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Art Of Excellence – Hockey Sweaters

“Everything old is new again.” Well, not quite, but we’re making good progress.

Beauty and sports. Two things that supposedly are not meant to cross paths, at least not in “men’s sports.” On one hand, you have something typically “feminine.”  While on the other, you’re discussing athleticism and toughness, something typically masculine. However, it is definitely possible to find beauty in sports beyond just the “Beauty of a play.”

Originating as a basic sweater, the most integral piece of the hockey uniform served one purpose: to represent the team. The logo on the front was all that mattered. The only reason a player had a number was to distinguish them from their teammates. Through the years these heavy articles of clothing have evolved into something collectible and fashionable.

The hockey sweater was first introduced in 1917. Considering its shelf-life it’s understandable that style has affected the look of hockey, (e.g. hockey went through its groovy stage). In the beginning, some designs were instant classics, while others were… not so much. Those that found their identity early on have become the most popular. Though certain teams are known for aesthetic excellence, they  too must travel down a dark path before re-discovering their “golden days.”

Unfortunately the hockey sweater has become just another “sports jersey”. I’ll admit, even I call them jerseys now. Yet, the old school duds will always be “sweaters” to me.

Lately, some of these pieces have become too cluttered to represent the team well, or else too bare to have any character. Now with permanent elements such as names and captaincy being thrown into the fold, its become an even greater task to create a well-received jersey.

“Reebok Edge” is a jersey template currently being used across the National Hockey League, and it’s become notorious for all the disgraceful jerseys made during its tenure. As a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs, it killed me to see an Original 6 team give in to the new wave of hockey attire. Fortunately, the pajamas didn’t last too long.

The newest trend in the NHL is vintage jerseys. Throwbacks are coming back in full force, and more teams now than ever are going for that old-time hockey look. This is fine by me if it means a better looking league. So far, 16 out of the 30 clubs have taken a piece out of their history, and either worn or are planning on wearing these styles.

Here are a few of my personal favorites. Tastes differ, so if you don’t agree with my picks, I know there’s something out there you’ll like.

I’ve been a long-time follower of a blog dedicated to hockey jerseys and logos, and news surrounding them. If you’re interested, please check out the following link: http://www.icethetics.info/.


Comments

  • Anonymous

    My boy!!! This is certainly your best work yet. The added dimension of fashion to your sports element is greatly appreciate. You and John came correct this week on that tip and I truly appreciate it. All I need to do now is find me a nice throwback Canadians jersey… I actually kinda like that one you hate, LOL!

    • Connor Sziklasi

      Thanks a lot man, and glad you enjoyed it! And I guess its possible for some people to like those barber pole jerseys, haha. Just definitely not my style, but thats the beauty of different tastes!

  • Anonymous

    Amazing Connor! Really well done. Gotta say, im so happy the NHL is going more retro as their past designs are so much more personal than the present. That Sabres sweater can get it! Sorry about beating you guys last night!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Michael-Elliott/500513490 Christopher Michael Elliott

    Great job Connor. This is a really cool piece. I like how you integrated your love for sports with fashion. Very creative and unique. If I could pick one jersey that stands out amongst all others, it would have to be the original Chicago BlackHawks sweater. I love the colours, and the logo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000583209773 Sabrina Camp

    so in love with the vintage jerseys.
    thanks for the pics :)

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