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June 30, 2013

Weekend Update (June 30)

The winner of the COTW vote for June 17-23 is Mike S.
Full Results
Mike S. - 5
Tyler G. - 3


The new COTW nominees have been listed on the side of the page. Click that banner or go to the CONCEPT OF THE WEEK tab to see the concepts nominated. Voting ends on Friday. Voting is done by email and anyone can vote, so take the 30 seconds and send your vote in now.


The Logo Competition has ended and I really respect anyone who entered a logo. Especially those who really haven't made a logo before and at least tried. Well done to all. Here are your winners and results for those entries that received votes.

Advanced Results
Matt Mc - (7-1 = 37pts)
Tom - (2-5 = 20pts)
CPM - (0-2 = 4pts)
Dylan W. - (0-1 = 2pts)

Intermediate Results
Andy C. - (5-2 = 29pts)
J3 - (2-1 = 12pts)
Brady - (1-2 = 9pts)
Tristan - (1-2 = 9pts)
Will B. - (0-2 = 4pts)

Beginner Results
Kevin P. - (7-1 = 37pts)
Michael G. - (2-3 = 16pts)
Danny R. - (0-4 = 8pts)
Steve M. - (0-1 = 2pts)


Here is the last entry for the Madmen competition.

(by Maxwell)

Once I get Ray's choice I will inform all of you.


Well, the time is drawing near. The HJC Open starts a week tomorrow. I'm sure a lot of you are chomping at the bit to get in this thing. That time will come on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 10am Eastern time. Set your alarms now. At that time you will email me and say you want in the HJC Open. I will respond ASAP letting you know if you are in or not. I am taking as little as 16 entrants, but no more than 24. So email in as soon as you can. Not available at that time? Get a buddy to do it for you, but it has to come from your email address! Click the banner at the top of the page for all of the details.


COTW June 24-30 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
HJC Open Registration (begins Tuesday @ 10am Eastern)

June 29, 2013

Saturday: Madmen Entries

Hi guys, I am putting up today's Madmen Contest entries. They weren't forgotten, an emergency had come up. I would put them into the original post as an edit, but I am not able to edit a co-bloggers work.

Matt R.

Alex J.

Thanks all, carry on!



Yes, I am still a bit delirious from Game 6. Thanks for asking.


Hartford Whalers (by Bobby)

Bobby's two concepts today deal with former NHL teams. The first is of the Hartford Whalers. I definitely like this one since it restores the Whalers' classic colors and really solidifies their identity. I don't like the all-white logo on the green jersey. It never looked good in real life either. I'd add some more blue to it. Overall, I'll give it an 8/10.

Quebec Nordiques (by Bobby)

Bobby's second concept is the Quebec Nordiques. Right away I can see the problem with this. While there is some red in the Nordiques' logo, adding more to their jerseys is a big no-no. Red in Quebec is the Canadiens' territory and it should stay that way. What I'd do is use the shade of blue from Quebec's flag instead. I like the design as a whole, though, especially since we'll be seeing Shane Doan in a Nordiques uniform in a few years anyway. Overall, I'll give it a 7.5/10.

Brandon Wheat Kings (by Caleb)

The second Wheat Kings concept in as many Saturdays certainly does not disappoint. It's a really simple design that can't possibly go wrong and the hem stripe design is really cool. That being said, the hem stripe is incomplete. It should match the sleeve stripes. That's really my only gripe with this one. Overall, I'll give it an 8/10.

Saskatoon Blades (by Dylan)

This one is really cool. I like the unique hem stripe. It's a good combination of classic and modern and it really fits the aesthetic of the identity. I really don't have any problems with this one besides the number font, but that's a really minor thing. I would have used a standard block font to match the name font. Overall, I'll give it an 8/10.

Vancouver Canucks (by Gerard)

Gerard continues to Edgify the NHL of the 90s with the Canucks' 95-97 alternate. There isn't really much to say about this one since it's a direct copy of the existing jersey. The 90s were not really a good era for alternate jerseys. Then again, the Canucks' whole identity back then was bad. Overall, I'll give it a 7/10.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (by Gerard)

And in an instant Gerard recovers! The Baby Penguins are displayed here with 2/3rds of an identity (minus the Vegas gold but I won't reprise my rant that I've said so many times already) the Adult Penguins should be wearing instead of their current Edge mess. As for the alt, while I'm still not sold on what is a typical 90s alt, the logo makes it look so much better than Pittsburgh's version did with the Robopen. Overall, I'll give it an 8.5/10.

