Next to fighting, nothing stirs more debate amongst hockey fans as the release of a newly designed jersey.
While both Team Canada and Team USA’s 2014 Olympic sweaters were roundly criticized by fans, Team Sweden’s new outfits – which were released by Swedish news outlet Aftonbladet – have mostly garnered a positive response on social media.
The Nike-designed gold sweaters are splashed with the traditional three blue crowns. Sweden will also have a blue jersey but is likely to wear the gold more often.
A subtle matte Viking ship has been added to the shoulder, three blue stripes wrap around the waist, and the faux collar laces also seen on Team Canada’s new sweaters are in effect here.
According to Aftonbladet (translated by Google), Nike wanted to make more alterations to the standard Swedish uniform than you see here, but Sweden’s hockey federation stuck to its guns. They insisted on a clean look.
Not even Nike could ruin Team Sweden's jerseys very much.
— Rick (@Rick_City) October 25, 2013
Wow. The team Sweden hockey jerseys are beautiful.
— Abbey Phalen (@aphalen17) October 25, 2013
Looked at Sweden's Olympic hockey jersey. They resisted Nike's re-imagining and stuck with their basic Tre Kronor design. Much better imo.
— Phil (@philloveshockey) October 25, 2013
Aw man, Sweden is winning the Olympic Jersey Challenge. Except for that weird looking viking ship. Now I want an Eriksson one.
— Dan Ryan (@bruinshockeynow) October 25, 2013
(images via Aftonbladet)