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Friday: Hockey Concepts in Storrs Now!

     As I am pre-writing this post and at Gampel Pavilion of host UConn of Storrs, CT to watch St. Bonaventure women's basketball take on Monmouth for the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic. It should actually be by me in downtown Springfield, MA where the hall of fame actually is but the money is at the casino instead. Now that that mini rant is done, just one icy word that doesn't pertain to hockey. I want to congratulate the Norfolk (CT) Curling Club for re-opening it' doors this coming Sunday. I will be there to help open the two sheet facility myself. The week before Christmas in 2011, it had been set a blaze by arsen. Then exactly a year later, they began to rebuild the new one after donations. They just completed it within the last few weeks and it looks good with some memories of the past. As for that new Monarchs uniform, a sweater has been turned into a sweater - it's fantastic, a real hockey gem.


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Jokerit {Jake88}

What I know: The checker is originally Jokerit's.
What I learned: The Nashville style checker patter looks better than both what Jokerit has now and in red instead of blue.
What I want to know: How the idea to use this checkering came to be.
 jestery look for a not so foolish team, an 8.5 out of 10.

2014 Stadium Series {Justin C.}

I saw this one first on his blog, then I realized that it was his third new post after that extended leave of absence. The Kings jersey is one that is appropriate  considering that the ducks have already introduced an elliptical roundel logo. The kings bringing old and adapting to the current color scheme is sheer genius. We've seen similar but not the same for the Ducks, though this is the first in a while that I liked most at the time of print.

What I know: Tickets for this particular game have just gone on sale within the past 24 hours.
What I learned: The Kings should combine eras as seen above.
What I want to know: What inspired the "cross-Kings" design?
This is one we'll never get to see, but very worthy of a 9 out of 10 and a nomination by me for Concept of the Week.

Jokerit {Steve M.}

I feel that this could work with some minor changes. The striping could stay as is but a swap of colors may be an alternative.I'm surprised that the Cal-gary team hasn't done something similar just yet. Use solid red lettering for the NOB and the assistant's "A" as well. Then I'll be happy

What I know: The assistant's "A" was the primary in Atlanta.
What I learned: If using a red outline, larger is better and smaller should be solid in color.
What I want to know: why thin yellow jersey stripes separate the striping.
This one looks pretty good, but I'm on the fence of liking it or not; a 7.5 out of 10.

Edmonton Oilers {Kalin Z.}

A copper jersey - haven't seen one for the Oilers until now. It looks cool but at the same time I wouldn't want to see it on the ice. For one thing, the outline makes it hard to read Eberle's name (yas that's the NOB) same as the above lettering, stick to solid colored letters in this case.

What I know: Copper was actually in the Oilers most recently retired color scheme.
What I learned: Why they ditched said scheme.
What I want to know: How difficult it was to include red in the jersey.
Dry wells and derricks again today, a 6.5 out of 10.

Edmonton Oilers {Dylan W.}

Sticking with the Oilers theme (coincidently) is the day before yesterday writer. I like these.One problem though - they remind me more of the Islanders than the Spoilers. It's not because of the color scheme being the same, but rather because it's too simple for the Oilers. That's primarily because of the lack of stripes but  not the striping as a whole.

What I know: Edmonton and the Is-landers share the same colors.
What I learned: I like more stripes better than few for this team.
What I want to know: Why the Oiler rig is dry today.
Texas tea is not abundant; a 7 out of 10.

Toronto Maple Leafs {Stephen T.}

The Maple Laughs are a team whose identity only got better as they aged, thus with age came wisdom. Striping on the other hand is variant on who designed the uniform. Then enter Harold Ballard the then new owner (circa the 1960s) of the last team to not have names on uniforms (c. 1970s). The only two things I've got are to switch the shoulder patch and add a thick blue stripe between the blue(home)/white (road) of the hem to at least somewhat match the sock striping.

What I know: Ballard is responsible for destroying Foster Hewitt's gondola, the name thing, and firing Roger Nielsen.
What I learned: This particular design make the template seem almost non-existant.
What I want to know: What if someone like Charlie O'Finley was their GM?
T is for Toronto, C is for a letter grade, a 7 out of 10.

Edmonton Oilers {Kalin Zok}

Compared to the other one, Kalin decides to keep the copper and ride, but adds a little used logo that I liked and incorporates the script into the hem. If I had to guess this is a home and road set whilst the one above is an alternate. The NOB is also slightly more legible here. If anything, the white would be an alternate, but this isn't professional soccer.

What I know: I miss the crest logo from the white uniform
What I learned: The blue looks much better than the copper one from earlier.
What I want to know:  Why the alternate logo?
Something might be coming after all, an 8 out of 10.

Chicago Blackhawks {JetsFan}

I like this despite some of the issues it has. But at the same time, Jets fan seems to be doing well considering it's only MS Paint. I'd like slightly thicker stripes. The two numbers side-by-side seem disproportionate to each other and the lettering of the NOB is a bit large.

What I know: Blackhawks and striping are virtually synonymous.
What I learned: This is pretty good for a concept using MS Paint.
What I want to know: If the collar is white on purpose.
This was another theraputic concept, but could use changes; a 7.5 out of 10.

Portland Winterhawks {Antonio C.}

I think the logo is his own, but I like this better than what the team currently has. The stripe colors are beautifully arranged except for maybe the hem. The more I think about it it, the logo looks more like a gamecock or chanticleer. I like most that the green and gold are made more present here. 

