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July 27, 2017

Thursday: Copycats

Hello everyone, welcome back to another Thursday post!

Again we have a little bit of news to talk about, but of course nothing that I haven't already been beaten to.

The Belleville Senators unveiled their new logo yesterday. If you haven't seen it yet I'm sure you can predict what it is, but if you'd like to see it, go take a look at Phil's post yesterday.

In my opinion, I'm not a huge fan. I think they just took the safe route, and I'm not too impressed. I also don't think the "B" works nearly as well as the "O" does. I also think the red stroke on the B could be removed to make the look a bit cleaner, though it's been growing on me. Overall, it's the safe route and it's a pretty decent look, though it just doesn't impress me. I think the jerseys will be the make or break as to whether this team will look good or not.

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This week in voting not much has changed since my last post on Sunday. The COTW vote is still going, and now less than 24 hours remain. There's also the vote for the HJC Open final, between Jake and myself. I think this is going to be a close one, and your vote could always make the difference, so go drop a quick vote for the concept you like best!

HJC Open Final vote (ends Friday @ noon ET)
COTW July 14-20 vote (ends Friday @ noon ET)

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Ben B. - Toronto Maple Leafs
A slight backstory since none of you guys are aware of this, but Ben and I talk through twitter a bit about concepts, and I've given him some minor comments along the way. So if I make a reference to something I've told him before, that's where it came from.
+The Leafs look best in a classic design, rather than a more modern one, so this fits the bill. This has probably been my favorite concept that you've shown me.
+The striping pattern is a nice way of combining their classic design with something more like the cuffs of this alt, all while being something new. And, hey, it's consistent!
+Minor detail, but I love the white chinstrap on the blue helmet. 
-The TV numbers look a tad small. The back numbers are probably borderline being a tad small as well.
-I would move the logo and the name down a tad. The logo is too close to the collar and the name is too close to the yoke.
-The loose, white pixels below the front left hem that I mentioned to you are still there.
Overall: 8/10


Brooks F. - Milwaukee Admirals
+No lack of creativity on this one, that's for sure.
+Good color balance.
+The striping here suits the logo well.
+This design wouldn't look good on an NHL team, but I think an AHL team could pull it off.
-The shoulder design leaves the patch and TV numbers a bit cramped, though I'm not sure how much you can do about that.
-The name looks a bit small, but there's not much room to make it larger.
-I'm personally not really feeling the font you chose, at least for the numbers.
Overall: 8/10


Brooks F. - Rochester Americans
+The first thing I noticed about this design was the revamped logo, which I'm a fan of.
-The script looks slightly off center from the shield, though, and it's bugging me. Either that, or my eyes are just deceiving me and it's actually okay.
-I also think the "Rochester" inside the script is a bit unnecessary. It's unreadable from a distance, and doesn't really add much if you ask me.
+Just like last concept, the striping on this one suits the logo well.
+The stars on the cuffs are a nice, subtle addition.
+The shoulder stripes/shoulder yoke work really well to give this a more classic feel.
+You do a good job of keeping the red and blue from touching.
Overall: 8.5/10


Chris W. - Norfolk Admirals
+This is quite a nice look for the Admirals, and a bit more detailed than their current look.
+I'm a big fan of the primary logo. It's not perfect, but it's a nice alternative to the incredibly simple look they went with.
-Speaking of it not being perfect, I really don't think the N/anchor logo is necessary to be on the hat. It would still be hard to decipher from a distance, and just busies things up a bit.
+I like the striping pattern, though I'm not sure the exact inspiration for it.
-I think it may look better to also include the thin stripes on the hem, though I still think it works as is if you wanted to leave it.
+That font works surprisingly well.
+The alternate is a nice way to bring in their throwback/vintage Sabres look, and making it even better by making the stripe colors consistent.
+The diagonal wordmark fits pretty well on that jersey.
Overall: 9/10 and my COTW nomination


John E. - New Jersey Devils
+Most Adidas fix concepts would probably look a bit something like this, or a bit like the concept below. Kudos to you for stepping out of the box with this one, while still having it similar enough to work as a fix.
+I think the green works, though I'm not sure I prefer it. I could go either way on this one probably.
-This is more a curious comment than anything, because I'm not actually sure this would be better, but I'd be interested in seeing what the logo on the red jersey looked like in green.
+Speaking of the logo, I think it looks pretty good isolated from its circle.
+The striping is a nice way to fix what they went with while still using the inspiration that they did. It's inconsistently consistent too, and it works.
-Not a bit fan of the thin stripe, though. Just makes it a bit too busy in my opinion.
+I love the pants design.
-I like the name font, but I'm not sure how I feel about the number font.
Overall: 8.5/10


Steven G. - New Jersey Devils
-Not a very creative concept here, but that can be excused because that's not the purpose here.
+In terms of fixing the mess that Adidas made of the Devils, I think this does a good job at bridging between a traditional and modern look and improving the base design that Adidas gave them.
+Hem stripes!!
-I don't think I'd have minded if you used the three stripes of equal thickness on the arms.
+Can't really complain about returning to the classic design, though.
-I suppose this is more of a gripe I have with the Devils' uniforms in general rather than your concept, but I've always thought there was too much black on the road jersey compared to red.
Overall: 8/10

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

July 26, 2017

Wednesday: Work Sucks



Quick intro this week I just got back from work with an hour to spare before this went live.

