January 16, 2017

Monday: More Minor League Goodies

Welcome to another Monday post!

I don't think this will be a permanent year round part of my posts but for the remainder of the hockey season, I think you readers will be getting this almost every post for a while. I like reviewing minor league specialty jerseys and as they come out I will continue to review them. I'm not going to be the only writer who does, I won't ever claim to have the monopoly on reviewing minor league specialty jerseys but if I find them, I review them! I won't review EVERY jersey to come out, especially the over the top screen printed ones that everyone talks about, it's almost always the same concepts too. Screenprinted jersey with a recoloured primary logo slapped on the front, honestly, I'm bored of them for the post part...It's like a Family Guy cut away gag, just fluffy pop culture references.

Starting in Kansas, where the ECHL's Wichita Thunder are honouring there parent club by wearing a version of the jersey we all hope the Senators promote next season.
Photo from Wichita Thunder Official Twitter (@Wichita_Thunder)
The Thunder have a good look going for them, with the updated logo and decent Blue Jackets 3rd inspired jerseys that I hope they stick with for a while, but I have a liking to these as an alternate. The Times New Roman W is a pretty weak primary logo, but in context it works and I like the fact they went through with this idea. Overall the jersey is pretty standard but I really like the recoloured Thunder logo on the shoulder. If you're looking for concept inspiration that's where to find it, make a concept with that logo because I love it!

Rating: 7/10

In Tucson the Roadrunners are hosted a Wildcats Weekend on Friday & Saturday where they took inspiration from the Arizona Wildcats look as well as the state flag.

Photo from Tucson's Roadrunners Official 
Now the obvious fact is that the Tucson Roadrunners and Wildcats colour scheme clash, but I understand why they didn't recolour the logos. The striping is pretty simple, just a two stripe set and it looks okay, not a huge fan of the yoke outline, but the main feature on this jersey is the sun rays from the Arizona flag. I really like this detail, it could be done full time as a sublimated pattern on their current jerseys and it'd look incredible!

Rating: 6.75/10

Like the NHL, the AHL will be wearing 4 All Star Game jerseys, this year in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.

Photo from The AHL Official Facebook 
The Atlantic jersey is clearly based on the host Phantoms, while the Central seems to be either the Rampage or perhaps the Chicago Wolves logo. The North one would think is based on the old Springfield Falcons (weird saying that), the Rochester Americans or Hartford Wolfpack, and the Pacific for some reason takes inspiration from the Milwaukee Admirals, perhaps Manitoba Moose even. All 4 jerseys contrast each other well, the only two I see really clashing in any way is the arms of the Atlantic and Central arms and shoulder but EVEN THEN, it's highly unlikely orange and grey get mixed up. While the NHL jerseys had a little more colour continuity between them, I appreciate the clashing factor with these.

Rating: All get about a 7.5/10

Finally in the ECHL, the Indy Fuel honoured their parent club by slapping their logo and the IceHogs logo on a Blackhawks/IceHogs jersey

Photo from Indy Fuel Official Twitter (@IndyFuel)
Where to begin...no..wait, I actually like these! Yes like the Rockford Icehogs, the team looks better wearing copies than their actual jerseys. that doesn't mean I think they should adopt this look full-time, but like the South Carolina Stingrays, it makes a good alternate. I do think, in the unlikely event they use these full times, there'd need to be some yellow (Great idea for a concept btw), especially in the numbers.

Rating: 8/10

COTW has reset for the week, get a jump on the 2017 COTW work and vote!
The 4th Quarter is on this week, Avi has at least 2 concepts in this, as well as the 3rd Quarter vote. The other 3 Quarter winner concepts are Matt's Roadrunners' concept from May, Avi's Vegas concept from September and Josiah's Hamilton Bulldogs concept from February.

Let'a take a look at the Toronto 3rd jersey contest entries that have come in so far!

Lucas D.


Jamie R.


Brooks F.


Jake M.



Great stuff, entries are due Friday, refer to the Weekend Update for a full contest schedule up to mid February!

4th Quarter Vote (ends Friday @ noon ET)
COTW Jan 6-12 vote (ends Friday @ noon ET)
Maple Leafs 3rd entries (due Friday @ noon ET)

Onto today's concepts!
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San Jose Sharks Concepts (By: Lucas D.)


