February 6, 2016

Saturday: CHAMPION

The winner...

by a score of 38-31...

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The winner of the final COTW vote for January was Matt M's All-Star Game set. This was Matt's entry into the ASG Competition which got him entered into this vote.



Full Results
Matt M. (ASG) - 17
Matt M. (BOS v MTL) - 14
Scott G. (TB) - 8
Bradley D. (PHI v PIT) - 6
Taylor R. (BOWL) - 6
Brooks F. (MINN) - 4

 
With four COTW winners in January that indicates that it's time for the COTW-January vote!. You can see the entered concepts by going to the COTY 2016 page or by clicking the link in the red poll on the side of the blog. Voting will end Friday at 11:59pm Eastern.

 
Of course it all has to start somewhere, and that is with the COTW votes. The new nominees have been listed in the black poll on the side of the page. Check out the concepts by clicking the link in the poll or by going to the CONCEPT OF THE WEEK tab. Voting ends Friday at 11:59pm Eastern.

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We've gotten the COTY vote out of the way so lets start a new HJC Competition. It can be quite easy to wow people with a colourful concept, but can you wow our readers with a white concept? The new competition challenges you to create a single white concept and impress our readers. The winner of the competition is entered into the next COTW vote. Entries are due Friday by 10:59pm Eastern!

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COTW-Jaunary vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm EST)
COTW Jan 31-Feb 6 (ends Friday @ 11:59pm EST)
White Jersey Comp entries (due Friday @ 10:59pm EST)



February 5, 2016

Friday: The End of the Week, the End of an Era

Hello everyone and welcome to Friday!

I'm gonna do things differently today, starting off with the contests.

2015 Concept of the Year vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTW Jan 23-30 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

We're coming up on the Concept of the Year vote! the biggest contest of 2015, deciding literally who the best artist for a full 365 days were. I know that isn't as interesting as this upcoming 2016 vote, seeing as there are 366 days for concepts. But still. It's pretty dang cool to help pick out the BEST concept of the year, as decided by you, the readers.

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So now would be the time that I'm expected to talk about the Maple Leafs logo. Probably just to satisfy Ryan's love for this mediocre team.

It isn't really new. It isn't really old. I think it is a step backwards, but it does have all that weird symbolism that everyone loves. I personally prefer the old one, it did have the more modern design style that fit with the simple patterns. 

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I've got a lot to tell you guys and I hope you all take the time and read this.

I know I may have alluded to this a little bit, but today marks the end of my time writing for HJC. This isn't my final farewell to the website, but a goodbye from writing. And I say goodbye because I really do wish that some day I can come back, because I truly do love this site, and like Dylan Nowak said, it is the reason my life is where it is today.

So Senior year. I was convinced that I was going to become a national news anchor, but after coming to the realization that I no longer felt it rewarding, I knew I had to find something. So I looked back to my bucket list, and in there was learn to use PhotoShop.

Where many start off pushing around the faces in photos of their friends to figure out how to use the different tools, I happened to stumble upon Icethetics, and I became hooked on this idea. It was a combination of two of my loves, art and hockey, and I wanted to be a part of it. I tried finding every tutorial I could on how to use Photoshop to make these designs, and I found two things. Dylan Wonka's Dallas Stars video tutorial, and Hockey Jersey Concepts. It was a match made in heaven and I sent my first concept, a Senators design, in. I remember how happy I got when I saw it received a 7, I was ecstatic. So I continued to make more and get more involved in the site.

When Ryan opened up applications for new writers, I jumped on it, and starting May 4th, I wrote for HJC. I was involved in a project I believed in, a place for aspiring graphic designers to learn and receive feedback, a fantastic community full of talented people.

And come today. I am in college, studying to become a marketing director, mostly focusing in graphic design. That is a change that wouldn't have happened if it weren't for this place. But I started to realize, I don't have the time now to create my own work, so how could I review other people's art?

