August 12, 2016

Friday: Join This List

Hello folks, how are you today?  Me I'm good, I always enjoy writing these Friday HJC posts.  If you think you might enjoy writing for HJC too, well you're in luck, as we're currently looking for a new Tuesday writer.  Click here, or on the white banner above this post for all the important details.

On Wednesday when Phil was discussing the available writer position, he mentioned it was "an exclusive club being opened up again".  That got me thinking, just how exclusive is this club, how many people have written for HJC before?  The answer is 21.  21 people have had at least one HJC post attributed to them.  Below I've arranged those people from most to least amount of posts written, with links to their first and last posts (because apparently I didn't have anything better to do).

Ryan Haslett, 895 Posts (Nov 2009 - Present)
As the founder of this site and the only regular writer for the first few years, Ryan built up a lead of over 600 posts before other people started writing the weekday posts.
First Post
Latest Post

WinnipegJets96, 216 Posts (Aug 2012 - Present)
In second place is WinnipegJets96, who was part of the first group of writers brought on, and has been writing here ever since.
First Post
Latest Post

Dylan Alexander, 178 Posts (Aug 2012 - Dec 2015)
Also part of the first group of writers was Dylan, who left at the end of 2015.
First Post
Last Post

William Butala, 123 Posts (Sept 2013 - Jan 2016)
William joined the HJC team a bit later in 2013, and built up over 120 posts before leaving earlier this year.
First Post
Last Post

Caz Williams, 98 Posts (Oct 2013 - Feb 2015 & Jan 2016 - Present)
After William left, Caz rejoined the team for his second stint as an HJC writer.
First Post
Latest Post

Brendan Poe, 73 Posts (March 2015 - Present)
Our Thursday writer Brendan has written 73 posts since becoming an HJC writer in March 2015.
First Post
Latest Post

Steven Grant, 73 Posts (Aug 2012 - June 2013 & Jan 2016 - Present)
Also with 73 total posts is me, split between two writing stints.
First Post
Latest Post (this one)

Dylan Nowak, 70 Posts (July 2013 - Jan 2014 & March 2015 - Jan 2016)
Dylan took over for me after my first writing stint.  He also split his writing time between two different stints.
First Post
Last Post

Colin May, 53 Posts (Aug 2012 - April 2013 & Dec 2013 - May 2014)
Another member of the original writing team was Colin.  He came back for several more months of writing after a brief gap in 2013.
First Post
Last Post

Phil Beck, 42 Posts (May 2014 - Sept 2014 & Feb 2016 - Present)
Wednesday writer Phil had prior experience writing for HJC before rejoining the staff in February.
First Post
Latest Post

Jack Godlewski, 36 Posts (May 2015 - Feb 2016)
Phil took over for Jack, who stepped down in February of this year.
First Post
Last Post

Tyler Gross, 35 Posts (Nov 2012 - Aug 2013)
Tyler was the first person brought on after the original group of writers.
First Post
Last Post

Alex Offenbach, 34 Posts (Jan 2014 - Sept 2014)
Two years ago Alex was your Wednesday writer.
First Post
Last Post

Kevin Wos, 33 Posts (Feb 2013 - Sept 2013)
For a while there wasn't a concept post on the weekend.  Kevin was brought on to fill that gap.
First Post
Last Post

Steven Marculaitis, 32 Posts (Jan 2016 - Present)
The other Steven has been writing on Tuesdays since January, soon he'll switch to a different day.
First Post
Latest Post

Christian Legault, 30 Posts (Sept 2014 - April 2015)
Christian was the Wednesday writer for a while in 2014/15.
First Post
Last Post

Ricky Mazella, 30 Posts (Aug 2012 & May 2013 - Nov 2013)
As part of the application process when Ryan was first looking for writers, the chosen applicants had to write a post about their five favourite jerseys.  Ricky was one of those applicants, and then he was later chosen to be a writer in 2013.
First Post
Last Post

Caden Patafie, 25 Posts (Sept 2014 - March 2015)
Caden wrote for HJC for several months in 2014/15.
First Post
Last Post

Glen Cuthbert, 13 Posts (Oct 2010 - Feb 2011)
Back in the very early days of HJC, Glen wrote a handful of posts including posting his NHL Rebrand series.
First Post
Last Post

Thallos, 13 Posts (Aug 2012 - Nov 2012)
Thallos, who like Cher only has one name, was part of the original group of writers.
First Post
Last Post

Thomas Livingstone, 1 Post (Aug 2012)
During the application process for the original group of writers, Thomas wrote a post about his five favourite jerseys.
First and Only Post

Now you have a chance to join this (somewhat) exclusive list.  And you can rocket up the list pretty quickly as well, after only a year you'd pass more than half the people.  If you're interested, get your application in before noon next Friday.

