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August 31, 2015

Monday: Old School...Or Whatever the Thrashers Are

Hello everyone, welcome to the last day of August and another Monday post!

We got some jersey news, this time out of the WHL. The Tri-City Americans have ditched their Thrashers template jerseys for new jerseys...or are they really new? They are more of a "new to them" vibe. Don't believe me? Let's take a look:

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Yes they are Columbus Blue Jackets jerseys with new logos and shoulder patches. There are stars about 2/3rds down the arms, which is slightly higher than on the Jackets jerseys. Honestly, this look works a lot better for the Amerks than the Jackets imo. Call me crazy but they really look good with the primary logo. If it were the Eagle logo I'd disagree, however, the Star logo matches nicely. Maybe with a larger hem stripe these jerseys could be unique, but this is not the worst case of templating by far.

Rating: 7.25/10

No contest this week, so there's no excuse for not voting for COTW....not that their was any before hand but now there's less than 0...which is like Less Than Jake, only not a 2000's pop/punk band that had a song in NHL 2004. And you wondered how I could connect NHL 2004 & COTW voting.

COTW Aug 23-29 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

On to today's 5 concepts:


Stockton Heat Concepts (By: Alan H.)

+ Breaking the S out of its roundel looks much better than the contained one
+ I'm always in favour of the Flames...or...Heat in this case use more yellow and red but don't go full 1980's with black, I dig it
+ I'd expect a crazier design from Alan, but with such a simple logo, it makes sense why not to
+ Good execution, minus one thing

- Helmet logos, never forget them
- One problem the mid 90's Flames jerseys had was the black helmets stood out like a sore thumb, red helmets would look much better

Rating: 8/10

Atlanta Thrashers Concepts (By: Taylor R.)

+ We don't see a lot of Thrashers concepts, so it's good someone is trying to tackle what is not an easy team to design for
+ While I liked the baby blue on the jerseys, going with navy and the varying shades of yellow to maroon
+ Taylors edits to the logo make it more manageable to work with
+ Like the original Thrashers, the way navy and white go together on the cuffs look awesome
+ Great execution

- The shoulder patch look better with baby blue, it's not bad but it's a small step down

Rating: 9.25/10 COTW Nom from me

Stadium Series Concept (By: Adam R.)

+ I really like what I've seen so far from this year's Stadium Series, and Adam does a good job visualizing what has been all but confirmed at this point
+ The Blue Jackets alternate numbers look great on these jerseys, they stand out, but they don't affect either of the team's classic looks
+ The chest sash is nice, but the logos actually look decent on them
+ Great execution

- I'm indifferent on the namebars, and it's the least offensive thing the SS jerseys could have, but a solid single stripe on the arms would connect it to the name bars
- Don't forget the helmet logos

Rating: 9.25/10

Boston Bruins Concept (Jack S.)

*Welcome to HJC, Jack! It's always great to get designs from new artists
+ The idea here is one I've seen in different forms, but never like this, the B logo on a chest stripe would look good
+ Glad to see you've already gotten putting numbers on the back of the jersey and arms down already

- The jersey is a fill job, which does make it look a bit like a bee jersey, but practicing arm striping will fix that, start simple and then work towards something that matches the feel you're going for
- The NOB (name on back) is off centre and a little too high
- The inside edge of the jersey and inside the collar should be yellow to match the otherside
- The white spots inside the logo should be black to match what would be underneath it

Rating: 4.5/10- this number will quickly rise with practice. Keep the concepts coming, Jack, I wanna see more!

Nashville Predators Fauxback Concept (By: Brian B.)

+ By now it's kinda decently well known Nashville has a minor league hockey history, and it'd be nice to do something to honour that, whether a Dixie Flyers throwback or something like this
+ While yellow and white doesn't usually go together, on a fauxback it can blend decently, and Brian uses a lot of blue to add more colour
+ The hem striping matches the logo and gear perfectly
+ Good execution

- The gold helmet I'm indifferent on, but a blue one would look better
- The arm stripes are kind a mess, they use the original Manchester Monarchs crown like things, which I get are supposed to be fangs, but then they go a white cuff, which isn't on the hem and it looks out of place, getting rid of the cuffs and making them like the hem stripe would fix that
- Missing helmet logo and shoulder patches

Rating: 7.5/10


That's the post
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August 30, 2015

Sunday: Trying To Be Open Minded

Hello everyone and welcome to another Sunday post!

