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November 30, 2013

Saturday: Remember the 90s?

Welcome to another edition of HJC Saturday! There are several good concepts today, some of which take inspiration from hockey jerseys of the 90s.

In jersey news, I'm sure you've all seen the new Islanders Stadium Series jersey, and the jerseys from the Senators/Canucks Heritage Classic, so I won't post pictures. The Heritage Classic jerseys were exactly what we expected, but I do like several elements from the new Islanders jersey. It's not perfect (I really don't like the chrome effect on the logo) but I like that they are taking the opportunity to push jersey boundaries on one-game-only events. I think that is going to be the future of progressive jersey designs in this league. Instead of having to put up with a 3rd jersey that is a bust for a few years (ex: Buffalo) we'll see teams/Reebok pushing the envelope with event jerseys that, if they are hideous, are put away after one game. If they work well, maybe we could see them as an alternate the following year. How do you think these events will effect the industry? Will we continue to see more progressive designs, and what will this mean for the future of the third jersey? Leave your input in the comment section below!

In NHL news, Brent Burns woke up this morning to a dozen or more hats in his driveway after putting up a hat trick on the usually defensively stingy Blues. As a Preds fan, I would love to have a big, versatile forward who could shoot the puck like he does. We could use a forward like that like Toronto could use a new mayor. Realistically, what player would you like to see your team trade for? (realistic as in, besides Crosby or Ovechkin)

Here are the last of the Fishsticks logo competition entries:

Alan J.H.

Brendan F.

Chris H.

Gerard M.

J3 Hockey

Joey F.

Matt M.

Matt R.

Taylor R.

Without further ado, on to the concepts!

Phoenix vs. Winnipeg "The Move" rivalry concept - William B.

What I like: It's a novel concept. A game like this could be very entertaining. This would have been a great way to make an event out of Winnipeg's first game in Phoenix, and vice-versa.  A simplification of the old Phoenix striping pattern looks good. Concept is executed well.

What I dislike: The Winnipeg jersey doesn't really say "Winnipeg," other than the logos. It would be better with more Winnipeg-inspired jersey design elements. I've never liked contrasting armpit inserts. It almost looks like sweat stains.

Overall: This is a novel concept. A more Winnipeg-specific jersey would improve it. (7.5/10)

Calgary Flames redesign concept - Michael G.

What I like: The more traditional striping pattern is an improvement over their home/road. I'm a big fan of that shoulder patch. Execution and presentation are good.

What I dislike: A second, darker shade of red is used on the home, but not the road. Although I appreciate trying to do something different, it doesn't need the second shade of red. 

Overall: Pretty solid look, but take out the dark red. (8/10)

Hamilton Tigers Defunct Teams series - Rob C.

What I like: Rob's defunct teams series is getting better with each team he submits. This is a vast improvement over early submissions I gave feedback on. Jerseys are cleaner now. I appreciate knowing where the logo came from.

What I dislike: I find myself wishing to see a nod to the old Tigers, but there isn't one, as far as I can see. The old H monogram would have made a good shoulder patch or helmet logo. The primary logo is bit large. Also, when putting a logo that has a black outline on a black jersey, it's a good idea to put a thin white outline on the logo, so you don't lose part of the logo due to lack of contrast. If you use, there are some extensions that can do this for you. I used one to put an outline around the Islanders Fishsticks logo in our competition this week.

Overall: This series is getting better, but needs a little more work. (6.5/10)

Anaheim Ducks Stadium Series concept - Tristan M.

What I like: That shading effect really makes the sweater pop off the screen. I have a deep love of that old Ducks logo. I found one of the old eggplant jerseys at a thrift store once; best $3 I ever spent. It's just so superior to that Flying D, or the "Ducks" wordmark. The striping pattern/yoke treatment is good as well. Execution and presentation are very good.

What I dislike: That shade of gold with orange. I don't think the two go together well, but I understand that it is part of the Ducks unfortunate color scheme right now.

Overall: I could definitely see the Ducks wearing this. (8.5/10)

Montreal Canadiens concept - Stephen T.

