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So, I asked in requests forum about striped hockey jerseys, and no one was able to answer me. Being a clever man as I am, I thought in redo the question in concepts area. To explain exactely what I'm interested to know, I made this:


I really don't care about font or this 30-minutes shoddy paint work. I'm just interested to know about stripes in hockey sweaters/jerseys/how you want to name it.

When it started? when the stripes were abolished from hockey primary options? Why the hockey changed from full stripes to arms and hem stripes?

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In hockey's early years, sweaters were pretty much just that: Wooly jumpers with the team's logo stitched on. My guess is that teams didn't put much thought into their uniforms and just went with whatever happened to feature their desired colour scheme at the time, hence the barberpole sweaters of the original Sens and the Canadiens.

Some were stripy like that and some featured the sleeve and hem stripes that we've come to know as the traditional hockey sweater. Somewhere down the line, the uniform designs leaned more towards the latter - which is probably for the best.

I'm not an expert by any means, but I hope that answers your question until someone more in the know with hockey uniform history can give you a more elaborate answer.

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It's from rugby, the primordial ooze from which many sports evolved.

Most of the early teams were men's clubs looking for something to do. At that time, it was common for men of moderate wealth to get together in social clubs, invent games, and try them. That's where many modern games started. Even Montreal started out as Club de Athletique Canadien before becoming Club de Hockey Canadien. First team to win the Stanley Cup was the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association, which was another men's club.

Hockey started out as a sort of rugby-on-ice, with no forward passing, so it makes some sense.

Anyways, these clubs had their rugby sweaters, bulky wool for warmth, durability, and a little protection, and some teams used the European "hoop" style, which we now call barber pole. But many just had simple sweaters with a logo, sometimes like a modern polo shirt (like the Winnipeg Victorias), sometimes more hockey like (Montreal AAA).

Though the style has largely faded out of hockey, it still exists in rugby and soccer, and is quite popular in Europe.

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