Good day folks! Hope you had a fun All Star weekend. Regardless of how you feel about the game.
I personally was happy to get to enjoy our first NHL All Star Weekend in a couple years after we missed two due to a lockout and the Olympics. I've always enjoyed the All Star games and the events that come with them, especially the Skills Competition. The last few All Star games have included a fantasy draft and even those are entertaining. It's a chance to see a bunch of players interact and have fun with other players they don't usually get to do that with.
This years draft was entertaining as Alex Ovechkin lobbied so hard all night to get picked last so he could win a free car, that he DID end up getting after the All Star game anyway. Turns out he wanted the car so badly because there was a charity in D.C. that he wanted to donate it too. Great guy! There was also the first trade in All Star Fantasy Draft history as Phil Kessel was traded from Team Toews to Foligno for Tyler Seguin. Everyone had a good laugh about that and the night was great.
The Skills competition was hit and miss this year. Normally the breakaway challenge is a highlight, but this year it was actually kind of boring. There were a couple pretty funny attempts but overall, nothing too great. Johnny Hockey apparently wanted to set his stick on fire for an attempt but was told it was a fire hazard and he wasn't allowed.
And finally, the game itself. The All Star Games can get kind of boring, and that's where they lose people's interest. They're a lot more high scoring nowadays, with yesterday's game setting a record for goals scored. Players don't try as hard in All Star games as they used to but the players are worth more to their teams now than they used to be and no one wants to see anyone get hurt in a game that doesn't matter.
Some people have suggested making the game worth something, like home ice in the finals similar to the MLB's All Star Game. People act like the game needs to be important or more action packed for them, but personally, I'm fine with what it is. It's like people forget that the All Star Game is a fun scrimmage for the best in the game. The players get to take a break from serious games and their hard grind of a season for a weekend.
But now that fun is over and the players head back to their respective teams and are ready to make that playoff push.... Also the AHL had their skills last night and their All Star Game is tonight in Utica so if you like the AHL go check them out.
Ok now the important stuff. We have two votes and a deadline this week.
The regular COTW vote and a COTY semi-final vote that I may or may not be involved in. So do me and your country a favor (If you're American) and vote.
Also one more week to get your World Cup jerseys in.
COTY Semi-Final votes (end Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTW Jan 18-24 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
World Cup entries (due February 6 @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Speaking of World Cup entries....
Ok and now on to the regular concepts for the day!
World Cup of Hockey Logo - Zac S.
Team USA Concept (IIHF) - Ben B.
Acadia Axemen (CIS) Concept - Eric T.
Here's an example of what the Axemen currently wear....and another. This set here could work if the striping on the arms was thicker. The white jersey is my favorite of the two, I like the blue hem and cuffs. On the sleeves, I'd add the little white stripe between the blue and red. I think the red jersey needs the blue on the sleeves/hem, I also think the yoke would look better either red or blue. The logo and the name/numbers shouldn't be red. They should either be white with blue outlines or blue with white outlines. They blend in with the red of the jersey and are hard to see. Also, the Reebok logo on the back should be changed to the Reebok wordmark. Good potential here.
Chicago Blackhawks Concept - Taylor R.
2015 NHL All Star Jerseys Concept - Tristan M.
There you have it everyone! Another Monday's worth of concepts!