Greetings jersey enthusiasts, and welcome to another Saturday HJC post! I hope you've all been enjoying the holidays! There's not much new in jersey news, so I'll blabbing brief.
Delaware Pioneers Logo Competition Entries:
Now on to our regularly scheduled concepts:
Montreal Canadiens concept - Stephen T.
What I like: The Canadiens have changed very little since 1917, and for good reason. My favorite set of theirs, however, was the 1944-1947 jerseys. This concept takes inspiration from those years, and it's reasonably well done.
What I dislike: There are a few execution errors. The TV numbers on the red jersey are different colors. The collar of the white jersey could use some blue. The helmets could use logos. There's also an odd spot on the front of the red jersey, beneath the logo that is a different shade of red.
Overall: I would like to see Montreal do a white alternate based on the 1944-47 white jersey. (7.5/10)
Montreal Canadiens concept - DDragon60
What I like: It's good to see a concept artist taking on one of the teams in league deemed "untouchable."
What I dislike: There is a reason why many don't. It's hard to make them look better than what they already do. This would be a step back. The full-length yoke doesn't look good here. The hem stripes would look better closer to the hem, and the numbers are a bit too large. I do miss the chest stripe. The stitching is over the hem stripes as well.
Overall: I respect mixing things up, but in this case the recipe should be left alone (6/10)
Pittsburgh vs. Syracuse concept - Jake88
What I like: The jerseys look great and fit well. The concepts were really strong for the NCAA Outdoor Competition. I like the striping on both jerseys.
What I dislike: I'm not sure that flat yoke looks good on a Nike Swift template. I would like to see the logo for this competition. It is in the background, but you can't see the full design. Pittsburgh should be wearing a white helmet.
Overall: A very strong look for both teams. This would look great on the ice. (8.5/10)
Columbus Blue Jackets concept - Michael G.
What I like: The cannon third is the Blue Jackets' best jersey. This set takes inspiration from them, but doesn't copy them. Execution is pretty good.
What I dislike: The dark jersey puts an emphasis on two-tone blue, which is already done by the Blues and Jets, so I think downplaying that aspect would make the look more unique. My favorite part of the current third is the number font, so I'm disappointed that it wasn't used on this set.
Overall: This would be a step in the right direction for the Blue Jackets, who have the league's most boring jerseys. (7.9/10)
Phoenix Coyotes concept - Ryan D.
What I like: A wheat jersey from the coyotes would make an interesting alternate.
What I dislike: The primary logo is more suited for an alternate logo, and three logos on one jersey is one too many. The hem stripes should be moved closer to the hem. The numbers on the back are off-center. There are loose pixels in various locations, but many are around the collar. One cuff was not colored in as the others were. There is also some white space around the rear inside of the collar that needs to be colored in. The helmet needs a logo as well. The shoulder patches are too large and too close to the collar. You also left the trademark symbol on the logo. Many of these errors are easy to fix, and if you slow down and go over all the details of your concepts, you'll catch them.
Overall: An interesting idea, held back with execution errors. (4/10)
Pittsburgh Penguins concept - Ryan D.
What I like: The striping pattern is interesting.
What I dislike: Almost everything I said above applies here. Execution brings this down. The pants striping is modern, and doesn't match the jersey at all. Off-white and true white are used, instead of just one shade. The logo needs to have a white outline around it. It wasn't designed for a navy blue jersey. There are loose and unintentionally deleted pixels. Oddly enough, there are some light blue pixels around the TV numbers, which tells me that light blue was likely the initial background color here. That needs to be cleaned up.
Overall: Take your time and proofread your concepts. (4/10)
Nashville Predators concept - Stephen T.
What I like: Switching gold and navy blue on the home jersey doesn't look bad. As a Preds fan, I believe that a blue third from Nashville may happen one day, but the vast majority of the fanbase has fully embraced gold as our signature color. Few team rebrands have been more successful.
What I dislike: No one wants the old Pred Head back. It looked like a bad anime robot tiger. It's a relic of the late 90s, and looks really bad recolored here, especially with heavily pixelation. This would have been a good opportunity to remove the piping, as that is usually considered the weakness of the jerseys. The yoke doesn't look good on the white jersey. I like taking "Nashville" off the back of the collar, but I do miss the piano keys from the inside of the collar, or as Reebok calls it, the "hanger effect." When making a concept using a team captain, you should use the captain's C. The helmets need logos, and the white jersey needs a white helmet.
Overall: A step back for Nashville here. (5.5/10)
Winnipeg Jets concept - Matt Mc.
What I like: This is a clean concept with great striping. I prefer this to what the Jets currently wear, even though the last thing the NHL needs is another team that uses red, blue, and white.
What I dislike: The numbers seem a bit small in scale to the rest of the jersey. The hem striping would look better if the striping did not go over it. The helmets could use a logo. I would ditch the lace-up collar.
Overall: A few minor tweaks, and this would make a great look for Winnipeg. (8.3/10)
Washington Capitals concept - Matt Mc.
What I like: The striping here is great. I love the slightly arched name on the back. Presentation and execution are superb. Stars are incorporated, but not overdone, as people tend to do when making a concept for the Capitals.
What I dislike: I would make the hem stripes a little thicker. The stripes running through the name make it hard to read. I think if you make the stripes stop as soon as they met the name, it would make it more legible. Don't take them off, though. They add a lot to the look, and it's my favorite part of the jersey. Very unique. The striping would look a bit cleaner without the stitching over them. The helmets need logos.
Overall: Great look for the Capitals. I would love to see them in something like this. (8.5/10)
Ohio State vs. Michigan concept - Dylan W.
What I like: The striping for both concepts work well. The jerseys look good together. I really love the Michigan monogram. The logo for the game itself is great, too. The more time I spend looking at this concept, the more I like it.
What I dislike: I would thicken the outline of the logo and the numbers on the Ohio State jersey.
Overall: This would make for a great outdoor game. Wonka spent a lot of time on this concept, as evidenced by the link he sent along with the concept. Feel free to go look at some of the other work Dylan did to make this as realistic as he could. (8.9/10) COTW nomination from me!
As always, remember to vote for concepts and competition entries next week. Every time you send a vote in, a person with a mullet gets a haircut. Do it for the children.