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!

June 29, 2015

Monday: Arizona Has Made a Mistake

Hello! It is a Monday, so therefore I have written this post to commemorate the fact!

If you didn't watch the draft or read the hockey news lately, you may have discovered that the Arizona Coyotes unveiled a  new jersey for next season, as well as updating both an alternate logo, showing off a new one, and a new wordmark. I'm going to review it like I normally do a jersey, so here it is:

(image courtesy of Yahoo sports)

Execution: It's an NHL jersey, so this of course passes. (1/1) 
Striping: God awful. There is such a generic yet busy design on the arms, but the body is completely blank outside of that little tail stripe. The jersey is just not balanced whatsoever, and is really lacking any sort of real depth to make it stand out. (.25/2)
Effectiveness: I'm sad I have to see this on the ice (0/1)
Creativity: I looked at this and was immediately reminded of the Penguins jersey that Lemieux wore, now the Penguin's alternate. I guess it does stand out in the NHL. (1/2)
Other: Ok, what the hell was Arizona thinking? There are two teams in the NHL that I think are allowed to use vintage white in their main set and get away with it. That's the Minnesota Wild and the Arizona Coyotes. Because BOTH TEAMS USE BEIGE IN THEIR LOGOS. There is no beige in this concept, and the addition of black was poor. What Arizona said it's doing for that "Southwest flare" belongs on the West coast, not in a state who's entire design is and was based around aboriginal and Native American heritage. The most dissapointing thing to me is that the new logo is beautiful. I think it looks great for the team's style, and wish it could've been featured on a monochrome jersey. (1/4)

Overall: I think the picture posted on the Uniform Database does this jersey justice. When it was unveiled on the players, it just didn't look like it fit right. I  (3.5/10)

Some other changes were made during the draft that could be summed up in a few words

Anaheim: Used white laces on their home jersey instead of black. It looked pretty good, created some decent contrast on the jersey. I kind of preferred the black personally, though.
Colorado: Finally got rid of the "yeti foot" logo and replaced it with a very nice looking, albeit blended in, version of the Colorado flag's C, which was used by the Rockies.
Columbus: Switched their alternate jersey's logo to a more fitting color scheme and placed it on the shoulder. When I saw this, I was kind of surprised, because I was working on a logo with the EXACT SAME CHANGES for the HJC Open.
Edmonton: Brought back their classic WHA jerseys with numbers in the yoke. I actually did kind of like this style, even though the arms do look just a little bare.
Montreal: Decided to become incredibly vintage and add laces to their jerseys, as well as use the LNH logo. It's subtle, yet really hits home the "we're old fashioned!" style.
The HJC Open is upon us! You have today and tomorrow to submit your concepts! For the full calender:

(All deadlines are 11:59pm Eastern on specified day)

Round Robin entries: Saturday, June 27 - Tuesday, June 30
Round Robin voting: Wednesday, July 1 - Friday, July 3

Quarter-Semi Finals entries: Saturday, July 4 - Tuesday, July 7
Quarter-Semi Finals voting: Wednesday, July 8 - Friday, July 10

Quarter Finals entries: Saturday, July 11 - Tuesday, July 14
Quarter Finals voting: Wednesday, July 15 - Friday, July 17

Semi-Finals entries: Saturday, July 18 - Tuesday, July 21
Semi-Finals voting: Wednesday, July 22 - Friday, July 24

Final entries: Saturday, July 25 - Tuesday, July 28
Final voting: Wednesday, July 29 - Friday, July 31

We have also entered the alpha stages of testing our new and improved voting tab at the side of the page! Please, give it a try.

COTW June 21-27 poll (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
And now, the concepts. 

