November 25, 2015

Wednesday: Dylan A's Stadium Series Reviews

Hello there HJC and Happy Thanksgiving Eve my fellow Americans! I hope you're all ready for a day of food followed by a day of GREAT DEALS! Speaking of great deals, maybe you'll find some great deals on new Stadium Series jerseys on Black Friday or Cyber Monday...

That's right! I'm sure you saw yesterday, but over the last two days we finally got a look at the remaining Stadium Series jerseys that had yet to be revealed and now we know what all 6 outdoor jerseys will look like. I already spoke about the Winter Classic jerseys, so I'll tackle the Stadium Series jerseys now.

But, before I get into it, go vote now...

COTW Nov 15-21 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

First up, Detroit @ Colorado...

Technically this game is the last to be played but the teams revealed their jerseys first.
Colorado Avalanche Twitter
The Avs showed this off back in September! We've been waiting over 2 months to see the other 3 jerseys! This was our first glimpse at what would end up being a very bold and simple set of jerseys for the Stadium Series. No chrome logos, no slanty numbers.... nothing weird.... Last season's SS game saw two tone jerseys and some white pants, but the jerseys were pretty simple overall, this year saw that trend continue. The Avs will wear white at home with some pretty simple sleeves. I really like the simplified color scheme but the Avs will not let the color black go. It looks out of place on the logo and on the collar. If the circle in the logo and the collar were light blue this may end up being the best looking Stadium Series jersey, and maybe best Avs jersey.... the number 5280 (feet in a mile) is on the collar which is... whatever, you'll never see it unless you're close, but it's unnecessary. We also got to see the return of the huuuuge TV numbers that debuted in last season's game.

Rating: 7.5/10

Detroit Red Wings Twitter
Then finally, two days ago, the Red Wings show these off. The sash design had been reported and it turned out to be correct. I was very skeptical of a sash design, but then the logo leaked in some Reebok catalogs and I was on board. The new D logo is very slick, and the sash looks good. My only issue with these is that the white on the sleeves starts way too high, leaving the sleeves with a half/half design that I don't care for. I'd rather the white start more towards the cuffs, or just normal sleeve stripes. The "Red Wings" on the collar is unnecessary, so it looks like a new trend is forming with these Stadium Series jerseys... The huge numbers are also back... Overall... I wouldn't mind this jersey sticking around and becoming a new alternate or something if they made the fixes I'd want to see. It hurts to say, but this is a good looking jersey....

Rating; 8.5/10

Chicago Blackhawks
Yesterday morning the Chicago Blackhawks showed off their jersey. I'd been waiting for this one the most. This is the third new Blackhawks jersey in three years... I feel spoiled... Granted, one of those, the 2014 Stadium Series jersey, is ugly and I hated it and I never want one, but last year's Winter Classic jersey made up for it. This really surprised me, I was expecting a color swap of either Colorado's jersey or Detroit's jersey... but the Blackhawks have their own look... mostly. The big yoke remains and the foldover collar is there, but wait, what's that? The 4 Chicago Flag Stars on a white collar but it turns to black... This took a while for me to process and it's had a day to sink in... I really dig it. I really dig the sleeve striping being blown up really big. I had guessed from the early teasers that the sleeves may be candy caned... one more stripe and they would have been. I think I would have preferred that now, thinking about it, either 4 thick black stripes and have a black and white jersey as a nod to the very first Blackhawks jerseys, or go black/white/red/white/ the repeat. I think it would have worked very very well. The tomahawk C logo goes back on the arm like it did for last year's Winter Classic as a nod to the jerseys of the 50's. So that's three SS Jerseys that have a modern feel to them while acknowledging the past. Best part of this whole jersey though, is that the Blackhawk head and the C logo are stitched on with all their beautiful details like they are on the normal jerseys... no printed logos, no chrome, no gimmicks...

Rating: 9/10    I'll definitely be getting this jersey

So after three jerseys we're seeing a really good mix of past/present/future. It's a very good mix of jerseys this year, even if I see a lot of negative reception from fans online... but, as I'm sure a lot of you notice, the people who complain about some of these jerseys are the douchenozzles who will buy a counterfeit black ice jersey or something stupid like that... So a lot of them have no taste and their opinion is wrong........ 'Dylan that's mean' "Dylan are you joking?' Of course I'm joking...or am I?