What I like: The sash. Not many people know the Canadiens wore a sash in 1911-1912 (here's a link: The jersey is very clean. Not a pixel out of place. I think either of these would make a great throwback jersey, but I think I prefer the white jersey.

What I dislike: With Gionta, you need to find a place for the captain's C. It would crowd the old C logo you have near the heart (which in this instance, is exactly where it should be). I made a concept similar to this one for a Canadiens redesign contest back in the early part of this year, and I put the captain's C on the shoulder. It seemed like the most logical location. The helmets could use a logo.

Overall: Well executed throwback jersey. (8/10)

New York Rangers 4th jersey concept - Steve M.

What I like: The Lady Liberty logo is back! In my opinion, this is one of the best logos in NHL history that is not currently being used (2nd to only the Whalers ingenious logo). The original navy third of this jersey is near the top of my jersey wishlist. I like the inclusion of the hem stripe, but I would possibly move it down a little bit, and keep it more subtle, so as not to distract from that logo.

What I dislike: There are loose and uncolored pixels all around the collar, and some on the arms as well. With that shade of gray and red, you really need white in between to separate them. The original jersey had the red and gray separated on the numbers, and this jersey needs the same.

Overall: The sequel is not as good as the original. (6.8/10)

San Jose Sharks 4th jersey concept - Steve M.

What I like: I am in favor of San Jose dropping orange from their color scheme, and putting more focus on teal. I like the striping pattern. 

What I dislike: That alt. logo is cool, but not ready for primary duty, in my opinion. I've used this template a lot, and to fully utilize it's strengths, you need to follow the stitching when making your striping. I think it looks better that way. (here's an example:

Overall: You have a good eye for aesthetically pleasing designs. Once you get the execution fully down, your concepts will be very strong. (7/10)

Team Slovakia Olympic concept - Dylan W.

What I like: Slovakia's crest looks good on a hockey jersey. The nonsense faux-laces are downplayed. I normally don't like side panel striping, but it looks good here. The subliminated effects are cool. This is an improvement over what Nike designed for them, even though putting the words to the national anthem on them was an eye-catching detail. (side note: does anyone else think the Nike jerseys look incredibly cheap in pictures that aren't doctored by Nike? They almost look like Chinese counterfeits of what you would expect them to look like.)

What I dislike: I would move the sleeve stripe further up the sleeve, and make the subliminated double-armed cross smaller. Reason being, when a player puts on his gloves, the arm stripes would be partially covered. That's a small complaint, though.

Overall: This is a solid look for Slovakia. (8.5/10)

Winnipeg Jets concept - The Matrix

What I like: The color scheme on the home/away, even though some would say it's more reminiscent of the Nordiques than the Jets. I just think that shade of blue looks really good with red.

What I don't like: Heavy pixelation. If you aren't saving your work as a .pdf, that may help. Shades of blue and red in the logos are different than what is used in the jersey. The colored namebars are necessary. The numbers bleed into the striping. The cursive font doesn't work here. I recommend using a more professional looking font. There are several available at the bottom of the TEMPLATES page. The striping bleeds off of the jersey itself in some areas, and the stitching is missing in several areas.

Overall: Some good ideas, but execution brings this down. (4/10)

Canucks vs. Senators Heritage Classic Concept - Zack M.

What I like: That alternate logo for the Senators is beautiful. It's a shame that it isn't their current primary. 

What I dislike: Spelling out "Vancouver" on a V monogram worked well for the old Millionaires. The same treatment does not work for the Canucks, especially since you have to read it right-to-left. Because we are so accustomed to reading left-to-right, it's very unnatural. I know that old jerseys would not have names, but these could use some. Try using one of the number fonts on the TEMPLATES page. There are some really good ones there. If you are going to hearken back to the Millionaires, you should probably include some visual elements from the 1917-1934 Senators teams. The Senators jersey also needs TV numbers. The captains C normally goes on the right side. There are execution issues with loose/uncolored pixels, striping bleeding off the jersey, and stitching that is missing.

