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02-11-2013, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by likid View Post
But Hockey is special story. We have (had) only two serious teams. Jesenice and Olimpija. Main colour for Jesenice is red, and for Olimpija green. Jesenice were always our cornerstone of hockey, most Slovenin best hockey players in the past and also in current national team are from Jesenice and surraundings, Jesenice were mainly national champion in EX-Yugoslavia and because of that also the key people in Slovenian hockey were also from Jesenice. And they never allowed green colour for our hockey national team. This is the only Slovenian national team that never had green jerseys.
Actually a big reason for white-blue-red combination in ice hockey (apart from being the national colour of Slovene nation for houndred of years now) is the fact that Yugoslav national ice hockey team played with similar colours and throughout history majority of ice hockey players in that team came from Slovenia (over 2/3 of all players that represented Yugoslavia, between 1938 and 1991, were from Slovenia). In fact, ice hockey (and other winter sports) were perceived, by the people of Yugoslavia, as "Slovenian sports". At the 2008 World Championship in Canada when IIHF celebrated their 100th anniversary each team played one game with their historic retro jerseys and Slovenia was represented with a Yugoslav design (naturally, with "Slovenija" instead of "Jugoslavija" inscribed on the front).

That said, I really hope they wont include the f???ing green on the Olympic jerseys.

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