Brandon Cockeram - Windsor Spitfires

Execution: Solid. (1/1) 
Striping: Beautiful and classic. One thing I would've personally done is to place the the name inside of the nameplate, but that's just my personal opinion. (1.5/2)
Effectiveness: Especially for an OHL team, yes! (1/1)
Creativity: Not overly creative, but using navy over black definitely helps this concept a lot. (1.25/2)
Other: I don't really have much to say. This jersey is just your typical jersey done well. Is it perfect? No, it's a very common design. Is it still a look that is great and can be used by any team? Yes! (3.5/4)

Overall: I love jerseys like this. They're just nice and plain, and that can always be a good thing. (9.25/10)

CPM - Vancouver Blazers

Execution: As always, you killed it. (1/1) 
Striping: I love this nice straight slant. It works perfectly with how the logo is angled. One interesting choice is curving the arm stripes in rather than out to follow the pattern of the jersey. Good stuff and a great pattern. (2/2)
Effectiveness: This is by far my favorite jersey in this series, so of course it's a yes. (1/1)
Creativity: Killed. It. I have never seen a pattern this unique before, and it just looks so clean and well done. (2/2)
Other: The font curved up like that looks fantastic. I wish that there was a little bit more on the pants. (3.75/4)

Overall: Talk about a way to finish a series. (9.75/10) and a COTW Nom from me

Taylor Roy - 100th Anniversary Collection

Execution: The only items missing are the NHL and Reebok logos. (.75/1) 
Striping: Simple and clean, this looks like any color identity in the league could use this scheme and get away with it easily. (1.5/2)
Effectiveness: Alongside the other fan jerseys, I'd pick this any day. (1/1)
Creativity: This is a little strange. It's almost identical to Brandon's concept, minus a few slight changes per team and a chest stripe. I do have to be fair, but like I said, this striping pattern is very common. (1.25/2)
Other: What gives this jersey that little one up are those logos. What a great way to show off each team. I'd love to see a series of this for each and every team. (3.75/4)

Overall: It's very similar, but incredibly different. I would buy the Hawks jersey of this in an instant (9.25/10)

Lucas Daitchman - Washington Capitals

Execution: You're missing your NHL logo. Also, the inside of the jersey should fit the color on the outside. (.25/1) 
Striping: The pattern on the hem looks unbalanced, as though the black stripe is shorter than the white. (1/2)
Effectiveness: As an alternate, I could see this work. (1/1)
Creativity: This isn't the most creative concept. It's very similar to the alternate that's coming, with the Weagle. (.75/2)
Other: I think this jersey kind of seems like a blank template. I would love to see what else this jersey has to offer, and I think that it would be stellar with just a bit more. (3/4)

Overall: Something tells me you listened to the podcast and got this idea from BPoe. Keep working at it, you're already doing great for your first few concepts! (6/10)

Steven Grant - Arizona Coyotes

Execution: All great! (1/1) 
Striping: It's plain. It's simple. I love how you did a color swap on the away. I love it. (1.75/2)
Effectiveness: ARIZONA, TAKE NOTE. (1/1)
Creativity: It isn't the most creative thing in the world, but I still like it regardless. (1.5/2)
Other: It's good. Everything is very organized and well put together. I guess black is the best pant choice, but I'm not a huge fan of plain black pants. (3/4)

Overall: Concepts like these are always good. (8.25/10)

Taylor Roy - Toronto Raptors

Execution: Everyone is killing it today, but I would've liked to see an NBA logo somewhere on the jersey. (.75/1) 
Striping: Wow. I love this, it kind of gives me this weird vibe of Jurassic Park, which was a huge part of why this team is the Raptors. Like these tire mark-esque stripes, it seems like you're being chased by a pack of raptors. Also, sidenote, I did not like Jurassic World at all. (2/2)
Effectiveness: It makes me wish there was a second team in Toronto called the Raptors. (1/1)
Creativity: Great. I've never seen something like this before. (2/2)
Other: I wish there was some of that gray elsewhere in the concept. Maybe the pants or socks. (3.75/4)

Overall: Absolutely fantastic. You locked in the identity of the Raptors perfectly. (9.5/10)

John Visaggio - Colorado Avalanche 

Execution: The logo does look a little low. Try to center it between collar and stripes a bit more. Also include all necessary logos, i.e Reebok. (.5/1) 
Striping: I actually like this pattern a lot. It's very clean. (1.75/2)
Effectiveness: The Stadium series is all about being progressive and modern. I don't know if this really takes that cake. (0/1)
Creativity: This striping is just way too similar to the current alternate. (1/2)
Other: The numbers are big, but it's a Stadium Series jersey, so it's a bit of a catch 22. The only change I have to put here is to change the underflap to a white. (3/4)

Overall: I haven't seen your name before, so welcome to HJC! I do have to say that this is a great start. Good work, and keep going at it! (6.25/10)
Well, Monday's over. Time for me to crawl back into my hiding hole until next week. Remember to work on your concepts for the Open. That's what I've been up to lately, and let's just say the competition I've seen so far will be incredibly tough!