First off, before I get to my rant, congratulations to Christian on another impressive COTW win, to Avi and Scott for their competition victories, and again to Colin who received his 2015 HJC Open banner!

Now on to current jersey happenings. First off, we have the Utica Comets unveiling a new 3rd jersey.  You can check out a full gallery of the set here.

Green is a terribly underused colour in hockey, and this set looks extremely sharp. The logo looks great, the stripes are classy and nicely designed, and they managed to pull of the white yoke. Are we going to see a reversal and witness Vancouver copy their farm club's design? I doubt it, but if they used a Johnny Canuck logo, or a recoloured Millionaires logo, I think I'd be okay with it. 9/10

Now we go from an awesome design to ... well... this:

Swamp Rabbits eh? First off, its not as crazy as it sounds. There is a lot of community and historical significance with the name, linking it to the railway history there. I love when names actually mean something, and its not like Road Warriors was a great name either, but its still a long, somewhat cheesey name that I expect for a minor league baseball team.

But today, I'm going to try to be open-minded.  So...

Experimentation and creativity should be encouraged, especially at this level of pro hockey, so I'm actually excited for the name change. And the logos are fun and interesting as well. The swamp puddle with "SR" on it is a little lazy, but the other logos are well done.

One problem though: those jerseys don't fit the identity at all.  Blue and white jerseys are boring, and only work for teams with very significant history (Tampa Bay isn't worthy yet either).  Orange and blue jerseys are basically non-existent, but why not start now? If the aim is to be original and unique, the jersey design has failed.

I know I usually stick with traditional and old school designs, but this is a fun reinvention of a team that stopped short from being awesome and memorable.  7.4/10

And with that out of the way, lets get to some concepts!

COTW Aug 23-29 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

Finn Balor - Brian B.

First up today is Brian and his concept for WWE's Finn Balor.  I'm somewhat getting back into WWE, but I haven't been following Finn Balor much.  I do know that his warpaint (which this concept is based on) is absolutely wicked.

A closed-minded William would complain about how unconventional the size of the front logo is. But Finn's paint is unconventional, and a logo this big looks nice and intimidating.
The stripe patterns are edgy but not over-complicated.
Colours are well balanced.
The gradients work well and look subtle but give awesome depth to this jersey.

Everything here is unconventional and edgy, besides the socks. The socks look alright on their own, but if we're throwing out the jersey rulebook for the rest of the set, you might as well include socks too.
I get why the name is on the back, and why its not the standard nameplate, but it looks really awkward as it is.

Overall: A closed-minded William would hate this, but open-minded William sees the awesome intensity this jersey brings. Not flawless on execution, but very cool anyways.  7.9/10

Montreal Canadiens vs Boston Bruins - Lucas D.

Next is Lucas' set for the upcoming Winter Classic for Montreal and Boston.

The Canadiens jersey is nothing new and exciting. Its the 1922 jersey. But why mess with perfection?
Actually, having white collars and laces are different, but those are changes I can live with.
Boston's jersey is something new and original that borrows from past jerseys. 
The brown arms come from the original jersey, but I wasn't really excited for a red vs brown matchup. Despite my usual feelings on contrasting arms,  I think this is a great compromise.
Montreal's jersey is definitely believable. Boston's is a bit of a stretch, but they'll probably wear something similar.

The names on the back are a little small.
The back number on Boston's jersey needs more outline.

Overall: I would not be disapointed in the slightest if this is the jersey matchup we get. 8.6/10

Daniel Bryan - Phil B.

For some reason, the Islanders fans adopted Daniel Bryan's "YES" chant as their own. It'll even be included in NHL16. So maybe the logical next step is a Daniel Bryan-themed jersey?

Definitely looks like an Islanders jersey, but with striping they've never used. I like it.
The logo is awkward to work with, but the sizing looks about right.
The set is well executed.
Definitely better than a B+ design.

There is no need for any of the black stripes on the jersey
Sadly I doubt we'd see a NHL/WWE merchandising crossover, so I can't say this is believable. That sucks, because I'm sure these jersey would sell like hotcakes.

