Hello hello hello and welcome to a brand new week here at HJC! Sundays don't count as the beginning of the week as it's the weekend dying and it's sad. So instead we start on a Monday.....which is equally as sad. Anyway, I know what will cheer you up.
Wonka's back! I mean Nowak... Dylan Nowak, former HJC writer, is rejoining the writing squad here at HJC. I remember speaking to him once and he mentioned he had lost interest in writing and he didn't have the time to devote to it... or some sort of nonsense... and then this past summer I had an emergency to attend to and had no one else to turn to but him. He wrote that day's post and it reignited the passion in him, and I take 100% credit for his return. I even killed off Caz to make room... Or did I? Tune in next week to find out on another exciting edition of... "H J C"
Ok enough of me being stupid. Since there's only two votes this week, the COTW vote and the Top 5 in the Stadium Series competition, I wanted to bring up my personal opinion on something.
With the voting phase of the Stadium Series competition starting, we just saw a large amount of concepts for next year's games come in, and we'll see countless more over the next year. So I'm preparing myself to critique them, and I'm going to lay down my personal guidelines, so pay attention.
These past two years, the Stadium Series has been very different from it's Winter Classic counterpart. The Winter Classic is built around the tradition of the sport and it's heritage outside. Therefore, the team's taking part wear throwback or fauxback jerseys to bring that nostalgic look to the game and really give it that old time hockey feel. While the Stadium Series is all shiny and progressive with it's designs. The event's logo itself is full of silver and gradients. The jersey designs have all been somewhat progressive. Minus New Jersey of course.
All the teams taking part, again...not New Jersey because they're not fun, follow the same basic jersey template and work off of that. The first year, it was shiny chrome logos, slanted arm stripes, and a squared off jersey hem. And this year, is was carbon fiber logos, chest stripes, and two toned jerseys.
The first thing I'll be looking for is no throwbacks/fauxbacks. Only one team has worn a throwback for a Stadium Series game and a lot of people bashed them for not taking part in the "New Jerseys' with the other teams. Until someone comes out and says, "This year the Stadium Series participants will be wearing throwback/fauxback jerseys" I expect to see something new.
"Something new" brings up the second thing I'll keep my eye on. I think there is a 0% chance that any of the Stadium Series teams next year wear a jersey that utilizes either of the Stadium Series jersey templates already used. You don't necessarily have to come up with the next big thing in jersey design and wow me, but definitely try for something that hasn't been done, and definitely don't use the 2014 or 15 SS jersey templates.
The last thing I'll be looking for in Stadium Series concepts is "Is there a common theme", if the jerseys have no similar theme or design element, it'll probably lose a point from me.
I understand that these are just "concepts" and you're totally free to do whatever you want with them, I'm not sure the other writers look at the Stadium Series templates like this as I do, but I think when you decide to conceptualize a Stadium Series game, you should really try and put these rules I just laid down into play. It will force you to think of new creative ways to design a jersey. Who knows, maybe you'll pull a McElroy and Reebok/NHL will "borrow" an idea of yours.
COTW Feb 22-28 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Stadium Series Top 5 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Alright, enough going on and on about something that is entirely not a big deal. How about we get to the big deals...the concepts!
Minnesota North Stars Concept - Chase C.
Also, resize your image so there's not so much empty space. The middle third of this image is the concept, and the top and bottom is empty.
World Cup Team Europe Concept - Ben M.
World Cup Team Finland Concept - David P.
St. Louis Blues Alternate Jersey Concept - Kevin B.
Arizona Coyotes - Simple Series Concept - Mike S.
2016 Stadium Series - Colorado Avalanche vs. Detroit Red Wings Concept - Ryan C.
I'd rather see both teams using the diagonal hem stripe.
2016 Stadium Series - Colorado Avalanche vs. Detroit Red Wings Concept - Steven G.
One little gripe with the vertical stripe. I think it COULD just go all the way down the back, instead of being interrupted by stitching, but I'm not really bothered by it, as I understand why it is. But if you insist on interrupting it, maybe leave the striping off of the back of the hem. That idea would at least work on Detroit's jersey because as is, there's just a random stripe going nowhere on their butts. Colorado would need a more creative solution, but alas, the jerseys as a whole look good as is.
Rating: 8.5/10 and a COTW Nom since I can't give it to his Chicago-Minnesota concept
And there you have it folks! I was pretty impressed by the number of comments on last Monday's disappointed. And also, be nice. I don't really want to get involved in the negativity that went on last Sunday in the comments but if you're going to criticize somebody, do it with an identity and be constructive with it. As far as I'm concerned, if you're only going to be here to make negative comments about someone's work, writing, or just themselves as a whole and do it from an anonymous account, then you really don't need to be here. Just my 2 cents. I love you all.