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September 30, 2015

Wednesday: Lizards and Penguins and Cougars OH MY!!!

Howdy and Happy Wednesday everyone!

First off... I'd like to answer Dylan's question from yesterday regarding his opinion on the best looking Stanley Cup......... Yes.

Ok, now onto my own personal favorite. I'll give you a biased and a non biased answer.

Biased answer. I would like to say it was this past Stanley Cup Final.

Photo: NHL
Photo: Getty Images

I've been a fan of the Lightning's branding since they unveiled their current logo and jersey set. And I've always loved the Blackhawks. This matchup provided the best contrast of any of the Hawks' finals appearances. 2010 and 13 the Hawks played Philly and Boston. Philly was a lot of orange which is close to red, and Boston wears a lot of black, which is also a big part of the Hawks scheme. I liked both home and away games mostly because of the crowds... Games in Chicago were a big red spectacle, and games in Tampa were blue as could be. I loved that.

Two that I'd like to mention though would be the 2003 Finals, because it was kind of cool to see the Mighty Ducks jade and eggplant playing in the finals against a decently solid Devils set....
Photo: Getty Images
And also, the 1996 Final...
Because it's so so so 90's.... and John Vanbiesbrouck...

Anyway, while you're probably disagreeing with those, go vote for stuff and also send in your Golden Blades entries.

COTW Sept 20-26 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
 NY Golden Blades entries (due Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

Speaking of... here's today's Golden Blades entries

Chris W.

Duncan L.

Phil B.

And because you've been so well behaved today, here's 5 concepts for you.


Jacksonville Lizard Kings Concepts - Brooks F.
The color scheme is unique and I'm a fan. The jerseys are pretty straightforward. Don't know that I would have been so pointy with the yoke but it all looks good. The font on the home and away doesn't really match the aesthetic, but it looks great on the alternate....
The font looks so much better on this jersey since it goes with the logo and overall look of the jersey more. I like the logo but I'm not too big on the jersey. I'm ok with the sleeve design, but not so much on the torso. I like that the logo is only outlined once in green, so it'd be nice to see that done throughout the jersey.

Home/Away Rating: 8/10
Alternate Rating: 7/10


Pittsburgh Penguins Concept - The Almighty Sock - Lucas D.
The Penguins would look so much better if they followed their sock design, as Lucas has shown off here. I don't think the yokes are necessary. I wish there was more gold too, but it's a pretty subtle nod to some of the team's first jerseys where white yokes were prominent. Interesting idea for a series, will improve a lot of looks, but I'm afraid that a lot of teams will end up looking very similar.

Rating: 8/10


Chicago Cougars Concept - Chris W.
The updated logos, despite being from other teams look nice, and show how a team today could adopt the Cougars' name and look hella dope. The striping is really interesting but I like it. Especially on the white jersey. The font is creative with the swipe marks, although, it's way overdone in the wordmark logo... not every letter in the word Cougars needs it. The vintage alternate seals the deal for me. It's a nice modern set with a jersey nodding at the teams' past.

Rating: 9/10


Calgary Flames Concept - Taylor R.
Taylor's recent concepts have been switching teams over to Adidas while cleaning up their look. This Flames set is a huge success. Getting rid of the unnecessary piping and flags. And it's Frolik on the back, so I'm a fan. I like how he found a way to mix in elements from the current alternate jersey. (font/shoulder patch) The one thing I don't care for is the white collar insert on the dark jersey, I'd say either red or black would look better. Let's hope when the Adidas deal kicks in the Flames do something like this.

Rating: 9/10 and a COTW Nom!


There you go. A days worth of HJC. Now it's time to get ready for bed so you can read tomorrow's post. Good night dears.

September 29, 2015

Tuesday: Some Recent Love

So the question that was asked this week by our blog god was what do you think the best looking Stanley Cup Final was. My answer will be a very recent final. We go all the way back to the year 2013. The Blackhawks facing off against the Bruins. I've been watching hockey religiously since 2004 (I was 9) and that year was the first time I watched a Stanley Cup game. Since then, my favorite matchup has been this one. No matter who was home and away I thought the colors were great to see on TV. My favorite though would be whenever Chicago was home.


That's beautiful. Do you agree, Dylan A?


