Russian Ice Hockey National Team unveiled its new
jerseys today in preparation for the Sochi 2014 Winter
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was on hand,
along with Alexandra Kapustina, of the Women's Russian
National Ice Hockey Team, as the new jerseys were
released and created by Nike.
"Nike and the Federation worked closely together on
the kit design," said Vladislav Tretyak, President of
the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia. "I hope that this
new jersey takes a deserving place in the history of
national hockey and becomes a symbol of team spirit
and pride. This will enable the athletes to represent
their country whilst the world is watching."
Nike took inspiration from Russia's national emblem of
the two-headed eagle to create the new home and away
jerseys. The jerseys are lighter and more breathable,
and were redesigned with streamlined design lines,
lighter graphics and a modern neckline reinforced with
"When designing the new uniforms we were very
purposeful in our approach of blending a respect of
the Russian past while embracing future technology,"
said Ken Black, Creative Director for Nike. "We know
how much pride athletes have when they pull on the
jersey for their country and at Nike, we are
constantly striving to provide our athletes with the
best products that will give them a competitive edge
on the ice."
“Nike and the Federation worked closely together on
the kit design. I hope that this new jersey takes a
deserving place in the history of national hockey and
becomes a symbol of team spirit and pride. This will
enable the athletes to represent their country whilst
the world is watching,” said Vladislav Tretyak,
President of Ice Hockey Federation of Russia.
jersey has more of a traditional feel to it, with the
white, blue and red stripes on the upper sleeves
paying homage to the Russian flag. The white jersey
has 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 the white kit, eight gold crowns are on the sleeve,
and four gold stars are proudly displayed on each
shoulder of the red jersey.
"I am proud of my country and playing for Russia has
always been a priority for me," said Ovechkin. "I
really like the new kit design. The red jersey has
eight stars on the shoulders commemorating great past
victories. Though there is still space for more."
Ovechkin with Alexandra Kapustina, of the Women's
Russian National Ice Hockey Team.