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2016 World Cup Of Hockey: Grading Logos And Sweaters

By Mario Tirabassi
Feb 21, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; USA forward Patrick Kane (88) reacts after losing 1-0 to Canada in the men's ice hockey semifinals during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Bolshoy Ice Dome. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-172988 ORIG FILE ID: 20140221_kdl_bt1_045.jpg
Feb 21, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; USA forward Patrick Kane (88) reacts after losing 1-0 to Canada in the men's ice hockey semifinals during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Bolshoy Ice Dome. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-172988 ORIG FILE ID: 20140221_kdl_bt1_045.jpg /
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Team Czech Republic

There is no Jaromir Jagr magic for the Czech roster, but its sweater and logo combo has plenty going on for it.

Starting with the logo, again, I am a sucker for classic looks, and the old-school, Middle Ages looking lion on the solid red shield background looks great. It is simple and on the forefront of the sweater, nice and proud looking.

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As far as the sweater design goes, it’s good but not great in my eyes. The Czechs are going with a red base with the lower half of the sleeves being navy blue, with a white stripe across the front of the shoulders. If that is all they did with it, I’d be happy if I were playing for the Czech team.

But they also have a white stripe on the bottom that goes across the front of the sweater and then becomes a navy blue stripe at the bottom along the back of the sweater. Then at a second look, they did the same with the stripe across the shoulders. So the top and bottom stripes on the sweater are half and half front and back. It’s a bit extra for my liking and takes a little bit away from the design as a whole.

GRADE: PASS – Letter grade for me would be a borderline “B-” or “C+.” The Czech Republic looks to be competitive in the tournament but most likely won’t be a favorite to win once the fall rolls around.

Team Finland

Team Finland has always been an under-the-radar, great team as far as designs go. This design for its logo and sweater is another addition to the list of solid looks for the Finns.

As stated before, I love classic looks, and the Finns do a great job of keeping things simple in that way. Their logo, much like the Czech Republic’s, is a golden, Middle Ages looking lion, but this one has a sword. I mean, that’s awesome. Place it against a solid red background and you have me sold.

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Also along the lines of being classic, is also keeping traditions. Like Team Russia with its native wording on the sweater, Finland does the same with their spelling of its country. Bold and across the front of the sweater is ‘Suomi,’ which is Finland in Finnish. Nice touch.

The sweater design itself in a lighter blue base with a solid white stripe across the front of the chest and onto the sleeves. A couple of white accents in the collar and the Adidas triple stripe makes the Finland design solid.

GRADE: PASS – Nothing flashy, nothing wrong with it. Simple and traditional and worthy of an “A” in my book.

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