For those of you who don't know anything about Maryland Athletics, it's Under Armour's guinea pig when it comes to products and designs. With the new rebranding that happened a few years ago, the club hockey team decided that they wanted to look more aligned with the schools branding than what they wore before due to the ultimate goal of becoming a varsity sport. To explain, I have shown a picture of the uniforms the team has worn prior to going with the main jerseys they currently wear:
|Photo from Maryland Hockey Facebook|
As you can see, it was a MAJOR upgrade. Fast forward a few months ago. The Senior Defensemen and Assistant Captain from Boston, of Ben Weiner, started to talk the guys into a much more traditional style red jersey for an alternate. After much backlash from all the Maryland kids, they finally caved and so began the journey of designing a new alternate. Ben's first thought was to go to Under Armour themselves so the team could have a jersey done by an alumni of the university. After playing with their online jersey customizer, Ben had a good idea of what he wanted in a jersey, but Under Armour couldn't give it to him.
So Ben made the right choice (yes I'm being biased) and reached out to Rebirth to see if they could improve on the design Ben created in the Under Armour customerizer. As Ben put it, "They went above what Under Armour was will to do and at a lower cost!"
This is where I usually reveal the jersey that I'm about to talk about. However, I actually can't do that because they already had that planned for tomorrow at a golf event and I'm not going to take that away. What I can do is show you teasers and give a very vague explanation of them.
|All Photos from Rebirth Sports|
Now if you're like me, you need a Maryland jersey. Not want, but need. Maryland is one if not my all time favorite school and I would own one of these jerseys, main or alternate, in a heartbeat. All that being said, it's a complicated situation right now getting the green light so stay tuned for a upcoming sale because it will be coming and I will own one of those jersey. In the words of Wayne Campbell, "It will be mine. Oh yes, it will be mine."
Good luck to the Maryland hockey program. I hope they end up becoming a varsity sport and a member of the B1G Ten hockey.
Anyways guys, we have the COTW voting going on and I'll be honest with you, I shouldn't have to tell you guys this by now but hey we all forget sometimes. Also, we have the IIHF competition voting as well. Teams are split into divisions so you have to vote for a team in each division. Get on that please!
COTW May 12-18 vote (ends Friday @ noon ET)
WHJC Division Vote (ends Tuesday @ 9pm ET)
Onto the Concepts!
Anthony C- Carolina Hurricanes
Negatives: The numbers are a little high. That color combo of striping on the dark jersey just doesn't work well. Overall it's a really plain set for a team like the Hurricanes which is a let down.
Anthony C- Columbus Blue Jackets
Negatives: Please just continue the hem to the sides. Unless you have the Adidas stripes please just make the hem striping connect.
Burkus Circus- New Jersey Devils
Negatives: White as a secondary just isn't working on the dark jersey. Switch it to red. Also, what the heck is that writing for? it's not relevant. Third, keep the numbers traditional and make them a little smaller.
Burkus Circus- Vancouver Canucks
Negatives: The squared off yoke looks a little strange on the jersey. Both the crest logo and numbers are slightly large, and I'd say that adding that "VC" to the side of the hems is a little much.
Justin B- St. Louis Blues
Negatives: Just the execution overall of this is really bad. Pixelated lines, blurry nameplate and shoulder logos, etc. Also, the sock design is a little much to have like that.
Peter H- AK Bars Kazan
Negatives: I'd say the only negatives is that the execution is a little blurry with the mesh looking sides.
TC M- Virginia CavaliersPositives: The striping on the arms really looks good as well as both logos. The striping dances that line of just enough and too much on the arms so good job.
Negatives: My only negative is trying to match the hem striping with the arms. It's a little too much to have on the jersey.
Overall: 8.5/10 COTW NOMINEE!
Ok guys that's all I have for you this week. Thanks again to Ben Weiner and the University of Maryland's Hockey Program. I'll see you guys next week!