COTW Sept 20-26 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
 NY Golden Blades entries (due Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)




Ohio St Buckeyes Concept - Ben S.
 Ben gives my favorite college football team a new hockey look. It's weird seeing the schools logo on the front as I rarely see it ever when the football team plays. I like the players last name on these jerseys. They must be a freshman because I've never heard of them. Anyways, I'm pretty sure the Alternate is the Brutus shirt (their mascot) and I think that's pretty cool. Wouldn't even mind a football jersey like that. Home and away are pretty basic. I think the striping could match the 'O' a little better, it seems a little inconsistent from the yokes too.

Rating: 7.5/10



Atlanta Hawks Concept - Jan S.
 My problem with this concept is that there is no consistency. As separate jerseys I like the blue one a lot. I think the striping could be more consistent but for the most part it's a nice concept. The white jersey on the other hand is pretty bare and doesn't really add to the concept from the blue. Looks like two completely different teams. The red stripe on the arms could be more visible. The numbers look too spread out and again, just empty. I would work on this a bit more, even the logo could be changed to the roundel.

Rating: 7.8/10




Columbus Blue Jackets Concept - Lucas D.
 This jersey set reminds me a lot of the Rangers. Which is good in a way, it looks nice. Being in the same league though, not very good. They look nice, clean and classic. I would do away with the phantom yoke stripe, doesn't really add anything here. Also I would make the number on the back bigger. I like though that you kept the stars on the blue, but execution wise, you forgot to color them on the back of the white jersey.

Rating: 8/10




Chicago Cougars Concept - Taylor R.
Taylors entry to the Cougars competition is a very nice design. Classic design with some modern influences. Especially a shoulder logo on the sleeve-ish part ...of the sleeve. Which...I'll say, I don't mind at all. The striping is nice and looks nice on the yoke. As for the logos. I think the primary is fine but the secondary kind of looks less intimidating, looks furry and like a kitty cat. I would say rework it to look slimmer and more aggressive. All in all though it is a good design.

Rating: 8.3/10





September 28, 2015

Monday: Rabbit, Rabbit. Rabbit, Rabbit X5

If you know the song the title is referencing and who it's by....tell me and I'll give you a thumbs up
Welcome to the Monday post!

As I sit here, on a  beautiful September day in Halifax, enjoying a nice cup of coffee and black liquorice (I can't be the only one who likes it), I can't help but this "What was the best looking Stanley Cup Final?" Some may go for nostalgia, others for classic, why not both. I'll give you my favourite Classic (Pre 1990), recent and overall.

Recent: Chicago V. Philadelphia (2010)

Photo from bigmouthsports.com 

Why would I pick this image specifically? The Flyers were wearing their 70's alternates, which were better looking right? Well...yes, but this jersey really signified the 2010 Flyers. They were a rag tag team, always playing on the road as the underdog. Michael Leighton/Brian Boucher in net, a younger Jeff Carter, Daniel Carcillo's awful moustache, this team was out of their element but they certainly played like they belonged. On the other hand the Blackhawks were the future NHL dynasty we know now, but back then, they were the first of 3 dream teams and people were still skeptical of them, saying they still needed a couple years before they would become a powerhouse. Jersey wise the Blackhawks are the Blackhawks and they've had amazing jerseys since the 60's, but again those specific Flyers jerseys were a clash of classic and modern. I like those jerseys A LOT and if they were to use an orange home jersey instead of black, it'd be my top 10 favourite looks of all time. The shark fin template (as I call it) is similar to the Flyers classic jerseys, but they were their own thing, and the orange/black were balanced perfectly on these white jerseys.

Classic: Montreal V. Calgary (1986/1989) 

Photo from calgaryherald.com

Two classic jersey collide, the rejuvenated Habs of the 80s/90s were beginning their own period of success, and Calgary faces them not once, but twice. Two years of two of the best jerseys of all time, the Habs classic sweater that's been the same since forever and that GORGEOUS Flames home jersey. Yes the red jersey is the more iconic but that white jersey is, as you probably know if you've read my posts for a while, one of my favourites ever. 