+ If the charges change their jerseys next season, this is exactly what most fans want. The new Los Tiberones logos are almost certainly going to be used primarily in the coming seasons, and the 25th anniversary jersey showed with a darker shade of teal, the Sharks can wear their inaugural jerseys for a long time
+ Of the Los Tiberones logos, Lucas picks the best ones for these jerseys
+ Great execution

- Not a fan of the number, looking too thin for my taste
- the white jersey needs a teal stripe above the top black stripe
- While it is a ver practical and good looking concept, a a concept it's not particularly unique or interesting, not that this really brings it down, it more keeps it from being rated higher.

Rating: 8.5/10

St. Louis Blues Concepts (By: Kristo L.)


+ The striping is very similar to what they wear now minus the lack of dark blue and cuffs, unlike most of the sets, Kristo keeps things very similar to what they have
+ Good colour balancing for the most part across the jerseys
+ The semi yokes work well on this concept
+ Good execution

- Primary logo is much too large
- Since the pants of dark blue it would be nice to see it as a filler in between the yellow & blue/white stripe
- Pants, should and helmet need gear

Rating: 7.5/10

San Jose Sharks Concept (By: Avi S.)


+ Like Lucas's concept, taking inspiration from the inaugural jerseys is a good move and coupling it with the Tiberones logo
+ The striping I think looks like the 2015 Stadium Series jerseys, as well as the So-Cal shoulder patch without the orange, which I think those two go together very well
+ Really dig the custom font for the numbers
+ Great execution

- Not so much a negative but would be interesting to see if orange could work on this concept

Rating: 9.5/10 COTW Nom from me!

New York Americans Concepts (By: Lucas D.)


+ Really like the logos and script Lucas has created here, it gets the patriotism across but isn't lost in trying to fit as many Stars & Stripe references as possible
+ The striping is very similar to what I think the Atlanta away template could have been, and it looks really good, on top of that it works with the logo
+ Good colour balancing across the board
+ Great execution

- The hem could maybe use some red on both, even a minor amount
- The numbers are hard to read on the arms

Rating: 8.75/10

Houston Americans Concepts (By: Danny R.)


+ Another set of fantastic custom logos, this time going for more of a Rochester look than a Brooklyn one, though the jerseys are clearly Rochesters inspired
+ That being said the jerseys are really nice, simple but not too simple
+ The alternate is gorgeous, Rochester  inspired but it works for the Houston look
+ Good execution

- Home and road could use a hem stripe, I don't think they need them, but it would look better
- The striping and numbers on the alternate should have some red, like a very thin outline

Rating: 8.75/10

Ottawa Senators Concept (By: Lucas D.)


+ Here's two ideas I wouldn't have put together; a chest sash and laurel pattern...and you now what..it really works, great idea!
+ At this point, I want Ottawa to adopt vintage white full time, and it too works with the laurel pattern
+ Minnesota alternate striping works too
+ Good execution, glad Lucas took the opportunity to tryout a new template to confuse people as to who made it in The Season, I wouldn't have guessed him!

- Captain's C would look better as black if it's in the chest stripe
- Shoulder patches would make this jersey much better

Rating: 9/10
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January 15, 2017

Sunday: Not Friday

Hi everybody!  Welcome back to another HJC post.  This is actually your Friday writer, Steven Grant, writing this Sunday post today.  I'm filling in for the other Steven, Steven Marculaitis.

I figured since I'm filling in for him I should try write this post in Steven M's style, so I'm using his Positives/Negatives system for reviewing the concepts.  I also considered contacting the guys over at Rebirth Sports to possibly do a story about a new college jersey, but then I realized I wouldn't have time to do a proper write up.

Don't forget to vote for the COTW and the COTY 4th Quarter.  We also have the Maple Leafs Alternate competition, those entries are do Friday so get on that.

4th Quarter Vote (ends Friday @ noon ET)
COTW Jan 6-12 vote (ends Friday @ noon ET)
Maple Leafs 3rd entries (due Friday @ noon ET

Onto the concepts!

