The annual Spengler Cup tourney was recently held in Switzerland, providing an ideal showcase for the bizarre advertising-plastered hockey uniforms that are so commonplace in Europe. I have a hard time even looking at these designs, but reader Jonathan Goupil bravely donned a radiation suit and then spent several hours photo-researching. His roundup is as follows:
I love to hate these European jerseys, so I kept looking for the pics that would sicken me the most. And there’s some disturbing stuff, like the Swiss league referees wearing red helmets and quite a weird jersey design. Here’s another “interesting” ref jersey design.
Now, I knew Finnish elite league (SM-Liiga) has the top scorer on each team wear a golden helmet (here’s a better view). After some research, I found that the Swiss league used to give out a silver helmet. I say they “used to,” because now, not only does the top scorer wear a helmet with flames on it, he also gets to wear a different jersey. The front is the same as the others, but the back has no uni number, a different sponsor, a bunch of flames, and a “Top Scorer” designation.
That really struck me. Anyone got further info on this? I can’t read Finnish or German too well, so all I could do was look at pictures. Any other leagues or sports do this?
Most of those pictures I got from this great site. Just click around on the pictures and you’ll find photo galleries. Kinda tough to get around, but there’s tons of (sorta) cool uni pictures.
Big thanks to Jonathan for that truly nauseating tour of hockey stylings on the other side of the Atlantic.
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