July 5, 2015

Sunday: 16 Remaining

Hello jersey fanatics, welcome to another wonderful Sunday post!

We've just begun the entry phase for the Semi-Quarter Finals (Not the Eight Finals or Round of 16, apparently Semi Quarter makes more sense).  I somehow managed to sneak my way into the next round, but face a monumental task of taking down Christian L.  And even if I manage to do the nearly impossible, the bracket is so stacked with great artists that it will be a great feat for anyone who ends up winning the event.  In all of the HJC Opens I've witnessed, this is probably the most stacked talent pool I've seen.  Good luck to everyone remaining!

We also have out COTW vote as well as our COTY June vote this week.  Tons of great and worthy concepts to pick from, but only one (each) will win.  It's easier than ever to decide, now that we have our polls handy on the right of the blog.  No need for emails or comments, your vote is literally two clicks and BAM, vote cast.

Nothing too exciting on the jersey news front, besides all of the new players wearing new jerseys, including Phil Kessel! I don't really know how I feel about that trade. It was necessary, but I feel like the Leafs got the short end of the stick with their return. 

Speaking of Toronto... who's excited for Raptors 905? No one? That's what I expected.

Let's get that nightmare fuel idea out of our heads with some concepts, shall we?

HJC Open Quarter Semi-Final entries (due Tuesday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTY-June vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTW June 28-July 4 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

Buffalo Sabres - Adam G.

We start today with Adam's Buffalo Sabres classic style alternate, and oh boy this is a beauty!

Similar to their last decent classic.
Simplified the stripes.
Got rid of the colourful but ugly name bar.
Added vintage white, which looks great on these jerseys.

The shoulder patches look too rough and modern for this type of jersey.
Having vintage white on the cuffs but not on the hem looks a little strange.

Overall: This isn't a far stretch from their 2010 alternate, but the improvements are necessary and the end result is fantastic.  8.7/10

Winnipeg Jets - Christian L.

Next up is Christian's Winnipeg Jets concept.  A different Jets concept got him into the round of 16 of the HJC Open, how will this design fare?

Light blue seems like an awesome jersey colour for the Jets to use.
The stripes are simple, yet bold and give this jersey some identity.
White cuffs and hem go well with the design.
The colours are balanced well and the execution is perfect.

The chest stripes and the hem stripes as close together as they are make the front and back look a little busy.
I feel like a dark blue yoke would look good on this jersey.

Overall: Another alternate jersey that would surely be welcomed by fans. 8.6/10

Dallas Stars - Coby S.

Next we have Coby's entry into the 2 Colours Competition, choosing to design for the Dallas Stars.  Coby got a handful of votes for this entry, coming in 8th. Does that rank do this concept justice?

The 2D, recoloured logos look really sharp, and dare I say almost better than the originals.
Even though the stripe pattern remains the same, with one less colour, I think it actually improves the look of the jersey.
Fonts look good, and text is sized correctly.
Execution is pretty solid.

The gloves could use a little more design to them.
The helmet could use a wordmark or alternate logo on it.
On the green jersey, using the white logo, with a green outline and an additional white outline would look better than simply inverting the logo.

Overall: The competition was very tough, but Coby pulled through with a great piece.  8.1/10

London Knights - Daryl D.

Daryl brings us his idea of a new Away uniform for the London Knights. He brings some old flair to their current alternate, while creating something totally new.

Going back to light green is an awesome move.  This is one team that definitely should fault their old style.
The stripe pattern is traditional, uses their colours wisely, yet looks original.
As classic as this jersey is trying to be, it keeps the current logo, which goes better with the colours and still looks old-school enough on it's own right.

This shoulder patch isn't a bad logo to use, but one of their classic logos would be better, like what's on the helmet.
The font for the numbers is okay, but not very classic, modern, or exciting. Just ehh.
The name should probably be gold or white, and a little bit bigger.

Overall: I'm not a fan of their current away jersey, so this is an improvement, but it's not that exciting yet.  7.6/10

Montreal Canadiens - Lucas D.

Lucas touches the untouchable with his Montreal Canadiens set.  Is this concept one for the ages?

The home jersey is basically untouched.
The away jersey adds blue bands on the chest and arms, taken from their short-lived 1944 design which was brought back a few times in the 2000's.
The only change I really notice between this away jersey and the previously mentioned one is that the red cuffs on the arms are gone, which made the arm look busy.

Is it just me, or do the numbers look skinnier?
The hem stripes look skinnier too.
The outlining stripes?  Yeah they're a little skinny as well.
For accuracy and contrast sake, there should be a white outline between the red number and blue outline.