Kristo L - Minnesota Wild
Positives:  I like the boldness of the jersey stripes.  They have a vintage look to them but they also fit in with the style of recent NHL and World Cup jerseys.  I'm also a fan of the helmet stripe with the road jersey.
Negatives:  A lot of Kristo's recent concepts look quite similar, I'd like to see more variety.  Also the primary logos are too big, sleeve numbers should be added, and the second set of gloves are unnecessary.
Overall:  6.5/10

Lucas D - Ottawa Senators (#1)
Positives:  This review will sound very similar to my review of the matching dark jersey on Friday, but I like the return of the laurel-leaf pattern, and I also think it was smart to keep red and gold apart in the striping.  Using their side-profile logo was a great choice as well.
Negatives:  There are several execution errors, most tracing back to the use of a 3D template.  The stripes don't follow the topography of the template, the logo and stripes aren't centered on the front, and the helmet logo doesn't match the helmet's angle.  Also part of the sock was left black above the hockey stick.
Overall:  7.25/10

Lucas D - Ottawa Senators (#2)
Positives:  My positive points from the previous concept apply here as well.  In addition, I think sublimating the laurel-leaf pattern was a good idea, it makes the jersey look more timeless.
Negatives:  The same execution errors from above also affect this concept.  Comparing these two white jerseys I like the other shade of gold better, I don't think this lighter shade looks as good with the white.
Overall: 7/10

Lucas D - Hershey Bears
Positives:  The jagged stripes and numbers are very cool.  It's especially interesting seeing such a modern design for a franchise as old as the Hershey Bears (they've been around since the 1930's).  The retro third jersey also looks great (and it's making me want a chocolate bar).
Negatives:  This is minor, but the jagged stripe stops being jagged above the the name, I think it should stay jagged.
Overall:  9/10 COTW NOMINEE

Cedric C - Simon Fraser University
Positives:  Clearly a lot of thought was put into this concept, with the tartan in the logo and the reasoning for the placement of the player names.  The numbers on the pants are also a unique feature, and in general I like the striping pattern.
Negatives:  The logo is too big though.  Also the chest stripe and arm stripes don't quite match, I'd switch the chest stripe to match the arms.  I don't think the chest stripe works well with the back numbers either, maybe keep it on the front only.  Additionally the back of the collar doesn't match the front.
Positives:  The maple leaf hem design is perfect.  It's unique, it looks good, and it fits with the rest of the jersey.  The navy blue in the stripes is a good addition as well, and I actually prefer this logo even though it's a wordmark.
Negatives:  The logo's still a bit oversized though.  Also I don't know the rules for these university jerseys, but wouldn't the player's name be required somewhere on the jersey?
Overall:  7.5/10

Well that's all I have for you guys today.  Have a good week and I'll see you all again on Friday.

January 14, 2017

Saturday: HJC Competition Schedule

The winner of the COTW-December vote was Avi!


Full Results
This gives Avi all three entries into the 4th Quarter Vote! Coincidentally, Matt M. also was involved in all three entries in the 2nd Quarter Vote, which his Roadrunners concept won, and will face-off against Avi's Quarter Vote winning concept.

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The winner of the first COTW vote of 2017 was Jake M!

 

Full Results
 
Jake won with a tremendous Pittsburgh Penguins Stadium Series concept. The logo with the P and a triangle with the 67 combined well with the yellow and black jersey. The end result was a unique Stadium Series look.

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The winner of the Bring Back the Americans Competition was JJ!

 

Full Results
 
JJ's entry was one of the last we received, which may go to show that taking the whole week to complete and perfect your entry can be a wise choice. JJ's entry moves into this week's COTW vote with the win.

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Avi has owned the major COTW votes here on HJC since September. He won every monthly vote from September to December and the 3rd Quarter Vote as well. Now he will have another concept in the COTY Semi-Finals, but us readers get to choose which one. The poll is the vintage white one on the side of the page. You can see the concepts in the poll or click the link. Votes will be counted up until Friday @ noon Eastern time.

The COTW nominees have been listed in the black poll on the side of the page. To see a larger version of the nominated concepts please click the link in the poll. Votes will be counted up until Friday at noon Eastern.

You must be logged into a Google account for the polls to appear on the side of the page.

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A new competition has begun here on HJC. This week we'll be giving the Toronto Maple Leafs a 3rd jersey. Considering Lou Lamoriello never wanted the Devils to have an alternate jersey, and there will be no alternate jerseys next season, I don't think a Maple Leafs alternate will be seen for a very long time. This competition allows you to change that! Send your entries to the competition email. They are due by noon Eastern time on Friday.