Overall: Good effort, but execution needs work. (4/10)

Milwaukee Admirals concept - Ryan (HJC)

What I like: Almost anything is better than the incredibly bland jerseys they wear now, but this is a great set. The name/number font is great. The set makes really good use of the color palette. I like the yoke treatment on all three jerseys. The grey alternate is very interesting. I love that Admirals logo. He is hitting a puck with his own foot. Amazing. Execution and presentation are great, as always.

Whit I dislike: The striping on the home/road is a bit busy for my tastes.

Overall: This would be a good set for the Admirals. Those bland jerseys need to be put out of their misery. (8.8/10) COTW nomination from me

So, how do you feel about my ratings this week, were they good, or the best you've ever seen? (kidding) What other concepts do you think deserve nomination for Concept of the Week? The more the better! Remember to vote for concepts next week! There were many great concepts sent in for our Fishsticks Logo Competition this week, so go vote for them when voting starts tomorrow! Vote, or Don Cherry will replace your entire wardrobe with his suits.

You don't want to look like this guy.
(image via Yahoo Sports)

November 29, 2013

Friday: HJC's Black Friday Concept Sale is on Now!

Hey! It's Ryan here, taking over for the next Friday or two. We're looking for a new HJC writer, so this could be you in the coming weeks. You have until noon Eastern time tomorrow (Saturday) to submit your application. Click the banner at the top of the page to see how to apply. Anyone can do it.

In honour of Black Friday, all of today's concepts are 100% off their regular price. Sweet deal!

Seriously though, Zazzle is very likely having a big sale today. Zazzle is the website that operates the HJC Store. So if you've thought about purchasing HJC merchandise in the past, today would be a good day to do it. Click the icon near the top-right of the page with the shirt. Or click HERE.

Anyone who emails in their COTW vote today, and today only, will receive a HJC thong! On a completely related note, HJC is out of stock on thongs and will not be giving out any to those who email in votes today. Just be cool and vote, okay.

COTW Nov 18-24 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Fishsticks Competition entries (due Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
HJC Writer Applications (due Saturday @ 12:00pm Eastern)


I don't have the time to place recent entries on today's post. Look for the last of the Fishstick entries tomorrow on Caz's post!


Minnesota North Stars (Rob C.)
Rob's Defunct Teams Series marches on with this North Stars concept. It appears as if Rob has taken the early 70's sweaters and made some adjustments. Gold trim has been added to the yokes as well as all of the modern bells and whistles such as Reebok Edge cut and NOB's. A star shoulder patch has been added too. The concept itself is average and I think what holds it back is the disconnect between the logo, the font for NOB and the players' number font. They just all seem like separate pieces forced together.

Minnesota Wild (Steve M.)
I like this concept and I think Steve has done a nice job avoiding the "Christmas trap". When dealing with the green and red colour combo, it can be very difficult to not create a Christmas looking jersey. Some execution errors detract from this one. On the front tip of the collar there are a couple of loose white pixels and a loose neon green pixel. The yellow in the collar insert has also bled into the NHL shield. This next error may be more template related, but on the sleeves the stitching for the stripes is angled. Thus, the stripes should be as well. However, it likely looks better this way.

South Africa (Justin S.)
I would expect Nike to do something ridiculous with South Africa's sweaters, so I think the top concept nails it! The white concept on the bottom just doesn't work for me personally. It's unique, but I'm having a hard time understanding why anything was done. So I guess that fits right in with how Nike does hockey. Also on the white jersey, it seems like the flag is a bit boring as the primary crest when compared to the design of the rest of the set.

Detroit Red Wings (Caden P.)
Yup, this is probably what Nike would try to do to the Wings. Then the team would have to battle them just to keep their classic look. I accept the idea, but there are some errors. For instance, remove the R's and TM's from the logos. On the white jersey, the giant sublimated logo gets the point across. On the red jersey, the logo is still huge, but not the same size as the white jersey. Now that one just looks like a logo that is too big and nearly goes outside the lines of the template.

Rival Colours - Detroit vs Ottawa (William B.)
I applaud the creativity of this series. The red Sens jersey actually looks pretty sweet, but I'd do away with the red yokes and hem trim on the white sweater. For the Sens coloured Wings sweaters, I think they work (for this series), but I think it would have made more impact if the colours of the Wings' logo weren't touched.