All Time: Pittsburgh V. Minnesota (1991)

Photo from hockey-blog-in-canada.blogspot.ca

The Pittsburgh jersey speaks for itself, there's a reason why the Pens brought the black jersey back as an alternate, it looks great! However, the North Stars jersey was a ground breaking jersey. It proved that you could add black to an existing colour scheme (and a well known/established one at that) and it wouldn't ruin the jersey, in fact, it made it better. This was also a Cup Final with many colours. Green, yellow, black and white were all featured in this matchup. 

Do you agree? Disagree? You tell me!!

Don't miss out on the COTW vote! 


Here are some of the Golden Blade entries that have come in so far:

Lucas D.


Ryan C.


Jack S.


Brooks F.



On to the concepts for today!!!!

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Greenville Swamp Rabbits Concepts (By: Chris W.)


+ Use of all the colours on primary logos is done properly, we don't have an Atlanta Thrashers case here 
+ Orange rainbow (or carrot rainbow if you prefer) is the perfect striping pattern for a team named after a carrot munching rabbit
+ Good choice of logos, I really like the half rabbit logo on the home jersey 
+ Great execution, aside from one problem
+ Rangers-esque alternate is BEAUTIFUL 

- The back hem stripe on the home jersey is missing the blue stripe 

Rating: 9.25/10 COTW Nom. from me 

Ottawa Senators Concepts (By: Lucas D.)


+ We've seen this idea before, but every time it looks better than the original or the current Sens jerseys
+ Good choices of logos

- The primary logo is too high up
- The font is too thin, it's fine on the TV numbers, but on the back it's too small
- Shoulder patches are too small
- I wish the design was more original, I like the idea but I've seen it several times and it doesn't really offer anything new, aside from maybe using the old shoulder patch

Rating: 6/10

Grand Rapids Griffins Concept (By: Martin L.)


+ I do like when colours/stripe #s have some sort of deeper meaning, and since the Griffins haven't done anything like this before, it makes sense they could try it since they've had recent success
+ Colours are well played out on the jersey itself

- Sizing issues, the primary logo is too small and high up, the tv numbers and NOB are too large, the chest numbers are too small and the numbers on the back are too small as well
- Collar isn't coloured in
- The stripes on the right arm are different sizes than the ones on the left
- Never go with a single shoulder patch unless it's some sort of anniversary/even patch

Rating: 5/10

Tampa Bay Lightning Concepts (By: Taylor R.)


+ Black as the primary colour, but not underusing blue and white, well balanced on both jerseys
+ Creative striping that doesn't look tack, and keeping the hem simple was a good idea
+ Tampa Bay wants to look like an original 6 team, and yoke under stripes would do that, but they are exciting enough they still look like the lightning
+ Great execution

- Not sure how I feel about blue gear, I'd need to see a mock up, it'd probably have a Kitchener Rangers look to it where the gear sticks out like a sore thumb
- Minor, but the black jersey would look better with a blue bolt under the yoke as well as the white

Rating: 9/10

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

September 27, 2015

Sunday: Three For The Price Of One

Hello and welcome to another Sunday post.  I'll warn you ahead of time, this is a bit of a long one.

Ryan asked us writers to name our favourite Stanley Cup series, based on looks alone.

I know, shallow, right?

Joking aside, this is a huge question with plenty of worthy candidates to name. And the answer will be different depending on whether you're a nostalgic, traditionalist, modernist, hardcore or casual fan.

I tried to be open to all jersey matchups from the beginning and onward to present day, but one series always come to mind when I think of this question, and admittedly its a very nostalgic series for me.

But then I thought: As memorable of a series this was jersey-wise, I can't mention it without the series directly after it, and the one after that.  So my favourite series' asthetics-wise: 1999-2001.

1999


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This was the first year (besides 1996, which was an equally great matchup but ahead of its time) that the neither of the finalists were a traditional powerhouse or classic team. Buffalo is an old team in NHL terms, but largely unmemorable. This version of the Sabres, with their new look, was edgy and had a bold, new identity that looked fantastic in contrast to most of the traditional jerseys seen in Stanley Cups past.  Dallas, meanwhile, has a new look of their own, which is easily their best jersey in their history.  This jersey matchup is a real changing of the guard for the Stanley Cup, from traditionalists to the bold late-90s modern style, and definitely my favourite jersey matchup.