This has been something in the back of my mind for a while, but it finally came to fruition when I became president of my fraternity, and have to attend nightly meetings for the entire calendar year. So, I decided that now was the best time to leave, now that we've got a lot of great new writers coming in.

The site is changing, and that's an absolutely great thing to see. I wish everyone here the best, and I hope that all of you guys keep on making jerseys. I definitely will, for years to come. As long as I'm doing graphic design, I'll remember the place that started it all.

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So I think I'm gonna keep up with the whole different theme by just doing the basic positive and negatives of the jersey like in the very beginning. I love the percentage system but sometimes it just feels good to go back to your roots. Let's give this a try!

Dylan T - Quebec Nordiques


Positives: That 90s color scheme is rad. The angled pattern is really nice as well, and the triangular logo fits too well in this design. The double blue isn't that, there is just that right amount of contrast between the two colors that they're both their own shade. Also notice how I used all three there/their/they're's in that sentence.

Negatives: To compliment the triangular logo, I would've turned the stripe pattern on the arms in to the angle so they matched. The font is a bit much for a jersey this old school, and could use some reworking positioning. The font can be down a bit more, and the numbers moved up and smaller. The underarms being that greyish color doesn't really work too well and adds a very strange detail into the mix. As a whole this jersey doesn't scream NHL to me.

Overall: A solid jersey that relocates the Nordiques to the late 90s (7.75/10)

Jarrett T - San Jose Sharks


Positive: I love me some old fashioned Sharks jerseys, and this logo looks surprisingly good in black. The arm stripes look almost like a gradient, a very cool feature. This does look like it would fit perfectly into the mix as a throwback, and the beauty of this jersey as a whole is the fact that you took the current alternate and made it into a beautiful old fashioned Sharks jersey.

Negative: The biggest issue I have is the fact that the Shark is almost impossible to see unless you're looking for the negative space in the triangle. I wish there was a bit more silver around the jersey, because boy does it look cool.

Overall: A very cool approach to jersey design, taking something modern and mixing it with the old. (8.5/10)

Jeremy L - San Jose Sharks


Positive: The addition of grey into this jersey really makes it pop. I love any jersey that has the sleeves colored like this. This does combine a lot of the elements of old and new Sharks jerseys, the simple patterns and bright orange, a very clever choice.

Negative: The grey yoke is a little to bland for this, I would've personally cut the yoke on the home jersey. The color balance could be improved, with too much orange making the jersey too powerful in some spots on the home and dulled down on the away. Also, watch your logos. It could be a git bigger, and the bottom stripe pattern could be brought up as well.

Overall: A design that blends elements of old and new, a big leap in the small steps the Sharks have been taking. (7.5/10)

Jonathan H



In light of the issue regarding stolen concepts, I do not wish to review these concepts. My own moral compass leads me to the hypothesis that these could be stolen jerseys, as they are in the same format as the others that were found. And therefore I will not spend my time reviewing them. If ever this issue is resolved and these are found to be genuine originals, I will revisit them and give them a proper review.

Josiah B - Hamilton Bulldogs


Positive: This chest stripe is superb! Fantastic use of the preexisting elements from the Tigers. I think this is such a cool throwback set, and the combination of black yellow and white always looks great. The stripe on the bottom of the jersey looks really cool with this and does add a lot more balance that other plain chest stripe jerseys do miss.

Negative: Only a few complaints. First, the H logo should've been colored yellow for the home jersey, and second is to shift the numbers on back down. I understand it was to leave them in the center of the chest stripe, but the back does look a little crowded towards the top.

Overall: Absolutely fantastic work! A great throwback and a great show of artistic talent. (9.25/10) and a COTW nom from me

Lucas D - Toronto Maple Leafs



Positive: One of the first Toronto designs I've seen that uses double blue. And I love double blue. The ghost yoke is handled really well. It does have a more classic vibe to it that I can always respect, and it the colors do blend together really well

Negative: I wish there was more of that second blue! Show it off, make it something the eye catches. It'll make the jersey pop on the ice to have those clashing shades. The striping could also move a bit closer together, that way there's less pushing the logo upwards.