Overall: It's a small refresh to a classic set, but there's nothing new or mind-boggling here.  It looks good, I'd be happy with it, but show me something new.  7/10

Oshawa Generals vs Windsor Spitfires - MJFWerks

Did someone say different? MJFWerks plays up the classic Canadian football tradition in hockey form, putting two CHL teams into classic CFL-style uniforms. Oh Canada!

The jerseys are very well adapted from the CFL originals.
The logos look fantastic in the different colours.
Numbers, fonts, colours and equipment all look great.
Awesomely executed.
Fantastic, creative and unique idea that warms my Canadian heart.

I get that you're trying to be as close to the football originals as possible, but it's a crying shame that the beautifully recoloured logos aren't on the front of the jerseys as they should be.  We don't need two large numbers, and it just feels like more of a hockey jersey with logos instead. We'd still get the idea.

Overall: This concept, and the series idea in general, is way too cool for school. Love it!  8.9/10

Kelowna Rockets - Phil B.

Last up is Phil's Kelowna Rockets set.  He attempts to create a brand new set for the Rockets, one of my favourite sets in the WHL.

Their diagonal arm striped jerseys were awesome, but lacked diagonal hem stripes.  This set executes this tricky design perfectly.
They've barely used teal/green as a primary jersey colour, but it looks fantastic, so it's great that Phil finds a way to include it as (I assume) the main home uniform.
Using all 4 of their colours as jerseys is a pretty good indication of an awesome colour scheme controlled beautifully.

All of the jerseys are the exact same stripe and yoke pattern, just recoloured.
Looking at it again, I can tell why teal isn't a jersey colour, it makes the logo very hard to notice. More outlining could help, or a different logo.
No helmets for the red and teal jerseys? They could use the black pants through the whole set, but different helmets would be nice.

Overall: I love the diagonal stripes, but the set in general falls flat for me.  7.3/10

MJFWerks' Oshawa vs Windsor concept gets my COTW nomination for today.

To those who made the Top 16 of the HJC Open, congratulations and good luck in the next round.  For those that didn't, congratulations for being awesome by sending in your work. Your effort is just as valuable as the champion's to this blog, so don't give up, improve your skills, and try again next year.

Don't forget that we have 2 votes going on this week, both with our handy dandy poll on the side of the blog (sign in required).

As always thanks for reading and see you next week!

July 4, 2015

Saturday: America, Hell Yeah!

Happy Fourth of July!!!!! Enjoy all that is great about America. Drink your beer, enjoy your families, but please don't blow any of your body parts off by being stupid with fireworks. There's always someone who ruins it for everyone.

Happy 'Merica Day from us hosers up north, eh!


The winner of the COTW vote for June 21-27 was CPM's Ottawa Nationals concept!

Full Results
CPM (OTT) - 18
Scott G (OTT) - 15
CPM (CLE) - 8
Brandon C (OSH) - 8

The new polls on the side of the page went REALLY well. Everything seemed to be in order and all seemed to be done fairly. Plus we got some great results!

That was June's final COTW vote. Which has us now moving on to the COTY-June vote. The voting will take place in the red poll. You can also click the link in that poll to see the concepts or go to the COTY 2015 tab. Voting ends on Friday at 11:59pm Eastern.

We also have our first set of COTW nominees for July. They are listed in the black poll. You can click the link in that poll to see the nominees or you can go to the CONCEPT OF THE WEEK tab. Voting ends on Friday at 11:59pm Eastern.

To vote you will need a Google/Blogger account.


The Round Robin of the HJC Open has concluded. Here are the 16 artists that moved on to the Quarter Semi-Finals

Tie breakers were COTW and COTY wins in 2015. If that still didn't settle the tie then I had to step in and I chose whomever had the better Round Robin entry. In the case of the 16th seed, all had 5 votes and no COTW wins. I decided to reward Alan for reading HJC since the dawn of time by giving him entry into the bracket portion of the tournament.

Each artist that moved on will now have to create another new concept that will defeat their opponent. Entries are due by Tuesday at 11:59pm Eastern. Winners will be chosen by HJC reader votes!


It was at this point where I had planned to provide a history lesson about the War of 1812. Canadian and British troops marched into Washington D.C. and burned down the Presidential Palace (White House). There was a myth that the White House was originally pink and that it only became white when it was rebuilt after the burning. Turns out that was a load of crap (except for the burning). Well enjoy your holiday, but try to keep it down. Us Canadians are just one floor above you.

HJC Open Quarter Semi-Final entries (due Tuesday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTY-June vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTW June 28-July 4 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

July 3, 2015

Friday: East Coast Post!

TGIF, welcome to the Friday post!