By the way, how many of these names do you recognize?  I've been around for all of them except Glen.

*(I'm pretty sure all this information is accurate, but if I've missed anyone or made another mistake let me know in the comments and I'll fix it).

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Three votes ended at noon today and only one vote replaced them, so the voting reminders are a bit less cluttered now.  But we still have one ongoing competition, and of course the writer applications as well.  Everything ends next Friday at noon.

COTW Aug 5-11 vote (ends Friday, Aug 19 @ noon Eastern)
International Outdoor Classic entries (due Friday, Aug 19 @ noon Eastern)
HJC Writer Applications (due Friday, Aug 19th @ noon Eastern)

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Here's the lone International Outdoor Classic competition entry to come in since yesterday's post...

by Burkus Circus:

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Edmonton Oilers, by John V:
John starts us off with a Heritage Classic concept for the Oilers.  I like the general idea of bringing back their original WHA white jersey, I think it's what many of us expected them to unveil last week.  Some of the changes made aren't my favourite though, I don't think vintage white looks good when the orange is so prominent, and I'm also not a fan of this version of the Oilers logo.  The execution is fairly good, but the vertical stitching should stop at the hem stripes, and the collar laces have disappeared into the jersey (making them a slightly darker shade of vintage white would solve that issue).
Rating: 6/10

New York Rangers, by Lucas D:
Lucas continues his Identity Swap series by making the Rangers look like the freshly rebranded Panthers.  It's a fun idea for a series and I think this swap worked out pretty good, the Panthers new jerseys look good in blue and red.  However the logo isn't as impressive as some of the other logos in this series, it feels more template-y in comparison to me.  Also the flag patches should be angled perpendicular to the sleeves.
Rating: 7/10

Cedar Rapids Roughriders, by Chris W:
I always enjoy reviewing concepts from Chris because of his amazing attention to detail, and this concept is no different.  Some of those subtle details include stitching on the numbers of the third jersey (like Buffalo's 40th anniversary jersey), as well as a team specific collar insert logo.  Zooming back out, the striping pattern on the primary jersey isn't my favourite.  It's not awful, but the colours do blend together a bit.  I do love that number font though, and I think the third jersey is absolutely perfect (the horse shoe pattern is great).
Rating: 8/10

Team USA, by Avi S:
Last but not least, Avi gives Team USA new World Cup jerseys with flag inspired sleeve stripes.  Those sleeve stripes are brilliant, they look good, they're unique, they're very patriotic, what more could you ask for?  I also like the subtle use of gold (although as a Canadian I think silver is more fitting for their performance), and the number font is nice as well.  Overall these would fit in great with the modern style of the World Cup jersey, I have no complaints at all.
Rating: 9/10 and my COTW nomination!

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I'll see you again next week!





Or will I...

9 comments:

winnipegjets96 said...

I'll second Avi S. for COTW.

Wow, 216 posts...4 year anniversary coming up this Thursday. Such a nostalgia trip going through all the old writers

Ryan said...

This was your best post ever Steven!

Caz said...

Seriously impressive research, Steven. I had no idea that 8/21 will be my 100th post. Seems poetic.

Burkus. Circus Concepts said...

Is there any way I can write every other week with someone else?

Also, YAY IT'S ME!!!!!

GO JACKETS!!! GO MONSTERS!!! GO BUCKS!!! GO USA!!!

Steven Grant said...

Thanks guys!

Ryan said...

@Burkus: No, that's not really the situation we're looking for.

Burkus Circus Concepts said...

Ok

GO JACKETS!!! GO MONSTERS!!! GO BUCKS!!! GO USA!!!

Kevin Burr said...

The only issue I have with the USA concept is the striping on the sleeves. Although I love the idea of using the American flag, I actually prefer the striping that the actual white jersey has.

William Butala said...

Impressive research! Definitely a nostalgia trip for me. I didn't realize I had more posts than most of the other awesome writers HJC has had over the years. It was always fun bringing my brand of writing to the community, which is why I'm glad to be back as the Social Media Admin.

Although...4th is a disappointing number to leave on, maybe I'll have to pad that stat some more one day ;)