Hey Hey Hey! So something BIG has happened here at HJC since my last post and it's already in full swing. The Grand Rapids Griffins Alternate jersey contest has been absent the last few years but came back with HJC as it's host! It hasn't even been a week and we almost have 30 entries already! I can't imagine how many we'll have by the end of the month.
While you're working on your Griffins' entries don't forget to keep voting for the COTW!
And one last reminder.... We're in for one hell of a Final in the HJC Open. But that's only if Justin Cox and Dylan Wonka get their entries in by tomorrow night. Good luck gentlemen!
COTW July 28-Aug 3 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
HJC Open Final entries (due Wednesday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Grand Rapids Griffins Competition (ends August 31st)
Last week I started a countdown featuring my favorite hats from my collection, so let's jump back into that!
5. Dallas Stars New Era Fitted
As seen last week, I'm not above buying merchandise from teams other than my Blackhawks. When the Stars rebranded last summer I just had to have something with the team's new logo and shade of green. I came across this baby on Lids.com over the season and I had to have it. I ended up getting a green Sauce Hockey zip up hoody a few months back and the two go together perfectly.
4. Blackhawks Old Time Hockey Stretch Fit
The newest hat featured in my Top Ten, this series of hats came out this past season and made a great Black Friday purchase. I love the striping on the front of the hat. I also love having the Hawks' secondary logo on a hat, something I hadn't had before this hat. OTH makes a really good fitting stretch hat and has some other top notch designs out there. Look up "Trio Flex" to find your team in this style. Some teams have primary logos and some secondary, and some also have fully colored logos while some, like this hat, have no color. I wish the line was more consistent from team to team but oh well, I only need this one!
3. Rockford IceHogs New Era Snapback
I love repping my hometown team. I know most might not like the logo but It's been in my life for 15 years and it has a very nostalgic way about it for me. I got this hat during my senior year of college and loved wearing it around the rink both at home and on the road. It was one hat that I was almost guaranteed not to see anyone else wearing outside of the Rockford area. It's my go to hat for Icehogs games when I wear my Hogs' jersey.
2. Blackhawks New Era Snapback
This is my favorite hat design. The Whalers hat featured last week has the same design. Hat number 4. has it, I've got a Cubs hat like it. Ugh it's just so good looking. I just have a weakness for colorblocked hats like this. This is my go to hat to pair with my Hawks' jerseys, whether it be at a game, in a bar, or at a bud's house for the game. Goes great with the bright red jersey. It's hard not to wear it all the time and keep it in great condition.
1. Blackhawks Reebok Snapback
Found this hat in Spring 2013, and fell in love. I love the mesh back, which features a sublimated Blackhawks' logo, I love the gray front and bill, the diagonal font, just, oh boy. This is a great summer hat, I can wear it with pretty much anything, it looks great with bright shirts. It's one of the few hats I like to wear backwards and it's also a great snapback hat for not having a high crown and flat bill. I've looked into getting a few other teams on this hat style including the Jets and Kings.
Honorable Mention: Chicago Blackhawks Stadium Series Toque
There you have it! I've got an idea for a new weekly feature on my posts but you'll have to wait until next week for that, but for now... CONCEPTS!!!
Columbus Blue Jackets Alternate Jersey Concept - Avi S.
Team France (IIHF) Jersey Concept - Chris G.
Winnipeg Jets Alternate Jersey Concept - Christian L.
Wilmington Sea Pigeons Concept (ECHL Concept Team) - Coby S.
Charlottetown Islanders Alternate Jersey Concept - Joey F.
Sports Uniform Concepts (SUC) Jersey Concept - Mario A.
Also, bit of advice, if you want to make a blog based around sports design, or design in general, it's best not to be pulling graphics from the internet to use as part of a logo or a even as a background/wallpaper. It's best to make these things from scratch as there's really not a ton of creativity behind just copying and pasting someone else's work.
Anaheim Ducks Soccer Uniform Concept - Phil B.
Boston Bruins Soccer Uniform Concept - Phil B.
The sponsor patch doesn't need to be in a big block. It'd look miles better if the TD was yellow and didn't have the big block around it. And the number font doesn't match the name font. The best possible option here is the actual font they use on their hockey jerseys. It fits with the brand well, unlike this number font.
San Jose Sharks Alternate Jersey Concept - TG
Rating: 9/10 and a COTW NOM!
And there you have it, another longer post but I hope you guys enjoyed it, I sure did! So now that you're done reading you should go vote for the COTW and get working on your Griffins' jersey!!!