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October 31, 2012

Wednesday: Happy Halloween

It's Halloween.  Unfortunately there are no black and orange concepts for me to show you today.  :(


If you a committee member, do not forget to vote for the COTW.

COTW Oct 22-28 vote (ends Thursday @ 11:59pm EST)


There is a very unique contest going on right now, the No Horizontal Lines Third Jersey Competition.  The contest was Fridays writer Colin M's idea.  If you going to enter, make sure you read all the rules on the contest page, because there are some unique rules.

Note: This post was written last night and is being auto-posted, since I won't be near a computer for most of today.  When I checked last night for contest entries there were no new ones, so don't worry if your entry isn't posted today.


Montreal Canadiens (by Ian V.)
Ian makes the Canadiens' barber-pole jersey from a few years ago much more tolerable, by using the Ottawa 67's style arm stripes.  He then also changes up their road jersey.  Those changes are okay, but I'm sure Montreal fans would hate them, they seem to hate any change.  7/10

Montreal Canadiens (by Stephen T.)
Stephen makes similar changes to the Canadiens' road jersey, especially on the arms.  Once again, they look okay, but I wouldn't want to see them used in real-life.  A few execution errors, the logo is low and off-center, Gionta is spelled wrong, and the sleeve numbers are coloured different than the back numbers (I don't know if that was on purpose or not).  6/10

Pittsburgh Penguins (by Adam H.)
Lots and lots and lots of unique ides on this concept by Adam.  An off center logo, the captain's patch in a triangle, the TV number in the shoulder logo, and different colour gloves for each jersey.  I think the off center logo and triangle captain patch could work, but I don't think the TV number shoulder patch or the different colour gloves work.   Also execution wise, the shoulder patches need to be rotated 90 degrees so that the top faces the collar, and the primary logo could use a white outline.  7/10

Arsenal HC (by Colin M.)
Another Arsenal hockey jersey from Colin, this time a yellow alternate jersey.  I like it, the striping is good, and the logo looks good.  My favourite part is the pin-stripes.  I believe that some hockey team should actually try pin-stripes, it would be unique and I think it could look good if used correctly.  8/10

Ottawa Senators (by WinnipegJets96)
WinnipegJets96 honours the original Ottawa Senators here with a full barber-pole jersey.  I'm a big fan of that idea, I actually think the Senators could pull off a barber-pole jersey as a full-time third jersey.  A few things I don't like though, the current shoulder logo looks out of place to me, and I think the chest logo should use normal white.  8/10

New York Rangers (by Thomas H.)
Thomas brings back the popular Lady Liberty logo on a brand new jersey.  I like that jersey, it's different, but it also has ties to their current jerseys.  The striping seems to really pop, and it kind of reminds me of the USA flag.  8/10

October 30, 2012

Tuesday: Right to business

Hey guys, no dilly dallying. Right to the important stuff today

COTW Oct 22-28 vote (ends Thursday @ 11:59pm EST)
No Horizontal Lines Contest Entries Due: Friday, November 2, 2012 @ 11:59pm EST

Here's the Contest Entries for today

Colin M.

 Mike S.

 James B.

Dallas Stars Concept (Adam H.)
 I like this look for the Stars but this concept is riddled with execution errors. The wordmarks on the front and names on the back are all way too big. And the shoulder patches shouldn't be facing the way they are. They should be rotated so that when looking at the jersey from the side they are up right, not sideways. For the jersey itself, the C in the star, is creative, but is really big and clutters up the jersey, which has a clean look to it. Ditch the gold pants and this concept is on it's way to being great. 6/10

Adirondack Phantoms Concept (Andrew T)
We saw a white version of this jersey yesterday and what was said stands. The side panels just don't work. and the arm striping is too blocky. The Reebok on the back should be white, or even orange, just so it's visible. And I don't like the white pit stains. 6/10

Brooklyn Nets Hockey Concept (Mike S)

The new Nets have a pretty basic color scheme and jersey design, but it would have been nice to see the simplicity transfered to this jersey. The Nets actual jersey has on solid stripe down the side. I think a jersey like the Red Wings dark jersey would look nice with the Nets branding on it. 7/10

Augsburger Panther (German League) (Stephen T.)
 The Panther has a very festive color scheme. That red seems to be neon. Even though I hate it, this concept is missing the authenticity of the ads, unless Stephen is imagining a perfect world without the jersey ads. I also don't care for the name under the number, seems like it would get lost. Question, would the team be wearing Nike socks if Under Armour is providing their jerseys? 7/10

Buffalo Sabres (Matt M.)