NEWS: The Baby Sens unveiled their logo for the move from Binghamton to Bellville.


Having this as the primary logo makes me interested in the jerseys. Could we see the barber pole jerseys as the main set? Not a fan of the wordmark. 75%

In NHL news, the Tampa Bay Lightning are asking for feedback in preparation of creating a third jersey for the 2018-19 season. You can take it here. You will be entered to win one of 4 prizes, either a $50, $100 or $200 gift card to Tampa Bay Sports, an online retailer of Tampa Bay Lightning, Storm, Rays, Buccaneers, or collegiate merchandise. Or the grand prize which is a 2017-18 jersey.

VOTES: The HJC Open is coming to a close this week. Jake vs Brendan. YOU DECIDE! Plus the standard COTW, but don't sleep on that.

REMINDERS:

HJC Open Final vote (ends Friday @ noon ET)
COTW July 14-20 vote (ends Friday @ noon ET)

ON TO THE CONCEPTS!


Brooks F: Chicago Wolves (AHL) Concept


This logo is TEN times better than the existing Wolves logo. Having more black helps this concept as well. I want these made immediately. There is nothing to hate about this. The wordmark mirroring the striping is brilliant.

Rating: 100%


Brooks F: Hershey Bears (AHL) Concept


I don't know how practical a cream base jersey is full time with a cream colored helmet. Regardless, it's cool how you were able to exclude white completely with this concept. The yokes work well. I'm not buying the uneven striping though. The dark jersey is easily the best of the two, because of how close the two darker shades of brown are to each other.

Rating: 89%


Chris W: Marathon Argos (Fictional) Concept


This is a bit of a complex concept, to say the least, as Chris proposes a team in a fictional league (Great Lakes Hockey Association). For a team based in Marathon, Ontario (Thunder Bay district), having a Greek theme totally makes sense and what team name makes more sense than Argos (or Argonauts if you want to be technical)? As such, Chris gives us Greek inspired striping to match with a very creative logo. One that I think looks awesome but at the same time, one I question in regards to complexity and practicality. Alternate logo seems better suited for a hockey jersey, with and without the creepy eyes.

Rating: 92%


Lucas D: Detroit Red Wings Concept


Shoulder numbers...... ugh. I see how necessary they are though, as Detroit goes with a red and white barber pole look, a fauxback favorite, along with a massive chest stripe to go with the Stadium Series D logo. The classic D would be better in my opinion, just to fit the theme of the concept. Otherwise no issue, except for the template translation I mentioned last week.

Rating: 82%


Matt G: 2019 Winter Classic (Boston vs. Detroit) Concept


While good in concept, I cannot for the life of me read any of those nameplates clearly from a distance. The numbers on the Bruins jersey are too large, as is the logo on the front. Presentation note, the Spoked B is missing its white inside the logo on the top. White pants for Detroit?

Rating: 70%


Vaughn R: Quad City Mallards (ECHL) Military Night Concept


I definitely see improvement in your work here Vaughn. I like this idea a lot, but I think it could be better only by moving the American flag patch to the shoulder. Gloves could use some green. That nameplate is slightly large, as is the ECHL logo on the back.

Rating: 'MURICA (76%)


The WINNER of my Concept of the Week Nomination is

 BROOKS F 

 CHICAGO WOLVES CONCEPT 


Antoher week gone, another week closer to the Stabley Cap Tournament. The Facebook hockey comic series comes to life when four teams compete for the elusive Stabley Cap: The Nu Jerzee Devals, the Nu York Rager, The Washington Stabley Cap-itels and the Pittsberg Fils. Tickets are on sale here so come on over to Montclair, NJ to see me try and become a Stabley Cap Champion for Pittsberg, as the Eyelindurs were not available for me to play for. The event will also be streamed LIVE, more information on that later. Until then, I'll see you next week.

July 25, 2017

Tuesday: Us Jersey Nerds can't wait!

Hello again, and welcome, Hockey Fans, to this Tuesday's post! There's not a whole lot of news here in the off-season... We're just waiting for October! And I mean the Preds road jersey... But mostly the Road Jersey, I mean October! I mean I'm a little conflicted... Us jersey nerds are a little bit different than other hockey fans in that way... But that's ok!

Don't forget that we have our regularly scheduled COTW voting, as well as the HJC OPEN VOTING!!!! CHOSE THE CHAMPION!!! So ya know... Don't forget...

HJC Open Final vote
COTW vote (July 14-20)


On to the concepts!