I'm writing this post a little early since I'll be in Halifax at the time this is posted, so yeah, how about that free agent frenzy? I'm sure it will be a quieter frenzy than we've had in the past few years, but none the less, the Leafs need to make some deals to get some of their larger contracts out (and probably to Arizona) so they can focus on getting more younger prospects and such in. I really think the Leafs need to pull a Sharks, and ship Bernier with a 7th round pick to any team and just say "don't let the door hit ya on the way out". He hasn't worked out for them, and unlike Reimer, he doesn't seem to want to work through the rebuilding process or be a positive influence on the locker room. I haven't liked him much.

Speaking of the Sharks, of all the draft deals to go down, their's was the most...rude frankly. I know Niemi hasn't been the same goalie that demolished their opposition in 2010, but the Sharks problems are a lot more than him. There must have been at least a year of bad blood brewing to make them ship his contract rights to the stars for nothing (or the next Zetterberg). Talbot & Lack have found good new homes, and while both teams still have work to do before I say they'll be competitive, both goalies have impressed me enough to say they've earned a chance to star in their new homes. The Rangers got a solid back-up in Raanta, who was a goalie without a home in Chicago and like Talbot, might be starting in 2016-17 for another team if he plays well. Robin Lehner is the goalie in all the draft day deals I think has the biggest chance to surprise, but don't expect him to really bloom into a true starter for a few years...remember, he's only 23 on a young team and will have to compete with Matt Hackett &...well maybe Chad Johnson if he improves from last year. Still, lots of goalie movement.

The Bakersfield Condors have unveiled their jerseys, and seeing as I won't be able to write my thoughts, I'll leave a response for both possibilities I see.

Oilers copies- UGH!
Original jerseys- Well done, lads!

COTW voting, today is the last day to get that in! It's super easy and it's right on the side of the page. If you haven't done that already....what are you waiting for?

HJC Open voting is on! Top 16 make it to the next round, so get on it and VOTE!

COTW June 21-27 poll (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
HJC Open Round Robin Voting (Ends Friday@ 11:59pm Eastern)

On to the concepts!


CHL-CFL Labour Day Games Concepts (By: MJFWerks)

+ Labour Day is the biggest day in the CFL, and in Western Canada, the CFL is huge, so this game, at least to me, would make sense
+ Nice crossover, both concepts are based on classic Saskatchewan RoughRiders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers jerseys, and are perfect copies while also being hockey jerseys
+ The logos on the sleeves and shoulders are perfect, it's also a small thing, but the hockey names under the collar like how they are on the football jerseys look great
+ Solid execution

- I get these jersey are based on football jerseys, but a hem stripe would make the Pats jerseys look fantastic, and would add more colour to the Wheat Kings jersey

Rating: 9/10 COTW Nom. from me! 

Buffalo Sabres Concept (By: Nathan N.)

+ Buffalo had a solid chance to make great jerseys after the Buffaslug but the piping ruins that pretty quickly
+ I dig the front numbers

- This is just a recoloured jersey from sports logos.net without the piping, which is very very VERY lazy, come on man! Show some effort on this, start from scratch make something that is yours, not just someone else's work with some changes 
- On top of that, this is a concept that has not only been done many times before but also isn't original to say the least. We can picture this in our minds, make something original! 

Rating: Not going to rate this, isn't enough different from the original and sportslogos.net to make it worth it 

Buffalo Sabres Concept (By: Aaron A.)

+ I'd love for the Sabres to do a fauxback to the 40's, something Bisons's style but also original, this would be a solid option
+ While it is the Buffalo Bills old logo, with the hockey font on top, it looks fantastic
+ Not usually in favour of brown/canvas pants and vintage white, but I really like it here

- The numbers are stripes are much too large, which presses the NOB right up against the yoke
- No tv numbers
- The arms would look better if it matched the arms with the second yellow stripe on top of the first
- Stripes on the socks are much too high up

Rating: 6.75/10

Ryerson Rams CIS/OUA Concepts (By: Adam J.)

+ Ryerson currently wears Sabres copies, and plays out of Maple Leaf Gardens...near a grocery store too, and these are more classic hockey and less amateur hockey
+ Using Ryerson's nice primary logo and decent R shoulder patch is a lot better than the script
+ Striping looks great, simple but it works
+ I like the font Adam chose

- The blue on the logo doesn't match the jersey, which would be fine if you were going for a double blue, but it doesn't look like Adam is going for that
- Reebok vector logo shoulder be the CCM or Reebok script logo, and make them blue on the yellow yoke and yellow on the blue yoke
- These jersey are Oilers copies, add something more original, like double blue or grey to it, I get it's the OUA/CIS so a lot of teams copy NHL teams, but something original would help, ditching the yellow cuffs would help
- The colours would be better balanced if the white jersey had a blue yoke

Rating: 6.5/10

Tampa Bay Lightning Concept (By: Adam G.)

