USA Hockey unveiled its jerseys for the 2014 Sochi Games on Tuesday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, where the men’s team is holding orientation camp. The Nike-made jerseys, modeled by Bill Guerin and Chris Drury, feature, among other American distinctions, a neckline inscription that reads, “Land of the free, home of the brave.”
After the jersey unveiling, USA Hockey’s Olympic camp invitees paraded out onto the ice. The large crowd on hand cheered loudly, especially for Capitals defenseman John Carlson, L.A. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick and Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane.
Some proof of the American pride pumping throughout Kettler, notes Katie Carrera, was the fact that there was no booing, but rather clapping and cheers when U.S. men’s coach Dan Bylsma (otherwise known as coach of the rival Pittsburgh Penguins) spoke to the crowd.
Here’s a few more looks at the jerseys, via Nike:
From Nike’s press release: “The USA Hockey Crest has been enlarged and refined to reflect the 80’s aesthetic, while the right sleeve pays homage to gold medals in 1960 and 1980.”
You can see more photos of the jerseys here.
Host Russia also unveiled its jerseys this week. Here’s Caps captain and Olympic ambassador Alex Ovechkin and Russian women’s team defender Alexandra Kapustina introducing the jerseys with Soviet hockey legend Vladislav Tretyak, president of Russia’s Hockey Federation.