9. The Hockey Sweater

1920 OLYMPIC DEBUT SWEATER TEAM CANADA

1920 OLYMPIC DEBUT SWEATER TEAM CANADA

reprinted from the original www.clothingcanadafashion.com blog post, May 29, 2013.

I am quite sure many will want to shun the concept of Canadian Fashion and Canadian Hockey as partners, not highbrow enough for them, or worse, too Canadian….but I’ll risk it!

“ROD PERRY” writing for the “CBC” leads me to the “HOCKEY HALL OF FAME” and a look at one of what I call “CANADA’S OWN: HERITAGE GARMENTS”

Hockey Night in Canada kicks off in record fashion”

“The 60th season of CBC’s “HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA” kicked off in spectacular fashion on Saturday night. (19.01.2013)
On average, a record 3.3 million viewers tuned in to the CBC’s broadcast of the “TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS” 2-1 win over the “MONTREAL CANADIENS”, making it the most watched Prime East regular-season game ever on the network.
The game reached nearly 27 per cent of the population, or 9.2 million Canadians. The previous mark for viewership of a Leafs-Habs game was set in 2007 (2.85 million).”

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/story/2013/01/21/sp-nhl-hockey-night-in-canada-record-ratings.html
Rod Perry, CBC Sports

Posted: Jan 21, 2013 7:12 PM ET

And what were they wearing? The one piece of apparel that has carried our name forward around the globe for several decades. The “CANADIAN HOCKEY SWEATER“!
This is what lead me to the “HOCKEY HALL OF FAME”, I wanted a closeup look…

There is something representative of every decade that Canadians, playing hockey at an organised level, present here. You can see the various decades’ differences, in the fabric, as these sweaters travel through small guage wool knits to the marvels of todays finest “techno” fabrics,

Two beautiful knit wool examples from 1928 and 1932 respectively:

TEAM CANADA LEFT 1932 RIGHT 1928

TEAM CANADA
LEFT 1932
RIGHT 1928

 

and in the fonts and the iconography giving us the who’s who signal their era. GRETZKY’S graphic techno from the 1991:

WAYNE GRETZKY TEAM CANADA 1991

WAYNE GRETZKY TEAM CANADA 1991

 

This is fashion (the prevailing custom) in my eyes. Nope, not off the runway, but off the ice, and on to the street. Take a look around most centers where college age kids congregate and you will see it. On the streets of any Canadian city on game night, on males and females of all ages.

( I will always question the words fashion and clothing and apparel and costume, their semantics and uses, and why I put both clothing and fashion in the blog title, I don’t want to tread on toes, but I will questions those who make the “rules”!)

Terminology aside, a big deal in our Canadian Heritage.

“THE HOCKEY SWEATER” pictured on our current five dollar bill with the words:

“Les hivers de mon enfance étaient des saisons longues, longues. Nous vivions en trois lieux: l’école, l’église et la patinoire; mais la vraie vie était sur la patinoire.”

“The winters of my childhood were long, long seasons. We lived in three places – the school, the church and the skating rink – but our real life was on the skating rink.”

The words on the bill, taken from the wonderful story by “ROCH CARRIER”, “THE HOCKEY SWEATER”

First a tale told on “CBC RADIO”…Carrier responding to the question of French and English, with a memory of his childhood, and then published in 1979 under the title “Une abominable feuille d’érable sur la glace” (“An abominable maple leaf on the ice”). A story that got the publics attention and was adapted into an animated short illustrated by Sheldon Cohen, called The Sweater (Le Chandail) by the “NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA / (NFB)” in 1980.

The Sweater, Sheldon Cohen, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

And published as a book, with Carrier’s words, translated by Sheila Fischman and Cohen’s illustrations, by Tundra in 1982, that is still in print!

Carrier’s hero, Maurice “Rocket” Richard:

MAURICE "ROCKET" RICHARD

MAURICE “ROCKET” RICHARD

 

There is a great deal of information of the sweaters detailed past and present available on the internet:

http://www.greatesthockeylegends.com/2007/09/photo-essay-team-canada-jersey-history.html

Joe Pelletier, freelance hockey journalist and the Hockey History Blogger,

http://www.nhluniforms.com/index.html

Chronicling the entire history of NHL uniforms

Written and illustrated by Andrew M. Greenstein

 

The sweaters, now commonly known as “the jersey”, worn by players internationally and the ones of the Canadian Elites, those of “TEAM CANADA” sporting the maple leaf, in various incarnations, the first one, for the 1920 Olympics in Belgium:

1920 OLYMPIC DEBUT SWEATER TEAM CANADA

1920 OLYMPIC DEBUT SWEATER TEAM CANADA

 

To the last Olympic offering of 2010:

“Wearing Our Culture on Centre Ice”

“One of the most anticipated events for Canadians at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games is when Canada’s hockey teams will take the stage to fight for Olympic gold on home ice. In addition to cheering for our teams, these games are a great opportunity to showcase Canadian Aboriginal art displayed on the athletes’ jerseys.

 

2010_Olympic_Jersey_Logo DEBRA SPARROW

During the 2010 Winter Games, men’s, women’s and ice sledge hockey teams will proudly wear Olympic jerseys designed by First Nation artist “DEBRA SPARROW” from Musqueam, British Columbia. These jerseys are the product of her determination to teach the world about Aboriginal peoples in Canada through “MUSQUEAM” and “SALISH” designs.”

http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100012654/1100100012664

DEBRA SPARROW 2010 OLYMPIC JERSEYS

DEBRA SPARROW 2010 OLYMPIC JERSEYS

 

And if that is not enough to put this garment into icon status, how about adding in some dollar values…

“Paul Henderson’s jersey sells for record $1.2M” auctioneer

“Montreal-based auction house says it’s received a certificate from the Guinness World Records about the jersey Henderson was wearing when he scored the winning goal in the 1972 Summit Series against the Soviets.

Classic Auctions says it has been informed that Guinness classified it as the most expensive hockey jersey ever sold at auction.

The winning bid came in at $1.275 million, two years ago.”

The Canadian Press

Posted: Mar 2, 2012 6:11 PM ETA

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/story/2012/03/02/sp-henderson-jersey-auction.html

Just in case you not up on your auction prices for costume / uniform / clothing, here are several for comparison:

The ivory rayon-acetate dress worn by “Marilyn Monroe” in “The Seven Year Itch” (USA 1955) raised $4.6 million (£2.8 million) at an auction held at The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles, California, USA, on June 18 2011.

http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/records-1000/most-expensive-dress-sold-at-auction/

“Michael Jackson’s” ‘Thriller’ jacket was placed on auction and was sold for an astounding $1.8 million

The bedazzled, ruby slippers that “Judy Garland” wore in the “Wizard Of Oz” sold for a cool $2 million.

http://meetingzonepolo.com/the-most-expensive-clothing-sold-on-celebrity-auction/

 

 

“THE HOCKEY SWEATER”, the design, in constant evolution, the sentiment, solid.

 

 

HOCKEY HALL OF FAME http://www.hhof.com/

HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockeynightincanada/

ROCH CARRIER http://www.cbc.ca/archives/categories/arts-entertainment/literature/general-6/roch-carriers-birthday.html

NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA / (NFB) http://www.nfb.ca/

TEAM CANADA http://www.hockeycanada.ca/

DEBRA SPARROW http://debrasparrow.ca/