So I won't be talking about the Final itself, because, everyone else this week probably will, so I won't bore you, and also because I don't wanna talk about it for reasons. But what I do want to talk about is HATS.
So, at the beginning of the Playoffs, I pointed out how much I loved the "Playoff" hats that the players had been wearing. I also pointed out that in the past, the next season's draft hats are often debuted. I had assumed that these playoff hats were the 2015 draft hats, since Reebok made a version of the hat for EVERY team...when...like...c'mon let's be real, if these were ONLY "Playoff" hats they wouldn't have even made an Edmonton or Buffalo one! I KID I KID.... kind of.
Well, as the Finals started last week, we were introduced to the actual draft hats! As soon as the players started wearing them in interviews and on the bench, the hats were listed at Lids.com as "NHL 2015 Draft w/ Stanley Cup Patch Cap"... So if these AREN'T the draft hats, then I give up.
What do you guys think about the hats? Which do you prefer? Here's all of them together if that helps...
Anyway, enough about headwear... I could go on for days but I'll keep myself from boring you...
Instead, let's talk about voting! Logo voting for the HJC Open started yesterday, and don't forget about the COTW/COTY Voting going on!
DON'T FORGET! COTY-MAY VOTE IS ON THE SIDE OF THE PAGE
COTW VOTING IS STILL BY EMAIL
HJC Open Logo entries (due Tuesday @ noon Eastern time)
COTY-May voting (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern time)
COTW May 31 - June 6 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Onto the concepts...As the title of the post suggests, every team featured today, except for two, are from out West.
San Diego Gulls Concept - Dylan G.
2016 Stadium Series - Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild Concepts - J-Rob
Firstly... You don't need to have Ryan's signature. It's one thing to feature the HJC logo since the image is here, and it's cool to give Ryan credit for the template. But some people might assume Ryan made the whole concept and not you. Plus Ryan may not want people to think he's created a concept he had nothing to do with. At least I wouldn't... Aaaaaanyway
I've been over my personal criteria for a good Stadium Series concept. Not everyone agreed with me but we're all allowed opinions. So I'll go over that again... Both uniforms follow the same design... Team specific chest stripes and arm stripes, squared off hems, arched names, and huuuuge numbers. But overall, I think the designs are too close to 2015's Stadium Series jerseys. But this is only a concept so I won't look too much into any of that. Now onto each team...
No beige. weird to see on a green Minnesota jersey. I don't mind it, especially for an event that has used experimental/modern jersey designs. So maybe ditching the vintage looking beige color for white. I'm in. The jersey comes off as very traditional, but I think with the hem and collar, you could get away with saying this is modern. I think it would fit the bill. Lastly, I'd ditch the roundel. Just use the Bear/Animal/Thing in all of its glory.
Colorado Eagles Concept - Brooks F.
Vancouver Canucks Alternate Jersey Concept - Christian L.
as we finally saw this past season on an official fashion jersey. So not only do we see Johnny C. and a green jersey, but plaid has found its way onto a jersey! Now, while it looks good here, I think it's a bit minor league for an NHL team. I'm not a big fan of the white piping going down the sleeves. The jersey could have a very simple look but the piping kind of ruins it. It doesn't really serve any purpose I can see...At least above the striping, on the cuffs it forms a V but you could probably do with just the V. Lastly, as we saw with the Johnny Canuck jersey the team released, the full body running Johnny needs to be bigger on the jersey to look great... So either make him larger, or maybe use the Stick in Rink or the Johnny-V logo.
Ontario Reign Alternate Jersey Concept - J3
Los Angeles Kings Alternate Jersey Concept - Nick B.
And that caps off another grand day here at HJC. I'd like to say great work by today's artists. Feel free to send me 2015 Playoff hats. K, Love you.