Overall: A very fun approach to the Maple Leafs jerseys that inject a new layer, a new shade of blue. (8.5/10)

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Well, folks. That's it for me. Steven G. is stepping in next week as the Friday writer, so expect him this time next week.

Best of luck to all of you. I hope this week was great, and every other continues to be just as great. Keep on keeping on folks.

For the last time...

GO HAWKS!!! GO DUCKS!!!


-Jack G


February 4, 2016

Thursday: Throwback Thursday

I know what you guys are probably thinking, "How many times has he used that title?", and yeah, I've probably used that title before- possibly multiple times. But it fits yet again, so oh well. 

As most- if not all of you- know by now, the Maple Leafs unveiled their new logo on Tuesday night. If you want to see it go check yesterday's post, but I love it. Great classic look, with subtle yet effective nods to their past. While some may say that honoring Stanley Cup victories in logos gives off the mentality that they won't win any more, I disagree completely. I think that it's more of just honoring the history of what they have won, as opposed to thinking it will stay like that for a while. And if teams who do this win another one, I'm sure the logo will either be changed, or that feature in the logo will no longer have the same meaning anymore. Simple as that.

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And continuing the throwback theme, I figured I'd continue what I started last week, but count down my top Winter Classic matchups instead.

3: 2012
Photo from nydailynews.com
While this matchup may or may not have looked better with the Rangers in regular white, they were both some great jerseys all around, and both of them were new designs as well. The Rangers one especially stands out since they usually do not have any sort of logo on the jersey, only a diagonal wordmark.

2: 2008
Photo from penguins.nhl.com
Maybe I'm biased because of the Penguins, but it's hard to argue these both aren't great looking jerseys regardless. Especially considering that at the time, the Edge takeover was in its first season, and the Pens and Sabres uniforms were...not exactly the best. This game was a "breath of fresh air" for both teams when it comes to uniforms.

1: 2014
Photo from espn.go.com
This ones a hard one not to love. One thing that pops immediately is that it's a color on color matchup, a rarity in the NHL unfortunately. Aside from that, both some great, classic designs, and the Detroit jersey is a nice fauxback.

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There are some things that happen only once a year- like birthdays, holidays, and when we name our top concept of the year. Of course we can't do that for 2016 yet, but we still have to finish up the 2015 vote, and your vote now means more than ever. So go leave your vote for the 2015 COTY, and while you're at it drop by the COTW vote. Ah 2015, I remember it like it was last year...
2015 Concept of the Year vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTW Jan 23-30 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

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Jonathan H. - Blainville-Boisbriand Armada
This concept is another stolen concept, from the same person's Soo Greyhounds concept, but with one change here. Said change makes it a bit unique, but I wouldn't necessarily say it's a great change. 

Overall: It's mostly stolen, so it gets a (0/10)


Jonathan H. - Val-d'Or Foreurs
***Edit***
Like I had mentioned (if you saw the post before this edit), I had some hesitation reviewing this one. It also appears to be stolen from this concept, by Dylan Nowak/Wonka. I can see the resemblance, but there are also some areas that set them apart, so judge that as you will. Also, thank you to "Ty" in the comments for pointing this out.

Overall: 0/10


Dylan T. - Buffalo Sabres
Colors: Vibrant blue and yellow is so much better than what they use now, and the elimination of gray is something they really need.
Design: Seemingly a callback to previous designs, and pretty simple overall. Solid look.
Execution: The arm stripes are larger than the hem stiles, and while that's probably intentional, it's better to keep them the same. The back numbers are also too big -they need more space.

Overall: 8.5/10


Lucas D. - Minnesota North Stars
Colors: Similar to the one previous concept, color schemes like this are underrated. I think the black as an accent color looks much better with brighter greens and yellows, so it's a bit disappointing that you left it out on the home/away set.
Execution: Numbers are still a bit too big.
Design: Another simple design. I like the black alternate's "gradient stripes" though, and the white logo really pops there.

