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Team USA 2014 Olympic hockey jerseys draw critical reviews

August 27, 2013|Lisa Dillman
  • Members of the 2013 USA Hockey Men's National Team, Zach Bogosian, left, of the Winnipeg Jets, and Dustin Brown, Kings, wear the newly unveiled team jersey on Tuesday.
Members of the 2013 USA Hockey Men's National Team, Zach Bogosian,… (Susan Walsh / Associated…)

Botched or beautiful?

When it comes to the merits of team jerseys, it’s all in the eye of the beholder, of course.

Keeping that in mind, it was hard to muster even fake outrage -- or perhaps vacation had something to do with it -- when an ESPN blog recently ranked the Kings' jersey dead last in the NHL. That was simply hard to take seriously if you closely look at the competition.

But anything connected with the upcoming Olympics in Sochi, Russia, is a different matter. Nonchalance is not an option.

USA Hockey unveiled the 2014 Nike U.S. Olympic jersey on Tuesday morning, and it didn’t  take long for the reviews to start streaming in via social media. Team USA was trending on Twitter in the afternoon and reviews were tough in the corners.

Five minutes for fashion misconduct!

— Fraleigh19 (@Fraleigh19) August 27, 2013

Some tweets staked out positive ground.

More than one comment picked up on the striking similarity to the logo of a proud company in operation since 1862: The Union Pacific Railroad.

Ah, the deep connection between railways and hockey: Just leaving on that midnight train to Sochi.


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