+ I'm not fan of any of Tampa's current jerseys, but if they were to go for the simple/fauxback look, something less....Red Wings/Leafs would be more preferred
+ Love the chest stripe, the lighting logo looks fantastic in chest stripes, almost like a super hero uniform or something
+ The jersey is well executed

- Not a huge fan of the yoke, it works and keeps me from noticing the stripes are the Leafs exact pattern, but a grey outline or a double outline would look solid
- NOB is too small, not bad, but would look better if they were larger
- It's minor, but Tampa Bay is only 20ish years old, and shouldn't have tiedowns

Rating: 7.5/10- nothing really jumps out a me, but it is well done for what it is

Tampa Bay Lightning Concept (By: Christian L.)

+ Lots of Tampa Bay identifiers, like victory stripes and lightning yoke stripe, it makes the team still look like they are from the 90's without being over the top
+ It's nice that Christian is able to take a jersey that is bland and boring and add life to it with 2 changes, that's it! The jersey is still the same at its core, but adds a lot of life that wasn't there before
+ Christian keeps the good Tampa has, like the unique numbers, the script over the logo, the shoulder patch, and in this case, yes even the monochromatic colour scheme, since Tampa has now had playoff success in these colours
+ Great execution

- Captain's C is much too small, but is squished by the lightning bolt
- The stitching is visible on the blue jersey below the hem and on the back on the front of the jersey cuffs

Rating: 9/10

Toronto Towers Expansion Team Concepts (By: Lucas D.)

+ I dig the name Towers, I figured that would be the Raptors new name if they were to ever update out of 1995, but the CN tower is a major identifier of Toronto and TT has a nice ring to it
+ Toronto also has an identifiable skyline, and looks great on the stripes, further adding to the Towers theme
+ Always great when people make their own logos and concept teams, shows a lot of effort

- The Colour scheme doesn't scream CN tower or Toronto, more so Brooklyn, Red, Grey & Black would look more CN Towery
- The primary logo is much too skinny, as are the numbers, it works on the wordmark, but not on the jersey or numbers

Rating: 6.5/10


That's the post, thanks for reading!
Don't forget to vote for COTW & HJC OPEN!
Continue to enjoy the Free Agent Frenzy and further roster moves
Go Jets Go! 
Have a great 4th of July all you American readers, and a great weekend to all of youz! 

July 2, 2015

Thursday - Free agent frenzy

Hello again everybody and welcome back to HJC on this (hopefully) fine Thursday for another post! As Dylan said yesterday everybody has already talked about the new jersey updates so here's my quick rundown of my opinions as well:

Anaheim: Laces change from black to white on the home jersey. Pretty lateral move. Not really better or worse. I preferred the black though or maybe orange.
Arizona: I think it's an improvement but also a mish mash of ideas, and like the black was thrown on after the rest of the design had been completed.
Colorado: For whatever reason they decide to ignore the bad parts of their jersey and change a pretty good part. The replacement isn't bad though either.
Columbus: I like this a lot better. It's just my personal opinion but I like that logo much better than the cap logo.
Edmonton: Everyone wanted an orange jersey and they got it. Orange is the New Blue. Beauty.
Montreal: Making classic even classic-er, and a really nice touch with the French LNH patch. Another beauty.
Washington: Another fairly lateral move. Only real difference and benefit is that they can wear it at home now.

Free agency has also been pretty crazy. Vermette and Michalek, both getting traded away at the deadline decide to go back and sign with Arizona again. Maybe it was their plan all along. But one of the most talked about things wasn't even a signing.
I am aware I didn't add the TV numbers
Phil Kessel traded to the Penguins. Love this trade. They didn't have to give up any of their young defenseman like Maatta or Pouliot and the biggest giveaway was Kasperi Kapanen. Imagine a line of Hornqvist - Crosby - Kessel. I'm really excited for next season now and am anxious to see if GMJR makes any other moves.

This week we have our usual COTW vote, but this week Ryan is trying out another poll on the sidebar. I think this one may actually work though so that's good news. Also the HJC Open vote is going on! Click the banner at the top of the page and go vote for your top 10 concepts! The top 16 will move on to the next round.

