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by Paul on 10/15/11 at 10:30 AM ET
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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