The team I chose this week is in a part of the country that is not known as a hockey friendly climate but has taken to it quite well. This team is also older than the current NHL team that plays in the area. If you haven't guessed it by now, I'm talking about the University of South Florida Bulls.
The Ice Bulls as they're known have been around since 1991, a whole year before the Lightning so it just shows that Tampa was a good selection for expansion. Also, the team spent the first few years playing teams only in the Atlanta area because no Florida colleges had a club hockey program set up.
As for all the years that they've been playing, they've always had these very template-style jerseys from a company I shall not name. Sure it's worked but it's never been something that made the players feel like they represented the school.
|Photo Courtesy of Dan Hoeflich|
|All Photos courtesy of Rebirth Sports|
Before I end this story, I think that it was Dan himself who best summed up what it's like to create a jersey. "Going through the whole design process was walking through a fantasy world and then the design becoming reality was amazing." If that doesn't explain how you feel about making a concept or even designing a jersey(s) for a hockey team then I don't know what will. Best of luck to the Ice Bulls and the rest of their season.
We have the COTW vote as usual so get on that.
Onto the Concepts!
Jonathon S- Vegas Golden Knights
Negatives: I will say that the cutoff hem stripe doesn't look that good with the black sides separating it. Either get rid of the black, limit it to half way like the old Pens jerseys, or just get rid of the hem stripe.
Lucas D- Atlanta Thrashers
Negatives: It's more of a wish but it would have been nice to see the original logo on the shoulders of the primaries.
Ryan C- Dallas Stars
Negatives: Add a stripe to the pants and you have a perfect concept.
Overall: 9.5/10 COTW NOMINEE
Tyler M-S - Hamilton Tigers
Negatives: That yellow to black sock design just doesn't seem to work with the overall design here.
Well guys that's all I have for you this week. While it is Christmas next Sunday I'm still going to do a special edition post for everybody to read while they're waiting for dinner at their grandma and or aunt's house. Have a good rest of the week and I'll see you guys on Christmas!