There will be another simple competition after the Maple Leafs one. After that we will begin the 2017 Pairs Competition! You and a partner will team up to create an All-Star Game. Don't get too ahead of yourselves now. However, you will be required to create a logo for the game and at least one jersey. I will publish the full rules closer to the competition. You will have 21 days to complete the project. Yes, this competition is THAT big!

Now would be a good time to start pairing up though. I've created a page where you can leave a way for someone to contact you if they want to pair up. Once you've paired with someone leave another message on the page saying that you have paired with someone.

Anyways, here is the schedule of competition which will take us through to mid-March.

Friday, January 13-20 - TOR 3rd Comp - (ENTRY PHASE)
Friday, January 20-27 - TOR 3rd Comp - (VOTING PHASE)

Jan 27 - Feb 3 - New Comp (ENTRY PHASE)
Feb 3-10 - New Comp (VOTING PHASE)

Feb 10 - March 3 - Pairs Competition
March 4 - Pairs Comp teasers
March 6 - Pairs Presentations Begin

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4th Quarter Vote (ends Friday @ noon ET)
COTW Jan 6-12 vote (ends Friday @ noon ET)
Maple Leafs 3rd entries (due Friday @ noon ET)


January 13, 2017

Friday: Bring These Back

Hello folks!  So there's sure been a lot of NHL jersey news since my post last Friday.  First we learned there won't be any alternate jerseys next year, which led to the report that the Oilers' orange jersey will become their new home jersey.  It also looks like the Devils will have a new look next season, and most recently the NHL unveiled the 2017 All-Star jerseys.

At least three of those stories have some connection to the past, the new All-Stars jerseys take inspiration from the All-Star jerseys of the late 80's and early 90's, the Oilers' orange jersey was originally used full-time back in the early 1970's, and having no alternates is an unintentional callback to a time when teams only had two jerseys.

Those connections to the past got me thinking about three other uniform related ideas I'd like to see make a comeback.

Home and Road Pants
Photos from DenverPost.com
For a brief amount of time a few NHL teams experimented with different pants for at home and on the road, starting with the Kings in 1970 and concluding when the Colorado Rockies moved to New Jersey in 1982.  I'd like to see this practice come back, I think the two pants, when used right, can make a team's uniforms better and more interesting.  As a specific example, I'd like to see the Arizona Coyotes use a maroon set of pants with their road jersey.

Yellow as a Light Colour
Photo from TheProvince.com
Another idea from around the same era that I think should return, is yellow as a light jersey colour.  The 1989 Vancouver Canucks were the last team to wear yellow as their light jersey, since then every team has had a white jersey as part of their rotation.  Using yellow as a light jersey would provide some nice colour vs colour match-ups, without any issues arising due to lack of contrast (specifically for colour blind people).  However, I'm not sure the Nashville Predators would be happy with this idea, I think they like wearing their gold jerseys at home.

Shiny Fabric
Photo from NHL.com/Predators
A more recent example of an idea I'd like to see revived is the use of shiny fabric.  Back when I was a young boy a few teams used a shiny material for some of their stripes, most noticeably the Nashville Predators.  That shiny material disappeared when the Reebok Edge jerseys were introduced in 2007, I'm guessing it was either too heavy or didn't handle moisture all that well.  If that's the case, its return would only make sense if it were used in small amounts, but I'd be okay with that.  This shiny fabric was unique and it really helped stripes stand out.

Are there any past ideas you'd like to see return?  Possibly white jerseys worn at home, or maybe fourth jerseys like the 1997-99 Mighty Ducks?  Let us know in the comments.

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The votes here on HJC are getting more and more important, as we get closer to naming the best concept of 2016.  The poll for the Concept-of-the-Month December ended earlier today, and now the 4th Quarter vote is next up.  There's also the weekly COTW vote.  Expect the polls to be up sometime tonight.