HJC Open Round Robin Voting (Ends Friday July 3 @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTW June 21-27 poll (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

Now onto the concepts. Here's the usual guidelines of my rating system, with one new category:
Idea: Even if the concept is bad is there still a good, creative idea at the core? 1 point
Creativity: 1 point
Execution: 2 points
Realism: Would this jersey be believable to be seen on the ice? 1 point
Pizazz, wow factor, just something that makes the concept really stand out. It's hard to do but I don't think you can have a perfect concept without it: 1 point
Other areas of the concept, or just the overall look, regardless of the other categories: 4-6 points
If I feel that one of the categories doesn't need reviewed as much as the other ones I will exclude it from being reviewed and move the points to another one. Other areas will always be reviewed, and logically the final score will just be the individual scores added up.

And now the reviews:

Christian C. - USA
Idea: Looks new to me but reminds me of old jerseys. I like it. (1/1)
Creativity: N/A (0/0)
Execution: The outline on the numbers and script on the white jersey blend into each other a bit, otherwise solid (1.5/2)
Realism: Definitely (1/1)
Pizazz: It's so simple but I'm torn so it gets a (0.5/1)
Other areas: This is just a really solid concept. It reminds me of both 2010 and 1980, while bringing new things to the table. The script looks great and the stars on the shoulders look great as well. I really just don't have a complaint. (5/5)

Overall: I really like this concept, even though it's quite simple (9/10)

Christian L. - Edmonton Oilers
Idea: N/A (0/0)
Creativity: Something new to the Oilers, especially the script(1/1)
Execution: Surprisingly there are a lot of small errors. The sleeve stripes on the right side of each template layout are a bit too high and not meeting the bottom of the sleeve. Around the yoke it also does not look like the 2 colors meet directly and there is a gap between them. I'm not sure how else to explain that so I'll attach a photo. Also, I see in my preview app on my mac that you have ID on your concept. However it doesn't show up when it is on the blog here. Not sure why. Overall these errors don't detract from the overall look of the concept unless you're very observant. (1/2)
It's very small, but there is a gap between the yoke color and collar/outline
Realism: I could easily imagine this being the jersey McJesus wore on the stage when he got drafted (1/1)
Pizazz: (1/1)
Other areas: This jersey is beautiful. It has a fauxback vibe while looking modern at the same time. I didn't like the script at first but it's growing on me, and the oil drop in the O is a nice touch. I usually like the hem and arms to match more than this, but it works here, having the hem filled all the way down instead of a stripe like the arms. This is just a great looking jersey (5/5)

Overall: Those small execution errors aside this is a 10 (9/10)

Lucas D. - Boston Bruins
Idea: I'll give you this, the Bruins in brown and yellow would look great (1/1)
Creativity: This is virtually a direct copy of the current jerseys (0/1)
Execution: A few things that need to be fixed here. The stitching should stop at the hem striping, the front logo is too small, the left shoulder patch on each jersey is facing inwards instead of out, and the area where the outline meets the jersey looks pixelated. Also the area inside the collar should be colored yellow and brown, or depending on what the yoke color may be. A few key errors here, these can really change the look of the concept. (0.5/2)
Realism: I guess since this is virtually what they wear now it has to get the point (1/1)
Pizazz: (0/1)

Other areas: The Bruins have a good looking set overall. Changing the black to brown doesn't really change that. I mean I guess this is a good looking concept but I can't give you many points since this is a direct copy of their current jerseys, minus a few small changes. Speaking of small changes, the numbers would look better with an outline like they are now. I do like adding the alternate logo as a shoulder patch though. (1/4)

Overall: Even though it looks good, the only reason this is so low is because it's virtually just a direct copy of the current set. Use your brain, man! I know you can come up with more original ideas, I've seen them from you and reviewed some myself. (3.5/10)

Matt G. - Ottawa Senators
Idea: With the limited color palette, this was a good idea. (1/1)
Creativity: It's hard to argue taking a team down to 2 colors isn't creative...even though it wasn't his idea it was Ryan's...from the competition...I'll give you the benefit of the doubt though (1/1)
Execution: Inside of the jersey and collar needs to be filled in red. Otherwise solid. (1.5/2)
Realism: I hate to bust you on this since I don't think the Senators becoming 2 colors is realistic, but this was for the competition, so (N/A)
Pizazz: (0/1)
Other areas: I like where this concept is going but overall I think it's too busy. Tone down the striping a bit. I really like the logo though, a great way to take advantage of the 2 colors. The font could be improved though. I don't mind it but I don't like it either (4/5)

Overall: Decent look if the Senators became 2 colored, but needs a little work (7.5/10)

