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Team Canada is back in black, reintroducing the jersey that has produced 15 wins in 21 international games since 2002
Jason La Rose
August 7, 2018

The boys in black are back.

Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team debuted the new black Team Canada jersey Monday night, scoring a tournament-opening 10-0 win over Switzerland at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

Outside of a one-off Livestrong-themed jersey at the 2013 IIHF Women’s World Championship (and the annual Canada Black entry at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge), black jerseys have been exclusive to the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games over the last decade, with Canadian teams fashioning a 5-0-1 record in Sochi and PyeongChang.

Before that, national teams wore it at various Olympics and world championships between 2002 and 2008, beginning with an 8-2 Boxing Day win over Sweden at the 2003 IIHF World Junior Championship (Ian White scored the first goal in black).

A few fun facts about Team Canada in black:

-- Including the Monday win over the Swiss, Canada is 14-1-1-3-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) in black, outscoring its opponents 107-33 over that stretch.

-- Canada has worn black against 12 different opponents; its most frequent foe has been the United States, against whom it has split four all-time meetings.

-- The 10 goals Canada scored against the Swiss were the third-most in one game in black; Canada’s National Women’s Team shut out Italy 16-0 at the 2006 Olympics, and blanked China 11-0 at the 2008 women’s worlds.

-- Five national teams have worn the black jersey – National Men’s Team (5-0-1-1-1), National Women’s Team (4-1-0-1-0), National Junior Team (2-0-0-1-1), National Para Hockey Team (2-0-0-0-0) and National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team (1-0-0-0-0).

-- The black jersey has been worn at eight events in nine countries – Olympic Winter Games (6-0-1-0-0), IIHF World Junior Championship (2-0-0-1-0), IIHF Women’s World Championship (1-1-0-1-0), Paralympic Winter Games (2-0-0-0-0), IIHF World Championship (2-0-0-0-0), World Cup of Hockey (0-0-0-1-1), Hlinka Gretzky Cup (1-0-0-0-0) and Canada/Russia Super Series (0-0-0-0-1).

Want your black Team Canada jersey? Check out or your local Sport Chek!

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)


Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada


Spencer Sharkey
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4567 / 905-906-5327 (mobile)


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