4th Quarter vote (ends next Friday @ noon Eastern)
COTW Jan 6-12 vote (ends next Friday @ noon Eastern)

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Nashville Predators, by Kristo L:
Kristo starts us off with a new set of jerseys for the Nashville Predators.  In my opinion the yellow jersey is the better of the two, the bold stripes without any white look very nice.  The design of road jersey isn't bad, but I think the sleeves and socks would benefit from some yellow, and the yoke and helmet stripe could use some blue.  I do like the idea of the helmet stripe, as it would be unique among NHL teams.  Execution wise, the sleeve numbers are missing, and the logos are a bit oversized.  Also, I'd recommend either raising the hem stripe up or lowering it right to the bottom.
Rating: 7/10

Ottawa Senators (Concept #1), by Lucas D:
Next up we have an Ottawa Senators concept from "The Season" (first of two today), which happened to be made by Lucas.  I like the design of this jersey, it's nice to see their laurel-leaf pattern return, and pairing it with a simple red stripe looks very good.  I also like the use of their updated side-profile logo, as well as the switch to a block font.  However the execution is kind of sloppy, the stripes are too flat for a 3D template, the logo is too far left, the laurel leaf pattern is too pixelated (and also too far left), there's a bit of sleeve not filled in on the left side, and the helmet logo is facing directly at us instead of being skewed to match the angle of the helmet.
Rating: 7/10

Ottawa Senators (Concept #2), by Lucas D:
For the most part my last review applies to this concept as well, so I'm only going to review what's different.  The lighter shade of gold is the biggest change, it looks good to me, I probably like each shade of gold equally.  I'd say the sublimated laurel-leaf pattern in the stripes is an improvement, I like the subtle-ness, but I'd keep the pattern black in the logo.  Lastly, I prefer the block font from the previous concept, but that's just a personal preference.
Rating: 7/10

Washington Capitals, by Lucas D:
Lucas also sent in a concept for the NHL's other capital-city-of-a-country located franchise, the Washington Capitals.  I'm a big fan of this striping pattern, it's slightly similar to some of the NHL's best jerseys (the Blackhawks', Rangers', and Stars' home jerseys), but the differences make it unique and more modern compared to those jerseys.  The logo, while not a favourite of mine, goes great with the striping pattern.  The only change I'd make would be to move the sleeve numbers to the shoulders, they get lost in and clutter the stripes too much.
Rating: 8/10

San Jose Sharks, by Chris W:
For our fifth concept, Chris redesigns the Sharks using the new logos they unveiled back in August.  I like the shield added behind the full-body shark logo, it helps the logo feel more like an evolution of their current brand. The new jerseys are nice as well, especially the number font.  Although, in the striping I'd try to keep the grey and teal apart as much as possible, I don't think they look good next to each other.  As for the third jersey, overall I'm a fan and I like that it's based off of the Seals, but I feel like there should be a bigger gap between the stripes.
Rating: 8/10

Los Angeles Kings, by Taylor R:
To end our post, Taylor sent in this Kings concept which actually makes their infamous "Burger King" logo look good.  The logo wasn't the first thing to catch my attention though, I was initially most impressed by the colour scheme.  The more blue-ish purple with the mettalic gold and black looks very sharp.  The striping pattern, which is similar to their 1998-2007 white jersey, is nice too.  I like that their current font was used as well, although I think the names and numbers would look better without the purple outline.  Also, the secondary logo gets a bit lost on the shoulder and pants.
Rating: 9/10 and my COTW nomination!

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That's all folks!

January 12, 2017

Thursday: All Star by Smash Mouth But the Song is Replaced With This Post

Hello everyone, welcome back!

The NHL finally unveiled the All-Star game jerseys, and they are, for once, amazing.

Image via NHL.com
These jerseys basically embody all we've been asking for over the past few years. More traditional design? Done. Four jerseys for the four divisions? Done. Jerseys take from the host team's identity? Done.

The only negatives about this jersey I have are that the black and white jerseys are very bland and lack some color, especially the black since the yoke barely contrasts. My other issue is that the purple (or forum blue, but let's stick to purple for the sake of simplicity) and black jerseys may not contrast well enough, but that's also where the use of that barely-contrasting yoke is smart, as the white yoke of the purple jersey, along with the extra white on the socks of the purple jersey, help contrast it from the darker black jersey.

I think my favorites of the bunch are the purple and gold, mainly for the fact that they are colorful, and that I love the look of white contrasting a dark color in the way it does on the purple jersey. My personal ranking would be:

1. Purple (Central)
2. Yellow (Atlantic)
3. White (Metro)
4. Black (Pacific)
Overall rating: 9/10

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This week we have the COTW vote like always, the COTW December vote, and the Americans Top-3 vote. Simple week overall, so go leave some votes!