Overall: 8/10


Unknown Jake C. - All Star Game
First off, ADD ID. Without seeing the name on the file, I would have no idea who made this.
Design: This is basically just a paint bucket filled Flames jersey, so that's going to drag it down a lot. Not creative much at all, and out of anything you can paint bucket fill, I'm not sure how the Flames design won out, but if you like that template then to each their own I guess.
Logo: I like the idea of taking the "NHL" out of the shield for the crest, but the "all stars" below just seems tacked on.
Execution: Unless you're going for a really weird and crazy design, the tv numbers need to be rotated to match the arm.
Typography: That font doesn't fit on a hockey jersey at all. It's hard to go wrong with something like a block font.

Overall: Most of the points are lost on creativity, but aside from that, it's a start (4/10)


Chris W. - Eastern Illinois Panthers
Design: Simple pattern again. I like the white hem on the blue jersey, white hems/cuffs on dark jerseys is one of my favorite looks. The double chest stripe on the alternate gives off a really vintage vibe as well.
Colors: The blue on this concept is a great shade, and the subtle lighter blue accents look great. The vintage white works perfectly on the alternate here, for once I'm not sure if the regular white would be better.
Logos: Good logo choice, and the roundel works amazing on that jersey.
Execution: Names are a bit small on all the jerseys.

Overall: 9/10


Lucas D. - St. Louis Blues
Effectiveness: This concept literally made me say to myself "what the hell" When I first saw it. This definitely would work for a 90s jersey, aside from the fact that it's an edge cut.
Presentation: I really like the edited screencap of sportslogos.net, and it's also an indirect way of saying this concept is supposed to be set in the 90s, wether that was intentional or not.
Colors: The colors are the main thing that gives this 90s look, as these are some colors I could really only imagine being used then.
Design: The design is pretty simple at its base, but the inside stripes that draw from the logo are a great touch, I'd love to see something like that today- in their current colors though of course.

Overall: 9.5/10 and my COTW nomination.

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That's all folks. I hope you enjoyed the post, thanks for reading, and I'll see you all again next week.

February 3, 2016

Wednesday: New Leafs

Hello folks!  Have you noticed that lately all the jersey/logo news happens on Tuesday evening (Leafs logo) or Wednesday morning (All-Star jerseys).  That forces me to write up a review at the last minute.  You know what, I've had enough!  No more Wednesday posts for me!

Anyways, let's take a look at the Leafs new logo...
Image from mapleleafs.nhl.com
What's old is new again, as the Maple Leafs updated their 1938-63 logo.  What's new about this logo?  Quite a few things, the text is now centered, and the font is rounded instead of square.  The shape is also a bit different, there are now 31 points compared to 35 before.  That number isn't random, it's a nod to the the year the Maple Leafs Garden opened.  The number of veins also represent different things, the 17 total veins are for year the Leafs were founded, the 13 veins above the text represent the number of cups they've won.   You can read the full press release on the Leafs website.

What do I think of the logo?  I love it.  I also like the Leafs current logo, but the team is nearly 100 years old, and this new logo honours that history perfectly.  Whoever designed this new logo deserves a lot of credit, because everything that needed updating about the 1938-63 logo was updated, it no longer looks dated instead it looks retro and historic.  I'm also glad they went without an outline, it makes the logo much bolder.  There are a few areas of the leaf were the shape looks odd to me right now, but I'm sure I'll quickly get use to it.  Also part of me wanted to see something completely new, going forwards instead of back, but in the long run I think this was the proper choice.
Rating:  9/10

Also the Toronto Marlies unveiled a new logo too, which uses the same shape as the Leafs new logo and the crown from the Marlies current alternate logo.  You can read their press release on the Marlies website.

What do you think about the Leafs new logo?  Let me know in the comments.