Overall: YES! YES! YES! YES! 8.5/10

Los Angeles Clippers - Taylor R.

Last up today is Taylor, who has been dishing out some radical NBA designs lately, and this concept for the Clippers is no exception.

Hooray for not using their new logo.
This is adapted from their previous uniforms, and while I don't get the shape they use, it looks really cool and original on a hockey jersey.

Colours are well balanced.
Execution is solid.

Wish the numbers didn't go over the arm stripe, but not much can be done about that with this design.

I like the "LAC" logo on the neck, but maybe the NBA logo should go there, and the LAC should be on the shoulders.

Overall: Really awesome work! 9/10

Any of today's jerseys could be my COTW nominee, but I'll go with Taylor R's Los Angeles Clippers concept!

Don't forget to vote for this week's COTW vote, which includes another NBA concept by Taylor as well as work from Christian L. and Matt G.

That's it for me today. Thanks for reading and see you next week!

August 29, 2015

Saturday: HJC Open Banner

The winner of the COTW vote for August 16-22 was Christian L. and his Saskatchewan Whitetails concept!

Full Results
Christian L. - 11
Chris W. - 9
Taylor R. - 7

Well done Christian on another COTW win. Tired of seeing Christian winning all of these COTW votes? You have two options. First, you can put a butt load of time into one concept in an effort to take him out. Or, you can vote for someone else if you're not placing your vote every week. Voting is super easy as it's now on the side of the page.

The new COTW nominees for August 23-29 have been listed in the black poll on the side of the page. This is the final vote for August. Be sure to vote before Friday at 11:59pm Eastern. You'll need some form of Google account to vote.


The winner of the Jerseys Division in the Colorado Avalanche ReDesign was Avi S! His second of two jersey entries got the job done!

Full Results


The winner of the Logo Division in the same competition was Scott M!

Full Results

Avi and Scott can now find their winning entries enshrined on the Past Competition Winners page!


Remember all the way back to July when we had the HJC Open tournament? The winner of that tournament was CPM, or Colin as he is otherwise known. Not only was Colin's name etched in history on the Concept Cup, which only exists in the digital universe, but he also received an actual HJC Open Championship banner!

I thought you guys might like to see it. I think these championship banners are great prizes for winning the tournament, so expect it to continue.


COTW Aug 23-29 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

August 28, 2015

Friday: Now With More Dividers!

Hey everyone! I'm going to start something new and start off by carrying Jets' legacy, TGIF!

Oh yeah, if you didn't notice my overly specific review style and bad jokes this Monday, that's because that isn't my day to write anymore! I'm officially here on Friday, and I am quite happy to be. Due to things such as work study, drumline, and the college TV show all being on Mondays, I decided it would be best to switch. This also means that now I'll have much more time to review your concepts and put a lot more thought into each review!

Speaking of which, college! I'm over at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois. It's tiny but incredibly nice. I have not started to hate the food yet. The only issue I have is that it comes sans hockey team. They don't even have a field hockey team. Hopefully I'll be able to get a field hockey team started and design the jerseys for it. Red, black, and white are pretty proven colors.


Two things to rap about today. All old news (thanks DBro). Greenville has renamed their team from the Road Warriors to the Swamp Rabbits. Of course, I wish the original design for the team fit its name better and had a total Mad Max vibe to it, but I still think the navy and gold looked beautiful together. The Swamp Rabbits idea is cute, and very... ECHL. I think we all know exactly what that means.

Speaking of ECHL, the Wichita Thunder have said they have a new logo on the way. So that's a thing.


Voting ends tonight for two contests! The usual COTW as well as the Colorado Avalanche contest that I sadly could not be a part of. Still, if you also weren't a part of the competition, you can... be a part of the competition... and vote.