Vancouver Canucks (Wings98)
Wings98 has placed the orca logo on the original Canucks' unis. Nothing wrong with this idea, but a logo change on this jersey doesn't really get my attention either. Three big execution gaffs I see on this one. First, the NOB looks like it's about to be squished by the player number. Simply move the player number down a bit. Secondly, the Reebok logo on the blue jersey would be hard to read if it were green and I don't think Reebok would be too happy about that. So logically speaking, it should be white. The final error is the tip of the collar on the white jersey. There are several pixels that have not been coloured and it comes across as lazy. Paying attention to the small details can really help improve everyone's concepts. No one should even think that something is too small to matter on a concept. Everything matters!

Buffalo Sabres (Stephen T.)
Stephen has removed the grey from the Sabres' jerseys and has added the primary logo on as shoulder patches as well. Looks good, but we knew that it would. Not everything about this concept looks good though. The primary logos are quite pixelated. If you work in MS Paint, I've heard that resizing your logos in Microsoft Word works well. Also, the Buffa-slug font for the NOB doesn't fit well in my opinion.

Carolina Hurricanes (Steve M.)
Another 4th jersey from Steve. I actually kind of like this concept. It would be an 8, but there are execution errors which really set it back. There's a different shade of black, from the arm stripes, outlining the numbers as well as some loose red pixels. The white on the collar and arm trim seems to be bleeding across the jersey stitching. Lastly, the Reebok logo should logically be white, but why does the red logo have a white glow to it?

Quebec Bulldogs (Rob C.)
Right off the bat I'll say that I don't think the primary logo works here. It's just too cartoonish looking. It would need to be simplified to work as a sports brand mark. Again, I think we have a case here where the numbers font doesn't really fit with the NOB font. The Reebok logo on the white jersey should be white. The pants and glove template have a massive amount of loose white pixels and it is really dragging down this concept and presentation. I really like the idea of the Q shoulder patch. In my opinion a two tone silver/grey beveled Q would work best with a thick white outline.

Washington Capitals (Mollie G.)
Correct me if I'm wrong, but is this not the first submission ever to HJC by a female?!?!?!? I like some elements of these jerseys and there are some elements I really don't like. Is this too many stars on the sleeves? Is it approaching All-Star Game jersey? On the red jersey I would just use one colour from the arm stripe on down. I am intrigued by the application of the shoulder patch on the red jersey, but I think it could use a white outline. On the white jersey I don't think the primary logo works here. I'd just use the "weagle" and send the DC to the shoulders. I can also spot some escaped white pixels from the shoulder patches on the white jersey. Finally, why is the shade of blue on the red jersey different than that on the white jersey?

Rival Colours - Toronto vs Montreal (William B.)
For what this is, it's a really nice job on these jerseys. The blue and white Habs jersey is quite solid, I just don't see the point in the hem trim. Also, I'm wondering why there is no yoke stitching? The body stitching just ends in the middle of the jersey. The Leafs jerseys in the Habs colours are really nicely done and my only note would be that the Reebok logos should logically be white.


So HJC readers, what do you think of my critiques? Am I spot on? Am I too hard? Was one of these jerseys exceptional enough to receive a nomination? I didn't think so. What do you think? Feel free to leave your own ratings for each concept.

- Voting ends tonight
- Islanders comp entries are due tonight
- Writer apps are due noon tomorrow

November 28, 2013

Thursday: A Very Hairy Blog Post

Well, if the post title hasn't scared you away, congratulations, you're in for a treat. As you may know, November means "Movember", a cause where a lot of men grow must aches to support mens' health. This is, of course, a great cause. The Movember movement is very popular amongst hockey players, and November is always a great time to see some great (and awful) facial hair art.

Why is this relevant at all, you ask? Well, this will be my last post for the month of November, and I thought I'd celebrate by changing the rating system for a day. You'll still get my Yay or Nay review, but since number scores are just relative anyway, I thought I'd score every jersey today on a scale of mustache-growing hockey players. Confused? You'll catch on by the end of the post.