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Voting this week is very important. Let me repeat that again a bit louder, in case you didn't hear the first time.  VOTING THIS WEEK IS VERY IMPORTANT!!!  We're deciding the best concept of 2015 this week, so go vote!

2015 Concept of the Year vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTW Jan 23-30 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

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Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, by Jonathan H:
For the second week in a row we begin with a stolen concept.  This concept is basically identical to an Ottawa 67's concept posted on CCSLC by the user "_nxche" back in February 2014.
Rating:  0/10

Baie-Comeau Drakkar, by Jonathan H:
This concept is also appears to be stolen from that same thread, this one is a recoloured Kitchener Rangers concept.  Unless I'm missing something, and there's another innocent explanation.  If that's the case I'll take back what I said and provide a real review.
Rating:  0/10

All-Star Jerseys, by Jake C:
For are first real concept, we have an All-Star concept from Jake.  What I like about this concept is the colour versus colour match-up, the 2014 Winter Classic showed us how good a colourful game can look, and I think the All-Star game would be the perfect place to try it again.  That's pretty much the only thing I like about this concept.  The jerseys are just recoloured Senators third jerseys, which doesn't make much sense for a game in Nashville.  The NHL logo is a dated, inferior version of the NHL's current logo, which the NHL wouldn't want to use to represent themselves.  The execution also needs improvement, the shoulder logos are too close to the collar (and I don't get why it's black on the home jersey), and the sleeve numbers need to be rotated 45 degrees.  If the program you're using to create these concepts doesn't let you rotate 45 degrees, maybe try a template with horizontal sleeves instead.
Rating:  5/10

Columbus Blue Jackets, by Jimmy T:
Next up Jimmy created a Blue Jackets concept inspired by the Ohio flag.  This idea has been done before, but that doesn't mean it's not a good idea.  I like how the white jersey doesn't have blue on the hem, I've seen other versions of this idea with blue below the hem-stripes but with the blue pants I don't think it's necessary.  Jimmy also sent a third jersey to go along with this concept...
We don't see many red jersey concepts for the Blue Jackets.  I doubt we'll ever see the Blue Jackets wear a red jersey in real life, but it's fun to see for concepts.  I like the striping pattern, the yoke might be too similar to the Rangers, but the sleeve and hem stripes look really sharp.  The execution for these concepts is pretty good, although the sleeve numbers are a bit too close to the stripes, and the stitching on the hem should be right up against the stripes.  Also there should be a Reebok logo on the back, and the sock stripes are too high.
Rating:  7/10

Quebec Nordiques, by Matt G:
Our final concept is a Quebec Nordiques expansion concept from Matt.  Unlike most people, I don't want to see the Nordiques using the same logo as before, I think it would be better if they came up with something new like the Jets did.  I like the idea of using a bear as the logo for the Nordiques, although the roundel logo is probably too similar to the Hershey Bears to work in real life.  The wordmark and typography also look good.  Now let's take a look at the jerseys...
The home and road are a perfect combination of new and old. Same colour scheme as before, and fleur-de-lis along the hem, but with a new and improved striping pattern.  The third jersey ain't bad, but the red and light blue aren't that noticeable, and the rest of the jersey is kind of forgettable.
Rating:  9/10 and a COTW nomination.

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That's all folks!  But don't forget to vote.

February 2, 2016

Tuesday: A Post Worth Reading

Hi everybody. I hope everybody is having a happy Tuesday. We got a lot of concepts to cover today but I'd like to talk about a few things before we get to them.

First, I want to talk about the All-Star Game. I must admit, it was pretty good this year. I honestly thought the 3v3 games wouldn't be that exciting but I guess with one million on the line you would want to play your heart out. Speaking about the jerseys, they actually looked pretty good on the ice with those numbers in my opinion.