Enjoy the rest of your weeks, and as always,

-Jack G.

June 28, 2015

Sunday: Open Season

Man, a lot has happened in the last few days. I'll quickly summarize, and colour code it, because why not.

Edmonton unleashed their gnarly WHA-style orange 3rd jersey. Give the people what they want, what a novel concept!

Arizona also shown us some new jerseys. There's no real sense of identity in these jerseys, and it looks lazy, even for Reebok. Their old jerseys were decent, but there was a lot of room for improvement. Unfortunately, there was no improvement anywhere on this new set. Call Ted Black and fire up the oven, we have ourselves a turd burger.

Montreal, Columbus, Colorado and Anaheim made small but good changes to their jerseys. Montreal somehow found a way to be more old-school, Columbus recoloured their alternate logo and used it as a patch, Colorado traded their beloved Bigfoot logo for the "C" from their flag, and Anaheim changed their laces.

Washington also had a "new" jersey, swapping alternates by using the red jersey now instead of white. Both look great, but a dark alternate jersey is much more logical and convenient.

No team did too poorly at the draft, besides the Bruins. They lost Hamilton and Lucic, and gained the 13th, 14th and 15th overall picks, a few other picks, a prospect and Martin Jones. Not bad, but they wasted all of the picks, and could have done better in the backup goalie department.

As a Flames fan, getting Hamilton for that price was a steal. Great move!

Backup Goalie Musical Chairs!!!

Chris Pronger was traded, confusion ensued.

Aaaaaaaaaaand last but not least... it's HJC Open time!!!

Our annual tradition of a knockout jersey concept tournament is back, and is underway right now!  This year you'll have to survive 5 rounds and design 5 concepts to win, and the time-frame is really short, so it's an endurance, sprint, and test of skill all at the same time!

In case any of you didn't see the schedule of entries/voting, here it is:

(All deadlines are 11:59pm Eastern on specified day)

Round Robin entries: Saturday, June 27 - Tuesday, June 30
Round Robin voting: Wednesday, July 1 - Friday, July 3

Quarter-Semi Finals entries: Saturday, July 4 - Tuesday, July 7
Quarter-Semi Finals voting: Wednesday, July 8 - Friday, July 10

Quarter Finals entries: Saturday, July 11 - Tuesday, July 14
Quarter Finals voting: Wednesday, July 15 - Friday, July 17

Semi-Finals entries: Saturday, July 18 - Tuesday, July 21
Semi-Finals voting: Wednesday, July 22 - Friday, July 24

Final entries: Saturday, July 25 - Tuesday, July 28
Final voting: Wednesday, July 29 - Friday, July 31

And of course we also have our COTW vote, with a new and improved polling system on the side of the page!

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

Alright, time for some concepts! Colour coded as well, because I'm just in a colour coding mood today.

Sudbury Wolves - Brandon C.

 We all know how much I love the Wolves and their spectacular design choices. *Sarcasm*. Most concepts over-complicate their look and skew their traditional roots too much.

Striping pattern and colours fit a classic team like Sudbury.
Their alternate logo needs a lot of work, but it should be their primary logo, as shown here.
 The blue alternations you made to the logo look very nice.
The fonts are outlined perfectly.

The font doesn't match the throwbacky feel to this set.
Using their current main logo as a shoulder patch would be a good idea.
The concept is too good. Sudbury's designers don't deserve this.

Overall: Pick a more classic font and a fixed up logo and this would be a perfect replacement. 8.5/10

Alaska Nanooks - Daryl D.

