Canadian Premier League – SportsLogos.Net News
Ahead of kicking off its fourth season on Thursday, April 7, the Canadian Premier League and league maker Macron have been hard at work. All eight clubs are donning new home and away kits this season, with at least a third kit also added to the mix.
The league has also started using a new name and number font this season, inspired by Canada’s men’s national team that qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup, played in Mexico. The line through the numbers represented the 49th parallel, which forms much of the border between Canada and the United States and crosses all 10 provinces.
Here’s what we know so far about what all eight teams will be wearing when they take to the pitch this summer…
Reigning league champions Vancouver Island-based Pacific FC are the only CanPL club to not officially release an away kit before the start of the season. One arrives, however, and a photo found on their club shop can provide a clue. The photo shows the back of a white shirt with purple sleeves – a style the club has not worn before – teal on the collar and cuffs, and a purple curled trident on the left side. The league slogan “We are Many, We are One” appears on the back collar, like all other CanPL 2022 kits.
No matter what the exterior kit looks like, it will feature the Golden North Star Badge above the club crest on the chest. This new feature is reserved for reigning league champions.
Calgary-based Cavalry FC continues to focus on the city’s relationship with the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians), a Canadian Army regiment from 1901, with their 2022 kits. The home kit is red with a regimental sash containing a tone-on-tone geometric pattern. The herringbone pattern on the green kit references both the regiment and Calgary’s location in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
FC Edmonton’s traditional blue home kit is accented with gold and pink trim, representing Alberta’s wheat fields and the province’s official flower, the wild rose, respectively. The exterior kit is inspired by the ice castles built at Hawrelak Park every winter since 2015, while the orange and blue third kit – the league’s only third kit at the start of the season – takes its colors from the city’s first professional football team, the Edmonton Drillers.
Winnpeg-based Valor FC have made a dramatic change to their home kits for 2022, going from a half-brown half-white design in 2021 to a black and brown design this year. The white away kit has gold trim and an embossed pattern of wheat stalks.
The pattern on Hamilton-based Forge FC’s orange home kit is inspired by ‘the sparks from a hammer blow’. The gray kit pays homage to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton with an embossed pattern resembling airplane panels and rivets, as well as a roundel with a cinquefoil flower inside – the same flower found on the Flag of the City of Hamilton.
Forge FC will be the only CanPL club to wear the new Legacy Shield on their left sleeve this year. The gold league logo has a large ‘2’ inside, commemorating the club’s league championships in 2019 and 2020.
York United’s home kit is predominantly white, with blue, green and gold stripes across the chest. Inside these stripes is the skyline of Toronto, the club’s hometown. The exterior kit is inspired by the North York Rocketsand features embossed diamonds containing three alternating symbols: the “YU” monogram of the current club crest; a maple leaf; and a stylized trill — the provincial flower of Ontario — from the old club logo when they were known as York9.
Atlético Ottawa continues to pay homage to its parent club, Atlético Madrid of the Spanish La Liga, with red and white stripes on its home shirt. The tone-on-tone herringbone pattern in the stripes represents the Rideau Canal Locks. The away kit features an embossed pattern based on the O in The flag of the city of Ottawa; the colors blue and turquoise also come from the flag.
‘Nova Scotia’ is Latin for ‘Nova Scotia’, so it’s only fitting that a touch of Scotland can be found in HFX Wanderers’ away kits. The “Navy Grey” shirt features tartan on the collar and sleeve cuffs, and even the numbers on the back will feature the tartan pattern.
The home kit features a raised ocean wave pattern inspired by the club crest and light blue raglan sleeves.
All images courtesy Canadian Premier League