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May 21, 2017

Sunday: Shell Shock!

Good afternoon everybody. Today I have another post about another college team with a new amazing uniform. However, being that they aren't showing these uniforms until tomorrow at a golf outing, I am limited to the pictures I can show and what details I can put in my post.

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
Ouch. That doesn't even hint that they're apart of the University of Maryland. It's like someone forgot to order the uniforms and had to buy a generic uniform at the last minute. Anyways, After calling up Rebirth they ended up with these Maryland pride themed uniforms for a home and road:




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
So what I can tell you about the uniforms are that it's a three color numbering based off of the Terrafont that the actual athletic teams use. The team also had a alternate logo made for the shoulders and have a roundel logo on the front. If you want the guess the rest go ahead, but I am updating the post once the actual jerseys are revealed. 

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
Positives: Oh thank the lord that you took the stripes all the way around on the hem. Also, the black pants work well with this.
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.
Overall: 6.5/10

Anthony C- Columbus Blue Jackets 
Positives: The squared off yoke looks nice on this jersey with the different colored collar and hem as well as keeping the red shorts. Also, the arm striping is pretty good as well. It's simple but effective.
Negatives: Please just continue the hem to the sides. Unless you have the Adidas stripes please just make the hem striping connect.
Overall: 7/10

Burkus Circus- New Jersey Devils 
Positives: The modifying of the primary logo looks really good. Also, I like that you kept a classic striping design on the jerseys as well.
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.
Overall: 7.5/10

Burkus Circus- Vancouver Canucks  
Positives: The "VC" logo on the striping looks really good and the simple thin stripe in the larger stripe actually works overall. Also, the Skating Lumberjack looks really good as well.
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.
Overall: 7.75/10

Justin B- St. Louis Blues 
Positives: Multi striping from the 90's is a beautiful look on this jersey as well as the old trumpet logo. Also, the yellow collar really pops out.
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.
Overall: 6.5/10

Peter H- AK Bars Kazan 
Positives: The two different designs on these jersey look really good. it's not too much but at the same time it's just enough to give a really unique and cohesive look. good job.
Negatives: I'd say the only negatives is that the execution is a little blurry with the mesh looking sides.
Overall: 8/10

TC M- Virginia Cavaliers 
Positives: 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!

2 comments:

winnipegjets96 said...

I'll second TC for COTW, love the orange third jersey

Taylor Roy said...

Peter H for COTW