Skip to main content

Team North America's Brotherhood Triangle

With an impressive 4-1 victory over Finland, Team North America is looking good. Real good.

Their jerseys and colors have grown on me too. But I'm still kind of turned off by the unimaginative logo. The NA just looks too stretched out. I'm sure the marketing focus groups decided that's what the target demographic would most likely purchase.

And what's up with the triangle?

Hockey has a bit of a history with triangles. Both the Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks prominently feature triangles in their logos. In both cases it is in geographical references to their respective cities.

In Team North America's case, I'm not sure what the triangle is supposed to represent. Canada, the United States...and Mexico?

Yes. Mexico does have a hockey team. They're currently ranked 33rd in IIHF world rankings, right above Israel.

There are about 2000 Mexican hockey players using the countries 23 indoor rinks. There are no outdoor rinks, of course.

The vast majority of these hockey players are youth, though most do not stay with the game. IIHF numbers say there are less than 250 adult male players. There are actually more female players at an estimated 350, though I'm not certain if that differentiates adults and youth.

One of Mexico's more notable players is Hector Majul. At 22 years of age he could, technically, be eligible to play for Team North America as he fits the under-23 age requirement.

Majul was a notable soccer talent who many believed he could have landed a college scholarship, but it was hockey that captured his heart. He loved to skate.

His skating ability did bring him to America in his late teens. He ended up playing in Phoenix, Arizona with the NAHL's Firebirds. His game improved greatly with the better coaching.

So much so that Majul did end up in college. He is playing for the Curry College Colonels in Massachusetts. Yes, the hockey team, though I wouldn't be surprised if the soccer coaches introduced themselves to him.

It's not the World Cup, but it is worlds away from the empty rinks in Mexico City.

By the way, Adidas, the maker of all the World Cup of Hockey jerseys, says the triangle logo was designed to be an "inclusive band of brotherhood."


Popular posts from this blog

100 Greatest Hockey Players Of All Time

What follows is a listing of the 100 greatest hockey players of all time, in my opinion. As discussed earlier, the definition of greatness is a very personalized endeavor and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it.
While there is no way of ever truly ranking the top 100 definitively, it is important for the creators of such lists to be open and transparent of how the came to their conclusions. That accountability allows the reader to better understand the process. 

Although admittedly I'm using a completely unscientific formula, I weigh career achievements (era statistics, awards, championships) and legacy (impact on and off ice, peak dominance) equally high. I rank player ability as the third most important ingredient, as first and foremost as a tie breaker. Hence, I'm not necessarily looking for the better player, as in text book definitions of what a hockey player should be, but for players with the greatest careers and greatest legacies. Therefore the best player is not n…

Top Ten Junior Players Of All Time

Let's take a look at the Top Ten junior players of all time. For the purposes of this list we will at players in the WHL, OHL and QMJHL only.

10. Pat Lafontaine, Verdun, QMJHL Rookie-record 104 goals, 234 points in 1982-83; major junior player of the year.

9. Denis Potvin, Ottawa, OHL 254 games, 95 goals, 234 assists, 329 points. Broke Bobby Orr's junior records.

8. John Tavares, Oshawa, OHL 215 goals, 433 points in 247 games; most goals in OHL history; eligibility rules changed to admit him at 15; 2006 major junior rookie of the year, 2007 major junior player of the year; two world juniors, named 2009 all-star, top forward and MVP.

7. Sidney Crosby, Rimouski, QMJHL 120 goals, 303 points in 121 games; two-time major junior player of the year; silver and gold with Canada at two world juniors.

6. Eric Lindros, Oshawa, OHL 97 goals, 216 points in 95 games; one Memorial Cup victory; three world junior tournaments; major junior player of the year in 1991.

5. Mike Bossy, Laval, Q…

Greatest Hockey Legends: M