2000

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But the very next year, we have this gem (which also starts a cool trend of repeat finalists).  Dallas is still wearing those stellar jerseys from the previous year, and New Jersey is wearing their black and red jersey.  Yes, those came out nearly 10 years prior, but they're almost the perfect blend of edgy, classic, and modern, and one of the few jerseys that look fantastic in any era.  The colours of these two teams looked fantastic together.  These two finals also spawned two of the best goalie mask matchups in history, with Hasek, Belfour and Brodeur and their iconic lids.

2001

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I guess we can add a 3rd historic goaltending duel to this list. These last 3 finals had arguably the best 4 goalies of all time (Belfour might be a stretch), and also the 4 most iconic and easily identifiable goalies of the era and probably all time.  Not only that, but we see the beautiful and ahead-of-its-time Avalanche jerseys really shine in a series that is well played out and doesn't feel gimmicky.  The Avs had one of the best uniforms in the league during this time, and this series really put that in the forefront.  Also, seeing Ray Bourque win the cup in an Avs jersey looked so surreal that I couldn't possibly pass this series up.

These 3 series' are a changing of the guard when it comes to hockey powerhouses as well as jersey designs in general.  I also really liked the goalie mask battles, as well as the champion vs challenger dynamic these years brought.

So in other news, thanks to my suggestion last week, we have a New York Golden Blades competition going on this week.  I'm really excited for this competition, as they had an ugly design that had a bunch of potential to be cool.  I can't wait to see what you guys come up with, and I have some great ideas that I hopefully have time to design and send in this week.

We also have a very crowded COTW vote this week.  8 concepts, that's more concepts than days, so that's a big testament to the quality of concepts last week, so good job everyone!


COTW Sept 20-26 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
 NY Golden Blades entries (due Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)


Alright, I think its time for some concepts!


Randy Orton (WWE) - Chris W.


 We start today off with an RKO out of nowhere! Chris shows us his jersey design for WWE superstar Randy Orton.

The logo looks perfect for a hockey jersey.
Love the RKO patches on the shoulder and pant.

The "V" stripe on the hem and arms is unique but could definitely work on a hockey jersey.
Good choice of font.
The Hot Rod Memorial patch is a really nice touch.

Not sure if I like the charcoal grey colour on the dark jersey.
The logo on the dark jersey could use a white inside instead of being transparent.

Overall: This jersey definitely suits the Apex Predator.  8.4/10



Colorado Avalanche vs Detroit Red Wings - Justin C.


Next up is a Stadium Series concept for next season's Colorado vs Detroit match.

For how bad the new Colorado alternate and revealed Stadium Series jerseys are, this would be a huge improvement. 
I like the idea of a red vs blue matchup rather than a white vs dark.

The diagonal sash on Detroit's jersey is an idea I'm really warming up to.
They've been trying new design ideas on Stadium Series jerseys, but these are a great mix of modern design and things that we generally like to see on jerseys.

I'm not a fan of chest stripes that don't extend all the way around the back.  Detroit's sash is alright, but Colorado's back just looks too bare compared to its front.
Colorado's hem doesn't match well with the arms.

 Overall: I can live with this design, especially compared to how bad the real thing for Colorado is.  Detroit's design is really well done. 8.1/10



Calgary Flames - Lucas D.

 Next up is a mix of old and new for the Calgary Flames.

I'm really getting a 90's vibe from these jerseys, without the funky arm style.
The 2000's colours (aka more black) lends themselves well this this 90's design.
Good choice of font.

This concept is heavily pixelated.
The numbers need a thicker outline, and they should match the outline of the logo.
This is better without the funky 90's striping, but there feels like something is missing that is holding this concept back.

Overall: Cool, but uninspiring.  7/10



Colorado Avalanche - Lucas D.


Lucas tries again with his second concept of the day, this time for the Colorado Avalanche.

I like that blue is more of a prominent colour.
The simpler arm striping helps to make the mountain hem style stand out more.
 The mountains need to make a comeback.

Heavy pixelation.
Arched text... ick!
The name has too much outline, the numbers have not enough.
The number is too small, which is why arched text doesn't work for this design.