But first, I mustache you a question (sorry, couldn't help myself). Have you voted for COTW yet? No? Well do you and your fuzzy upper lip a favour and vote already! Done that? Good, now finish your Captain Fishstick competition concept and send it in. Done that? Excellent, then ask yourself: "Self? Am I an awesome writer with a good eye for design, and have nothing to do on Fridays*?"... If you said yes, then click the link above and apply for our Friday Writer position. Even if your facial hair is a little lacking, we'll still accept you, as long as you have the ability to be awesome, and remember the difference between 2:30am and 2:30pm (I'm still working on that one).

COTW Nov 18-24 vote 
(ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

Fishsticks Competition entries 
(due Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

HJC Writer Applications 
(due Saturday @ 12:00pm Eastern)

Here are today's Fishstick Competition entries:

Etienne H.

Maxx B.

Mike S.

Trevor M.

Tristan M.

Edit by Ryan

Have you checked out the two new articles on the HJC Design Blog yet? Give them a read if you'd like.

Islanders' Jersey Reveal

Heritage Classic Jerseys Reveal

Milwaukee Admirals Concept - Zack M.

Yay- The first in our tetra of Admirals concepts. I loved the designs we got from this contest, and we have a really cool colour scheme to go from. This design keeps it nice and simple, which I like, and the striping is typical to what a traditional uniform would have.

Nay- Unfortunately, thats where the Yays end. The logos, numbers, and name are all too big, the font choice is cool, but not great for a hockey jersey, light-blue text on a white jersey with no outline is a big no-no, and the middle light-blue stripe on the home jersey should be white, to match with the away set better. There are also colouring and pixelation issues aplenty here.

Overall- The bad news is, this is very low on the mustache scale. On the plus side, you now know everything there is to know about junior hockey.

Milwaukee Admirals Concept - Matt R.

Yay- This jersey came 2nd in the Admirals competition, rightfully so.  The striping patterns here are great. Simple and clean on the main set, and downright classic on the 3rd jersey. This concept uses all 3 colours very well on each jersey, and I'm very much a fan of the light-blue 3rd jersey. 

Nay-While the striping patterns are nice and traditional, the home and away set doesn't look like they match, because the outer black stripe blends with the jersey, and the blue is simply extended outward. The only other complaint is that, even with the outline, I'm not a huge fan of the white font on light-blue background. Its definitely not the easiest on the eyes.

Overall- A few changes I'd make, but definitely a solid design; worthy of 2nd place in the competition and a classic 'stache from Dirk Graham

Milwaukee Admirals Concept - David P.

Yay- David got 4th place in the competition.  It's hard to beat a traditional look. The cuff and stripe design fit well with a traditional look.  I also like the introduction of grey into the jersey. Its hard making a jersey with black and 2 very bright colours, but David shows us you don't have to.  The font choice isn't exactly traditional, but it does look different enough to be cool, traditional enough to be realistic.

Nay- The biggest one is that the blue on the logo doesn't match the blue on the jersey. The logo's blue is brighter and greener (I think).  The 3rd jersey is near perfect, but I don't like the light blue outline on the text. It makes the text look a little distorted.

Overall- Its a simple design that works well. The logo colour issue doesn't help the cause much, but I still like the classic look overall. Classic, you say? Almost as classic as the late Pat Burns and his personal lip blanket.

Milwaukee Admirals Concept - Jake88 

Yay- The last of the Admirals jerseys, I never thought I'd get tired of seeing baby blue. In contrast to the last few jerseys, this takes a more modern approach, with the aid of a neatly recoloured logo from the early-2000's. I'm a big fan of the Nashville-style "number pattern stripe thing".  The yoke outline and striping patterns are pretty cool, and fit with a tame Nike template (if that's even possible).

Nay- Not a huge fan ok numbers on the yoke, it's just way too high on the arm for my liking. The name is really close to the collar too, since the jersey narrows around the neck, it could be hard to see in action. The main number isn't too bad if it has to cross over the yoke stripes, but it really doesn't have to, a few pixels down would be enough.  The striping and cuff style doesn't match between the jerseys either, and its enough to make each other look out of place.