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Brooks F.- Kyrgyzstan (IIHF)
Brooks starts us off with a little trip to somewhere in the Far to Middle East... Kyrgyzstan!
Good-
  • I LOVE the chest pattern based on the flag! It looks great, and keeps the jersey modern for a non-traditional hockey country!
  • I also like the sleeve ends with the sun logo! 
Bad-
  • The main logo reminds me a little too much of the Florida Panthers...
  • I also don't like the logo on the sock
  • And I believe that the IIHF outfitter is Nike, and not Adidas... 
  • Overall, the whole set is a little cluttered
My rating: A decent design for a non-traditional market, but it's a little busy... 7.5/10

Brooks F.- Vegas Golden Knights (90's NHL Series)
Our second concept of the day belongs to Brooks, and the Golden Knights!
Good-
  • A 90's series worked for all the other teams as they were all close or founded in the 90's, but with a name straight out of the 90's it works for the Golden Knights too! 
  • An Actual golden Knight logo looks good too! 
  • I like the armor-esque shoulder yoke!
  • The rivets in the pattern also looks good!
Bad-
  • While the number font is supposed to be ridiculous, the 7 is hard to tell apart from the 2 on the shoulders
  • I also don't like the double gold color scheme... The back numbers would be hard to read on the gold jersey...  
My rating: This would fit perfectly in the 90's! But like most 90's jerseys, there's always some problems... 7.5/10

Lucas D.- Edmonton Oilers (NHL)
Next up is Lucas's Oilers Adizero concept!
Good-
  • I love the blue sleeve caps!
    • It's basically the old Blue jersey but with an orange body! Clever!
  •  I also like the Adidas collar here, it looks good! 
  • Blue numbers look good too
Bad-
  • The name should have a thicker outline
  • White numbers would be easier to read for the TV numbers
  • The logo looks a little big on the real jersey mock-up
My rating: A much better update than what the Oilers actually rolled out with Adidas! 8/10

Lucas D.- San Jose Sharks (NHL)
Lucas also gets the next concept, which is another update for the Adizero jerseys, this time for the Sharks!
Good-
  •  I love the striping pattern! 
  • The sleeve length yoke on the road jersey is fantastic, and reflects the early 2000's jerseys!
  • Good logo choice! 
  • I also like that the Adi-Pentagon matches the color of the jersey!
  • I also like the elimination of orange in the striping pattern, and the return of silver!
  • Fantastic presentation!
Bad-
  • The hem of the white jersey should have some teal...
My rating: A fantastic update for the Sharks! 9/10 and my COTW NOMINEE!!!!!

Vaughn R.- Vegas Golden Knights (NHL)
Vaughn has the next concept for the Golden Knights!
Good-
  • I like the sleeve length yoke pattern! 
  • I like the secondary logo on the end of the sleeve! 
  • I like the N&# font! 
Bad-
  • The white jersey needs more grey. You shouldn't have a jersey completely missing a color.
  • The gold names are hard to read on both jerseys...
  • I'm also not sure why Under Armour is the manufacturer, and not Adidas...
My rating: These aren't half-bad, but the color balance isn't good, and these are a little bland... 6/10

Will S.- San Jose Sharks (PCHL What-If)
Will finishes off the day with a What-if concept for the PCHL, and the "Original" San Jose Sharks!
Good-
  • This is very realistic and a nice job on the research! 
  • The logo would have fit nicely in the 30's!
Bad-
  • The teal from the logo doesn't match the teal on the sweater
  • I also don't like the wool stitched texture on the jersey. It darkens everything, and makes it look grey instead of white... 
My rating: While everything is realistic, the presentation isn't the best, and slapping a logo on an identical jersey isn't that much of a concept... 5/10

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  Well that's all from me, you Tuesday writer, Chase! Come back for more!

July 24, 2017

Monday: RIPTIDE WHAT?!

Welcome to another Monday post!

There's no jersey news really at this point in the off season, though August tends to be a lot busier than July...so I figured to pass the time we could look at this beautiful and I do mean BEAUTIFUL SO BAD IT'S GOOD logo I stumbled upon a logo for a Elite level youth spring hockey training team when trying to find out what number Pavol Demitra (RIP) wore with the PEI Senators.


Wow....I friggin' love this. Serious, please, make a concept for the PEI Riptide, it's like the shark is being powered by the waves of pure awesomeness.....and to top of that there are 5 colours on this logo...good look balancing that on a jersey.

Voting this week is really simple, we just have the normal COTW vote, simply go to the side of the page and pick your favourite out of the poll on the side of the blog. Votes are due Friday as usual.

AT LEAST THAT WOULD BE THE CASE IF NOT FOR THE UPCOMING HJC OPEN FINAL! STARTING TOMORROW WE'LL SEE WHAT BRENDAN AND JAKE HAVE COME UP WITH AND DECIDE WHO WINS THE HJC OPEN, PART OF THE HJC TRIPLE CROWN! (Along with the COTY win and Pairs Competition imho)

HJC Open Final entries (due Tuesday @ noon ET)
COTW July 14-20 vote (ends Friday @ noon ET)

On with today's 7 concepts!

