The sport of hockey has a pretty deep history. It has the oldest championship trophy in North American sports and it has a dedicated fan base that has been watching it since the original six teams. Not only is the sport historic but the equipment the players are wearing has gone through a bit of an evolution on its own. Hockey jerseys, traditionally known as hockey sweaters, have gone through several changes over the years.
The National Hockey League is one of the oldest sports leagues in North America. The Stanley Cup holds the honor of being the oldest national sports trophy on this site of the Atlantic. In the early stages of the game hockey jerseys were not much different than sweaters. In fact, the hockey jersey was originally called the hockey sweater because of the stark similarity. Hockey sweaters were heavy and made out of wool to insulate players from the harsh winter colds as they played outside in the ponds.
When the hockey game moved inside and out of the cold the venue changed but so did the player’s equipment. No longer was it a good idea to wear hockey sweaters made out of heavy wool. The indoor rinks just weren’t cold enough for that kind of insulation so the hockey players began to strip down a bit. Companies began developing linen jerseys and jerseys made of similar materials that were lighter and airier than wool. Unfortunately these fabrics wouldn’t last long with sweat pouring into them. Once they got wet it took forever to dry off.
Eventually the makers of hockey jerseys realized that synthetic fabrics were the way to go. Polyester was light, it could be decorated easily, and it wouldn’t retain water when you sweat on it. Today hockey jerseys are made from a combination of different synthetic fabrics to make a perfect blend of hockey goodness. The players love the feel of them and the fans love the look of them.
If you’re out there hitting the rink on your own in pick up games or in youth leagues you probably want to wear something to distinguish your team from the other. In pick up games it is common for everyone to bring two different t-shirts. One dark t-shirt and one light t-shirt will allow for the teams to be split up evenly and easily visible. When you have a hodgepodge of colors on the rink it gets kind of tough to know who you’re playing with.
Hockey jerseys are an important part of sports history. They have evolved over time with the rest of the hockey player’s equipment and they make really cool collectables. Try getting your hands on some of the original hockey sweaters to see the difference between them and the newer models.
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