Minnesota Wild Twitter
Lastly, the Wild. Dark jersey, wheat colored yoke, simple stripes... hot damn, this is a solid jersey. Nothing fancy about it. Plus they showed it off in full uniform, which is how it should be. We get to see the socks and pants with it, and look at that big M on the pants. I dig it. I wouldn't mind the Wild basing a whole set off of this jersey. It suits them. I think the logo has to be moved down so it isn't so close to the captain's C though. The State of Hockey patch is a nice touch, they've never used it on a jersey. Now, at first glance, there's no nod to the past like the other jerseys, but doesn't the jersey kind of look familiar to anyone? HINT: CLICK HERE. I don't know if the resemblance is intentional because it fits the look that the Avalanche first showed off, but I like to think it is.

Rating: 9/10

There you have it, the best looking year for the Stadium Series yet. Hopefully, from this point on, there is no need for chrome gimmicks and dumb stuff. Do what was done this year. Mix a team's past, present, and future. Clearly it works.

And now some concepts!

Music Themed Goalie Mask - Jay S.
Good ol' Blink. Basically a mask for fans of Blink as the other bands consisted of Blink members. The references to album covers are nice. I wish the background wasn't white though but it'd be a nice fan item. Don't really know how to rate it but I will say it's nice to shake things up here.

Super Bowl XLIX Concept - Jay S.
Jay Hockey-fies last season's Super Bowl. The jerseys follow a template I'm not really a fan of.  The blues on the Seattle jersey don't match. The team currently uses navy blue and a neon green. The colors here match the team's old look. The name on the back could also be hard to read. Now, for the Patriots, I kind of like the yoke design. It'd be nice to see that used in a more traditional looking jersey. The sock design, in both uniforms, would be covered by pants. Only the 1 in the number fades from red to blue, so that's weird. Seems like a lot of different ideas were thrown into this one but I'd try to step back and only go with one or two of them. Less is more sometimes.

Overall, I'm not liking the looks here at all, but they could be saved with more traditional logo placement and correct colors. As for the hand drawn style, these look very well done and congrats on that.

Rating: 5/10

Buffalo Sabres Concept - Jimmy T.
Basically what we've got here is the current Buffalo jerseys without the silver or piping and the addition of pants striping. It shows how much cleaner their look could be but other than that there's nothing going on for it. I'm sure we've seen this concept around here before.

Rating: 6/10

Anaheim Ducks Concept - Lucas D.
Lucas cleans the Ducks up. Like the last concept, we've probably seen this done before, but it does go to show that the Ducks could look pretty good if they decided to go with some 'normal' hockey stripes... Now Lucas, perhaps you could help me out, do these jerseys include a very dark green or is it just my screen and that's black?

I think my opinion on these jerseys is a little higher if a dark green was used. It's different. I know quite a few people would like to see green in the Ducks' scheme.

Rating: 7/10

Alaska Aces Concept - Mollie G.
New color scheme for the Aces and to me it reminds me of the aurora borealis. I dig it... Now for the home and road, I think the tree pattern in the sleeves is a bit much combined with this new trippy color scheme. Especially since the plain chest stripe looks really good without the trees. I think the name and numbers will be difficult to see on the white jersey, so go with black or a darker green. Not a big fan of the alternate unfortunately, and I really want to be. Not a fan of the font used, and I think it'd look better as a black jersey with a lot of darker green and the lighter greens as a slightly used trim.

Rating: 7/10

New York Islanders Concept - Brooks F.
Brooks brings back the fisherman and the teal. It's a look I wish would have worked. The team would have had the most unique color scheme for sure. Brooks finds a way for the wavy look to work without making it too gaudy. I think it would have worked better if the teal went across the front of the jersey and went under the collar, similar to the back of the jersey. Although, I'm having an issue with the namebars, I don't hate it, but I don't think it works well. Perhaps have all the teal just stop at the sleeve stitching.