Colorado Avalanche ReDesign Voting (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTW Aug 16-22 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)


Chase C. - Team USA

Execution: Two issues. One, make sure you include the Nike swoosh. Second, on the home and away jerseys, the stitching should end at the stripes. (.5/1)
Striping: I like this thick design a lot. It fits so well with the logo and concept of the US hockey jersey. The yoke seems a little strange, but I like how it does curve up. I don't know if it was intentional, but it seems like such a subtle touch that fits so well with this. On the away set, I would've made the navy on top of the red in the stripes. It would've pulled the set much closer to the yoke. (1/2)
Effectiveness: I like this a lot, especially for something team USA should wear. (1/1)
It's simple, but that isn't terrible. It does something that US jerseys haven't done before. Now, I guess it's time to address the elephant. The alternate jersey is an exact replica of the jersey worn by the Miracle team in 1980. (.5/2)
Other: But it works well. It's fit in with two jerseys that are simple yet fashion forward, as well as a great nostalgia piece to remind people of one of the greatest moments in all of sports history. The only issue I really have is the matching pants. They seem a little weak to me. That, and the navy pants would look much better if you did flip the stripes on the home. (3/4)

Overall: It's a very simple concept that, with some polishing, could be easily passed as the real deal. (6/10)

Lucas D. - Anaheim Ducks

Execution: Weak. Everything's super pixelated, blocky, and the Reebok logo is surrounded by white for some reason. Also, the eggplant and jerseys both have their own little spots that have gold in them, which I thought was a very interesting design choice at first until I realized it wasn't repeated on the back. (0/1)
Striping: It's the Ducks alternate we saw a few weeks ago. It's good. I like it. I have a bias towards the Ducks. (1/2)
Effectiveness: I don't think Anaheim would would mirror their jerseys in a past color set to make some sort of statement. They'd probably bring back the beloved jerseys from the 90s. (0/1)
I think this jersey doesn't do anything creative as a concept. It seems just a little too... backwards. (0/2)
Other: Why I'm fine with seeing the 80s jersey but not the alternate is simple. The last concept presented something not seen before. This concept just feels incredibly lazy, by creating one jersey that already exists and recoloring it to make three more. (0/4)

Overall: I think this jersey doesn't do anything. It is hard for me to review this when it is just a template that was recolored. It just seems too lazy to me. (1/10)


Phil B. - Winter Classic
Toronto Jersey
Execution: Very polished. (1/1)
Striping: I like this vintage style. It's very similar to what was done for the game against Detroit, but still manages to be different. How thin it is actually plays in well to that vintage idea. I don't know how I feel about the yoke though. It just seems a little too full for a jersey like this. If the stripes were thicker or there was more blue without, it would make a lot more sense to me. (1.5/2)
Effectiveness: I think that if Toronto returned to the Winter Classic, this isn't a far cry from what they would wear. (1/1)
This jersey, although simple, is original. It does draw elements from other areas of the team's history and presents them in a new way. (1/2)
Other: I don't really know if that cream works too well with these jerseys. The vintage white as I prefer to see it should be something that shows a sign of age and history, and it should be something used subtly and conservatively. Teams like the Blackhawks were fine with this back in 2009 because the jersey they replicated featured those colors. But when Detroit did it in 2014, it just seemed tacky. (2.5/4)

Overall: A jersey that, if it drew back on its already few elements, could see the ice. (7/10)

Montreal Jersey
Execution: Again, very solid. (1/1)
Striping: I'm gonna say it right now. I hate the box yoke. I cannot think of a time where I thought to myself that "hey, a team could wear this and it wouldn't look awkward." If I see a square yoke, I like them to be much more akin to the New York Rangers jerseys, where the shoulder doesn't have that weird looking stroke going overhead. In regards to the striping, heck yeah! The only issue I have is the fact that if the tail stripe reaches the bottom of the jersey, the sleeves should find a way to mirror that pattern. Mostly because it is such a crazy pattern. (1/2)
Effectiveness: We all saw Montreal's atrocious pinstripe clusterf*** from a few years ago. If that saw a release, then this would definitely make the ice. (1/1)
Creative for the Habs. It does have this great vintage vibe coming from the stripes. (1.5/2)
Other: There is one glaring issue that I noticed on the Montreal jersey. That C just looks so awkward on the jersey. I think a stroke on it would be good. Other than that, it's pretty great. (3/4)

Overall: Classic style that looks pretty nice. With a few changes I'd buy this. (7.5/10)

Overall: A decent series with a few things that I would change here and there, but I could definitely see something like this done. (7.25/10) 