Matt does a nice job of keeping the Sabres looking looking classic. I prefer the striping of the white jersey, It's too bad there's not a lot of contrast between white and yellow, otherwise it could be used ont the dark jersey.  8/10

Winnipeg Jets WHA 40th Ann.
As much as I do like the jersey as it seems to fit in with the logo very nicely, the Authenticity nazi in me wants to pint ou that the team's first WHA jersey was pretty similar to the current Rangers set up. The colored namebar is accurate. If this jersey is a throwback, then using the Ducks template wouldn't work, way too modern. Also that logo was never used on the front of a jersey. But still, I really like this concept, it all just works together. 8/10

Arsenal HC Uniform Concept (Colin M)
Colin left all the details on the image itself so I'll leave you to it. I have nothing to say about this, I love Colin's Arsenal series.  9/10

October 29, 2012

Monday: It's Raining It's POURING!

Hey guys, happy Monday and junk!

Hope everyone who is effected by Hurricane Sandy is safe and dry right now.

COTW is up for this week so remember to vote. You can check out the concepts up for ballot in the COTW section or by clicking on the banner on the right. In case you missed it, here's the link to the weekend update, I think you ask questions for next week's podcast in the comment section of the post.

A new contest has started. Friday writer and fellow concept maker Colin M. has created a creative, No Horizontal Lines contest. Read ALL the rules as they are extremely important in this contest. Entries are due November 2nd.

SOO SORRY, Here are some of the entries that have come in so far


Tyler G.


Martin L.

Snow Monster

COTW Oct 22-28 vote (ends Thursday @ 11:59pm EST)

No Horizontal Lines Contest Entries Due: Friday, November 2, 2012 @ 11:59pm EST

In news, there will be no NHL games through November (big shocker) and yeah, that's pretty much it, not to say anyone here is surprised at this announcement and I think we have all found our own hockey mediums to watch over the next little while.

In today's line up we have four redesigns, Colin continues with another Arsenal concept, we get  an AHL concept, and my WHA re-design makes its way to New Jersey.


Hartford Whalers Concept (By: Colin M.)

This was Colin's entry to the Whalers contest, and we have three really solid concepts here. The home and away give nod to the 80's but have their own unique look. I like that both the home and road have yokes and are essentially reverses of each other. The alternate is really cool too. I like how Pucky has been recoloured, it makes him kinda look like a whale, and it does seem like a fun jersey that would be a fan favourite. The template is really awesome, I'm not sure if Colin made this or not but it works and shows off everything the jersey has to offer really nicely. Good job Colin! (9/10)

Carolina Hurricanes Concept (By: Adam H.)

Adam has added a lot of grey to the Hurricanes and I like it. The flag numbers on the front are really nice and the striping is cool. The execution is okay but I do see some errors. The numbers should match the name colour, I'd use the black pants all the way through. On the grey jersey, there seems to be two shades of black, I'd stick to one, and, while the shoulder patches aren't done too bad, it would look better if you shrunk it down in Word, then cut it in half. Still I do like the premise here, and with some work these would be really good. (7/10)

Minnesota Wild Concepts (By: Matt M.)

Another contest entry, Matt entered this into last week's Minnesota Wild contest and I can see why this concept did so well. It looks like a more mature version of the jerseys the Wild wore in their early years. The shoulder patch is what really stands out to me, its really cool and matches the look and tone of these jerseys (p.s. good job on siting where you got the logo from). The striping is nice and simple but still underused in the NHL and does have an edgy look to it. I think none of us would be disappointed if Minnesota came out next season wearing these. (9/10)

Adirondack Phantoms Concept (By: Andrew T.)

I'm glad to see some AHL concepts coming in. The addition of purple is a good idea, it gives the Phantoms their own look while still paying homage to their parent club, that being said their is definite work to be down. The side panels don't work in hockey, and the arm striping looks it was just filled in , and there are two shades of orange used. The shoulder patches should be done as I listed on Adam's concept and the Reebok logo should be purple. However, I wouldn't give up at all, its just a matter of correcting your mistakes and making it better, I made concepts like this when I was starting out, but I learned, so keep making concepts as its the only way you'll get better (5/10)

New Jersey Knights Concept (By: Me (Jets96)

I'm glad that people like my idea on the NHL actually remembering the WHA as without it, there wouldn't be 4 teams. I love this colour combination, it works and is original, we don't need 20 teams with red white and blue as their colours. The Knights did have an interesting logo, it reeks of age but still was ahead of the time. Overall, I just wanted to match the look of the Knights as close as possible, while still making it its own edge jersey, and I think I've done that.
Minnesota Wild Concepts (By: Adam H.)

