Amidst talk of a potential ban of Russian athletes from the 2018 Olympics and the already understood absence of NHL players from the tournament in February, we don’t quite know yet exactly who will be suiting up for each nation in Pyeongchang.
What we do know, however, is what each team will be wearing.
On Thursday, after previously unveiling the duds both Team Canada and Team USA will be wearing for the Olympics, Nike officially unveiled the rest of the threads for the 2018 Games. So, who will look sharp when they hit the ice in South Korea?
The Slovenian color scheme is unique and the neon green pops on the blue background, but the jersey would be that much better if the national team was allowed to use its logo. How great is this?
The Red, White and Blue will be donning red, white, blue, a slightly lighter blue and a blue that’s even lighter yet. Given how gorgeous the simple USA patch is, it’s a head-scratcher why the rest of the jersey doesn’t follow suit.
Again, when you compare the patch to the rest of the jersey, you wonder why the Slovakian team didn’t push to go the same route as, say, Russia or Switzerland and have the patch be the focal point of the sweater. Could do without the neon blue piping around the lettering, too.
Putting the patch in the center is a definite win, but how much better would these look with white shoulder yokes? It would be a simple change that would make these threads among the nicest at the tournament.
The host nation has little hope of finishing anywhere other than dead-last in the tournament, but at least they’ll do so with some semblance of style. The blue down the length of the arm looks good. The dark jersey is nowhere as nice as the white one, however.
Another case of one jersey looking much better than the other. The white jersey looks great. Can’t help but wish the dark jersey would have been red instead of black, though.
There will obviously be some debate about this, but the red jersey is the worst of the bunch, right? The white (or is it silver?) leaf doesn’t look near as nice as the red and the black down the arms would look better were it white. The white jerseys are slick, though.
Yellow isn’t a traditional jersey color, but Germany always manages to pull it off. It’s unique, it pops and the hints of red make the entire look come together nicely. If Germany had found a way to incorporate the crest into the jersey, the jersey might be in the top three.
The Russian coat of arms, featuring a golden double eagle, is perfect for a jersey. Only gripe?Would love to see these jerseys with more color mixed in. Imagine these with blue on the shoulders and some white on the sleeves. Or, just look at…
4. CZECH REPUBLIC
See? See how much better this looks with something to break up all the red? Plus, Czech Republic is in the same boat as Russia when it comes to a coat of arms that is perfect for use on a jersey.
Simple and beautiful. Keeping the lettering off the jersey was the right move. Finland often has some of the nicest threads in international play and the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang will be no different.
The viking ship in the background is amazing. End of discussion.
Classic. Sweden knows what works, what looks great, and stuck with it. While others — looking at you, USA and Canada — made their jerseys busier than they had to be, Sweden went with the simple solid yellow and two blue stripe sleeve.