Taylor R. - Houston Rockets
Execution: I noticed there wasn't an NBA logo, but since there are no rules for putting one on a fan jersey... I'll let it slide. Other than that, it looks great. (1/1)
Striping: Gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. It fits the brand. It looks beautiful. Yes. (2/2)
Effectiveness: Yes yes yes. (1/1)
I love this series so far and I have to say you've done some great and crazy stuff. This is one of them. (2/2)
Other: I cannot complain about this jersey. It's well thought out and perfectly encapsulates the brand so well. I love this a lot. (4/4)

Overall: A perfect. I love this, and would buy that red jersey if it ever hits stores. I hope it does too. (10/10) and a COTW NOM from me


That's it for today! This is an excellent way to start off what I'd consider a new legacy here on this site. Well, actually I retract that statement. Regardless, for an unknown period of time I will be writing for this website on Fridays and finishing off all of your, the great reader's, weeks.

Today had a wide spread. If you disagree and think that a jersey deserves a COTW nom, make sure your voice is heard!

If you have any other opinion or agree with me on anything else, let me know right down in them there comments! I love to hear from you guys!

Jack G.

August 27, 2015

Thursday: Pens Change?

Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog for a post on this wonderful day of Thurs!

A few bits of jersey news and a little bit of news that I found as well to pass on to you guys.

Dylan already talked about these first two yesterday so if you haven't seen them go check out his post.

Utica: Take notes Vancouver
Swamp rabbits: my thoughts echo his
This next bit is something I saw after my hockey practice on Saturday and I thought it was worth mentioning here.
This may not mean much besides the given for most people, but for jersey enthusiasts like us this further confirms that the Pens are making the full transition to the Pittsburgh gold. I even asked the salesman guy and he told me that they want to make the switch. Things of course can change but for now it looks like it's going in a good direction for those of us who want to see the throwbacks full time.

So this week we have a few votes, like always. First off the weekly COTW...because if it wasn't weekly it would not be the concept of the week..yeah... Along with that we have the not weekly Colorado redesign votes, and some solid entries in both the jersey and logo category, so go vote!
Colorado Avalanche ReDesign Voting (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTW Aug 16-22 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

Another shorter post and not the usual format again, I don't have much time here and I'm still getting used to my new schedule so just gonna do something like I did last week for the reviews.

Let's get on with it then.

Ben B. - Minnesota Wild
+Double stripe pattern looks good
+The roundel fits well into the vintage looks of this jersey
+The uniform is very consistent
-I would lose the yoke
-Keep the pants at only one stripe instead of 2
-Move the top stripe on the hem down a bit and replicate that pattern on the arms, rather than a squished version of that
-Execution wise:
-Helmet and pans logos are missing
-Inside collar and inside hem need to be filled in
The name and all of the numbers on the jersey look a bit small
-Stitching should stop at the hem stripe
-The sock striping should be lower on the sock
-The logo looks squished

Overall: Good idea that would look great with a little refining (6.5/10)

Chase C. - Rapid City Rush
+Definitely an interesting and unique design
+I like the shoulder pattern, I'm not sure it fits here but I like it
-Sadly I don't think I have much more good to say. The jersey reminds me of Arizona's new set with a mish mash of ideas. The arm striping, chest striping, and hem striping are all different styles. If you just take one of those ideas and go all out with it this jersey will look a lot better.
-Aside from that, the font for the name just looks like something you can get from Microsoft word. I think it could work but not in this case.
-The stitching needs to stop at the hem stripe.

Overall: Take one idea and run with it. As it is it's not working for me (5.5/10)

Phil B. & D3 - New York Islanders vs Pittsburgh Penguins
+Definitely a different and believable set for the Stadium Series
+The color choices on this were the right ones, although the Isles probably could have worked in blue as well.
+Vertical stripes have been seen in concept land but not in the NHL, it's only a matter of time until that happens. 
+The penguin logo broken free of the triangle looks a bit odd, but I like it nonetheless
+Not entirely sure what the point of the hats is, but I think it's a nice touch still
-The huge pants logos don't look good, but that isn't really your fault

Overall: Not the best looking overall but it looks really good for a Stadium Series (8.5/10)

Taylor R. - Milwaukee Bucks
+The green and red color scheme looks good for sure, and I really like the way it looks on the dark jersey. Doesn't even look Christmas-y.
+I like the shoulder pattern, it's a full shoulder but not just the basic one.
+The jerseys are consistent
+I've mentioned this before but I've really liked the pants designs that have come from this series
-I think there could be some more red on the white jersey

Overall: Not much to complain about, looks good (9/10) and a COTW nomination!