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Calgary Flames Concepts (By: Cole W.)


+ I like the blend of eras in these jerseys. With the current amount of black seen here, the white C from the 90s, the red gear of the current alternate and 80s jerseys and the numbers of the previous script alternate, and everything goes together pretty well
+ Of the two of them, the white jersey (as with most Calgary jerseys) looks better
+ Nice work with the Adidas collars
+ Thanks for the notes on your concepts!
+ Good execution

- Pant logo is too high, as are the sock stripes
- The striping, particularly on the red jersey seem a little too thin
- The amount of yellow in the striping and yoke are make the yoke stand out
- Kind of would have preferred black gear, but I would have to see it on ice
- Where's that beautiful shoulder patch?

Rating: 7/10

Columbus Blue Jackets Concept (By: Lucas D.)


+ This isn't the first concept I've seen with that Blue Jackets logo with a chest sash, and it usually looks pretty solid
+ I'm surprised at how well this style of jersey translates to the Adidas look, even with the collar it still works well
+ Great execution

- My biggest problem with this concept is that one specific shade of beige, it reminds me too much of the Chicago '09 Alt, especially on the arms. Using the current shade of beige would work a lot better
- Numbers don't really do it for me, I'm not sure if the blockier alternate font or the rounded font would work better but
- Shoulder patch?

Rating: 7.5/10

Dallas Stars Concept (By: Lucas D.)


+  Nice job blending the original Stars jerseys with the current colour scheme and adding some improvements, especially where the numbers are placed
+The way the two shades of grey are placed, it makes the striping look beveled like the logo
+ Good logo choices on shoulders
+ Great execution

- Now some may like this, but that primary logo reminds me too much of the Texas Stars and the current primary would work better
- Wish the green on the striping was thicker

Rating: 8/10

Windsor Spitfires Concepts (By: TC Moore)


+ Very slick colour scheme here, I especially like the slightly darker shade of red used that goes well with the Maroon
+ Home and road are a Jets hybrid jersey on a more basic template and they look pretty solid
+ The alternate really steals the show! It reminds me what the team attempted in the early 2000s as an alternate
+ The modified Mickey Renault memorial logo honours their captain forever, but the addition of the W alternate logo to the bottom where the 18 was makes it more suitable as a primary instead of a shoulder patch
+ Good execution

- I agree with what BPoe said about the template, although here it's not too bad, but since TC mentioned he's switching templates it's all good
- The red pants on the red jersey is a tough one, I don't love it, but navy would mean too much navy on the white, and since whites are home in the OHL, it's fine by me, but a blue helmet would look better
-Another way to fix the colour balancing might be white numbers on the red jersey and red numbers on the white jersey, but the balancing isn't bad per-sey, just odd

Rating: 8.5/10 COTW Nom from me!

Team Canada Concepts (By: Brook F.)


+ Love the idea of the maple leaf under the Canada script, keeps it from looking college, but still has that classic look to it similar to the Winnipeg Falcons jersey in a way
+ Striping is solid
+ Good execution

- I'm not sure why, but the double red isn't really doing it for me here, especially on the white jersey, where the cuffs would look better if they were the lighter red, but black or even gold would look better
- The numbers here are a little too Maple Leafs like with that outline on them (even though I know they aren't the pre-edge Leafs numbers)
- Shoulder patch is just a repeat of the primary logo, I'm usually in favour of shoulder patches over none, but if you really wanted a leaf on the sides of the jersey, the arms would have been a better place

Rating: 8/10

Team USA Concepts (By: Brooks F.)


+ There's a lot of good ideas here, particularly in the striping and colour balancing
+ The stars in the arm striping remind me of the 1998 USA team's awesome shoulder patch, but done in a less 1998 way
+ The edits to the old USA logo are done very well
+ Great execution

-I appreciate what Brooks did with the Eagle logo, but it's probably one of my least favourite logos hockey USA uses. Again he's done it very well, but purely on a preference level, I would have used the WCoF shield or the USA font we're so used to
- Flag shoulder patches are a huge no no from me (Stupid Calgary), and I totally get why Brooks put them there, but they remind me too much at best of the EA Sports jerseys because the NHL games don't have the IIHF individual licenses and at worst like a certain NHL team who's very bad for keeping flags on their shoulders (and their farm teams)

Rating: 8.5/10

St. John's Ice Caps QMJHL Concepts (By: ME/Jets96)


It's my concept so it's automatically a 10....kind of. With the loss of the AHL Ice Caps, it only makes sense the QMJHL's Maritime Division should regain their Newfoundland team for the first time in a decade with the IceCaps acting like the Bulldogs and moving down to the CHL from the AHL. Striping pattern is meant to kind of mimic the script on the logo and yeah...tell me if you like it or not in the comments.