Overall: The nostalgia is there, some good design choices are there, but the execution isn't.  6.8/10



Buffalo Sabres - Taylor R.
Running anchor today is Taylor's Buffalo Sabres concept, as he tries to tackle the Adidas takeover.

This definitely feels fauxbacky enough to be a Sabres jersey.
Nice to see white striping on the Sabres dark jersey.
The double arm stripes are new (besides the 2010 alternate), but fit in nicely.
Execution looks really sharp, and the colours are well balanced.

Like the 2010 alternate, I think the hem stripe looks better as a double stripe as well as the arms.

Overall: Really solid.  Not a mind-blowing change, but realistic and not a downgrade at all.  8.6/10


A couple of good concepts today, but my COTW nominee is Taylor R.'s Buffalo Sabres concept.

Don't forget to send in your New York Golden Blades concepts, as well as vote for our big COTW vote this week!

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

September 26, 2015

Saturday: Today's Post Is Free!!!

That's right, today's post won't cost you a single dime. So put that wallet away, sit back, and enjoy a nice and easy Saturday HJC post.

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The winner of the COTW vote for September 13-19 was Adam G's Boston College concept!


Full Results
Adam G. (BC) - 15
Adam G. (MNS) - 14
Duncan L. (GEE) - 2
Jake M. (VAL) - 2

Congrats to Adam. It's impressive to see that his two concepts received 29 of the 33 votes cast.

The new set of COTW nominees for September 20-26 have been listed in the poll on the side of the page. Considering it was a slow week, it's great to see 8 concepts properly nominated and seconded. If you have any type of Google account go sign in and place your vote. Voting ends Friday at 11:59pm Eastern. You can see the concepts by clicking the link in the poll or by going to the CONCEPT OF THE WEEK tab.

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I meant to launch the new ReDesign in the middle of this past week, but late Friday night still works. Lets ReDesign the WHA's New York Golden Blades! This team didn't last long and moved to New Jersey/Philly early into the 73-74 season. The logo is so 70's and so WHA, and there lies your challenge. Can you create a modern looking logo? Can you use the existing logo and make it appear modern on a new jersey? And do all that while not making them look like a 1970's LA Kings rip-off. Good luck to everyone and I'm really excited to see the entries! They're due on Friday by 11:59pm Eastern.

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This week I've asked the HJC Writers to come up with their favourite Stanley Cup Final, just based on looks alone. I'll bat lead off and go with the 1988 Stanley Cup Final, but only with the games played in Edmonton.
This series featured lots of vibrant colours (blue, orange, yellow) but the teams were clearly distinct from one another. The classic stripes worn by both teams obviously appeal to my traditionalist ways. Despite both teams wearing classic stripes their jerseys were really quite different. They also represented the styles of both teams very well. In menacing black uniforms were the big bad Bruins and in more regal or finer uniforms were the artistic offensive minded Oilers.

1988 was the year of the infamous "5 game sweep" as the Oilers won the Cup. Game 4 was played in the Boston Garden which had a power failure in the middle of the game. That game was abandoned and restarted in Edmonton. If memory serves me correctly, scoring from the abandoned game was still counted. This is because if the series required a Game 6 back in Boston (Game 5 would have been in Edmonton) they would have restarted from the point that the original Game 4 was stopped at. So Game 4 would have become Game 6. The Oilers lost only 2 games throughout the entire playoffs that year and Gretzky had 43 points in those games!!!!

You'll notice in the picture above that there are ads on the boards. However if you review footage on YouTube the boards are empty. In Edmonton there were only ads on the boards on the side that did not face the stationary camera. Board ads became common place the next season. This was also the last Stanley Cup Final where teams did not wear a Stanley Cup Final patch which lead to my choosing of the 88 Final instead of the 1990 Final.

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COTW Sept 20-26 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
 NY Golden Blades entries (due Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

September 25, 2015

Friday: The World is a Beautiful Place and I am no Longer Afraid of Hockey

Welcome back ladies and gentlemen! TGIF!

It's another day here on HJC, and I'd like to welcome you back to the usual fare!