COTW-December vote (ends Friday @ noon Eastern)
COTW Dec 30-Jan 5 vote (ends Friday @ noon Eastern)
Americans Top 3 vote (ends Friday @ noon Eastern)

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Jake M. - Estonia
+The design is very reflective of Adidas' style from the WCoH.
+Nice adaptation of their logo, it fits a hockey jersey better like this.
+The font looks nice on a jersey and it looks modern.
-Not a fan of the Adidas 3 stripes on the sides, but I know this is for realism.
-The black jersey would look nice with some hem stripes, but again I think this is fairly realistic.
+Good color balance, especially if the set has black pants.
-On that note, it would be nice to see the equipment.
Overall: 8/10


Kristo L. - San Jose Sharks
+I like the color palette here. I'm not a fan of orange for the Sharks, so I'm glad you left it out.
-Keep your striping more consistent; keep the hem, arm, and sock stripes the same sizes and same color per jersey.
+This design matches what I might expect Adidas to release, though.
-I'm not so sure that those shoulder stripes work, especially that thick. San Jose might not be the best team for shoulder stripes.
-Teal gloves might not work too well either, but they aren't bad. It would be best, realistically, to keep the gloves the same color.
Overall: 7.5/10


Lucas D. - Team Canada (World Cup of Hockey)
-Not the most creative concept, but I don't really think that's what you were going for.
+With the improvements you made, I like most of them.
+I like the added consistency between the logo, arm pattern, and numbers. Great touch.
+Separating the black and red on the red jersey is a good choice, they somewhat blend together on the WCoH jersey.
-Maybe it's just because I don't like Canada using black for anything other than an accent, but I don't really like the addition of a black alternate.
+It's a good jersey design wise, though. That's just my opinion on it. 
Overall: 8/10


Noah B. - San Jose Sharks (from The Season)
+I like the idea you had, hearkening back to the Sharks' pre-edge design.
+I like the color palette chosen, because just like I said in Kristo's review, I'm not a fan of orange with the Sharks.
+This is definitely a unique "striping" pattern.
+Good color balance.
-The teal and black may have some blending issues on the white jersey, I'd put some white between them.
+This is a design I think the Sharks could really pull off.
Overall: 8.5/10


Taylor R. - Dallas Stars
+I'm pretty sure we've all been wanting a Dallas alternate ever since their redesign.
+I think black is the way to go for a Dallas alt, if for no other reason than deviating from the usual green home jersey.
+The striping pattern looks great, and good job outlining the green stripe so it doesn't collide with the black.
+Good logo and font choice.
-Green pants are an interesting choice though. I feel like it wouldn't work, but I don't think I would truly know without seeing it on the ice or on a full body template. I also have similar sentiments about the green helmet, but I think it'd be better than the pants.
Overall: 9/10 and my COTW nomination

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And that's all for today! I hope you enjoyed the post, thanks for reading, and I'll see you all again next week!

January 11, 2017

Wednesday: Hey Now You're An All-Star



Yesterday we learned from Pete Blackburn that the NHL will be removing ALL alternate jerseys for next year. It kind of builds upon my report of the Islanders dropping their Brooklyn thirds and makes sense overall with the Adidas takeover. Here's Chase's post from yesterday ICYMI.

So despite the big news yesterday, we have even MORE jersey news: THE ALL-STAR GAME JERSEYS! And FINALLY we have four jerseys, one for each division, each with colors mixed from the Kings past and present.

(courtesy of Yahoo Sports)

All are based on the same simple design: Extended yoke and outline down to the wrist, simple two stripe hem pattern with stars in the middle. first combo is purple, ahem, forum blue, with a white yoke and silver outline, white striping. Then we have a gold jersey with a black yoke oultined in silver and black striping. Then we have a white jersey with a silver yoke with a different silver outline and black striping. Finally a black jersey with a silver yoke and a white outline and silver striping. The socks all mirror the hem pattern, stars and all, except the purple, which has solid white beneath the star-patterned area.