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July 23, 2017

Sunday: Taking Over

Hello everyone and welcome back to another Thurs- wait...wrong day.

Hello everyone, this is your Thursday writer, Brendan. I have taken over the blog, and now I can write whatever I want, on whatever day I want, and nobody can stop me. On that note, all your concepts suck, you all get a 0/10, and I proclaim myself to be the one and only God of Concepts, from now on only refer to me as your highness.
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Just kidding. Steve just needed someone to fill in his post, so here I am, most likely to all of your dismay. Let's just get on with this post, shall we?

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As for today in voting, all that you can do is leave a COTW vote, unless you're myself or Jake, in that case, make sure you submit your HJC Open Final concept by noon on Tuesday. In the likely event that you are not myself or Jake, check out Ryan's post yesterday to see the upcoming competition: the hockey card competition, and get some ideas flowing for that.

HJC Open Final entries (due Tuesday @ noon ET)
COTW July 14-20 vote (ends Friday @ noon ET)

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Anthony C. - Philadelphia Flyers
+This is an idea that I'm sure has been seen before, but it's still a good idea, and you executed it well, especially with the hem striping.
+Whether intentional or coincidental, the subtle callback to the Quakers adds an extra layer of meaning to a design like this.
+Good color balance.
+I think there could be better options, but that number font surprisingly works fairly well.
-The name looks a tad large.
-I'm not sure I like the white collar. It stands out in a bad way. I'd just make it black to blend in with the yoke.
Overall: 9/10 and my COTW nomination


Dino W. - Belgium
+Flag striping. An original idea by no means, but with simple Flags like that, it often works.
-Keep the thicknesses the same on the arms and hem.
-The vertical stitching should also stop at the hem striping.
+Good logo choice when it comes to historical significance (according to your annotation).
-I'm not sure I'm a fan of the logo in general, though. The circle is really small with the extra embellishments, and I would probably remove the sticks and crown and just go with the roundel.
-The back numbers look a tad small and too low, and the C patch looks a bit small.
-It'd be nice to see the equipment.
Overall: 7.5/10


Jets96 - Norfolk Admirals
+Personally, I'm a fan of their new color scheme, but for what you're going for on this concept ("Saving the Primary Colors"), you've done a good job of it.
+The key to a color scheme like this is proper color balance, and here you've done a good job. The white jersey is beginning to borderline having red and blue compete, but the blue pants should fix that issue.
-I'm not really sure why you made the hem stripes slightly inconsistent to the arms. Just drop that yellow stripe to touch the bottom stripe and you'll be fine.
-This one could end up going either way, but I'm wondering if the white jersey would look better/cleaner without the shoulder yoke.
-This one is probably just personal preference, but I've never been a fan of that logo. I'd have just recolored their new logo.
+I do like seeing part of said logo on the shoulders, though.
Overall: 8/10


Lucas D. - Carolina Hurricanes
+I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a fauxback, or just a normal alternate jersey, but I think it works either way.
-Though if it is intended as a fauxback, I think it is starting to lean a bit too far towards the modern side.
+I love that logo. I think it could use a bit of refining still, and I don't think it would work as the team's primary logo, but the subtle nods to the Whalers are excellent.
+Speaking of Whalers influence, you've done a good job of taking this design and converting it to a working design for the Hurricanes, and without taking from the Whalers too directly.
-You're really walking a fine line here when it comes to taking from Hartford too directly, though.
-Very minor detail, but I think the pentagon on the collar should be white. That's probably just personal preference, though, I just like the look of when there's the look of a complete collar.
-Presentation detail: The hem stripes on the realistic template should be slightly curved. See: this example from the template's creator himself, just for clarification.
Overall: 8.5/10


T.C. Moore - Sherbrooke Phoenix
+Sherbrooke pulls of a double blue and cream color scheme well, so I'm glad you kept that intact.
-I think you have a bit too much light blue on the light jersey compared to dark blue, though. Maybe filling the dark blue all the way down the hem would help.
+I like the reversal of the logo colors for each jersey.
+The alternate jersey is definitely the best of this concept, if you ask me.
-I'm not a fan of that secondary logo, though. I had originally thought you created it yourself and was going to criticize a few things, including the arrangement of the letters in the "PHOENIX" diagonal script. Considering that, I'd go with this one on the alternate jersey, considering the fauxback vibe they both share (except get rid of the gold trim or replace it with another color).
Overall: 7.5/10


T.C. Moore - Vancouver Giants
+The simple, bold striping on this concept works pretty well.
-I think it would be just that much better though if you matched the logo to the striping (black large stripe with a white, red, and gray outline, in that order) and then flip the colors for the black jersey.
+That secondary logo is a bit unnecessary for a primarily Canadian hockey league if you ask me, but since it's part of their brand, I really like the way you incorporated it.
-I'd have left the colors the same on said logo for the black jersey, and had it as just a solid red leaf in the white stripe.
+That logo also makes for a great helmet logo, so good decision to use it there.
-The logo looks a bit too large to me.
-I'm not a big fan of that font for the Giants. I just don't think it fits with their look.
-This can go for your last concept as well, and this may just be my personal opinion, but I'm not a big fan of that jersey template. The proportions just look a bit awkward if you ask me.
Overall: 7.75/10

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

July 22, 2017

Saturday: This End Is Nigh!