Espoo Blues (by Jake)

The Blues (no, not St. Louis) in this concept look really good, but not perfect. Overall, it's a really simple design that fails in several regards. First of all, there are very few times where I like phantom yokes. This is not one of them. Secondly, I don't like the interrupted hem stripe. It just doesn't work. Thirdly, the curved sleeve stripes have to go. That said, it's still a good design overall. The color scheme is solid and the design is not a total loss. With a few adjustments it'd be much better. Overall, I'll give it a 7/10.

Rauman Lukko (by Jake)

This one suffers from some problems as well, while also being salvageable. I don't quite understand why the two separate designs were necessary. A white version of the blue jersey would look so much better than the template used for the white. That's because the blue jersey looks really good. It's simple and effective. I don't like the pants stripe though, because it's a strange design that has no connection to the jerseys. I'd change it to a standard stripe. Overall, I'll give it a 7/10.

Dallas Stars (by Matthew)

The Stars having a black alternate jersey is almost inevitable and Matthew's design looks really good. It's essentially a fauxback to the North Stars' final/Stars' original road jersey updated to the Stars' modern aesthetic. It's definitely a good design and I even like the inclusion of the italicized numbers. Would they look good on the Stars' primary jerseys? No. They do here, though. Overall, I'll give it an 8.5/10.

Los Angeles Kings (by Stephen)

Stephen's Nike Kings concept is an update of what their current jerseys look like, with some minor changes. This is what I hope the Kings would look like if they switched to Nike - though I really hope that they'd at least bring back purple as an accent color. Two minor issues: I'd make the silver darker so it stands out better and the stripe on the black sock isn't colored in. Overall, I'll give it an 8/10.

Italy National Team (by Tyler)

It's about time we start seeing some national team concepts with the Olympics just six months away. Unfortunately, the team in this concept doesn't exactly have the best Olympic record - Italy has never placed in the top five in hockey at the Olympics. The concept itself, though, is really good. It's definitely the style you'd expect from Nike's international work, and Italy's blue accompanied by il Tricolore is a solid color scheme. I'd love to see something like this on the ice. One minor issue: the socks are wrong. There is a Nike sock template available to use on the site here and using the proper design always helps. Overall, I'll give it an 8/10.

Calgary Flames (by Jets)

Jets' first concept brings back the so-called "flaming snot" logo for a Flames jersey. I, for one, actually liked what Calgary looked like in the early 2000s. The design wasn't better than their original jerseys but it was certainly better than what they wear today. That's why I have issues with this design. If you're going to bring back the old alt logo, why not also bring back the old alt design? I'm sure it could be made to work within an Edge template. Even just change the stripes to a slanted design so it's not just a carbon copy of the old design. Overall, I'll give it an 8.5/10.

Vancouver Canucks (by Jets)

Today's final concept is a mish-mash of several Canucks eras. There are elements from their inaugural jerseys and their 90s jerseys. While I much prefer what the Canucks are wearing right now, this one looks really good because it touches on the right bits of Canucks' history. No weird alts. No flying Vs. Just a simple design in a stark color scheme. I say the Canucks would look pretty good wearing this as an alternate. Overall, I'll give it an 8.5/10.

June 28, 2013

Friday: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Friday

While I am still disgusted over how bad the AHL Finals game I went to in Syracuse was, I have been working on a project I would like to display here soon, but it is also a ways away. In the meantime I'm still posting here and at BNG (which has been slow) and I welcomed a new blog promoting school spirit on my campus this week. Today, twelve concepts to amaze you with along with one Madmen entry. Your reminders are also listed below.

COTW June 17-23 vote (ends tonight @ 11:59pm Eastern time)
Logo Comp Top 2 voting (ends tonight @ 11:59pm Eastern time)
"Madmen" entries due (tomorrow @ 11:59pm Eastern time)


Madmen Entry:
Derek H.


Dallas Stars (Stephen T.)