Our preseason has officially started. Which means the real season is coming. And that makes me happy. For those of you playing fantasy hockey this season, I'm glad to see that I've got good company. I can't say I have many predictions, but I can say that as unrealistic as it might be, I really do believe the Hawks will get another title. If not, the Ducks. Either way, it's gonna be in the west or... one of my... favorite... teams.

Ok, enough bias.

The Kamloop Blazers did a thing!

Photo credit to Twitter

Wow. This is... an upgrade? I'm sorry, it's hard to look at this and not say "Blackhawks jersey with lace collar." But it is far from that. It is different, but the similarities just stick through. The colors are great but I don't think they work here, and on top of that I think the logo is boring and way too big. I give it a (5/10). This jersey feels like the Chicago Bears and Blackhawks had a baby. It just feels strange to me.

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Make sure to vote for the COTW this week!

COTW Sept 13-19 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

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Ben S - Kent State


Execution: Check out Ryan's old post in tutorials on how to handle using ones on your jerseys! Other than that, it's all good. (.75/1)
Striping: I'm not a huge fan of this lightning idea. It's a great idea, don't get me wrong, but the execution of it needs some work. What would really make this cool is if the lightning bolts met at the pit. Or just find a way to make the bolts meet the stitching, make it look more professional. (.5/2)
Effectiveness: I don't really know if this is ice ready yet. (0/1)
Creativity:
 It is a very creative idea I suppose. It draws on the ideas of teams like Tampa, but it does have its own originality in the color scheme and concepts of the piping and arms. (1/2)
Other: There is a great set of free fonts for download right here on the website. If that isn't what you're looking for, maybe some templates. Either way, what I'm getting at is that this font is too much. It isn't a hockey, or sports font. Check out the templates section of the website for more details. Also, rule of thumb, don't italicize anything but the front font. It looks a little tacky on the nameplate. (2/4)


Overall: I can see potential in you as a designer, but I feel as though this jersey could use a lot of edits. You've got the creativity, now it's just time to put it into practice. (4.25/10)

Brooks F - Huntsville Blast
 


Execution: Great job here! (1/1)
Striping: Ok, wow. This is such a cool concept. I looked at that alternate and thought of two things: Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear. Great designs are the ones that create an immediate connection with the viewer. This is one of those designs. This is vintage chic done in such a cool way. (1.75/2)
Effectiveness: Yes yes and yes. (1/1)
Creativity:
 The reason I took the point off of the striping was because that pattern is very overdone. It doesn't look bad, it's just not all that creative or enticing. The alternate on the other hand I would say is. (1.5/2)
Other: I feel as though, and call me crazy, but maybe the light blue would work great as a home, and have a black away. Other than that, I can't say much about this. (3/4)


Overall: Overall, great work. I'm definitely seeing a lot of growth in your concepts and I love that. Keep at it! (8.25/10)

 Jimmy T - Boston Bruins



Execution: Good work (1/1)
Striping: It's got this clean look to it that I truly enjoy. I think all together this jersey just looks so incredibly coherent. I think this is such a clean jersey. (2/2)
Effectiveness: I think it's leagues better than the current, and I love that jersey a lot. (1/1)
Creativity:
 This here is the issue. It doesn't seem that creative. But here this is a good thing. The alternate should be used to do something different, to show another side of the team. This jersey draws heavily from the 1965 Bruins jersey, an absolute classic, yet it does so by improving on it. (1/2)
Other: I just don't know about that logo. I think it's the best choice here, but it doesn't balance out the jersey properly. I feel as though if it did have maybe a white body, it would make it so much deeper of a jersey. Other than that, great work. (3.5/4)


Overall: Fantastic work on this jersey. It's a little classic. It's a little modern. It's all in all a great jersey. (8.5/10) and a COTW nom 

Taylor R - Florida Panthers


Execution: It's a 1! (1/1)
Striping: I really do like this type of slanted striping, I just don't know how well it works for Florida. It's a little basic, so there isn't much else to say. (1.5/2)
Effectiveness: It is better than the bland current jerseys. (1/1)
Creativity:
 I think that this jersey is very similar to the original Panthers jersey. That's good, but not in the same way as the Bruins like above. The Bruins have a deep history, almost 100 years old. The Panthers are more modern, and don't have much of a history at all. Still, it's not a bad idea. (.75/2)
Other: I don't have much else to say, everything else here is pretty solid. (4/4)


Overall: I can't wait to see the rest of this set if there is one. This is a great jersey! (8.25/10)

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Alright, that's the post! Hope you folks enjoyed.

