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October 4, 2015

Sunday: Alternate Logos, Alternate Logos Everywhere

Hey guys, welcome to another Sunday HJC post!

Before I get to the rest of the post, I just want to say how excited I am to see all of the Golden Blades entries that came in.  Tons of quality work for a team with not much to work with.  Great work everyone! But now is the time to vote for your favourite!

Its also the time to vote for COTW, and golly is there a ton of concepts to pick from.  We haven't had a lot of concepts to review lately, but most of them have been fantastic.  This vote is going to be extremely difficult.


COTW Sept 27-Oct 3 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Golden Blades ReDesign Top 5 vote (ends Friday @ 9:59pm Eastern)

As a little feature before the concepts, I'm going to Power Rank the logos of the WHL.  Next week, I'll do the same for the OHL, and the week after will be the QMJHL. Then after that, the 3 logos I picked as champions (as well as a forth logo that you guys will pick in the comments) will have a Memorial Cup of Logos post, and possible vote.  Sounds like fun? Alright then, let's do this!


22. Portland Winter Hawks
Not a terrible logo, but almost an exact copy of an older NHL team.


21. Prince George Cougars
 The longer I look at it, the uglier it gets.

20. Moose Jaw Warriors
Decent logo, without the 90's comic book wordmark.

19. Kamloops Blazers
 A logo that belonged in the WHA and never really aged well.

18. Regina Pats
Beautiful wordmark, but unmemorable.  And they've updated it twice in the last few years for some reason, with very little difference.

17. Prince Albert Raiders
A decent logo for sure, but should be a shoulder patch or secondary logo instead.

16. Edmonton Oil Kings
It's awesome, but a little too busy.

15. Victoria Royals
Unique, and decently designed, but looks cubic and inconsistent.

14. Lethbridge Hurricanes
A team with a history of forgettable logos. This is sharp and well designed, but a little bland.

13. Swift Current Broncos
I'm happy with their throwback look now, but the logo isn't much to write home about, then or now.

12. Vancouver Giants
The "G" is definitely cool, but the rest of the logo looks awkwardly shaped.

11. Red Deer Rebels
I love this logo, but it hasn't aged all that well.

10. Tri-City Americans
RIDE INTO THE DANGER ZONE!!!

9. Kootenay Ice
Despite my hockey-built hatred for Cranbrook, I really like this logo, and the "Ice" name.  Logo is awkwardly shaped and a little dated though.

8. Brandon Wheat Kings
A fantastic, oldschool-reborn logo, but I don't like how "WHEAT" seems to be out of place.

7. Spokane Chiefs
I really like what they did for the "S" and the "C". A bit bland but well executed.

6. Saskatoon Blades
They've had some really ugly logos in the past, but their current logo is a beauty.

5. Kelowna Rockets
Having really unique colours and a local mythological creature makes this logo awesome. They could use an update though.

4. Everett Silvertips
Cool colours, fierce design, memorable logo.

3. Medicine Hat Tigers
For as many teams named Tigers out there, this logo really stands out. Classic, iconic, fierce, and not too busy or plain. 

2. Seattle Thunderbirds
A great blend of awesome hockey colours and unique design makes this iconic logo.

1. Calgary Hitmen
Any logo that can use pink and look totally BA while doing it is an automatic win. Well designed, cool theme, awesome colours, and a memorable look.  We'll see this logo a few weeks from now to decide on the best logo in the CHL.

And if you guys disagree with my list, let me know what you think in the comments. Did I shun your favourite? Let me know what your favourite WHL logo is, and if enough people agree, then I'll include it in my finale post.

Alright then, time for some concepts!


Edmonton Oilers - Brooks F.


We start today with this "crazy" concept for a new alternate for Edmonton.

The colour scheme isn't crazy, actually an orange alternate makes a lot of sense.
I like the gear logos the have, and those logos being reborn here works really well. 
The striping is simple, but works great for the classic style Edmonton is used to.
The full front-covering logo doesn't actually look terrible.

The upper stripe on the sock looks too thick
I don't think the shoulder logo really needs recoloured like that.

Overall: The only thing crazy about this concept is how much I actually like this. But I'm totally sold on this idea.  8.5/10



Vancouver Canucks -  Lucas D.
 Next up is Lucas with his Adidas redesign of the Canucks.

Vancouver needs a green alternate, and Johnny Canuck needs to be on it.
Vancouver also needs to bring back the "V" in the stripes.
Simple, classic design that could easily be confused as a great 70's WHA jersey.

The logo is too big, and needs lowered.
A more complete concept would have the front and back to show.
Other than the branding on the chest, nothing really makes this an obvious Adidas-designed jersey. Nothing wrong with that, but calling it an Adidas Redesign seems unnecessary.

Overall: Concept-wise, I'd be really excited to see something like this. But similar designs has been done before, with better execution.  7.3/10



Columbus Blue Jackets -  Ryan C.


Next is Ryan's Blue Jackets redesign, making the newly recoloured alternate logo their new primary.

The current Jackets jerseys are pretty boring, and fit nowhere on the timeline of jersey history.  These are much more prominent, and you can sense a throwback feel to it.
The colours and design really make this an "American" looking jersey, which is a good thing considering the name.
Colours are well balanced, and the jerseys are well executed.

I'd put a white outline around the shoulder logos on the dark jerseys.
I'm not sure if I like the uneven stripes, or if I'd prefer the middle stripe to be in the direct middle.

Overall: These would be a huge upgrade for the Blue Jackets. 8.9/10



Grand Rapids Griffins - Ryan C.


Last up is an another alternate-turned-primary concept for a team that actually just did this.  Their result? Ehh...maybe Ryan's jerseys will turn out better...

Not using grey on the jersey is a good call.
Stripes are simple but effective.
Colours are well balanced.
Edgy style of this jersey suits their logo a lot better than their current jerseys.

I don't know why the red and white stripes have to switch between jerseys. I'd keep the black/white/red/black on the white jerseys and use it on both.

Overall: This is a fresher, more fitting jersey for their new logo.  Well done. 9/10


Tough call between a few different concepts today.  I'll go with Ryan C's Grand Rapids Griffins concept as my COTW nominee.

I just realized that I passed my 2-year anniversary on the blog (a few weeks ago actually). Time flies when you're having fun I guess.  Thank you guys for reading my posts for the last two years, and hopefully many more to come.

And if you guys have any topics you want me to cover, or ideas to change-up my posts, speak up! I'm open to new ideas. Hopefully you guys like my logo-tournament idea and follow along, as well as comment when you agree/disagree.

That's all for me today, thanks for reading, and see you next week!




4 comments:

Dylan Glenn said...

I'll nominate Ryan C.'s Jackets concept for COTW.

winnipegjets96 said...

3rd Ryan C. that Griffins concept actually makes the new logo work

Ben Shaffer said...

Brooks F. for COTW.

Colin Magee said...

2nd Brooks F oilers for COTW. The crest is a little too big (actually that's an understatement) but it's kinda awesome anyway.