Rating: 8/10

Fallout 4 Concept - Diamond City Vault Boys - Ryan H.
Before last week I had never played a Fallout game. I bought Fallout 4 and it's taken over my life. I actually get the references to one of these jerseys for once and it feels great. First off, the color scheme, I get it, but make sure when you use the logos on a dark background, same goes for beige text. It's very very hard to read the team name at the top of the image, and the logos are kind of getting lost too. Some of your text is cut off too, make sure you're making sure everything fits in the image.

Now the logo is clever. Ryan explains it all in the image, the game takes place in Boston. I personally think that "Vault Dwellers" would have been a better name, even with Vault Boy as a mascot, but it still works. The number font is ok but I don't care for it as the name font, but I understand why it's there and it would work on a fan jersey. Good work Ryan.

Rating: 8/10

There you have it! Wednesday is over! What do you guys think of the new Stadium jerseys?

November 24, 2015

Tuesday: Stadium Series Jerseys

Yesterday (and today) have been pretty big for us jersey geeks. The Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks have unveiled their Stadium Series designs. I'm going to give my quick thoughts about them.

Detroit's for the most part is a nice modern looking jersey. I think the biggest downfalls are the massive TV numbers and I think the white sleeves start up a little too high up on the jersey. If they were lower and the numbers were a size that's bearable I think this jersey could and should be the new alternate, but as it stands I wouldn't want them to promote it. The changes would need to be made.

Chicago's I think again, is decent. I think the base design is pretty awesome. I think the collar and the way the red stripe stops on the arms throws me off. If they just had a white outline of the 'C' patch instead of it just stopping it would look better. The stars are odd to see with Chicago Blackhawks and I understand why they are there but I personally would like to see them eliminated OR all the way around the collar. Just being on one half irks me.


1.) Hartford Wolfpack vs. 16.) San Jose Barracuda

2.) Hershey Bears vs. 15.) San Diego Gulls

3.) Houston Aeros vs. 14.) San Antonio Rampage

4.) Iowa Wild vs. 13.) Rockford IceHogs

5.) Lake Erie Monsters vs. 12.) Rochester Americans

6.) Lehigh Valley Phantoms vs. 11.) Providence Bruins

7.) Manitoba Moose vs. 10.) Portland Pirates

8.) Milwaukee Admirals vs. 9.) Ontario Reign

Here are this week's matchups. Seeding next week will be the final 16 teams and will be seeded by how many votes they won by. So, now that the Griffins competition entry phase is over you have time to vote in the COMMENTS! While you're there, leave your opinion on today's concepts!

COTW Nov 15-21 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)


St. Louis Blues Alternate Jerseys - Andrew Warren
 Andrew has two concepts today that are St. Louis Blues alternates. I'm all for more white on a Blues jersey but I feel this concept has overdone it. With how thin the outline stripes are you don't get much out of them. It's almost like they aren't even there. It just seems like a Blue and white jersey and I think it needs more of that gold to offset the two. My annoyances could just be with the logo though too. I think if you are going to have white as the main color in the logo you need it just plain or a bigger blue outline. The gold and white don't do enough to make it stand out. So my changes would be, make the white stripes smaller (shorter) and make the gold stripes thicker. I think those changes could go a long way for this concept.

Rating: 7.3/10

 Andrew's other alternate I feel is much better. Throws a modern twist on a retro Blues jersey. I much prefer this one to the old ones they wore with more red. The small accent red helps with the throwback feel to the era but adding the dark blue to the main portion of the jersey keeps it modern and unites it with their current look. I'm all for this if they want to do a throwback look.

Rating: 8.6/10

Los Angeles Kings Concept - Jay S.
 Jay has more hand done concepts. These are really nicely done by hand and smartly done by printing the logos on. Is that how you do the numbers too? Anyways, the design to me doesn't fit with the logo or the yoke design. It seems as though there was just a "slap on some slanted striping" conclusion to the design. To be honest straight stripes would have looked nicer, In my opinion. Also, again, I believe thicker stripes on the hem and arms is a must. Thin stripes like that to me look like the jersey is cheap and it doesn't really add anything since you can barely see them. See, on the St. Louis Blues jersey above the thin stripes work, or if you are going to do a really sharp and bright accent color, but when the colors are being used prominently elsewhere and blend with the other colors then you need them to be thicker. I think the names and numbers also need to be filled with either gray or making them completely black. Making those changes I believe will make this a very sharp jersey.