Overall- I'm a traditionalist, but the modern approach here looks nice. A few execution fixes and style choices could help this concept a lot. This isn't a great concept, but it's decent and full of potential, which best describes young vet Carey Price and his facial fuzz.

Washington Capitals Concept - Tom V.

Yay- I become more of a fan of Tom's work every time I see a new concept from him. The arm pattern is really cool, and suits the basic modern approach this jersey takes. There are still the traditional stripes on the arms, which I think is a plus. The logo is really awesome, and is a cool mix of their current secondary, old secondary, and their old colour scheme. I'm very fond of the bronze and blue Washington colours, and they look great on a modern set here. The jersey detail, with the fabric look and the bevelling, are the icing on the cake of a fantastic concept.

Nay- I'd love to see some sort of hem striping on the bottom of the jerseys. Jerseys that are bare from the logo down bother me. The striping that is used on the arms could definitely work, and in turn would look more in place on the arms as well.  Right now the traditional arm stripes look a little out of place, but with the additional stripes on the bottom, they'd look more in place, I'd think.

Overall- Fantastic work. Lanny would be proud.

Washington Capitals Concept - Steve M.

Yay- Another Washington jersey, with another use of the Weagle logo. This jersey is everything your eyes can see when you hear arena-filling chants of "USA, USA". The combo of stars and stripes make this jersey to "out-there" for a main jersey, but perfect for a 3rd jersey. A white version of this wouldn't work too well, but this blue jersey is fantastic.

Nay- Not sure how I feel about the hem stripes and cuffs. They match and all, but don't look as American as every other element of the jersey. Maybe a red-white-red stripe instead, or just red-white, or something like that, without the blue gap. The number font looks good, but the lettering on the name looks underwhelming. Its neither retro-sports or fancy and bold, its just bland.

Overall- It's a great jersey, and the Nays here are mostly just suggestions. For a great American jersey, I'll give a great American 'stache. Good work.

Buffalo Sabres Concept - Steve M.

Yay- Steve goes for the double with this Sabres 4th jersey, which honestly is 1000 times better than their 3rd. The logo is from their original logo I assume, but used in a way I've never seen it before, and looks pretty cool.  It looks like a classic jersey, helped by the simple logo and the traditional but non-plain striping. The font looks retro enough to belong with a jersey like this. This is definitely a believable Sabres jersey, which is great.

Nay- I love how the logo is used, but it leaves a weird plain space in the front of the jersey, which just makes the front as a whole look underwhelming. Maybe if there was something done extra with the collar, that would help. I like how the jersey is almost all blue and yellow, especially with the striping, but it makes the number outline look really out of place. Either ditch the outline, or add some white striping.

Overall- Did someone say white stripes?

Yes, I know that isn't a hockey player.  But even though I'm not sure how much I like the mustache, it's original, different maybe, but classic enough not to look goofy. Thats how I feel about this design.

Phoenix Coyotes Concept - Justin S.

Yay- Someday soon, you'll see me attempt to recreate the classic Coyotes stripes. It fails miserably compared to this. There isn't much to say about this concept, and thats not a bad thing. The striping is executed perfectly, the cuffs and hem are what they should be, the font stays true to the Coyotes look, and everything just feels like it belongs on a Coyotes jersey. This is a design that needs to happen for real down in Phoenix.

Nay- Not Justin's fault, because neither the Coyotes or I have figured out how to have the beige colour on the jersey without totally sacrificing white. It looks weird having a primarily white jersey then having a jersey with no white at all, but I'm having a hard time seeing how it could work myself. The only other thing is the yoke. It's just an outline, and the yoke itself is really unnecessary, so I think the jersey could do without the outline of a yoke that isn't there.

Overall- This concept is a combination of what people love with the old and new jerseys. The picture below is a new style on the old Jagr, and everyone loves that. I love this concept, plain and simple.

Anaheim Ducks Concept - Justin S.