Vaughn R. - Merritt Centennials
Idea: (0/0)
Creativity: According to a Google, this team has worn a large selection of jerseys, including a Senators/Penguins Reebok template, Blackhawks copies, and Habs jerseys with black instead of blue. This concept seems original.(1/1)
Execution: The logo looks too big and where are the names??? (1.5/2)
Realism: I could see this on the ice (1/1)
Pizazz: (0/1)
Other areas: A solid concept. It reminds me somewhat of the Blackhawks still, while it isn't screaming it in my face like a direct copy would, just maybe whispering it in my ear or something. The white really pops on the red jersey. As I'll mention in the next review (I actually did that one before this one), I like the idea of having the numbers in the crest and applaud the creativity, but I don't think it works out. (4/5)

Overall: Pretty good and unique look (7.5/10)

Idea: I love it honestly, this could work great for a minor team and ties in with the logo perfectly (1/1)
Creativity: Unique concept (1/1)
Execution: Looks good (2/2)
Realism: For a league like the BCHL, definitely believable (1/1)
Pizazz: I think so (1/1)
Other areas: I don't really have anything else positive to say that hasn't been said already, but there aren't many negatives. The logo could do without the number inside of it but I like the idea, and the top also looks bare, mainly from the back. A simple fix would most likely be to just make the collar red or black. The black in the numbers looks out of place but there really wasn't much else to do with the pattern coming into them like that (2.5/4)

Overall: Really like this concept and this idea. Just a few touch ups to make. (8.5/10)

William B. - Pittsburgh Penguins
Looks like we're saving the best team to be reviewed last.
Idea: See "Matt G. - Ottawa Senators" (1/1)
Creativity: Again, see "Matt G. - Ottawa Senators" (1/1)
Execution: Solid (2/2)
Realism: Again, again, see "Matt G. - Ottawa Senators (N/A)
Pizazz: (0/1)
Other areas: I think this would look great if the Penguins were to switch to double blue and only double blue. The home/road set looks classic and reminds me of the current alternates as well. The alternate is a bit different but definitely looks good, and I think the robo penguin really benefits from removing the left side, albeit it does look a little off balance for lack of better words. The Winter Classic is exactly what it should be - it pays tribute to the design the Pens originally wore when they started playing hockey. I would change the shade of light blue though, it looks borderline teal to me and I think it would be better if it looked closer to the light blue used on the original Winter Classic jerseys (4/5)

Overall: Good look for being limited to 2 colors (8/10)

And that's the post! Pretty good set of concepts today, and my possibly-maybe somewhat biased (2nd favorite team) COTW nomination goes to Christian L.'s Oilers concept. Did you disagree with my reviews? Did you like a different concept and want to nominate it? Did you just want to start a random discussion about food or somethin? Then leave a comment! I hope you enjoyed the post, thanks for reading, and I'll see you guys next Thursday.

July 1, 2015

International Canada Day

Well, normally I would maybe talk a bit about the new jerseys and jersey tweaks that were introduced over the past week, but everyone else has basically done that, so I'll do the quick version.

Anaheim Jersey Update - K
Arizona Jerseys - Meh - 5/10
Arizona Secondary Logo - Hmm... - 7/10
Colorado Logo - Meh - 5/10
Columbus Secondary Logo - Nice! - 8/10
Edmonton Alternate Jersey - Neat! - 9/10
Montreal Jersey Updates - Nice Update!!! - 10/10
Washington Alternate Jersey - Neat and Not Surprised! - 8/10

Ok cool, glad that's out of the way. Also, Free Agency starts today. I'm not even going to start to touch that one since there's been so much done today. The big deal of the day so far is the Kessel trade. If you want more on the deals of the day. Here's Twitter...

In other news, My favorite, Antti Raanta got traded the other day so I am going to go crawl up and just die... but no wait, what's that Blackhawks? You're going to make it better by signing Saad? NO WAIT NOOOO...dead...

Go vote while I'm dead.
HJC Open Round Robin Voting (Ends Friday July 3 @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTW June 21-27 poll (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

Texas Stars Alternate Jersey Concept - Daryl D.
Dallas' AHL counterpart recently rebranded, killing off the gold in the Stars' color scheme. Good riddance. They badly needed the rebrand. Daryl doesn't want to see it go though. I just have to say it. This looks like one big sloppy mish mash of past and present. We have the new logos on the chest and shoulders, but the wordmark is slanted. Even if the slant is on purpose, it just looks sloppy. If the logo had been designed with a slant in it that would be a different story. Now the biggest issue I have with this concept is the gold and silver trying to coexist on the jersey. The silver and gold just doesn't look good together. The gold is dead. Either let it die, or kill off the silver and replace it with gold. The star pattern seems out of place on the green and gold pants which are also way out of place. There's really no easy way to save this one. It's gotta go back to the drawing board. Sorry Daryl.

