As the title states... It is the most wonderful time of the year. It's new goalie pad season. CCM decided to show off their new line of goalie gear, but wait... I believe we're seeing Reebok enter it's final years as a hockey company. We've heard the rumors for while now and saw CCM take over branding on AHL jerseys. But now it appears CCM is taking over Reebok's goalie line. I checked my snapchat only to see CCM sharing photos of Roberto Luongo, Marc-Andre Fleury, and Cam Talbot all showing off CCM's new pads.
The thing that CCM doesn't explain is that "Premier" has been the name of Reebok's top series of goalie gear for years. I used to wear Premiers myself until I switched over to Reebok Larcenys. But hey, maybe CCM is just stealing the name. Well let's not forget CCM is a subsidiary of Reebok, which is owned by Adidas. Rumor has it that Adidas plans on pulling Reebok out of hockey completely and having CCM take its place. Plus, the three goalies CCM used to unveil the pads have all been Reebok goalies for the past several years.
I'm a little sad to see Reebok leave hockey, I've been wearing Reebok pads for years. But I have been interested in CCM's gear for the past few years so this would be the perfect excuse to get some. You know what will make me UN-sad? You voting. There's three votes going on so go ahead and do them and I won't cry. I'm an ugly crier so let's avoid that.
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Ok, let's get to the concepts shall we?
Columbus Blue Jackets Alternate Jersey Concept - Zach E.
Zach designs a jersey for Ohio's NHL team with Ohio Pride in mind. I feel like I've seen this attempted before, but I think the flag use was more subtle. Absolutely try using the flag, but absolutely be more subtle with it. For some reason I just see a big bib. I think the design element most likely to work here is the arm striping. It's interesting. Definitely ditch the flag bib though. The numbers are really long for some reason too. I'd like to see the rest of the equipment that goes with this.
New York Riveters Away Uniform Concept - Daryl D.
Columbus Blue Jackets Concept - Ryan C.
NHL Expansion Project - Quebec Nordiques - Christian L.
Ah, Christian's take on the Nordiques. How many times have we seen this logo come through here and on how many different jerseys? I don't mind seeing it again, it's a very nice logo. The jerseys here are really nice as well. I love how the striping pattern is the same, but not color swapped between the jerseys so it takes on a new look. I have a couple issues with the presentation though. First, I'd like to see the rest of the equipment. You've done so much work making a logoset and jerseys, but the uniform doesn't feel complete. I want to see which logos if any get used on the pants or helmet, I want to see the socks. Also, why aren't you showing off your secondary logo? I think you could very easily showcase both logos and full uniforms all on one image instead of two images that don't show everything.
Despite those issues I have, the logo is well done and the jerseys look great
There it is! Wednesday! Donezo! Kaput! Dead! Down With Wednesday! I know what you're thinking, Bring on Thursday!!! More concepts and stuff!