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Sweater Or Jersey?

from Merrill Smith at the Ottawa Citizen (Opinion section),

Both are knitted garments made from a variety of fabrics. People who insist that a sweater is made of wool are faking it. I think the real distinction in terminology here is one of nationality and generation.

Growing up with the six-team-NHL, I never heard anyone talk about a jersey, except when referring to a brown cow that gave rich milk.

Hockey players wore sweaters. And with the exception of Charlie Burns, NHL players were all Canadians. Then came expansion. More teams in the United States. More U.S.-born players. And more U.S. media coverage. And in the U.S., it seems, athletes wear jerseys. That, in my opinion, explains why we now hear about jerseys, not sweaters.


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Baroque's avatar

Also regardless of composition, hockey jerseys aren’t knitted any more. When a garment is made out of the same moisture-wicking high-performance high-tech-engineered fabric that all other sports jerseys are made of it makes very little sense to call them by a different name than other sports jerseys.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 10/15/11 at 11:51 AM ET


Except that they’re sweaters.

Posted by Garth on 10/15/11 at 12:47 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Canadians can call them whatever they’d like. They’re jerseys.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 10/15/11 at 01:58 PM ET


Jersey’s and lockerroom’s not sweaters and dressing rooms/change rooms.

Posted by timbits on 10/15/11 at 02:09 PM ET

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Posted by edillac from isolation on 10/15/11 at 03:05 PM ET


Robert Young and Mr. Rogers wore sweaters.  Athletes wear jerseys.

Posted by 13 user names on 10/15/11 at 03:56 PM ET

Lindas1st's avatar

Maurice Richard and Gordie Howe wore sweaters
Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux wore jerseys.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 10/15/11 at 04:47 PM ET


Hockey players wear sweaters.  Doesn’t matter what they’re made of, they’re sweaters.

Maurice Richard and Gordie Howe wore sweaters
Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux wore jerseys.

If the only difference is material then there’s no difference.

Babe Ruth’s jersey was made from different material than Justin Verlander’s is, it doesn’t mean Justin Verlander isn’t wearing a jersey.

Jersey’s and lockerroom’s not sweaters and dressing rooms/change rooms.

Why are they locker rooms if they don’t have lockers in them?

Same reason hockey players wear sweaters and aluminium hockey sticks are still sticks even though they’re not made of wood.

Posted by Garth on 10/15/11 at 06:26 PM ET



Posted by wingsluver4ever from TC on 10/16/11 at 12:54 AM ET

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