Rating: 6.9/10

Lincoln Stars Concept - Jay S.
 Jay comes back with a set for the Lincoln Stars. The striping you came up with here is pretty awesome. I really like how you executed it. My problem with it would be does if fit the name "Stars". I see a more oceanic, rounded, calm team name with the striping used. I like the striping, but maybe not for this team. The alternate, while looking nice with the use of colors I think needs a new logo on the front. Scripts (unless beautifully done with calligraphy) need to come off of hockey jerseys. If there's words in the logo, fine, but just the script logo I think doesn't add a lot of character (haha) to the jersey.

Rating: 7.4/10

Chicago Cougars Concept - Matt G.
 Chicago Cougar concepts are still rolling in with Matt's redesign for them. First things first I would say something about the colors looking washed out but....part of me actually likes it. Maybe more of an electrifying green would look better but I think it's interesting the way it is. The striping and sleeves used I like. Except on the white. I think if you just kept the striping all yellow and kept it inside the green sleeve it would look so much better. Something about it with the green continuing and the gold going over the white looks confusing and messy. Only other change I have in my book is having green for the numbers and name on the white jersey. Pants are interesting, I don't mind them!

Rating: 8.5/10

Tri City Americans Breast Cancer Awareness Concept - Phillip H.
 This is a pretty cool jersey for a special game. The color combo is very pleasing on the eye. There's a lot of pink used but it is balanced out by the blue and gray very nicely. The patch made works well too. I think all in all this is just a nice jersey to roll out with. I don't have any real complaints. It's done nice and well.

Rating: 8.8/10

Providence Bruins Concept - Ryan C.
Ryan closes off today with a Winter Classic inspired Providence set. The home jersey, I like. I think it needs a shoulder patch to make it less empty but it's a good jersey and it would be nice to see. The white jersey on the other hand I think is almost there. I like what you did with the sleeves, however, the hem stripes could be worked with. The thin stripes don't do much and how high up they are a bit weird. My solution to this would be just to have two or one black stripe to match the rest of the set. 

Rating: 7.5/10

Another Tuesday in the books! I hope everyone has a splendid Thanksgiving (for you Americans) and for all of you Canadians out there I hope you have a splendid breakfast this week. See all y'all next week!

November 23, 2015

Monday: Red Wings in Red, Hand drawn to the 7th

I was planning on doing a video post but got a poorly timed cold. So unless you wanna see a Jets96 with huge bags under his eyes & sniffling through the whole video...yeah that video post will come but first, this post!

Welcome to the Monday post!

Photo from

Jersey news...some disappointment as the All Star game will feature multiple games and 4 teams...but only 2 Oh well, Me, Jack, Dylan & Caz will unite in cheering on the Central All Stars. Hopefully the Leafs get at least one All-Star..Reimer...maybe? I hope so because I like him and Bernier sucks so give Optimus the reigns and let the Leafs finish not in dead last..or do...idk.
As for what each division will be wearing, who knows? Let's hope not the hi lighters from last year but they have sorta grown on me...not enough to keep them, but enough for me not to puke when I see them

Photo from Brad Galli (@BradGalli) on Twitter & Detroit Red Wings Instagram

Detroit has teased its Stadium Series jersey, but I'm gonna wait until there's more than the collar (at least to my knowledge) to look at, but stayed tuned for that, as well as the other 3 Stadium Series jerseys coming soon. It's to be unveiled tonight, however I'm writing this post in advance so Dylan N. will most likely review it tomorrow and I'll give my thoughts on it in a week or so.

Today is THE LAST DAY to get your Grand Rapids Griffins entries in, so if you haven't done so yet, please have you entries in by Tonight

That doesn't mean don't vote for COTW! As obviously that's still there and easy to vote for!

Griffins Competition ends (Nov 23 @ 11:59pm Eastern)

COTW Nov 15-21 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

Time for today's 6 concepts


Connecticut Whale Concept (By: Matt G.)

