the NFL.”
However, there were some positive ones, such as this one:
“Finally some nice team USA sweaters too. Best we have had in years.”
St. Louis Blues team captain David Backes was one of those who were impressed with the new design. He said,”I think it is classy and humble and something we can stand behind — that shield.”
The new Nike Team USA hockey jerseys can be viewed here.