The Sochi games are just weeks away, and we got another jersey release this week from noted hockey powerhouse Austria. The jersey Thomas Vanek, Michael Grabner and co. will wear in Russia was unveiled in a gear show in conjunction with the Austrian Olympic Committee. The AOC only released small pictures of the white jersey, but logic dictates that their "colored" jersey will just be the inverse (red with white striping).
Here is a picture released by the AOC, with my mock-ups of what they should look like below:
The Czech Republic and Slovakia share a close relationship, so it makes sense that the same retailer as above would sell Slovak replicas too.
As you can see, Sportmade Club is currently only offering the white Slovak jersey, so those of you hoping for blue will have to wait a bit. These are customizable, but they don't have the option to add the captain's "C" to the jersey. A Chara jersey will run you 96 Euros, which comes out to around $130 USD. Why is it so much more? Slovakia uses the Euro, while the Czechs don't.
Via Facebook, here's a picture of a customized Slovak jersey from Sportmade Club featuring the name and number of Miro the Hero:
Loui Eriksson (Sweden)
Sweden has beautiful jerseys, and the Bruins have a Swede: hey, there's the excuse you needed to add a Tre Kronor sweater to your collection!
Thus far, I've come across two options for Sweden: Nike UK, which is cheaper but doesn't allow customizing, and IceJerseys.com, which will let you customize your jersey for a fee.
A customized Loui Eriksson jersey from IJ will run you a hefty $204, but IceJerseys' customization is all hand stitching; no shiny names and numbers here. If you live in the UK, you can get a plain Sweden jersey for 70 Euros.
Tuukka Rask (Finland)
The Bruin netminder will be representing his country on the Olympic stage for the first time, and Finnish flag jerseys are available for purchase from the same two retailers as above.
As was the case above, a customized Rask jersey from IceJerseys will run you $204, while those in the UK can get a plain Finland jersey for 70 Euros.
Patrice Bergeron (Canada)
Since it's Canada, you have plenty of options if you're looking to add a new Patrice Bergeron jersey to your collection.
All three Canadian jerseys are available from IceJerseys, and each can be customized. The price will be the same as above ($204), and all jerseys ordered by the 24th of January will ship by February 10.
A few other tidbits:
- If you're looking for a Russian jersey, those are available from IceJerseys (customizable, $204) and Nike's website (plain, $130).
- If you're looking to represent Team USA, you can get a blank white jersey from Nike's website ($130) or a blank blue from TeamUSAShop.com (also $130).
- If you're feeling adventurous, there are deals to be had on a variety of Sochi jerseys on eBay. However, beware of fakes. There are plenty of them out there.