This would be a good way not to use gold beyond the logo. The white uniforms are fantastic, the black uniform needs only one thing color reversal. In this case,  that means striping as I feel the primary stripe should be green and surrounded in white or keep the primary stripe white, switch the inside black to green and switch the outside to white. However, taking the latter suggestion may require you to adopt the same  pattern for the road whites. The Nike SWIFT template make this team look a little more elegant, gracing with style an 8.5 out of 10.

US National Hockey Team (Gerard)

Gerard has given us what appears to be the start of an international series with two of those today. This one is pretty good, except I don't know that this script is the best one of theirs to use for this jersey design, while it make more sense then the old glory logo. That one would be overkill but this one is too bland it appears to me. A 9 out of 10.

Hamilton Tigers (Bobby P.)

In his Ideal NHL series, Bobby is also taking teams from the past - which I think it's great that he isn't limiting himself to just current teams. This one is spot on except I think I would like to see the helmets reversed or just black (to match the pants). I find it interesting that Steven Stamkos plays for them. Clawing out a 9.5 out of 10.

Idaho Steelheads (Mike S.)

I like this one, it could even pass for the Minnesota Timberwolves if someone did an NBA crossover. Nothing overly exciting, nothing at all terrible either. Welding together an 8 out of 10.

Tampereen Ilves (Jake88)

Continuing with his SM-liiga series, Jake 88 provides us with an interesting striping pattern, similar to ones we've seen on Carolina Hurricane jerseys. He makes it work here and will you look at that funky design on the gloves. An 8.5 out of 10.

Regina Pats (Dylan W.)

Dylan  sticks with the WHL and this one doesn't completely excite me the extra swoosh from the s on the logo make it appear larger than it is. In fact, it almost looks like a wannabe New England Patriots copycat. That grainy blue is back but it looks better, maybe the red is complimenting it better. The NOB and TV numbers are good, but the main numbers are a tad large. The striping is fantastic! An 8 out of 10.

Manchester United FC (Pajo94)

Okay, the logos are over-sized especially with their proximity to the hem striping. I wouldn't recommend using this font, or for that matter, any general computer fonts for the NOB and numbers. And knowing Premier League football the way I do, I'm curious about the alternate as it looks to be more an Aston Villa shirt because of the yoke and middle stripes on the sleeves. The rest of it I get. A 7 out of 10 here.

2014 Stadium Series (Tristan P.)

While I continue to figure out the best way to name individual stadium series concepts, this one has been a common match-up. I understand the reasoning for the color of the Rangers gloves, but it's unnecessary. In fact I have always preferred this shade of blue better than that of the current shade. For the Isles I might reverse the order of the orange and white; else-wise, I'm happy with it. An 8 out of 10.

Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday Night Classic (Jets96)

I have always liked the number font and gusset striping and you can't go wrong with the bolt on the pants.While I'm not fond of the blue cuffs or white part of the sleeves with matching hem design, this one still turned out to be alright. The blue, white, and sliver don't look good on the socks in that orientation either. Perhaps we could also see a blue yoke with a white outline. Just thoughts. Lightning struck with an 8 out of 10.

Lethbridge Hurricanes (Dylan W.)

The team in Lethbridge has disappointed me with their new logo. While it has improved in modernness, it lacks everything else and quite frankly, I detest it with a passion. However, Dylan has turned a negative into a positive by implementing the logo in the striping which embraces the futuristic look. I never have liked numbers being that close to hem striping, but this one is actually where it should be as it is the hem striping that alters appearance. An 8.5 out of 10.

Seattle Metropolitans (Bobby P.)

Here Bobby gives the Metros a new look leaving the traditional tricolor hoops in compliance with generic modern jersey ideas (say the 70s-90s).This one is good but I think a yoke could be needed to break up the green on said colored with white outline perhaps. An 8.5 out of 10.

Lahden Pelicans (Jake88)

Another in Jake88's SM-liiga series. As I mentioned, I am not generally fond of such fonts, however it is appropriate as it matches the logo script quite well. I'm even okay with the piping because it adds to the colored jersey. The gold seems out of place, but there is so little of it that it only becomes a minor concern. An 8 out of 10.

Sweden National Hockey Team (Gerard)

We all know that the three crowns are a must when a Sweden concept comes about. My only question here is why the hem and arm stripes don't match. I prefer the triple yellow and would like to see them transferred onto the pants and socks. I'm still undecided if the blue jerseys should use a yellow or blue helmet (leaning towards yellow). An 8.5 out of 10.


