Yes, the good old hockey game is the best game you can name. But for too long, hockey sweaters have looked more old than good. And we don’t mean “old” like the 1960s — we love a classic, throwback look as much as the next guy — we mean “old” like the 1990s, with boxy cuts and oversized cartoony logos (think the Nashville Predators). We’re nearly two decades into the 21st century: isn’t it about time we had hockey jerseys that were a little more streamlined and contemporary? Jerseys that actually resemble something an athlete might wear?
Thankfully, Adidas has heard our cries for modernity. The German sportswear giant’s new World Cup of Hockey kits — which were just made available for purchase today — offer a new vision for what shinny sweaters can be. The styling and logos are all clean and minimalist, and the trimmed-down silhouettes are fashioned from cutting-edge fabrics using as few seams as possible to keep things light, comfortable and efficient. That means they’ll perform incredibly well on the ice, and work way better with your day-to-day wardrobe than, say, the average Anaheim Ducks sweater.
Take a gander at all eight uniforms below. We’re particularly fond of the villainous black-and-red numbers the young guns on Team North America will be rocking.