Rating: 3/10

Langley Rivermen (BCHL) Concept  - Vaughn R.
I like the color scheme, and I like the primary logo. The diagonal wordmark is unnecessary. It's on the alternate jersey which is fine, but it doesn't belong on the shoulders. You can't see it. I think the thin stripes on the hem and sleeves needs to be thickened up a bit. The color of the name and numbers on the home jersey are fine, but you can't read the name, TV numbers, or Captain's C on the away jersey.

Rating: 5/10

The Rangers-Langley script finds its way onto the front of the jersey where it should be. Too bad the jersey is basically a solid blue jersey. The cream colored stripes are so thin they might as well not even be there. The thickness between the arm/hem stripes on phantom yoke aren't even consistent. Beef those bad boys up Vaughn! If you want to keep the numbers dark blue, they need an outline. Although, personally, I'd keep them cream like everything else on the jersey.

Rating: 4/10

Arizona Coyotes Concept - If Nike Took Over Series - Ben M.
If recent reports are true, these 'Yotes may be relocated to Las Vegas soon... But before that, let's look at Ben's Nike 'Yotes. Patterns return to the striping, but the pattern here doesn't pop out enough, from further away it would just look like a red stripe with some dots in it. I don't like the font selection either. The font says "1800's baseball" or "Wild Wild West" and neither of those really fit with the Kachina style you're aiming for here. The alternate is interesting, but why darken the colors? Maybe it's a good idea, since that sunburst paired with the striping patterns would be kind of gaudy, brighten and simplify that baby up.

Rating: 4/10

Team Young Stars Concept - Lucas D.
Lucas has an idea for the young stars team in the World Cup next year. I would think Seguin makes Canada's national team, but that's not what I'm here to discuss. The color scheme combines the U.S. and Canada color schemes, but perhaps something more neutral to set them apart from the two national teams would be better. Lucas calls for a national team patch to designate where the player is from to be located on the shoulder, but as a coach I wouldn't want that. I would want to preach that they're not really playing for their country, but rather for all the young stars. I like the striping on the hem/pants/socks. The sleeve striping seems out of place. Add an outline to at least the numbers, and add some numbers onto the sleeve. The logo needs a lot of work as well. I think the jersey itself is close to being a decent jersey, but the identity of the team could use some work.

Rating: 5/10

Slovan Bratislava HC Concept - Max R.
Kind of fitting for a team that kind of jacked the Penguins' old logo to wear a jersey that takes some characteristics of an old Penguins' jersey. I think the Penguins did it better, since the logo itself didn't wrap around the jersey. Make the logo its own thing like that, and have the design that wraps around the jersey its own thing. Also, the left side of the jersey just looks bare and boring now. The jersey is unbalanced. It's an interesting idea, that could make a decent alternative, but it needs some refining.

Rating: 6/10

Washington Wizards Concept - NBA-NHL Series - Taylor R.
This may be the first concept in Taylor's NBA series that I'm not on board with. I really love the Wizards' actual uniforms, and I've always thought that they'd carry over to a hockey jersey well. I still think they could, but not the way Taylor's done it. The roundel logo already has striping in it, and it is clashing with the chest striping on the jersey. I think the wordmarks found on their basketball uniforms is the best bet if you want to keep the chest striping. The striping on the arms, socks, and pants seems to come out of nowhere. I'd try to keep the striping pattern consistent with either the logo or the chest stripes. The shoulder logo outside of the yoke bugs me as well. The one thing I'm a fan of is the star on the pants' striping, except or the white box under the star. If you make the star either white or blue you wouldn't need that box. I'm confident this could be saved, but I'm kind of disappointed because Taylor's NBA series has been immaculate and I had high hopes for the Wizards.

Rating: 6/10

And that's your hump-day everybody. I apologize if any of my critiques came across as harsh, but I just wasn't super impressed with today's batch of concepts, plus Saad and Raanta got traded over the past few days, so maybe I'm just taking it out on you guys... maybe... I'm not crying you're crying.

June 30, 2015

Tuesday: Vacation Post

Today I'm writing from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Normally my posts take place in Buffalo but a little vacation never hurt anyone. Except my skin, which is burnt. You know what else is making my vacation better? Knowing that my Sabres made some top notch moves. How was the draft for your team? Like the trades? Picks? Basically we had a party in Buffalo. Nice feeling drafting a kid that has top star potential. Can't wait for October already.

During the draft we got to look at some jerseys. I'm sure you've all seen already. I'll put my small notes here. For Arizona I really do like the design, except I don't think it fits Arizona. Edmontons Alternate was a huge surprise and McDavid looked great in it. That orange is pretty. The other ones are pretty small changes. Colorado needs new jerseys. Montreal now looks even more ace, and I'm not even going to comment on the Ducks. Nothing really.