+ love what this team has done with the Whale name & Matt does a good job using all 3 of the Whalers original NHL colours, especially the grey
+ The logo choices are solid, Pucky (or whatever they're calling the blue whale) looks good on the chest stripe
+ Good font choice as well, reminds me of the Hurricanes numbers
+ Good execution

- The gear would look better blue, but I get why Matt chose green. 
- TV numbers & NWHL logo are too small

Rating: 8.25/10

Original 6 Hand-drawn Concepts (By: Jared L.)

+ Any hand-drawn concept is good to see, it adds some variety

Boston Bruins- B spoked wheel jersey & a PJ Axelson era jersey -like the Axelson jersey, not so much the spoked jersey, though it is an interesting idea
Toronto- 70s- 1992 era jerseys with coloured side panels- my favourite of the 6 
New York Rangers- Current jerseys met the US/Slovakian olympic jersey with an angled hem stripe like Anaheim....If Nike took over in 1993, this would make sense but I still like the idea
Montreal- A vertical stripe down the centre of the jersey & arms (like a car), away jersey, I think is supposed to be one arm red with blue piping and blue arm with red piping...interesting
Detroit- Same as the Leafs but the arms have that same racing car design on the arms and the left side panels are coloured...again interesting
Chicago- Very unique lay out as the front of the jersey looks like the front of a car with two decals, yellow numbers and looking like a flames jersey

- It's hard to see these concepts. Sending them in 1 at a time or using a scanner would make these concepts a lot easier to see and make out he details.
The arms down temple looks much better than the arms straight
- The logos are getting better but doing what Jay did this week and drawing the template & then adding the logos & numbers would increase your execution points dramatically 

Rating: 4.5/10

Anaheim Ducks Concepts (By: Zeke G.)

+ Orange, white & duck feet look fantastic together
+ I really like the subtle white on the yoke, it adds colour to what would otherwise be a blank area on the jersey
+ Most of the ducks regular stuff is maintained & that's good
+ Good execution, minus a few points

- Matching socks rarely works, and there's no white on them
- Captain's C is too small & helmet logo is much too large 
- Shoulder patches? 
- Hem could use some white on the orange jersey and orange on the white jersey to add some colour to it and help it match the arms

Rating: 7.5/10

Detroit Red Wings Stadium Series Concept (By: Dylan N.)

+ I saw this concept on forum and I agreed with Dylan in that adding back to the Red Wings look is not easy, however, he's done a good job jere
+ Simple striping but it looks good, the chest stripe is the best on the jersey
+ The black doesn't take away from the fact that it's a Red Wings jersey
+ Great execution

- The current Wing would make an excellent shoulder patch, as would the Stadium Series logo somewhere on the jersey, as that would add finishing touches

Rating: 9/10 COTW Nom from me

Pittsburgh Penguins Concepts (By: Jay S.)

+ I really like the grey, black & yellow together on the Pens jersey. It looks like the Hamilton Tiger Cats Steel City jersey from last year and since Pittsburgh is also a Steel city, it really works
+ As William mentioned yesterday, all of Jay's concepts recently have a had a really modern feel to them and that's refreshing
+ Hand drawn is really nice and allows you more freedom in design, especially that hem design 

- Vegas Gold doesn't go with the Athletic Gold, using the Athletic gold would instantly up this concept into a high 8 at least
- The grey yoke needs a yellow outline
- The sock stripes are too high up on the sock and would probably be tucked into the pants

Rating: 7.75/10

Pittsburgh Penguins Concept (By: Jay S.)

+ Pittsburgh doing a rusty jersey is also a neat idea
+ The blacked out logo is awesome
+ Gradient numbers work in this jersey's favour
+ Again, hand drawn concepts look good 

- Shade of gold around the numbers isn't found anywhere on the jersey
- The front checkmark looks like the Capitals pre-edge jerseys
- Again sock stripes are too high

Rating: 7.5/10

Calgary Flames Concepts (By: Ryan C.)