Second, Being that I'm a current student at Youngstown State, I wanted to talk about my schools club hockey team's jerseys. First off, shout out to there President Enzo. I wish you and your guys the best of luck with the rest of your season. As for the jerseys, they were done by the company Rebirth Sports in Michigan. They have done a good amount of jerseys for club hockey teams around the country, so keep up the good work Rebirth.

Pictures From ysuhockey.weebly.com
As you can see, the jersey set for YSU is a mix of modern and classic style. My favorite part is the alternate logo of Pete the Penguin on the shoulders, as well as the simplistic design. Good Job Rebirth and Go YSU hockey!

People, I would like to kindly remind you to vote for the two finalists of the COTY, Justin Cox and Ryan C. Also, vote for the COTW!

2015 Concept of the Year vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTW Jan 23-30 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

On to the Concepts!

 Alan Su- Toronto Maple Leafs
Positives: The new logo looks really good and fits well with the jersey. The logo doesn't stray too far away from the Maple Leafs classic look. The yoke on the white jersey is actually quite nice on that jersey. It really give the uniform a more modern touch. As for the "retro" jersey, your choice of combining different styles of the St. Pat's uniforms to create an entirely new jersey worked for this. the stitching on the back number is a nice touch as well.
Negatives: Your name on the back looks a little too low from the yoke. also, going with a realistic jerseys was a great idea, but the pants in a drawing style compared to the realistic looking jerseys don't mesh together well. Finally, where you put the centennial patch on the retro jersey looks out of place.
Overall: 7.5/10  

Sasin Roman- Dinamo Riga
Positives: The Canadiens-style hem stripe is very nice. While it does not connect together completely due to the piping, it doesn't take away from the stripe itself. 
Negatives: A few failed executions here. First, the name is up in the Yoke. I see what you were trying to do with the name but it goes below the yoke. Second, you need to do a much better job with the TV numbers. We have a tutorial on how to do the TV numbers on the sleeves, so I suggest you check that out for your next concept.
Overall: 5/10

Scott Garland- Syracuse Stars
 Positives: Very clean and great attention to detail. The way you use that space between the yoke and that stripe below it to create a nameplate is an interesting concept all on its own. While you do have a lot going on in the primary set itself (different pattern striping on the hem, cuffs, and sleeves) they work together to capture your eye to move from one part of the jersey to the next. As for the third jersey, the use of their star for the "A" in the diagonal SYRACUSE was a nice touch.
Negatives: What can be bothersome about this entire concept is the numerous types of striping in the design itself. While I have said that it this design works harmoniously, it borders that line between a good concept and a cluttered mess. My suggestion would be to stick with two stripe patterns at max on the jersey, much like your third design. Another issue is that your numbers on the back look a little low from the name, something that could be fixed simply.
Overall: 8.5/10 COTW NOMINEE

Matt Gomula- Gatineau Olympiques 
Positives: Credit to you Matt for giving the Olympiques a new color set and logos that represent the Gatineu area. The simplistic design of the jersey and logos give it a throwback feel. This concept reminds me of the Whalers of the WHA.
Negatives: it is a little hard to see the stitching details on the green jersey, which makes it hard to tell where the collar ends and the jersey begins. Or you could have changed the green jersey's collar to have yellow and white to contrast like the white jersey. Also, those numbers look strange on the back of the jersey. I'm not saying that the font isn't good to go with, but using the number 11 probably wasn't the best number to use when using this font.
Overall: 8/10