Again there's the same problem with the shoulder patches, the alternate has WAY to big of a logo and the red pants with the red jersey don't really work, but I still like these quite a bit. The alternate works really well, I like it. The home and road are also good, the colours are really nice, they are crisp and clean, the striping works well too, again, this is another look Minnesota could use, just with some touching up (8/10)

Arsenal Concept (By: Colin M.)

I do enjoy soccer, even if I am near the worst soccer team in history, TFC, and am a fan of QPR in the EPL.  Arsenal is one of the best and most well known teams in the league, and their looks are really good. We saw Colin's concept on Friday, and if you follow soccer, you would know alternates almost never match. This is really good, the execution is perfect, but I would use the Nike socks, just for consistence between the jerseys, but that's REALLY minor. This jersey does transcend into a hockey jersey quite well, it still has a soccer feel to it, but it doesn't just look like a cut and paste job. I'd like to see the 90's away kit turned into a concept for a Arsenal, or Tampa Bay, still these are awesome! (9.5/10) COTW Nom from me.

October 28, 2012

Weekend Update

Sorry, but there probably won't be a HJC Podcast this weekend...


The winner of the COTW vote for October 15-21 is Tyler G.!

Final Results
Tyler G. - 3
Daniel - 2
Steven G. - 2
Jesper - 0


The COTW nominees for October 22-28 have been listed. You can see the concepts by clicking on the banner or by going to the CONCEPT OF THE WEEK tab. Committee Members, have until Thursday @ 11:59pm EST to cast their vote. When this vote is completed we move on to the COTY-October vote already!


The winner of the Minnesota Wild ReDesign Competition is...

Justin C.! Here are the results of the Top 5 vote. If your name doesn't appear on the list, unfortunately you did not receive any votes.


The new competition is now on! Colin, who posts on Friday's for HJC, presents the No Horizontal Lines Comp! (N.H.L. Comp)
Check out the N.H.L. COMP tab for all of the rules and some example of what types of lines are not allowed on your jersey. The entry phase ends on Friday @ 11:59pm EST.


COTW Oct 22-28 vote (ends Thursday @ 11:59pm EST)

October 26, 2012

Friday: 9 New Concepts for Friday

Welcome to another friday post! I don't have a lot of time today, and there isn't much news, so we are going to get right down to business.

First off, I am putting a call out for a couple templates. Since the NHL has gone with numbers on the front of helmets, it would be great if someone could send along a forward facing helmet template (preferably paint friendly). Also, if anyone has a straight-on forward facing skate template, that would be great if you could also send that along to

The voting process is still open for the Minnesota Wild Re-design Contest. Voting Committee members, you have until 11:59 pm EST to get your Top 5 votes in.

Wild ReDesign Top 5 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm EST)


Colorado Avalanche (Mason H.)

We saw a light blue version of this sweater from Mason earlier this week. I like the striping pattern, but I don't like the shade of dark blue... it doesn't show up in the Avs colour scheme. I would also like to see a bit more maroon on the sweater. 7/10.

New York Islanders (WinnipegJets96)

I think we can all agree that the fish-sticks logo is actually a lot better once you take it away from those awful 90's jerseys. This sweater again proves that, and has a lot of potential. I would like to see the same width hem stripes as arm stripes. Also, I am not convinced that the shoulder yoke is necessary. There are a lot of loose pixels around the logo which could be cleaned up. 6/10.

NHL All-Star (Adam H.)

I really like some of the elements here on these sweaters, but the perspective and sizing is off. The "EAST" and "WEST" on the front of these sweaters is far too big (as are the Name and Number on the back). I like the striped sleeves, but the stripes are probably too thin. Making them broader would probably make these jerseys better on the ice. Also, there are no TV numbers. 6/10.

Columbus Blue Jackets (Matt L.)

There simply too much going on on this sweater. Shoulder yoke, sleeve stripe, 2 half arm stripes per sleeve, and an extremely high hem stripe, plus a bunch of random areas filled with the fill tool... The back is also very crowded with the numbers and name, they need to be positioned better. Also no TV numbers. 4/10.

