Got $400 burning a hole in your pocket?
Why not buy an authentic Team Canada 2010 Olympic hockey jersey. Or better yet, why not buy one for yourself and one for me so we can wear them while we cheer on our team next year. (Don’t tell me that you don’t have tickets to the Gold Medal game already?!!)
Today, Hockey Canada officially unveiled the new jerseys that Team Canada will wear at the 2010 Winter Olympics (and Paralympics) in Vancouver. It should be no big surprise that we have a red version and a white version, but the price may be a bit of a shocker. There are 2 price levels: Authentic ($400) and Replica ($135).
The authentic jersey is made by Nike and is pretty schwanky. It meets all the IOC guidelines while striking a unique style with the native-themed maple leaf crest. It will make you skate faster than Rick Nash, score more clutch Olympic goals than Jarome Iginla and Joe Sakic combined, and it looks nice while accessorized with gold.
The replica jersey is exactly the same, except that the Hockey Canada mark on the left sleeve is missing. So I guess this means that the HC badge is worth $265?!!
“These jerseys bear a uniquely exciting Canadian look in keeping with the distinctly Canadian character. The appearance of these jerseys will ignite our nation’s pride each time some of Canada’s most recognizable athletes take to the ice to represent their country and the Canadian Olympic team,” said Michael Chambers, president of the Canadian Olympic Committee. “We know all Canadians will be proud of the athletes wearing these memorable Olympic team jerseys, and that those same fans will wear them in demonstrating their support for our Olympic hockey players.”
I like the fact that the jersey design includes some unique, West Coast style while adding parts from the rest of the country. There’s a beaver, a moose and a little fleur de lys in there for good measure. And, really, how can Team Canada be beat when we have not only an Eagle on the crest, but also a Thunderbird!
Replica jerseys are available for purchase right now, but the authentic jerseys won’t be available until October, though you can pay for it now.
I’m not sure how many people will be lining up for the authentic jersey at this point… but as Olympic fever builds, so too will the demand for these unique pieces of Canadian Hockey lore.
Wanna see what Team Canada has worn in the past? CTV has a great page with some pics of our old hockey jerseys.