Well, I would like to accomplish more to send in for you to dissect but me refereeing in Niagara Falls this weekend prevents me from doing so. Keep your eyes peeled for them if and when they show up. Enjoy your weekend!


June 27, 2013

Thursday: Champions and the Dandy Lions

Hello all! Tyler here on this HJC Thursday and the Hawks are champions! What a fun season it's been and I already can't wait for next season. The Blackhawks championship parade is tomorrow in Chicago and I wish I could go, but unfortunately I live in Texas. Anyway, we have a ton of concepts to get too, so let's get going!


Here are the daily voting reminders...

COTW June 17-23 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern time)
Logo Comp Top 2 voting (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern time)
"Madmen" entries due (Saturday @ 11:59pm Eastern time)


Here are today's entries into the Madmen competition...

Danny R.



Team Switzerland concept (By: Gerard M.)

Gerard gets us started with a Team Switzerland concept. I like the striping, and the chest stripe on the white jersey looks cool. I'm not sure about that font, I would go with just a standard block font. Good execution. 7/10

Edmonton Oilers concept (By: Bobby P.)

Bobby has made some changes to the Edmonton Oilers uniforms. Things I noticed is there is only one outline on the numbers instead of two, the reebok logos are no longer white, and the home striping is different. Also, the pant striping is simplified. Both of the Reebok logos would look better if they stayed white, in my opinion. I like the new numbers with the one outline, but I'm not sure about the new home striping, but I don't mind it. Good execution, too. 7/10

Spokane Chiefs WHL concept (By: Dylan W.)

Dylan has some umm.. unique Spokane Chiefs concepts for us here. I like the feathers from the logo on the stripes. The number/name fonts look good. One thing I don't like is the away yoke, it seems unnecessary too me. Great execution too. 8/10

Gwinnett Gladiators ECHL concept (By: Mike S.)

Continuing his ECHL redesign, Mike has some very stripy Gwinnett Gladiators concepts here. I like the vertical and arm striping, and the "diamonds" on the hem are cool. One thing I don't like is the sock stripes, I wish they were just horizontal, not diagonal. Love the creativity here. Great job. 7.5/10

Tampa Bay Lightning concept (By: Gerard M.)

Gerard has updated the Lightning's look and I really like these. I love the addition of grey and the yoke on the away is cool. The striping all looks great. I also like that the logo remained untouched. I'm not a huge fan of the alternate, but the Lightning did win the cup in those jerseys, so I could see it happening. Great job here Gerard. 8.5/10

Edmonton Oilers concept (By: Josh L.)

Our second Oilers concept of the day, Josh brings us an orange alternate sweater. I like everything except the oil drop on the arms. Also, I can't quite tell what that shoulder patch is. I think it's Alberta, but I'm not sure. Cool concept here. 7/10

Calgary Flames concept (By: Bobby P.)

Bobby does exactly what the Flames should do here. Enough said. 8.5/10

St. Louis Blues concept (By: Stephen T.)

We have two Blues concepts coming up here and this is the first. It's a nike concept too. I don't like the new striping, and I think the away jersey could use some more gold and light blue. Other then that, I like it and could see Nike doing something like this. 6.5/10

St. Louis Blues concept (By: Gerard M.)

Our second Blues concept, Gerard does something I wouldn't mind the Blues doing. Just go with traditional striping. No piping, no "Preds" arm striping. I love these. Also, the navy blue alternate is missing a Reebok logo on the back. Great job here Gerard. 8.5/10

Seattle Dandy Lions [Fake Hockey League] Jersey Timeline (By: CPM)

1967-1973 Jerseys

1973-1985 Jerseys

1985-1995 Jerseys

1995-2007 Jerseys

2007-Present Jerseys

I really love when people do these kinds of things. Create a team, and go back in time and make what the jerseys would look like way back when. CPM does it very well here. I'm not sure about the team name, but I've seen way worse. The presentation is awesome. My favorite set would have to be the original 1967-1973 jerseys. That original logo is cool too. Awesome job, CPM! 9/10 and a COTW nom from me!

Thanks for reading, have a good Friday everyone!