So since I'm vacation. I'll keep these probably shorter. I would have asked someone else to do it but a nice calm chillaxing post is something I wanted to do. So let's get these started.


HJC Open Round Robin entries (due TONIGHT @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTW June 21-27 poll (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

Philadelphia Flyers Concept - Andrew W.
 Double color is always a classy move. When I first saw this I have to say I was surprised because I actually like the Flyers logo in that one color. When it comes to the striping I think it would be a better decision to bring in the flyers cuff swoop that they usually have. I think the Northwestern pattern you have is a little generic, and on the arms it gets a little jumbled with the TV numbers. Maybe just trying the Flyers one stripe could make it look better. To me at least. Surprised with this one. It's growing on me the more I look at it.

Rating: 8.1/10

Washington Capitals Concept - Dylan T.
Dylan uses, what I think should have been the primary logo for Washington's Winter Classic. Dylan I think has a decent idea here. He has a nice yoke design off to the shoulders but I think the rest of the jersey falls flat. Just adding a one stripe look makes this boring to me. Doesn't fit the yoke. Was this a two color jersey entry? If so I can understand why it is what it is but hypothetically I don't think this looks good with just red. Blue would definitely be a healthy addition. So I say, add some character to the striping. Make it all fit with the rest of the jersey. Also as it's been said before. TV numbers, name and number on the back should be a must when sending in concepts. Yes it might be a little extra but going that extra mile for concepts make them look much better.

Rating: 5.6/10

100th Anniversary Night - Taylor R. & J3
 T-Roy & J3 make a 100th Anniversary night concept for every team. These are all throwbacks for one team to another. I'll just say, this would be awesome to see for a night. I'm not going to review everything since these are all existing jerseys but for the most part I'm a fan of the choices. Without looking I'm assuming these are all the first jerseys each team wore? They are all done nicely and like I said, would be awesome to see.

Rating: This needs to happen!

Colorado Avalanche Concept - Lucas D.
 First things first, need to put an ID on this. Don't you want people to know who made this? Anyways, if this is going to be a whole series on who benefits from the Ducks template I'm actually curious to see the different looks you have. Colorado I think would be higher up there on the list. The arm and side striping better fits them than their current jerseys. With the Ducks though i think the round yokes are a problem with the modern, sleek, quick look. If you stay with the look though I would actually have the yoke on the burgundy jersey white to fit the whole scheme more. I think that would simply look better too. Or the blue needs a white outline. Take your pick.

Rating: 7/10 Upgrade from their current, but they need their own.

Utah Jazz Concept - Taylor R.
 T-Roy is back with the NBA series. This is great. Right off the bat. Love their color scheme and love the look translated to an NHL jersey. I don't know if I can find something I don't like. It's executed nicely all the way around. Perhaps the shoulder logo could be bigger but that's not much. Everything else is beautiful to me.

Rating: 9.2/10

Los Angeles Kings Concept - Vaughn R.
 Another two color concept for this post. For a logo on a two color jersey I think you chose the right one for the Kings. However I think you used it wrong in my opinion. I think the letters should be colored in with gold and the rest of the jersey should almost pay homage to their old jerseys. However, stay away from making exact copies. Mixing it up...two stripes? Vertical stripes? Chest stripe? Also the thickness of the stripes and outlines are all different and it doesn't make the jersey look like it's one. It's all over the place. I'd say nay to the front number and with everything just being one stripe I would take the outline off the numbers.

Rating: 6.3/10

Buffalo Sabres Concept - Colin M.
Last concept of the day is my hometown team. I'll start off by saying I like the logo choice. I'll go on to say that I don't think the jersey fits it. In theory people like to think NIKE would make the NHL a more modern look. I agree for the most part. I think original classic teams would stay but they would experiment with others. If they did choose this logo for the Sabres or something similar I would have to think the jersey would be more modern. Right now it's just basically their currents with no gray. In fact I think if NIKE took over and with this logo there should be more silver/gray. I would go back to the drawing board. I like the jersey design but just not with that logo. The alternate is a start but I think could be better. Just a B for the logo is kind of cutting it close with the Bruins. Double gold stripes I think could be something but I say a better logo is in need. Also I don't think a rounded yoke is necessary. Or a yoke at all. It screams classic but just needs a couple changes.

Rating: 6.5/10

Hopefully when I return to the 716 next week I'll be back to normal. I'll quickly end off this post with saying T-ROY'S JAZZ CONCEPT IS MY NOMINATION!

I'm going to get some sleep now for a long day tomorrow again at the beach and golf time. See ya next week!