Yay- Wait, another old style turned new concept? Fantastic! The Mighty Ducks had one of the most unique looks in NHL history. While the Ducks striping now is indeed original, it just doesn't capture the weirdly awesome retro-modern style the Mighty Ducks had. Justin changes that, and does so with perfect execution. I'm a minority here, but I love diagonal stripes on the front of the jersey, especially with the Mighty Ducks and Blues in the 90's. The colours here are translated perfectly, and I would rather these over the Ducks' current set.

Nay- There isn't much, but I'd suggest changing the away collar to something that is 2-toned, like the home collar. Black-orange or bronze-orange would work best I'd guess.  Otherwise, I got nothing.

Overall- This concept is probably my favourite for today, so it deserves my favourite hockey mustache, coincidentally from while he was a Duck.

Buffalo Sabres Concept - Caden P.

Yay- Am I the only one here who likes the "goat head" logo? I love how Caden has gave it some life again, and successfully made a grey jersey that could actually pass for an away jersey AND fit in with the colour scheme. Doing both of those is hard to do, hence why you don't see many grey jerseys. I don't like the plain Nike style shown here, but it does belong with the Sabres look, surprisingly. And unsurprisingly, this looks like a very believable Nike jersey. The 3rd jersey here, which is my least favourite, is still 1000 better than their current 3rd, so congratulations on that.

Nay- The plain Nike arms can get my approval for the main set, as they look like they belong with Nike's modern approach to things. But the classic 3rd jersey with even plainer arms? I'll pass. I'd like to see some more striping, and maybe some more white on the jersey somewhere. Also, there aren't any TV numbers anywhere to be seen on these jerseys. Realistically, you probably can't see the whole number on these templates, but you'd see one full digit on either side, or half of one if the number is only one-digit.

Overall- The overall look to the jersey is believable to the owner, but the execution of the jersey is a little lacking. The wimpy mustache is believable on baby-faced Danny Briere, but again, the mustache itself is still lacking.

Washington Capitals Concept - Justin C.

Yay- Yet another Washington concept with the Weagle logo.  While the concept is lacking the stripes that made the previous Caps concept more "American", this jersey is more plausible with a white away jersey.  The shoulder stars are kept, and work well with these jerseys. The striping is simple, but original, and it matches with the equipment as much as it needs to. The font choice fits in well with a Capitals jersey, which has always had some different but suitable fonts.

Nay- I think the stars should stop after the arm stripes. The wrist moves and turns so much and is usually covered by the glove anyway, so it would be hard to notice the detail, and to me it just looks overkill anyway.  The arm striping style matches throughout, but the sizes of the arm stripes aren't exactly constant. The top stripe on the home jersey looks larger than the top one for the away jersey, for example. 

Overall- It's different, but a little too different to have "great-mustache-status". It's definitely a good concept though, and with a few fix ups it can be a great concept. But for now, its a work in progress; just like this patchy 'stache from Washington's enemy #1

Los Angeles Kings Concept - David P.

Yay- The last concept of the day is a chromed Los Angeles concept for their Stadium Series game. From how recent the NYI jersey has been released, and the usual waiting time for concepts to be shown here, it's fair to say it wasn't certain that the chrome logos would be used on the jerseys, so good guess on his part. The striping, however basic, is done nicely and executed well. The font choice works well, and the main number outline gives the number a nice pop to it.

Nay- The outlines on the TV numbers doesn't quite work as well. The outline is too big, and makes the number harder to look at. It's readable, but not so much one this jersey is in motion. The striping style is really simplistic. While I like traditional looks, this is just a little too bare for my liking, and it sounds like the Stadium Series jerseys won't go for the traditional look. 

Overall- Its not bad, or weird, or scary... but it's just boring and plain, kinda like this mediocre mustache from an active legend.


After careful consideration, I've chosen Justin S.' Anaheim Ducks concept as my COTW nominee. George Parros would be pleased.

That's all for today's mustache-filled post. Hope you guys don't mind the change up for today, I promise I'll go back to boring old numbers next week, unless someone talks me out of it. Anyways, have a great weekend everyone, and thanks for reading!

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