So that's all for today's shorter post. It's almost 4:30 so I'm going to keep this outro short. I hope you enjoyed the post, thanks for reading, and I'll see you guys next week!

August 26, 2015

Wednesday: Swamp Fever

Hey there! Happy Wednesday to all and it should be an especially happy one as we have two surprise unveilings today! So let's jump right into that!

First off, the Utica Comets showed off their new alternate jersey, and it's something we've been wanting from their parent club for a long time... A green jersey!!!

First impressions... I love it. I especially love that they created a new logo for the jersey. Perhaps in a couple years this could take over as their primary dark jersey. You can head over to their Facebook or Twitter profiles, where they've been sharing photos of the jersey all day, but only these studio shots...
Photo: Utica Comets
If you want to see action shots, well the team had the NHL 16 crew put some screenshots together so we can imagine it in action.
Image: Utica Comets - EA Sports
While everyone was rejoicing in the news of the new green jersey, the ECHL's Greenville Road Warriors held an event to announce that they were rebranding... and their new name would be...
Image - Greenville Swamp Rabbits
The Swamp Rabbits!? The name and logo definitely give off a minor league baseball type of feel, but that's not a bad thing. I actually think it's a good thing. The name is odd, but I love the rabbit in the logo. I'm not a big fan of the lettering in the logo though. Just doesn't seem to fit.

I've seen a mostly positive reaction from the internet so far regarding the name and logo. I've seen some great praise for the hockey stick carrot.

One concern that I kind of have, is the name can be seen as a downgrade. They're going from Warriors to Rabbits. But on the plus side of that, they're going from a somewhat generic name to a very unique name. And perhaps the name change was to get some buzz going about their team. To get some new fans and a new wave attention towards themselves. If that was the case, I think that may be accomplished.

Shortly after the name and logo was announced the team tweeted this picture...
Photo - Greenville Swamp Rabbits
The jersey is nothing special. They basically just stitched their new logos on a Road Warriors jersey, which hopefully is just a placeholder until they unveil new jerseys. The secondary logo is neat though, a pair of carrots in a splash of muddy swamp water. The jersey however, is uninspired. Another pair of logos appear on their website...
Image - Greenville Swamp Rabbits
The rabbit on its own is great and I think would look better on the front of a jersey as opposed to the primary with the name included.
Image - Greenville Swamp Rabbits
A web graphic advertising opening night shows a full bodied rabbit and perhaps a sneak peek at a new mascot. Guess we'll have to wait and see.

You know what you don't have to wait for? Voting. You can do it right now. Actually, it's encouraged. Go vote for the COTW and Avalanche competition!

Colorado Avalanche ReDesign Voting (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTW Aug 16-22 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

Speaking of the Avs competition, here's the last entries that came in last night.

Brian C.
Jared L.
Snow Monster

And now the daily concepts!

Hartford Whalers Concept - Chase C.
Chase would like to see the Hurricanes move back to Hartford and readopt the Whalers name. Would probably be a bit hard with the identity (kind of) living on as the Connecticut Whale, again, but this time as a member of the NWHL. These are essentially modern versions of the jerseys the Whalers wore in their last 5 seasons as a team, which, if we're being honest are the inferior to the team's green and white jerseys from 1979 to 92. Pucky on the shoulders is a nice touch but other than that this isn't anything we haven't seen before.

Rating: 6/10

NHL Fauxback Series - Blue Jackets vs. Predators - Phil B.
Phil wants to see newer teams play against each other wearing jerseys that make them look old. Not a terrible idea, but I'm not a huge fan of it. Individually, both of these jerseys look nice. The Blue Jackets jersey could fit in with their current brand, but the Preds one is pretty bland compared to their current identity. My one issue is overall, the jersey designs are very similar to eachother. They're not exactly the same, but there's a lot of similarities. The Stadium Series gets away with that because they use templates that have never been used before but for fauxbacks, there's so many different looks from hockey's history to borrow or build from.

