No matter what team you root for, if you ever get the chance to go to a banner raising ceremony I highly suggest you do. I don't want to bore anyone with the details since I know most of you aren't Blackhawks fans or probably saw it on TV, so I'll move on.
I'm sure you all saw this too, but how sick is the Blackhawks championship ring?
Well time to let last season's accomplishments go and look forward to a new year of hockey! And let's start this first week of NHL hockey by voting for the COTW! Or, you can submit your entry for the Colgate Autism awareness contest.
COTW Sept 23-29 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern time)
Colgate Autism Awareness entries (due Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern time)
Switzerland National Concept - Brady S.
I like having the Swiss cross in the shield. And I really like the striping on these jerseys. The one thing that I'd like to see is the shield and cross reversed in color to pop out more on the red jersey, just to see what it'd look like. Maybe Brady did that though and it didn't look right. Either way the set is still sharp.
Halifax Mooseheads Concept - Dylan W.
Buffalo Sabres Alternate Concept - Gerard M.
Minnesota Wild Concept - Gerard M.
Gerard's not done folks. He's got a new set of Minnesota sweaters based off the team's alternate and new away jerseys. I wish the square yoke would have stayed on at least the white sweater. I am also a fan of the bear head logo on the front of the jerseys instead of a wordmark. The Winter Classic jersey is ok but I don't know how I feel with the Wild using that color scheme.
Phoenix Coyotes Concept - Jake88
Good ol' Jake88 is trying his hand at an NHL team. Right off the bat, I don't like the combination of the side panels from their current alternate jersey with normal arm stripes. I might like them better if the side panels weren't actually a different color than the base of the jersey. Don't really care for the "Rangers" style pants in this color scheme too. I say you ditch the side swoops and panels and the jerseys are better.
Minnesota Wild Concept - Phil B.
Phil also has a new set of Wild sweaters based on the new away jersey. I like the square yoke, so right away I'm on board. I like the way Phil was able to use the "wheat" color on the white jersey. Really the only thing I'm kind of "meh" about is the shoulder patch. I think if a normal "Wild" shoulder patch is used on one side then the Minnesota patch used here could be on the other. Just a thought.
Phoenix Coyotes Alternate Jersey Concept - Ryan H. (HJC)
Our glorious leader Ryan has graced us with a concept of his own today. I like the attempt to bring back the southwestern desert patterns back to the jersey on the hem. I also like the sublimated Arizona flag pattern on the cuffs. The only thing I want to see is some arm stripes. Even with the sublimation, the arms look blank.
US National Team Concept - Stephen T.
Washington Capitals De-Edge Concept - Steven G.
Rating: 9/10 and a COTW Nom from me!
Well what did you guys think about the concepts? Any thoughts on the start of the NHL season, or that wickedly awesome banner raising ceremony? Share in the comments guys!