Hockey is a sport that thrives on history and tradition. With the help of the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia, Nike has unveiled the 2014 Russian Ice Hockey National Team jersey. The jersey is one of the most iconic pieces of apparel to the sport and will express the host nation's heart and soul during the upcoming Winter Olympic Games.

With Russia’s national emblem in mind, the jersey has been redesigned and streamlined with lighter graphics and a modern neck line reinforced with Flywire. This helps create a lightweight, breathable jersey that moves naturally with the body. Nike does a great job of blending in hundreds of years of history and heritage while enhancing the jerseys with technology of the future. “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," said Ken Black, Creative Director for Nike.

To even further the Nike’s process of making the jersey, they used recycled polyester in the design. They chopped the bottles down into flakes, melted the pieces down, and turned it into yarn to spin the fabric. The socks and jersey together took about 22 plastic bottles to make. This reduces energy consumption and environmental impact.

Take a close look at the jerseys that showcases Nike’s commitment to aiding in the performance of athletes with technological benefits as they capture the season history of Russian Hockey. Tell us what you think of the jerseys in the comment section below and keep it locked on Sneaker Report for the latest


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