The winner of the 2nd Quarter Vote was JJ!


Full Results

This is certainly a surprising result to me. Not that JJ's concept isn't worthy, it is. However I really thought Dylan was going to walk away with this one leaving JJ and myself in its trail. With the win though JJ's concept has become quite decorated with badges, making it all the way to the COTY Semi-Finals (held in February 2018) from a competition! Congrats JJ.

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The Final of the 2017 HJC Open is set. Number one seed Jake takes on number ten seed, and Thursday writer, Brendan.

 

What a great Semi-Finals it was! Let's take a look at the results from the two votes:

 

Out of the four concepts submitted for this round, Brendan's was my favourite.
 
But now we look ahead to the final. Jake and Brendan should be sure to check out the HJC OPEN page as there is one added rule for the Final. Entries are due on Tuesday by noon Eastern time.

By this time next week I will be announcing the winner of the HJC Open. That artist will receive a championship plaque. I always like to make a big deal out of the announcement. This year I was thinking about doing a LIVE podcast to reveal the winner. It would happen around 11:30pm ET on Friday, July 28. If this is something you would like to see then leave lots of comments below. If there is enough interest then it will happen.

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The winner of the COTW vote for July 7-13 was Noah!


Full Results

This is Noah's 2nd COTW win of the year. The other was his Dallas Stars/Cowboys crossover. So it seems that if Noah keeps sending in concepts for cities that start with the letter D, he should win COTW every time. Those are just the facts, you can't argue with facts! Congrats Noah.

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The new COTW nominees for the week of July 14-20 have been listed on the side of the page. Those logged into a Google account will be able to see the poll and place their vote by Friday at noon Eastern time. There are four great concepts to choose from and that will make this week's results very interesting.

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All of you have been waiting patiently for the next competition while the HJC Open wraps up. I can reveal what that competition will be.

The Hockey Card Competition!

You will be asked to make a hockey card concept, or a set of cards (approximately no more than 12). I will allow some time for you to complete this competition and to refine your entry. The entry phase will end August 11. There also won't be many rules. The bare minimum will be to show us the front of your hockey card.

Let me know in the comments section if you are excited about this idea or if this competition will fall flat on its face.

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HJC Open Final entries (due Tuesday @ noon ET)
COTW July 14-20 vote (ends Friday @ noon ET)

Talk to you guys next Saturday!

July 21, 2017

Friday: Panthers and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Whoever said no news is good news obviously never worked as a writer.  We're in the middle of the offseason, which means there's nothing really new to report, so I'll just go straight into voting news.

This week we have the normal COTW voting for July 14-20, which ends Friday at noon EST.  We're also into the final round of the HJC Open!  Entries for the two finalists are due Tuesday at noon EST, and voting on the final round will end Friday at noon EST.  Congratulations to the two finalists, Jake M. and HJC's own Brendan P. (aka BPoe), and to everyone who participated in the open this year.

HJC Open Finals entries (due Tuesday @ noon EST)
COTW July 14-20 vote (ends Friday @ noon EST)
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Now on to the concepts!

Anthony C.- Vegas Golden Knights

Our first concept of the day is Anthony C.'s design for the Vegas Golden Knights.  At first glance, I was wondering where the red went, but then I saw that you eliminated it from the shoulder patch, so it actually works well.  I like the contrasting arms, and the simplistic striping was the right choice.  While I do like the choice of gold as a dominant color, I would have liked to have seen more of the steel grey in this set.  I might have gone with the alternate logo on the pants, as the main logo blends into the breezers a little too much.  As for execution, I'm very happy that you've started giving us a look at the back of the jersey.  The only error I can see is lack of numbers on the white helmet.  Final verdict: a well executed, good looking set for the Golden Knights.  9/10 and my COTW NOMINEE!

Ben B.- Anaheim Ducks

I love the return of jade and eggplant to the Ducks' color scheme, it's what I grew up with, and I think it's miles ahead of the current gold, orange, and black.  I also love the Wild Wing mask logo and the striping pattern used here, which is continued on the breezers.  While I do like the recoloring of the logo on the white jersey, the yellow sticks on the dark set is out of place, as it's nowhere else in the uniforms.  While I do like the Ducks' font for their current set, I'm not sure if it works well with this identity.  The sleeve stripes are way too high up on the arm, which forces the TV numbers up until they're almost in the yoke.  The name on the back is too close to the yoke, and the numbers are a little too low, especially with the hem stripe so far up.  Also, while you've recolored the logos on the jerseys, you use the original on the helmets, which creates three different color schemes for the logo, making it just way too confusing.  Final verdict: a good idea, but a lot of execution errors hold this one back.  5/10