What I know: Portland's logo is to similar to the Blackhawks.
What I learned: gold and green together are better as accents than like the old Stars/North Stars look.
What I want to know: How the logo came about.
Flying away with an 8 out of 10.

Toronto Maple Leafs {Tom V.}

I can't say I'm a fan. Again, simplicity is an issue - it's too simple for me. No font  but rather the alternate leaf and no stripes. That definitely doesn't spell Toronto or scream Leafs all over it. This also seems surprisingly simple to be Tom's work too. Quite frankly, I'm practically in a state of shock! Maybe Ballard wanted to design this one but not get fined again for the name thing.

What I know: Toronto will never wear these.
What I learned: "Ballard concepts" do exist.
What I want to know: Why so simple?
Simply put a 3 out of 10.

Carolina Hurricanes {JetsFan}

Stormy the Hog on a 'Canes jersey . . . now I've seen it all. Yes JetsFan, he has a name and is the team mascot. Why the team has a pig for a mascot, I'll never know. the baseball team in Winston-Salem used to be the Warthogs, but I would think the team might want to have an upright hurricane figure for a mascot. As far as the sweater itself, I don't really like anything but the color. Some of you may be surprised of my end result on this.

What I know: Carolina has a hog for a mascot.
What I learned: This is a new design I hope we never see on the ice.
What I want to know: How stormy is the highlight of this uniform.
Lots of factors went into this one for grading, a 6.5 out of 10.

Anaheim Ducks {Steve M.}

Ahhh the eggplant . . . e-g-g-p-l-a-n-t, that's how I spell relief. It's the only thing helping this template. I'm glad I have one of these in my jersey collection! In fact, I wear it every time I know I'll be able to watch a Ducks game (so far almost every other game this season). At least it looks good, but I'm not completely thrilled with the shoulder patch. If anything, replace it with the elliptical roundel logo that serves as a shoulder patch on the current alternates.

What I know: I will never get bored of this schematic
What I learned: I don't like this template more than before.
What I want to know: How you got this to work on this template unless it's just because this is always going to be an epic design.
It may be a favorite of mine, but not an immediate bit of perfection; an 8.5 out of 10.

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Friday: Hockey Concepts in Storrs Now! Reviewed by Ricky Mazella on November 22, 2013 Rating: 5


Colin May said...

I gotta give props to Tom for that leafs concept. Going that simple is a ballsy move, way to take that risk! When an artist of Tim's calibre makes the decision to do something that simple, we have to know that there is a point to it. Good try and well thought out. I agree that it is perhaps too simple, but props for putting yourself out there and trying something different. That is what making concept art is all about, and for me that deserves at least a passing grade.

Anonymous said...

There's a reason Tom's Leafs concept is so simple, it's clearly inspired by the first jersey in that franchise's history.


Dylan Wonka said...

Sorry to the viewers today. My Edmonton concept was probably the laziest of my series. Hopefully there are no worries because I think that's the only one. Hopefully it's also the last I post or make that is lazy.

Chimp307 said...

I don't mean to sound like a jerk here but I've kind've been annoyed by some of the reviews on this site lately. Clearly someone with jersey knowledge would realize that Tom V's concept is based off of the Toronto Arenas jerseys and is a good way to throwback and keep the leafs identity at the same time. There is no way that Some of these concepts should get a better score than it (Stormy the Pig, really?). At least know the Arenas thing is basically common knowledge for a jersey fan. BTW The reason their mascot is a hog is because they considered IceHogs as a nickname as well as having many hogs in the state. TLDR gain some knowledge or a sense of aesthetics.

Spahr said...

I actually love Tom's Toronto jersey.

Based on speculations about the Stadium Series uniforms being more "futuristic" with chromed logos, I think this jersey would be phenomenal if Toronto wanted to mix things up. The embossed leaf and numbers give the jersey that futuristic look, while the jersey itself pays tribute to the Blue Shirts. I don't know if that's what he was going for, but I like it.

Tom V. said...

hahaha This is all great folks, I never thought such a simple concept would inspire such a discussion. Most of you already guessed it, It's a straight up Arenas shout out. I thought I might share with you my note that was originally attached to the email to Ryan... It might explain things... keeping in mind, Ryan's from the GTA and I'm from Kanata of course.
"I've got your boys in blue here. I'm afraid I might let you down with this one... I've always kind of wanted the leaf without the writing. I really just would love (perhaps maybe a strong word) to see the leafs wearing something like this... super simple. There really is nothing to it haha, I feel like it's not worthy for the blog, but It's part of the series, I've got to have it."

Ricky Mazella said...

A) I don't disagree on that, Colin, but thanks anyway.

B)I'm aware of the situation, but it isn't a throwback in this case.

C)If Nugget-Hotcakes doesn't explain it, I don't know what does.

D) The Leafs shouldn't be using Arenas branding, it doesn't look right to me. Different nickname to me means that things need to be a little different, not just the name and logo. And thanks for the input on my learn part of the concept, it's greatly appreciated.

E)Spahr brings up a good point about the WC.

F)One concept will not take away from Tom's work. He's being doing this for a while and that I appreciate his effort, just as I do everyone else. He may have let me down with this concept, but everyone has that not-so-good day. I know that applies to me too, even more than our less seasoned veterans sometimes.
Will I ever be at Tom's level - probably not, and for that I respect his work regardless of my mere opinion. I'm sure he also knows that one opinion means nothing and that you can't please all the people all the time but rather some of the people some of the time. Tom, keep doing what you're doing. You are doing it with a purpose after all.

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