Aero 'Ice Hockey' jacket

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by effectfreak, Sep 29, 2020.

  1. effectfreak

    effectfreak New in Town

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    Hi everyone! First time poster here, longtime reader :)
    Aero seems to be reissuing early 90s 'Ice Hockey' jacket sometime soon, at least they have few of them up on the sales page. Since it's reissue of the old model, has anyone owned, seen or tried original one? I didn't really find any pics or anything about it. Also, does anyone know is there some history behind it? Why it's called ice hockey?
     
  2. dannyk

    dannyk Practically Family

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    It was a super popular style of jacket worn by coaches and trainers and even players when not playing. From like the 30s through the 60s they were all over the place. The NHL even had branded ones. I’m not too familiar with the history of Aeros production of when they made them and why they decided to. But that’s where the name comes from I would have to believe.
     
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  3. Edward

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    Somebody over at Aero might be able to chime in on this (Holly and Denny both post here on occasion). All I know is what's on the site - that Aero made them in the 90s, and are looking at bringing them back. I quite like the look of them, fun ay of bringing in less conventional colours of leather. My understanding is that these are the Canadian equivalent of the US varsity jacket, pretty much... One think you can be sure of is that if Aero put it out, the design originates pre-1960, as these days they have a strict 1959 cut-off date on any style they produce.
     
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    robrinay One Too Many

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  5. Edward

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    Yip, spotted that one on there recently. I'd have been tempted had it been a few sizes bigger! I assume that's a 90s original; Aero currently have a size 40 pre-production sample in stock, unbadged:

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    I remember back in the 90s when I was an undergrad in Belfast we had a few Canadian students over on exchange and they had similar jackets - first time I'd seen something that was such a variation on the traditional varsity jacket.
     
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  6. cloudylemonade

    cloudylemonade A-List Customer

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    Well spotted guys, these should be up on the website within a few days we hope.

    Meanwhile here's a wee preview of the product description for you...

    “Ice hockey is believed to have evolved when Scottish Highlanders cleared to Canada in the 18th and 19th centuries bringing the traditional sport of Shinty with them... and played the game on frozen ponds just to spice it up a little.

    The contemporary sport of Ice Hockey was most notably developed around Montreal, where the first indoor hockey game was played on March 3, 1875.

    A tough game for tough guys needs a tough jacket, something stronger than the USA versions, the better known Letterman’s/Baseball/Award jackets.

    The classic Canadian “All Leather” Hockey jacket began to appear in the 1930s. Aero’s first recreation was made in the late 1980s but rather fell off our radar in the early 1990s as demand for The Highwayman outstripped our ability to produce enough.

    It’s return has been long overdue, a Sottish made jacket for a Scottish inspired sport!"
     
  7. dannyk

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    I feel special for knowing the history of this one haha. Very cool though and thanks for letting us know.
     
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  8. effectfreak

    effectfreak New in Town

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    Thank you, this is very cool and interesting! Thanks everyone for info and memories!
     
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  9. Edward

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    Interesting how some North American sports have very strong, Celtic roots. Baseball in its modern hardball form (known, I believe, at the time as "Boston Ball") was first codified by an Irishman living in Boston, in and around the ACW.
     

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