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November 30, 2015

Monday: Tying Up Some Loose Ends

Welcome to another fantastic Monday post!

We'll start off today's post with a overview of the Stadium Series jerseys because I promised it last week. If you don't know what they look like already....DBro did an excellent job of laying them out...btw did anyone ever notice how amazing Michael Leighton is?

Minnesota Wild- State of Hockey

I really like this jersey, then again I like a lot of what Minnesota puts out jersey wise. There really isn't much to complain about, it's one of the few Stadium Series jerseys (With LA's grey jersey & Pittsburgh's) I'd want to see outside of that game...with a couple of obvious changes.

Colorado Avalanche- Mile High Collar

It's a decent jersey, nothing amazing, but again, it would look decent outside of the Stadium game. I'd like to see the Avs use that arm striping on an future redesign, and I'm really digging the Colorado C as an alternate logo.

Chicago- Four Star Collar

I've grown to like this jersey more, though it's still weird to see the B-Hawks in anything other than something classic. The arms are nice though, and I also like how black is the main colour other than white. The stars on the collar look good too, but the white side sticks out like a sore thumb.

Detroit Red Wings- Flying V

It's not the worst jersey to come out of these games, but it's a missed opportunity. The logo itself & the chest stripe are okay, but the arms don't go anything for the jersey. There were a lot better alternatives on this blog alone. I mean, it's not the first Blackhawks Stadium Series jersey bad, but it's up there.

I'm gonna start a new series where I rank the best & worst jerseys in a team's history. Why? I don't know but it's always interesting to see what teams have worn and ranking them, going through many eras....or at least two...

This week: Colorado Avalanche (Not including Nordiques)

Best: 1995-2007 White jersey

Photo from nhlsnipers.com

Think about all the amazing players to wear this jersey: Sakic, Roy, Forsberg, Foote, Blake, Hejduk, Lemieux, Drury, Bourque etc. etc. 
It's a classy jersey that many classy players wore. It's unique and is up there with one of the most easily identifiable jerseys. 

Honourable mention: 2015 Stadium Series jersey, current alternate 

Worst: 2007-15 Home 

Photo from avalanche.nhl.com

I think these jerseys are universally at least disliked. From thefront, there's very little detail on the actual jersey, aside from the panels and the pipping, which look..at best terrible, but without any striping, it's one big patch of maroon with a few blue parts. The yeti foot patch, which is one of my favourites, was thankfully retired this year and replaced with a patch that reflected the current Avs rather than hanging on to the past. Honestly, there have been so many great concepts on this site alone the Avs could use in 2017, pick one and update, because these jerseys suck 

Honourable Mentions: 2001-07 Alternate, 2007-15 Away

Voting...we're going democratic on this one. With this upcoming Barrie Colts contest, we want to know, do you want top 5 or poll style voting. Do your (patriotic music begins) civil duty to HJC and vote!

Speaking of the Barrie Colts Comp...let's see those entries!!!

J.J. A.


Lucas D. 


Emin Z.


Ryan C


Also, don't forget COTW!

COTW Nov 22-28 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

Barrie Colts entries (due Friday @ 10:59pm Eastern)

On to the concepts!!!
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Detroit Pistons NBA Crossover Concepts (By: Jay S.)


+ Really classy striping for a team that, aside from a weird 5 years in the 90s, have remained mostly true to the same look
+ Good job using the proper numbers, that makes this a real Pistons jersey rather than a hockey jersey with a Pistons logo on it
+ Good execution

- Script logos won't make good shoulder patches
- Striping & gloves should match more
- If you're using a helmet template that faces forward, make sure to include front numbers

Rating: 7.5/10

Orlando Solar Bears ECHL Concepts (By: Jimmy T.)


+ The more purple the better!
+ Solid logo choices
+ I really like the striping pattern, especially on the purple jersey, where it looks like a sunset
+ Decent execution

- Primary logo is much to small
- Some teal would look solid on the jersey, not a lot but maybe as on the yoke or cuffs

Rating: 7.75/10

Buffalo Sabres Concepts (By: Matt G.)


+ The updates to the home and away jerseys are solid. There really isn't much to do on them but what is done makes them into the jerseys they should have been in 2010
+ Yellow alternate that doesn't make me want to puke
+ Return of the Goathead
+ Great execution

- The pants should have a space between the white and yellow stripes
- Some details on the gloves would make them more interesting

Rating: 9/10

Chicago Blackhawks Concept (By: Glen W.)


+ I like the idea of bright red & tan going together
+ Also a nice idea to have C tomahawks on the arms
 Welcome to HJC!

- The execution does need some work though, especially on the arms
- The C logo should be on the in half on the arm
- TV numbers are too small
- Hem stripe is too thin & should continue onto the back

Rating: 4/10- keep it up and you'll be making great concepts in no time

Golden State Warriors NBA Crossover Concepts (By: Jay S.)


+ Again, the little details are nice, like the numbers being the same on the actual Warriors jersey
+ Nice striping pattern
+ Again, good execution

- Remember to stop the stitching at the hem stripe
- NOB is too small
- Make the top stripe on the blue jersey white
- Again, numbers on the helmet

Rating: 7/10

Boston Bruins Concepts (By: Zeke G.)


+ I like any jersey based on the 70s Bruins, but also updated
+ Good logo choices & colour balancing
+ Good execution


- While the black jersey has it's colours perfect, the white jersey would look better with the same style striping as the black jersey, spacing between the stripes and hem
- Helmet logo is too large
- Sock stripes should match the jersey

Rating: 7.5/10

Mock Winter Classic Concept (By: Ryan C.)



+ It's like the 1992 specialty jerseys meet again in 201X, which would be good as both jerseys are highly praised and would be due for a return
+ Ryan does a good job simplifying & also transitioning the 1992 versions into edge
+ Excellent execution

- The Detroit jersey would really benefit from a shoulder patch, preferably the fat wheel logo
- I don't mind if the stripes don't continue onto the side but if they were to go around back the jersey would look more complete

Rating: 8.5/10

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That's the post!
Don't forget to vote COTW & get your Barrie Colts entries in
Go Jets, Moose & Mooseheads
Have a great week! 

6 comments:

Dylan Glenn said...

COTW nom to Matt G.

Ryan C. said...

Nice to see so many concepts from so many different designers!!! COTW to Matt for his Buffalo concept.

Jack Studley said...

Anything with Grand Rapids?

Jack Studley said...

Also COTW to Matt G.

Burkus Circus said...

Once again, Matt G.'s Sabers concept for Concept of the week! Man this guy is dominating! Is this his first time on the blog or have I just never seen him on here? Because if it's his first concept, it is an AMAZING start!

Runners up:
2: Ryan C.'s Chicago vs Detroit concept
3: Glen W.'s Chicago concept

Matt G said...

Been here for about six months man, haha. Appreciate the love though.