Team Canada’s hockey teams will have a choice of red, white and black jerseys to wear at the Winter Olympics and Paralympics, though the player rosters of who will be going to Beijing are still shaking down.
Hockey Canada revealed the trio of variations Tuesday during the women’s Rivalry Series game between Team Canada and Team USA in Ottawa. Team USA came out ahead with a 2-0 win, though the Canadian women lead in Olympic golds — Canada has four to the Americans’ two.
All told, Canada has the hardware for 22 Olympic hockey medals, 13 of them gold.
“We look forward to wearing these spectacular jerseys on the ice in Beijing, and seeing Canadians all around the world supporting our teams in the Olympic and Paralympic jersey,” Hockey Canada CEO Tom Renney told CBC News.
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Team Canada’s website says, “We all know that Team Canada is a force of nature. So, it’s fitting that the design was inspired by norther storms, which are fast-moving cold fronts that originate from the north and send strong winds south, causing temperatures to plummet rapidly. Graphic lines on the maple leaf crest gives dimension to the design, but are also representative of how snow and Arctic winds are shown on weather maps.”
Fans will get their first look at a Team Canada squad wearing one of the new jerseys when the women take to the ice for their opener against Switzerland on Feb. 3, 2022, the day before the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Games.
Team Canada’s women’s hockey team will be looking for redemption at Beijing 2022 after losing the gold to Team USA in a shootout at Pyeongchang 2018. The men’s team, which played without any NHL players on the roster, came home with a bronze. The paralympic squad also fought — and lost to — the Americans in 2018’s gold-medal tilt.
The Beijing Olympics run from Feb. 4-20. The Paralympics are set for March 4-13.