+ I'm always a fan of rounded numbers
+ Colours are decently balanced 
+ Good execution

- This concept really misses the mark for me, especially with the away jersey, these are recoloured Florida Panthers jerseys, which themselves aren't that good, they don't add much to the Flames look and there's a lot of missed opportunities here
- Shoulder patch would really help spice up the shoulders
- TV numbers are too small

Rating: 6/10

That's the post!
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Go Jets, Moose & Mooseheads
Have a great week!

November 22, 2015

Sunday: Happy 6th Anniversary

Hey guys, welcome to another Sunday post!

It's the 6th anniversary of HJC, and to celebrate, I decided to do a special video post for you guys.  So have a watch, and let me know what you guys think!

Griffins Competition ends (Nov 23 @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTW Nov 15-21 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
And for those who can't view the video, I'll post the concepts the old fashioned way too.
Detroit Red Wings - Jay S.
 Modern Style
Addition of Black

Inconsistent Colours
Text Outline
Red Collar

Overall: 7.5/10

Edmonton Oilers - Jay S.
Addition of Black
Good Yoke Design

Needs More Black on Logo
Arms/Hems Don't Match Yoke

Overall: 7.7/10

Daniel Bryan - Matt G.

Awesome Idea
Cool "Championship"-Themed 3rd
Awesome Logos
Sublimated Hem

Main Set Needs Gold
All Jerseys Have Same Style

Overall: 8.1/10

New York Islanders - Ryan C.

Modern-ish Design
Believable for NYI and Adidas
Good Colour Balance
Nice Overarm Design

Not a Fan of the Underarm Design
Orange Text Outline

Overall: 8.3/10 and COTW Nomination

Atlanta Thrashers - Zeke G.

WHA Feel
Cool Yoke
Improvement From Previous Thrashers Jerseys

Red Helmet
White Jersey Needs More Red
Yellow Text Outline

Overall: 7.1/10

November 21, 2015

Saturday: Six Candles

Tomorrow is HJC's birthday! We're turning six. William will have you covered with everything you need to celebrate properly. I do want to take this time to thank absolutely everyone who has ever stopped by and read HJC. Whether you love it or you hate it, thanks. As well, a big thanks and congrats to anyone who has had the courage to create a concept and send it in for everyone to see. Sometimes it takes a lot of courage to put yourself or your ideas out there to be judged. However, we all try to make HJC a constructive and safe place that encourages people to be creative and put their work out there.

Tomorrow will also mark the end of the entry phase for the Grand Rapids Griffins Jersey Design Competition. The team hopes to choose a winner by November 30, good luck to everyone. Thanks to the Griffins for allowing HJC to help out with the competition. We love doing it and we hope we're invited back again next year.


The winner of the COTW vote for November 8-14 was Ryan C!

Full Results
Ryan C (DAL) - 13
Brooks F (BRA) - 11
Ryan C (CHI) - 5
Ryan C (PIT) - 4

This week we had someone who dominated the COTW noms actually win the vote! Ryan's Dallas concept narrowly beat out Brooks' Wheat Kings concept. Congrats to Ryan on his 4th COTW win of the year! For those of you who are still working towards a COTW, take a look at Ryan's concepts. His clean presentation helps them look their best and he pays attention to detail. The colours are all consistent, pixels aren't out of place, and numbers and shoulder patches are set where they should be. He's put thought into where they are and hasn't just thrown them on there. This Dallas concept isn't ground breaking, but it is showcased well and it's a good idea that readers got behind.

The new COTW nominees for November 15-21 have been listed on the side of the page in the black banner. Those of you with a Google account can place a vote up until Friday at 11:59pm Eastern. Good luck to all six nominees!

These past two weeks some of the writers have been issuing little challenges to try and spark your creativity. It seems to be working quite well as the number of concepts submitted has increased and continues to go up. Whether you take on their challenges or their challenges lead you into a new project, they've accomplished what is intended. They've gotten you guys to create! Good job by everyone.

My challenge today is the Atlanta Thrashers 2015. What would the Atlanta Thrashers look like if they were still around in this retro inspired, roundel logo NHL jersey world that we live in? Give it a shot! Or perhaps they would have stayed the course with their Reebok inspired, non matching designs. Show us what you think.

Griffins Competition ends (Nov 23 @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTW Nov 15-21 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)