Tyler Kostiuk- Peterborough Petes
 Positives: Pretty good execution on the concept overall Tyler. Your decision to only do two colors was an interesting one, but something that wouldn't be too hard with a team like the Petes. What is more interesting is the two alternate jerseys that you made for the Petes. Using the vintage circular Petes logo was a nice touch to the fauxback. It adds to the suggestion of it being an older version of the jersey. As for the Third with the custom logo, the use of the double chest stripe was a good choice.
Negatives:  While you chose to do a two color concept, your designs for the main jerseys are too plain. You have the simple "Petes" Wordmark on a generic looking jersey. What worked better is the unique striping and and contrasting color nameplate you used on the alternate jerseys.
Overall: 7/10
 Johnathan Hicks- Acadie-Bathurst Titan
 Positives: The custom striping on the arms is a really nice touch. Taking the two stripe design from there current jerseys and putting it on a classic style uniform gives it a unique look from other teams.
Negatives: This concept is kind of rough. you could have done a better job with the lacing and collar. The QMJHL patch is pretty rough compared to the CCM logo on the other side. The main crest logo is a little too big for the front of the jersey. But the most important thing you missed was the sleeve numbers. You may only have just the front of of the jersey, which is fine, but you need sleeve numbers.
Overall: 6.5/10

Johnathan Hicks- Gatineau Olympiques
 Positives: Thank you for bring back the color in the Olympiques logo and uniform set. The sleeves on the jerseys are interesting with the traditional yoke.
Negatives: You made a lot of the same mistakes on this as you did in the Acadie-Bathurst concept. the Collar and lacing is really rough, as is the QMJHL logo. The crest doesn't look as large as the other jersey but it could be shrunken down a bit. You also forgot the sleeve numbers and you misspelled "Olympiques".
Overall: 6.5/10

 Well that's all the concepts I have for you this fine Tuesday ladies and gentlemen. I hope all of you have a good rest of the week and I'll see you all this time next week.

February 1, 2016

Monday: More Minor League & Concepts

Welcome to another Monday post on HJC!

More minor league jerseys have been unveiled or I've just discovered them. Let's check them out once again, this time there'll be more diversity in leagues. I'm rating them only from 6/10 up, anything worse and it gets a bad joke/10.

Stockton Heat have unveiled a black jersey, something we thought Calgary would have unveiled by now, but frankly, it looks like Stockton did it better than Calgary could have.

Image from Stockton Heat Official Twitter

Funny enough, it is just a Calgary template, but in black, but it's the minor details I quite like. The white numbers are S logo look fantastic. Honestly, it works better than the red C and red numbers. The gold doesn't really work, and the hem would be better with a stripe and not the side things. The tie down is also unnecessary.

Rating: 8/10

While this technically was unveiled months ago, the Adirondack Thunder, formerly of Stockton, have weird jerseys. I went on their shop page to see what they wore and one thing intrigued me, you'll see what I mean.

Photo from ECHLTunder.com

Notice the hem sticking out like Ronald McDonald's hem...yeah...this is an odd one. The arms are Calgary copies, and the flags match that, but the hem is bright yellow and red. Wouldn't it make more sense to match the arms or use this yellow and red on the arms? It looks unfinished. 

Rating: Dollar Menu/10

In the WHL, the Victoria Royals have an alternate that is..well...creepy honestly. I'm totally on favour of the team having a black jersey, but this logo looks something you see in a fever dream

Photo from victoriaroyals.com

Sure, I guess it's supposed to be a lion, and to be fair, the main and mouth look fine, but those damn eyes. On their primary, the eyes are red to make them stand out. On this logo they're grey and makes the face look something from ghostbusters or at least make it look made of stone...in other words possessed or dead. The jersey itself is boring, copying Minnesota's away, and the blue bleeds into the black

Rating: Limestone/10

THIS IS IT, everyone. The vote of the year is here, the COTW final. John Scott is voting in this, Gary Bettman will actually put these options on the online voting poll but you don't need to go far to vote, it's on the right hand side of your page, there's 2 choices. Ryan C, who rose to power last year and has become one of HJC's finest in the course of a year, improving dramatically and showing what hard work, practice and taking criticism constructively does for your concepts. Justin C. has been in almost every COTY vote since the idea began. He's the 1983 Islanders, to Ryan's 1983 Oilers. We'll continue to see these two artists on the blog, but it's time to decide which artist gets the crown. YOU DECIDE

Also don't forget your weekly COTW duty, as without it, this important vote wouldn't happen

2015 Concept of the Year vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTW Jan 23-30 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

On to today's 7 concepts

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Syracuse Orange NCAA Concepts (By: Mario A.)