Christian L.- Nashville Predators

Our next concept is Christian L.'s design for the Nashville Predators.  Right off the bat, it's a vast improvement over the Preds' current rain slicker jerseys.  I like the striping pattern, but I might have gone with all white striping on the yellow jersey to bring make it more consistent across the two and help the color balance.  I love that you put the shoulder patch on both shoulders, it's a great logo and I've never understood why they only put it on one.  While I appreciate the work you put into making a new logo, I'm not sure that I like it more than what they currently use.  As for execution, the logo on the breezers is a little too close to the inner thigh, the name on the back is a little high, and the TV numbers are too big.  Final verdict: a good set, but some execution errors detract from it.  8.5/10

Ethan B.- Milwaukee Bucks

Ethan brings us what I believe is the first entry in an NBA series, this one for the Milwaukee Bucks.  I really like this color scheme on a hockey uniform, even if some might think that a team from Wisconsin being so similar to the Wild's color scheme is sacrilege.  I like the striping pattern, and the roundel logo in the arm striping looks really good.  The logos area little pixelated, especially the one on the dark set.  The socks should have striping that better matches the arms, not the breezers.  I've never been a fan of numbers on the shoulders, and I think with the logo in the striping you could still get away with TV numbers on the arms.  As for execution, the inside of the bottom of the jerseys should be green on the light set and vintage white on the dark set, and the name on the back is a little too high.  Final verdict: a decent design, but basic execution errors detract.  7/10

Jets96- Florida Panthers

Our next concept comes to us from our very own Jets96, this one for the Florida Panthers.  I like this as an idea for a third, it pays homage to their home uniforms from 2011-2016, but with the new, cleaner, jumping panther logo.  Solid striping pattern, and I like that you didn't go with the full length yoke.  Love that you bucked the Panthers' normal shoulder numbers, that's a design that I wish would unceremoniously disappear.  I like their usual arm patches on the breezers, but I would have gone with the shield logo on the helmet.  Not a big fan of the gloves, and I'm not sure what your fascination lately with a different colored cuff on the breezers has been about.  Final verdict: a very good design overall, but there are some questionable design choices that detract.  8/10

Lucas D.- Florida Panthers

Lucas D. brings us our second Panthers concept of the day.  This one seems to be based on the flag of the state of Florida. I give you points for creativity, but I'm not a huge fan of this design.  The jersey is entirely red and white, yet uses a logo that is predominantly blue and gold, and it just doesn't work.  The numbers work okay on the back of the red jersey, but are almost unreadable on the back of the white one.  Without shoulder patches, it just kind of looks bare up top.  In terms of execution, I actually really like your presentation, so good job there.  Also, you put Jagr on the back, and that makes me want to cry.  Final verdict: a bold design choice, but it just doesn't pay off.  6/10

Ryan C.- Boston Bruins

Our final concept of the day is Ryan C.'s design for the Boston Bruins.  Ryan seems to be taking design cues from the Bruins' most recent third uniform, with inverted color  and a chest stripe.  While I like the design as a third, I'm not sure I would want to see it as a main set.  The spoked B is too iconic of a logo not to be used as the main crest on the primary set.  I do like the striping pattern, I think it would be better suited as a hem stripe, as there's already one Original 6 team with a chest stripe who might take exception to it.  The bruins have such a great yoke that I hate to see it eliminated, but I think it's the right decision if you're going with a chest stripe.  I really don't like the "BRUINS" wordmark as the logo on the breezers.  Literally any other logo of theirs would have worked better (yes, I'm including Winnie the Bruin, that's how much I hate it).  Final verdict: not a bad design for a third, but definitely nothing I'd want to see replace the current set.  7/10

That's all for me today, see y'all next Friday!

July 20, 2017

Thursday: More Adidas

Hello everyone, welcome back!

Aside from the Predators' anniversary logo, which Phil covered in his post yesterday, there's really no new news to cover. However, courtesy of social media, we've been able to see a few players take the ice in their new Adidas jerseys.



As I mentioned in the tweet, if that is the Penguins' new helmet, they appear to be changing from a white to a black chinstrap. Personally a minor downgrade, in my opinion, although it also may not be happening. I later noticed that the helmet also does not have any numbers on it, only logos, leading me to think that the helmet may have just been one lying around, which they then slapped Pens' decals on. Here's to hoping.

Along with Crosby, CCM also recruited Nate Mackinnon to record some promotional material.


Especially after ten years of this, how nice does that Avalanche jersey look? What an improvement.

Those collars still look awful, though.

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The amount of votes this week simultaneously stays the same and smaller. While we still have three votes: Second Quarter, HJC Open, and COTW, the HJC Open vote is again half the size as last week's. Less work to do, go leave a vote!