The Nanooks have pretty good jersey game already, so how does Daryl's uniform compare?

The stripe pattern is perfect for them.
The colours are balanced perfectly.
This logo is barely (if at all) used for their sports programs, but it could make an interesting alternate.
Yellow pants.

The logo could use some sort of an outline.
The white numbers having a yellow outline is a bad idea.
The gloves could have a bit more of a design to them.

 Overall: Not all that exciting, but would make for a decent 3rd jersey.  7.6/10

Montreal vs Ottawa - Taylor R. & J3

Ah the Pairs Competition, good times! I thought Vaughn and I had a decent chance of winning, but Taylor and J3 put out an unbeatable set of concepts. Here are a few of those concepts.

Montreal's striping pattern is probably the most beautiful thing I've ever seen.
The old Canadiens logo looks perfect with the jersey.
The cream colour for Montreal's jersey was a good choice.
Using the Senators shield logo was a good move as well.
The colours on the Sens jersey are well balanced and look fantastic.
Very original striping pattern on both jerseys. 

The Sens jersey is busy, and having the chest stripes so high up looks strange.
Having the main logo where the captains patch goes makes things problematic for the captain.
I'm not really liking the name font on the Sens jersey.

 Overall: Montreal's jersey would be 10/10, but I'd give Ottawa's a 7.7/10, so the total (with a bonus for solid presentation) is 9/10.

Calgary vs Edmonton - Taylor R. & J3

The Battle of Alberta hasn't meant much in a while, but adding a specialty game to the mix would be the perfect thing to spice it up.

That Flames logo is absolutely golden.
The Ronald McDonald stripes would be lame for any occasion besides a Retro Night.
The Oilers diagonal front is very interesting and unique. And it also looks great!
Both jerseys (and both concepts) are executed extremely well.

The name seems really small and hard to read on the Flames jersey.
While the jersey itself looks fantastic, it's hard to get a retro feel from the Edmonton set. It looks like a perfect Stadium Series set, but doesn't resemble a retro jersey at all.

 Overall: A jersey matchup I'd love to see, even though they look like two very different eras.  8.3/10

Winnipeg Jets - Lucas D.

Besides the name, there's nothing much connecting the new Jets to the old. But if they combined the two, like Lucas does, could it work?

Updating the logo to have the new Jets jet, and a maple leaf, are terrific ideas.
The old Jets logo in the new colours looks great.
Font is a little more modern than retro, which fits the design nicely.

There are no TV numbers.
You could use the current Jets logo on one shoulder instead of the same logo on both. 
A better-presented concept would have the shoulder patches not sticking out of the jersey.
The concept is a little rough and pixelated.

Overall: With a little bit of polish, this could be a fantastic redesign. The idea is perfect, it just needs some finish. 7.4/10 

OKC Thunder - Taylor R.

Taylor comes back with a pair of basketball-to-hockey concepts, the first being for the OKC Thunder.

Fantastic colour scheme that works extremely well on a hockey jersey.
Colours are well balanced, and stripes are well designed.
Everything is a good size.
Font is a very good choice for the modern feel I get from the rest of the jersey.

The TV and back numbers should be dark blue. Orange doesn't contrast as nicely against white.  It would also match the dark jersey better.

Overall: Really sharp design. With one little fix, I'd say these would be perfect. 9.3/10

San Antonio Spurs - Taylor R.

Can Taylor top his Thunder concept with this one for the Spurs?

A black, white and grey colour scheme is hard to balance, but it's done perfectly here.
The side panels brought over from their basketball uniforms match up nicely.
Font choice is good.
Good use of their alternate logo.
This concept does a good job of being similar to the LA Kings in colour, yet looking nothing like the Kings in style.

The arm stripes don't go well with the side panels.
The pants stripe looks a little too thick.

Overall: Well executed, and certainly fits, but I'm not digging it as much as the Thunder concept. 8.8/10

My COTW nomination for today is Taylor R's OKC Thunder concept!

So don't forget to vote for COTW (with new poll system, sign into Google to use it), and send in those HJC Open entries before Tuesday night!

As always thanks for reading and have a good weekend.