Rating: 7/10

Atlanta Hawks NBA Concept - Taylor R.
Oh boy... Taylor tackles the worst rebrand I can think of in recent history. I'm assuming not a lot of people here follow the NBA so you may not have seen this, but let me fill you in. The Atlanta Hawks were headed in the right direction with a potential rebrand by bringing back a modernized version of their "Pac Man" Hawk logo. Then they brought neon green into the color scheme and put some triangle pattern ALL OVER the jersey. I think if used sparingly the green and the pattern could have been cool but they went overboard.

I wish Taylor would have used the green and triangle sparingly but I can see he's trying to make it a realistic crossover and unfortunately it is. I like the way he used the pattern on the pants, I wish it was that way on the jersey. The name on the white jersey should be red and not green, that way you can read it... That's the ONE area the actual Hawks made a smart design decision. Execution is great as always and the idea is good. The design is bad and that's not Taylor's fault.

Rating: 7/10

Minnesota Wild Concept - Jack H.
Jack ditches the idea of a green jersey for the Wild...but not green socks. Really don't like that mismatching socks nonsense, just because Boston does it doesn't make it right! The jersey designs themselves are nice. They fit the old timey hockey feel that the Wild always try to brand themselves with. I do miss green though.

Rating: 7.5/10

There you have it. It was a long post today due to some cool news but hopefully it was worth the read!

August 25, 2015

Tuesday: This Guy AGAIN?!

Looks like I'm back again for the 3rd time in 5 days for a post on the fly!

Welcome to the Tuesday post!

Since there's no jersey news, site news (I'm gonna repeat what I said yesterday since I want this post out ASAP and is already late

 Colorado Avalanche 20th anniversary logo/jersey contestapolooza is entering its final two days of the entry phase. You have until TONIGHT @ 10PM EST to get your logo and jersey and entries in. The Logo field, as Ryan mentioned, is very small, so if you wanna take a shot at a logo, please do, even if you never have before.

Here are the entries that have come in since last post:

Ryan HJC

Mason II

Oh you didn't vote for COTW yesterday? Even though Jets96 was nice enough to remind you....hmm...well g, you should do that today, don't make me get DBro to tell you to vote.

Colorado Avalanche ReDesign entries (due TONIGHT @ 10pm Eastern)
COTW Aug 16-22 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

On to the concepts:


London Knights OHL Concepts (By: Alex H.)

+ I love the Knights current colour scheme, but they drop the ball with the jerseys. these jersey fixes all those problems
+ I'm not usually in favour of creme jerseys, but the Knights can pull that off very well 
+ The colours are balanced perfectly, the green and gold stand out nicely 
+ Great logo choices 

- One very minor error, on most OHL jerseys, the OHL logo matches the team colours, it doesn't hurt the jersey but it would remove the light blue that stands out so much 

Rating: 9.25/10

NHL All Star Game Concept (By: Phil B.)

+ I really like the orange, black and white colour scheme, it looks excellent and not only does it look great for the NHL, but it matches Anaheim too, double win
+ The jersey somewhat matches Anaheim's current jerseys, but is also its own thing, I like the many stripes 
+ The logos really stand out! 
+ Good execution 
+ The white jersey reminds me of the WINNIPEG (Not Pittsburgh, not Arizona) WHITEOUT! Would love to see Ladd or Pavelec or Buffs in that jersey 

- White pants are a no no, I get why Phil chose to use them, and it is not the worst use of them, but the don't look good, makes them look like cottonballs 

Rating: 9/10

Columbus Blue Jackets Concepts (By: Jack H.)

+ This is one of 2 concepts I've seen that make yellow/green work on a Blue Jackets jersey 
+ The Ohio flag striping matches the logo nicely and adds some creativity 
+ Using the alternate numbers but keeping the logo I thought wouldn't have worked but it matches decently 
+ Good execution

- The numbers would look better with outlines
- The yellow/green and white bleed into each other on the white jersey 

Rating: 8.5/10

Milwaukee Pike NHL Expansion Concepts (By: Christian L.)