This has to be the best All-Star Game jersey set Reebok has ever made and may go down as one of the best All-Star Game sets EVER. Just wish there was more purple/forum blue in one of the other jerseys. 95%


VOTES: Three this week. Normal COTW, obviously. Then we have the monthly vote. The final monthly vote of the 2016 COTY competition. Lastly we have the Americans Vote. I would've thought we'd have more entries in that competition. It was a fun one, especially since every artist that participated decided to create their own logos to bring this team back to life. So many new identities for a historic team.

And the best part is a friend of mine contacted me about getting my Brooklyn Americans logo made onto a hat, but in Islanders colors instead of red, white and blue. Even if I don't win, this competition has given me a great opportunity outside HJC. You could be next! Come on over and play with us!


REMINDERS:

COTW-December vote (ends Friday @ noon Eastern)
COTW Dec 30-Jan 5 vote (ends Friday @ noon Eastern)
Americans Top 3 vote (ends Friday @ noon Eastern)

ON TO THE CONCEPTS!

Brooks F: Vancouver Giants (WHL) Concept


The Giants have always had a cool identity, and even their current jerseys are a nice-looking set. However Brooks revamps them with a solid look as well. Angled stripes on the hem and sleeves meeting up to form a V. Also take note that the top stripe changes in thickness from the bottom of the V and outwards. A nice dynamic take on a somewhat more traditional look. Now that alternate shows why grey can work as a base color. The yoke helps balance colors with the maroon, and the points at the end of the yoke work extremely well.

Rating: 97%


Brooks F: Victoria Royals (WHL) Concept


Brooks continues his tour of the Dub to Victoria with another somewhat revolutionary idea: The sash. I think it can be a good look for some teams, but the Royals are not one of them. Look at the two most dominant colors in the logo: grey and blue. On one jersey you have a mostly blue sash and the other mostly grey. While it's a nice striping pattern to begin with, I don't think it works well with the logo for that reason. However the alternate is dope. The front view lion head logo is underutilized, in my opinion and putting it on that jersey with the V pattern on the arms and a grey yoke that extends itself on each side to just before the pattern. Beautiful.

Rating: 78%


Chris W: Kennesaw State Owls (Club Division III) Concept


Easily an improvement over the Bruins lookalikes they currently wear alongside a Red Wings-style yellow jersey. However I don't think it's much of one. Not a fan of the thin striping, especially with yellow as a dominant color on the black jersey. there's not enough yellow on that white jersey and I think thicker striping solves that. The alternate is good but I'd recommend raising up the hem striping on that jersey just a bit so you have room to fully match the arm pattern. Big fan of that number font.

Rating: 77%


Kristo L: Colorado Avalanche Concept


The Avs are always a fun team to experiment with. Mainly because of how bad their jerseys currently are. Here Kristo tries to minimize white on the home jersey. I think that's a major mistake for two reasons. One, you've gone too far with it, eliminating white from the oval in the logo. Secondly, these two colors are close to blending in with each other and the reason for that is how close to purple and blue that burgundy truly is. On the white jersey, having that wordmark not only as a logo, but also slanted the way it is? Absolutely no. The mismatching striping from the hem to the arms and socks doesn't help your cause. I'm fine with a home jersey not matching a road jersey, but I feel a jersey has to match itself. Execution: No TV Numbers, would like to see a back view, despite how nice this template is.

Rating: 45%


Kristo F: Edmonton Oilers Concept


Similar issues with this concept here, however thankfully there's no wordmark logo, but on those logos, they are massive. Here we have a set that almost matches itself and each other. This also may look better with a rounded yoke instead of a square yoke.

Rating: 54%


Lucas D: Tampa Bay Lightning Concept


First we had the sash in Victoria, now Lucas takes it one step further. A lightning bolt sash. He also brings black back as a primary color. Pure dynamic look. However the number on the back doesn't work on each jersey because of the lightning bolt. Maybe leave the bolt to the front only here, because it looks great with the logo. However I can't see the practicality in this jersey. It would make for a great fan jersey but I think it's even more impractical than the infamous "Rainstorm" jersey.

Rating: 84%


The Winner of my Concept of the Week Nomination is:

 BROOKS F 

 VANCOUVER GIANTS CONCEPT 


I am now off to Brooklyn. If any of the readers want to meet up I'll be in section 214 tonight and during intermissions I always go hang out by the Boomer and Carton Kitchen. Come say hi and, as the band Poison famously said: "Talk Jersey to Me".

OK, maybe they didn't say that but you get the point. See you later!