+ I do like the colour balancing here, it's done pretty well, and while the team is called the Orange, I've always preferred them in blue

- NOB is too close to the yoke
- TV numbers, Primary logo  and captain's C are too small
- The shoulders REALLY need a shoulder patch, otherwise it looks too plain
- Overall, they're good really but bland jerseys

Rating: 5.5/10

Edmonton Oilers Concepts (By: Alan S.)


+ Always a fan of the Oilers in navy, and I like the emphasis on white on the home jersey, it makes the orange stand out more despite there being less of it
+ I get a nice WHA feel from these jerseys
+ Decent execution

- Don't forget to stop the stitching at the hem stripes
- Captains patch, NOB and primary logo are too small
- Putting piping on the arms of the blue jersey looks great, but rarely do teams put a hem stripe and hem piping together, without trying to blend them together

Rating: 7.75/10

Anaheim Ducks Concept (By: Glen W.)

+ It's an ambitious concept to say the least, and I actually like the way the jade, eggplant and white look on the arms and hem, it's trippy
+ Also ambitions to put the movie logo and the script on the meh, it kind of works honestly
+ Execution is getting better, Glen

- Orange does NOT of with the jade & eggplant, it isn't the worst thing, and it works better than black but perhaps using another colour would work better
- The numbers are too close to the collar on the arms
- The striping on the hem looks lumpy and asymmetrical

Rating: 7/10

Colorado Selects Concepts (By: Jack P.)


I had to Google this team, they are a youth AAA team girls hockey team in Colorado. Their current logos and jerseys do not look bad at all for a youth AAA team (especially considering it doesn't copy and existing team) but there's always room for improvement.

+ I really like the ties to Colorado, like the double blue and altered Rockies/Avs logo on the alternates
+ A team calle selects does have a patriotic ring to it, and I like it to an extend
+ Decent execution

- Logos are all incredibly generic, which I don't mind too much considering the level, but it isn't an improvement over the originals
- Same for the colour schemes
- All the jerseys have been recoloured in paint on a non-paint template, meaning that there's all the loose pixels which hurt the otherwise decent execution
- tv numbers

Rating: 5.5/10 *Check out the tutorial section and the templates section to find what you need to improve

Ottawa 67s OHL Concept (By: Nathan N.)


+ A jersey that uses the 67s gaudy puck logo halfway decently...I'm impressed by that alone
+ Colours are balanced perfectly
+ Good execution
+ It's a small thing, but I love the two tone collar and phantom yoke, it gives it reasons o exist

- Putting 97 PLAYER on the back is suspect you took the numbers from a Sportslogos.net jersey. It isn't huge, but you can EASILY use the templates section and do it yourself. If you didn't that's good but you'll understand why I suggest this

Rating: 8.5/10

Les Apaches France Concepts (By: Max H.)


+ I really like all the native symbolism all over the jersey, the beige jersey, the dreamcatcher shoulder patch, the font and the feathers on the stripes look great and pretty tasteful
+ Great colour choices
+ Also great custom logo, it is clearly based on the Frölunda Indians of the SEL, but altered enough I'd call it semi original
+ Good execution

- The helmet should have a logo on it
- TV numbers?

~What leagues is this for? I'd be interested in knowing

Rating: 9/10 COTW nom from me

Vancouver Canucks Concept (By: Justin S.)


+ I love this..if I had to guess based on some hockey cards I have....1971/72 Canucks look, and they should do a throwback to this at some point soon
+ Good idea using the modern VC and stick in rink, but also using the 70s A
+ also like the lack of NOB
+ Good execution

- Arm stripes are WAY TOO BIG
- I'd reverse the green and white, otherwise the jersey looks to gaudy and dark
- Primary logo is smaller than the arm logos

Rating: 7.5/10

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