HJC Open Semi-Finals vote (ends Friday @ noon ET)
COTY 2nd Quarter vote (ends Friday @ noon ET)
COTW July 7-13 vote (ends Friday @ noon ET)

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Adam G. - Old Navy
+If you were playing off of the name and going for an "Old" look, you sure did a good job with barberpoles.
+Surprisingly, the number and name actually stand out decently well.
-The name could use to be just a tad lower still though, and the number outline could use to be a tad thicker.
+/- I'm not positive on which one this would be without seeing it on a player model, but hopefully this design would translate to the ice like this, not like this.
-I think it would also look better to make the Old Navy logo a little bit larger. Honestly, thickening the chest stripe and using solely the wordmark may be a better look, somewhat akin to one of these.
-While not 100% necessary, pants and/or helmet logos would be nice to see.
Overall: 7/10


Anthony C. - Toronto Maple Leafs
-Not the most innovative design, but I think the jersey history of the Leafs can excuse that here.
+As I referenced, this is a really nice modernization of the Leafs' 1967 jersey set.
+The matching shoulder yoke is a really great touch, instead of just a plain solid yoke.
+The single color name and numbers look great.
-The name looks a tad big and the number a tad small, though. The C patch and TV numbers also look a bit small.
+/- I'm not sure how I feel about the plain leaf on the yoke. It's a nice callback to another era in Leafs' history, but it's a bit repetitive.
Overall: 8.5/10


Dino W. - Netherlands
+I really like the description you put in the top right. While some details (the number) are just a nice touch and don't really affect the concept's design, other details (the collar) may have went over my head if you didn't point it out.
+While I'm on the topic, that collar is a really nice, subtle touch. Probably my favorite feature of this design (though that isn't a bad thing)
+Another great thing about that collar is that it allows them to use their "traditional orange" color as the primary.
+I'm not sure what the significance of the striping pattern is (if there is any), but it works really well with that logo.
-The shield is a bit pixelated.
-The back numbers and name look too small, and I'm not sure that number font is a great fit for hockey.
-If there is a way you can make the chest stripes wrap all the way around, do it.
-Seeing the equipment would help give a better idea of what this will look like in use.
Overall: 8/10


Jets96 - Vancouver Canucks
+For starters, I think this is one of your better redo concepts yet, even though this is the the work of 2011 Sean rather than current Sean, since all you're doing is remaking the exact same design.
+The striping, as I'm interpreting it, is an interesting take on their current striping, while looking completely different. I like it.
+Good color balance and consistency.
+Despite the lack of white elsewhere, I like the use of it for the name and numbers. Yellow would probably be the only other option there.
-I'm not a fan of the Canucks' current font, and that opinion doesn't change here.
Overall: 8.5/10


Lucas D. - Minnesota Wild
-Again, not the most creative or innovative, though it gets a pass since this appears to just look to improve Minnesota's current look.
+As far as that goes, I think this does a pretty good job of taking what they currently wear and fixing it.
+The striping on the home jersey is a definite improvement, and I think a hem stripe works better than a chest stripe.
+The road jersey's striping is almost perfect, but the basis of it is again an improvement.
-The road jersey would look better in my opinion without using both wheat/vintage white at the same time, and just picking one. Personally, I'd go with a full wheat jersey, because while I'm usually not a fan of vintage white, Minnesota is one of the teams that I think could pull it off.
+I don't really have any complaints about the road jersey. A good way for Minnesota to use a look that has a lot of red and green with out looking too Christmas-y.
Overall: 8/10


Matt G. - Vaxjo Lakers
**Edit**
After reading Matt's comments, I'm changing a few things in the review. Any of the original review that I'm retracting is in lighter gray, just to make sure this area doesn't look too cluttered and hard to understand.

+The Lakers, according to my google search, have never had a very professional look. This design gives them one.
+The logo choices, font choices, and color balance are some of the better aspects of this concept.
+The striping works, but..
-I'm not sure why it's so thin. If there's an explanation and I'm missing something, please let me know, but for now, I'd say thicken the stripes. (I still think the stripes should be a little bit thicker) Or even better, go with one of these patterns (but please, for the love of god, no vertical striping).
-The name font could use to be a bit thicker as well.
-I'm not really sure what the barber pole-esque sublimated pattern is about, or the reasoning behind it, but at least on a mockup like this it looks busy and distracting.
+If you read the comments, you'll see that I somehow completely passed over the nautical striping explanation while reading that up there. So after knowing what it is, I like it a lot more.
-I still think, on a mockup like this at least, it does still look a tad busy/distracting. Though I'm sure that effect will be much lesser on an actual jersey.
Overall: 8/10


T.C. Moore - Kootenay Ice
+I like the logo and color choice here.
-Except for the orange, I'm not really sure where that came from. I think this color scheme would work a lot better.
+I both like and dislike the striping pattern: I like how everything is 100% consistent down to the colors...
-but the lack of the top stripe on the hem looks a bit odd, and the thinner black stripe makes the striping look a bit busy.
+I think the number font actually works well here.
-I would make the name black on both jerseys, though you could probably get away with the white name on the blue jersey.
Overall: 7/10

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