+ The logo is very nice! The fish is realistic but not unappealing; I can tell it's a pike but doesn't look like this thing
+ The colour scheme is excellent, that shade of greenish grey doesn't work on a lot of things, but with the orange and black it looks very nice
+  Animals holding hockey sticks may be a 90's trend, but it works in this case

- One flaw, I hate roundels that say City Hockey Club EST XXXX, it's like a cheap Wal-Mart T-shirt type thing, and granted this doesn't have the worst part (EST) but putting the name on there would look better

Rating: 9.25/10

+ Orange as the dominant colour is very nice, adds another colour to the NHL colour palate in a city that isn't Philly 
+ The double grey/green looks excellent, like an oil & water thing, creates layers on the striping leading into the black
+ Great execution 
+ Orange cuffs on the white jersey help balance the colours and is better than adding it to the striping or the yoke 

- Coloured name bars, again, not bad, and it kinda works on the orange jersey, however, on the white jersey it makes them harder to read, black letters would look better
- Shoulder patch? not really a bad thing but it would make the jerseys look more full

Rating: 9.25/10


That's the post!
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Have a great week...again
Go Jets & Mooseheads & Moose!

August 24, 2015

Monday: Back Where I Began

3 years ago I began writing for HJC, for a year, I wrote on Fridays, but now, I'm back where I began!

I'm used to saying TGIF, but it's Monday, welcome to the Monday post!

With no new jersey news, let's move right onto site news.

The Colorado Avalanche 20th anniversary logo/jersey contestapolooza is entering its final two days of the entry phase. You have until TOMORROW @ 10PM EST to get your logo and jersey and entries in. The Logo field, as Ryan mentioned, is very small, so if you wanna take a shot at a logo, please do, even if you never have before.

Here are the entries that have come in since last post:



Also, COTW voting has reset for the week, it's one of the strongest votes in a while so have your say and get your vote in before Friday

Colorado Avalanche ReDesign entries (due Tuesday @ 10pm Eastern)
COTW Aug 16-22 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

On to the concepts

San Jose Sharks Concept (By: Daniel L.)

+ I am a big fan of the Sharks original jerseys and it'd be nice to bring them back 
+ It'd be nice to see the semi-popular So-Cal patch on an actual jersey 
+ The changes to the jersey from the original are minimal, but the logos are changed which is more than I can say Pittsburgh and Washington have done 
+ Good execution, minus one thing

- The one execution error is the stitching, it should stop at the hem striping
- I've always thought the jersey would look better with either no white on the hem/cuff, or on both

Rating: 8.75/10

San Jose Sharks Concepts (By: Jack H.)

+ Like the previous concept, I dig the jerseys these are based
+ The white cuffs and hem are how I'd want the teal jersey done if they were to be redone 
+ Good execution on the jerseys, but it isn't perfect

- The teal is much too dark, it bleeds in to the black on the white jersey striping and on the logo
- With the Sharks, shoulder patches are a must, as are striping/logo on the pants
- The white jersey would look good with teal cuffs/hem

Rating: 6.75/10

Calgary Flames Concepts (By: Matt G.)

+ I'm such a fan of this the original Flames away...well I guess they were home when they were used originally but the white jersey is one of my fav ever, and seeing it come back would be perfect 
+ The recoloured shoulder patch looks pretty solid, I thought the lack of black would hurt it but it works
+ An all black Flames alternate would not be a bad idea and for the most part I like it
+ Good execution

- The black jersey needs more colours in the logo and striping, or the number should match the logo and the jersey should just be all black and red, otherwise the numbers overtake the logo 

Rating: 9/10 COTW Nom from me.

Kansas City Scouts NHL Expansion Concepts (By: Christian L.)

+ The Scouts had decent jerseys, but with the increased blue on the white jersey, the jerseys become great
+ The updated logo looks amazing, as does the original shoulder patch
+ The colour balancing is perfect
+ The execution, as Christian is known for, it excellent, aside form one error

- The shoulder patch doesn't continue onto the back of the shoulders on the white jersey, it's something so easy to catch, but always remember to review your concepts two or 3 times before sending them in

Rating: 9/10


That's post!
Don't forget to vote for COTW 
Get your Colorado Avs 20th anniversary entries in by the deadline TOMORROW @ 10pm 
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Have a great weeke......start to your week!