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August 30, 2012

Thursday: Hershey Bears Completely Revamped

Hey guys, it's Thallos with my weekly Thursday post. Big things happening for the Hershey Bears this year. Hershey is celebrating their 75th AHL season by not only hosting the 2013 AHL Outdoor Classic, but by going back to "chocolate and white." The Bears, one of the most storied franchise in the AHL completely redesigned their logos and jerseys.

You can read about Hershey's transformation on their website. Anyways, we got some sexy concepts; an interesting Winter Classic idea, a pink jersey, and some AHL concepts. Do not forget to vote for the COTW. Seriously. Do it. Voting ends Saturday.

COTW Aug 20-26 vote (ends Thursday @ 11:59pm EST)

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Texas Stars concept (by Brady Sufat)

Brady goes with a two-tone green look for Dallas-affiliate Texas Stars of the AHL. It's certainly bright. I'm not exactly sure the bright lime green works here. It contrasts well with the white and forest green, but it strains the eyes. The jersey design is pretty classic and alternate, while featuring a logo I'm not too fond of, is spot on with the classic Dallas Stars look of the late 90s. (7/10)

Boston Bruins concept (by Daniel J.)
This may be the first Boston concept ever to heavily feature pink. I'm sort of lost for words. Yes, the design overall is nice and would fit the Bruins if they ever wanted to go with an light vintage jersey (which they totally should), but the pink is baffling. Why pink? Anyways, make the C on the chest a bit bigger and you really have something here. (7/10)

 St. Louis Blues concept (by Troy H.)
I'm not really sure what's going on here. The stripes under the logo is odd, there's a red lace-up collar and navy shoulders/arms while there seems to be no navy featured in the logo, and it seems like another fill-bucket concept with no real thought or consideration. Sorry Troy, but back to the drawing board for this one. (4/10)

Winter Classic concept (by Avi)
Avi features two teams that personally I would love to see in the Winter Classic; the Colorado Avalanche and the Minnesota Wild. If there's one thing I like this concept is that it does a good job of giving two expansion teams a classic look without it being forced. Colorado with the Rockies theme, but with what looks like the Nordiques light blue, and a simple yet effective look for Minnesota. NHL, make this happen. (9/10)

Adirondack Phantoms concept (by Cody S.)
We don't see too many Adirondack concepts (probably because their city name is too hard to pronounce) but Cody took on the challenge. He gives the Phantoms a look that is fairly reminiscent of the Philadelphia Flyers with its own twists and turns. I like the inclusion of purple on each jersey, although I'd like to see some white on the away jersey's arm. Not exactly digging the contrasting nameplates. (7/10)

Peoria Rivermen concept (by Glen C.)

We've seen a lot of Rivermen concepts over the past month due to their recent jersey competition, and Glen is still letting the creative juices flowing. Here we've got a nice jersey design. There's nothing much to complain about, it's a solid look. I'm not crazy about the "Rivs" wordmark. Overall, it's a clean concept that I could see Peoria wearing. (8/10)

Tampa Bay Lightning concept (by Justin C.)
I'll start off by saying this is probably one of the best Lightning concepts I've seen in a while. Justin takes Tampa's currently minimalist logo, gives it a few touch-ups, gives it the old color scheme back and comes up with a look that is both modern and classic. It's the perfect combination of the two recent Lightning eras. (9/10)

4 comments:

Caz said...

Justin Cox for COTW. Another great concept. That's one of the best Lightning concepts I've ever seen.

Elias R. said...

Justin's Lightning for COTW! It's just plain sexy..

DCamp said...

Avi for COTW, I love that Colorado jersey!edigaia 37

St├ęphane Sinotte said...

I'm pretty sure Daniel tried to do vintage white, not light pink...