How to Order Hockey Uniforms

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Step 1

Step one in ordering the right hockey jersey for you is age and size. Depending on the age of the wearer, jersey-sizes are often created based on three categories, youth, adult and women. According to that, the physical size of the wearer plays a role as body type will determine what the best fit is for you. Taller or heavier individuals will likely seek a size above what is recommended while skinnier or lighter players may prefer smaller, tighter fitting jerseys. (*For more details on sizes, consult the special attention section below.)

Step 2

Step two in ordering the right hockey jersey for you is determining which style of jersey you would prefer to purchase. Although there are many variations offered by different manufacturers, generally, there are six categories to choose from; NHL(styles modeled after current NHL teams, premier and authentic), Vintage(styles modeled after extinct NHL teams), Distinctive(unique jerseys such as Olympic collections and special tournament jerseys), Practice(two varieties; performance â€" used for heavy contact and professional practice, lightweight â€" lighter, mesh versions of performance) and Color pattern. These categories encompass the vast selection of jersey designs available, yet it must also be noted that the Customization option can allow you to mix and match between all of the above-mentioned categories while incorporating any designs of your own.

Step 3

Step three in ordering the right hockey jersey for you is determining which type of jersey material you wish to use. Although jerseys were once made from 100% wool, today’s hockey uniforms are made from a swath of different synthetics. Among the most popular choices are the following; Mesh (light mesh, pro mesh, superstar mesh), ProWeight, AirKnit, Dazzle and DoubleKnit. (**For more details on jersey materials, consult the special attention section below.)

Step 4

Step four in ordering the right hockey jersey for you is selecting a layout and a design. Although you can choose from multiple prepared designs, creating your own team jersey will require the following; selection of team name, selection/creation of team logo, design/style for lettering/numbering, jersey layout and color palette.

Step 5

Step five in ordering the right hockey jersey for you is finalizing the overall look, feel and presentation of the jersey. Final decisions include the following; placement of logo, names and numbers, as well as determining the style of preparation/creation (choosing between hand-stitched or heat sealed pressing, cut and sewn jerseys or full knit jerseys). If you have followed these five steps, you should have no problem picking out the jersey that is right for you.

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- *Jersey Sizes: Youth (S/M, L/XL), Adult (S, M, L, X, XXL, Goalie Cut), Women (S, M, L, X, XXL, Goalie Cut) -- **Jersey Material Types: Mesh, made from 100% polyester (durable, lightweight and breathable). DoubleKnit, made from 100% knit polyester, seamless design (heavier, long-lasting). Dazzle, 100% nylon (sleek, elastic tight-fit, breathable). AirKnit, knit polyester with added pinholes for breathability (combination jersey).

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The hockey "sweater," as it was originally known, finds its roots along that of the origin of the sport as the idea of wearing "uniform-sweaters" was initiated in order to clarify which side all of the participants involved in the match played for. Made from 100% wool, from which the name "sweater" originated, hockey jerseys have evolved in much the same manner as the sport has; undergoing changes over the decades in order to make them more comfortable, better fitting and to adapt to the styles and fashions of the times. Today, hockey "jerseys" are now made from a variety of synthetic materials including polyesters, nylons, mesh and other variations.

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My first hockey "sweater" was exactly that, an old school 100% wool jersey that offered the wearer little-to-no breathability. Given that I was six years old at the time, I didn't pay much attention to the effect my jersey was having on me, yet as I grew older and became bigger (switching jersey sizes along the way), I quickly learned and benefitted from the "material revolution" that has taken place over the last 25 years. Moving from wool to a variety of combinations of polyester and nylon, the hockey "jersey," like all pieces of equipment used to play the sport, has come a long way, developing into a comfortable, breathable, streamlined tailor-made, body-fit uniform.

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