Michigan Stags (WinnipegJets96)

I really like this sweater, the striping design is really neat. My only adjustment would be the size of the main crest, it could be a bit bigger. 7/10.

Miami University (Ohio) Redhawks (Adam H.)

Again, sizing issues for the crest. I really like this clean, simple design. Why not use the feathers on both shoulder patches? It would make the jersey make a bit more sense logically. 7/10.

Dallas Stars (Thomas H.)

Great set here from Thomas. I like the use of the arched football-style text over top or the star logo. It works well. The green jersey looks great, but I'm not sure that the shoulder yoke is necessary on the light jersey. I also like that the striping reminds me of these North Stars sweaters. 8/10.

Arsenal (Colin M.)

These are my concepts, so I will leave it for you to pass judgement and comment on these ones. The description is on the concept. One thing I will say is that this kicks off (sorry for the pun) a small series of Arsenal Hockey concepts that I am putting together. Look for more in the upcoming weeks.

New York Islanders (Steven G.)

Love this jersey for the Isles. I like the 4 stripe theme and symbolism which the Islanders use, and I love  the execution of this theme with the chest stripes. 9/10, and a COTW nomination from me.

October 25, 2012

Thursday: Lockout on NHL Concepts

Yikes, it's Thursday already. This week has gone by pretty quick. Anyways, we've got plenty of concepts for you guys today but only with a pair of NHL concepts. In lieu of the NHL lockout, I've noticed the stark decrease in concepts for NHL teams. Sad, sad days.

We've got some pretty unique concepts, some NBA concepts, concepts from the minors and Jets96 comes up with some WHL concepts.

Remember folks, we've got the COTW voting, and voting for the Minnesota Wild Redesign competition. Get voting!

Wild ReDesign Top 5 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm EST)
COTW Oct 15-21 vote (ends Thursday @ 11:59pm EST)

Calgary Hitmen concept (by Mattlop1)
Mattylop1 gives us a pretty interesting look, something we certainly haven't seen before. I'm not sure it fits with the design, especially since it clashes with the shoulder piping. On a note of execution, some of the colors for the TV numbers are off, and the inclusion of white for the numbers and name on the back is confusing since everything else is vintage-white. (6/10)

Milwaukee Admirals concept (by Mattlop1)
With another crazy look, Matty goes fill bucket-happy on this template with grey and blue. I can't see these on the ice. There's just not much to say from a design standpoint. There's too much going on. (5/10)

Colorado Avalanche concept (by Mason H.)
Mason uses a template that I wish Colorado should use. It would make complete sense as a play on the look of a mountain. Overall, this looks is pretty decent. I'm not big on having two-shades of blue, and this certain shade of maroon, but aside from some color management, this look is decent. (7/10)

Los Angeles Sharks concept (by Jets 96)
This re-imagining of the WHA franchise LA Sharks looks pretty good. The striping goes really well with the crest. It's a simple, clean design that isn't too flashy but is still an original look. For execution, I'd try to get rid of those loose white pixels around the logo. (7/10)

Baltimore Blades concept (by Jets 96)
With another WHL concept, Jets96 takes on the Baltimore Blades and gives them a pretty original look. If these entered the NHL as some vintage jerseys, these would fit in very well. (7/10)

Boston Celtics concept (by Mike S.)
Mike brings over some NBA looks to hockey jerseys and they don't look too bad. This Celtics jersey is pretty well done. Mike keeps the front wordmark, along with the green-white-black color scheme and it all some together well. (8/10)

Atlanta Hawks concept (by Mike S.)
The Atlanta Hawks are one of more modern-looking teams of the NBA, and get a lot of heat for it too, but I commend them for trying to do something out of the box. Mike translate their modern look to a hockey jersey and looks pretty good. I don't mind the side panels, and the rest of the jersey looks great. (8/10)

Minnesota Wild concept (by Dmitri G.)
Dmitri complete drops the colors for the primary to just green and white, for a pretty simple design. I dig how minimal the primaries are. Finally, the alternative hits the nail on the head, with chest stripes that look great with the wolf-head. (8/10)

Färjestad BK concept (by Jesper W.)
Jesper completely remodels Färjestad BK of the SEL. There's a perfect mix of modern and traditional designs. The primary jerseys are very well done, and the alternatives are pretty damn good. Finally the retro is a nice change of pace; simple and minimalistic. (9/10)