Nike unveiled its latest Hockey Kit innovation for Winter 2014. In partnership with the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia, Nike introduced the Russian Ice Hockey National Team jersey with help from Alexander Ovechkin, of the Men’s Russian National Ice Hockey Team and Alexandra Kapustina, of the Women's Russian National Ice Hockey Team.
As one of the most iconic pieces of apparel for the sport, the Hockey Jersey is the heart and soul of winter athletics. With hockey entwined into the fabric of Russian culture, the jersey is a symbol that represents true national pride.
Taking inspiration from Russia’s national emblem of the two-headed eagle, the jersey has been redesigned with streamlined design lines, lighter graphics and a modern neckline reinforced with Nike Flywire.
The result is a lightweight, breathable jersey that moves naturally with the body, and is steeped in hundreds of years of history and heritage. The jerseys will be offered in two distinct versions to be worn by the team: a red based uniform and a white based uniform.
Russia has dominated the sport and owns a place in hockey’s history that is unmatched by any other country in the world. These key achievements are celebrated on the two distinct uniforms through championship features. On the white kit, eight gold crowns are on the sleeve, and four gold stars are proudly displayed on each shoulder of the red jersey.
The red jersey has been designed in more of a traditional approach. It celebrates Russian pride through the large crest at the center front, with ‘Russia’ emblazoned underneath in championship graphics. The white, blue and red stripes on the upper sleeves pays homage to the Russian flag and identifies this team unmistakably around the world. This is amplified through the contrasting white waistband and the deep blue modern neckline. The four golden stars on each shoulder represent the Russian team’s past successes and the colored stripes on the socks correspond with the jersey’s sleeves to create a complete look.
The jersey remains unmistakably Russian through its modern white design. With the Russian coat of arms in the center infused with golden graphics, the silhouetted eagle spreads its wings to take flight, like the Russian hockey team on ice. The red neckline features white eagle feathers on the shoulders, giving Russian wings to every player. ‘Russia’ proudly stands out in a blue script, with accenting blue waistband. The corresponding red and blue stripes on the socks and the eight golden crowns on the right sleeve add the finishing touch.