If there's any other opinions you want to voice, leave them down below in the comments. Especially if you think there's a concept you think should be "of the Week."

See you guys next week!

GO HAWKS!!! GO DUCKS!!!
-Jack G.


September 24, 2015

Thursday: Quintuplet of Concepts

Hello everyone and welcome back to another post here on HJC!

So with what seems to be a usual with this post now, there's new jersey news. However it has again been covered already on previous days, so if you wanna see it go check out the posts from earlier this week. I'll just give my thoughts.
I actually really like the jersey, or at least the direction it's going in. I'm not sure what shade of blue they used for the arms, it almost looks lighter than their regular one, but I like that look. Just get rid of the stadium series clich├ęs, add hem stripes to match the arms, and slap on their regular logo and you've got a solid look for a new design for them entirely! Overall: 7/10

So no competition this week, but like always, we have COTW, because well if we did not have one every week it wouldn't be the concept of the week would it? So, DO IT! JUST DO IT! 

COTW Sept 13-19 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

On to the concepts 
Brooks F. - Hampton Roads Admirals
+Their previous jerseys were Sabres copies, but these ones still have a somewhat similar look
+I like the balance of blue and yellow on the blue jersey, they work well together 
+Simple design, but a good one
~The design almost looks like a recolored Florida Panthers jersey with hem stripes, or a pre edge Bruins jersey with the arm stripes outside the yoke. That may be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it
-The pants should have a logo, and the pants stripe doesn't seem to fit with the rest of the concept at all

Overall: Simple, solid, realistic design (8/10)

+Utilizing a third color for an alternate jersey is always a good thing
+As is the usage of the alternate logo
+Get rid of one stripe and change the logo and colors and this could have been the Islanders' new alternate, so it's definitely believable
+I like the shoulder stripes
+I think this concept works well without white
+I would even prefer a similar design to this for the home/away set
-The chest stripe should continue around the back, it would look a bit awkward as it is

Overall: Solid (8.5/10)


Taylor R. - Arizona Coyotes
+I personally prefer the leaping coyote logo to their current one, we seem to have the same opinions on that
+The kachina pattern is back, and gives the jerseys just that extra bit of uniqueness
+The colors are balanced well
+The brick colored cuffs on the white jersey do more to help the look of the jersey than you may really think they would, good design choice
+I like the font choice
+Black pants and helmet was also the right choice here
~I wouldn't say this is a negative thing rather than just my personal opinion, but I think the white jersey would look good in the sand color instead, seeing as it's light enough to be one
-While they don't look bad, I think a regular collar would be better here, as lace up collars have more of a vintage look to me, even if they aren't always used that way.

Overall: Much much better than what was given to us in June (9/10)


Jimmy T. - Greenville Swamp Rabbits
+The addition of so much silver gives me a Hartford Whalers vibe, especially with the dark blue jersey.
+The orange pops well, and is used conservatively as just a supporting color, and it looks good
-The logos are too small
-The numbers on the dark jersey should be orange or white, as of now the gray bleeds into the white outline and becomes hard on your eyes, plus it results in too much gray on the concept
-There isn't enough blue on the white jersey, switch the gray and blue on that jersey and you'd be good
-Helmet and pants logos missing

Overall - I prefer it over what they have now, but it still needs improvement (7/10)


Colin "CPM" M. -Minnesota Wild
+This design looks great for a winter classic
+The logo combines the current Wild and previous North Stars, and you pulled that look off really well
+The shoulder stripes on here look great and add to the vintage look
+I would normally question the decision of yellow pants, but after seeing it on the player it's definitely the right choice. Also reminds me a bit of the old canvas pants
-I would make the stripes a bit bolder, they're very thin as is
-I don't think the reverse lace up collar is a good fit for a winter classic, and either way they look a bit odd being white, with no white anywhere else

Overall: Simple, classic, and great look for a winter classic (9/10) and a COTW nomination!

And that's all we have again for today! I hope you enjoyed the post, thanks for reading, and I'll see you again next Thursday.