VANCOUVER — The International Olympic Committee has approved a new logo for Hockey Canada to use on its 2010 Winter Olympic jerseys.
Details of the exact design will be unveiled soon, but Rene Fasel, the president of the International Hockey Federation, says it looks very nice.
“At the end we found a solution, it was accepted by everybody and I am very pleased,” Fasel told reporters following a visit to Vancouver.
The final design submitted by Hockey Canada to the IOC was the fifth attempt at finding a compromise to the rule that national federations aren’t allowed to display their logo at the Games.
The 2010 jersey will also incorporate the logo of the 2010 Games themselves, which is an inukshuk hovering over the five Olympic rings.
That logo will likely go on the sleeve, while the logo of the Canadian Olympic Committee will feature elsewhere.
“It’s going to be on the sweater where it will be quite apparent while the player is wearing the jersey on the ice,” said Michael Chambers, president of the COC.
While the designs have been approved, a few details remain to make sure the jersey fits within the IOC’s rules, including exactly where the logos are placed.
Hockey Canada officials have said that while they will design a new jersey for the Olympics, they plan on keeping the current logo of a hockey player skating through a maple leaf for future use.
That logo has been used for the past 14 years, including at prior Olympics. But the IOC began cracking down last summer when it restricted the uniforms worn by the Argentine and Brazilian soccer teams during the Beijing Games.