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March 24, 2017

Friday: Red and Green?

Could the New Jersey Devils be returning to their red and green colour scheme next year?

If you asked me 24 hours ago, I would've been confident the answer was no.  Why?  Because when we first learnt the Devils were getting new uniforms, it was reported that their current colour scheme would not change.

However, yesterday evening Phil B (HJC's Wednesday writer) directed me to the following tweet, which shows some marketing material sent to Devil's season ticket holders.



As you can see, their red and green colour scheme is used here, as well as the slogan "True Since '82" (which is the Devils inaugural year, and of course when their red and green jerseys debuted as well).  Additionally, if you look on the season ticket membership page of the Devils official website, you'll see a banner which also uses their old red and green colour scheme (pictured below).

Image from NHL.com/Devils

So what does all this mean?  I honestly don't know.  It could be nothing, just the Devils marketing department using nostalgia to try to sell more season tickets (or they could be trying to mislead us jersey enthusiasts).  It's also possible that these are actual clues towards the Devils new look, and they are returning to their original colour scheme for next season.

For right now I'm going stick with the original reports and guess their colour scheme isn't changing, but I wouldn't be surprised either way.

What colour scheme do you think the Devils will use next season?  And which one do you want them to use?  Let us know in the comments.

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Here are the final Hat Competition entries...

Lucas D:

Vaughn R:

Good luck to all those involved!

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Now that the entry phase is over, the voting phase of the Hat Competition is about to begin.  The COTW vote is in the process of resetting as well.  Expect those polls to appear on here sometime tonight.

COTW Mar 17-23 vote (ends next Friday @ noon Eastern)
Hat Competition vote (ends next Friday @ noon Eastern)

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Lindsay Muskies, by Anthony C:

We start off today with three concepts from Anthony C, including this concept for the Lindsay Muskies of the OJHL.  The overall design of the primary jerseys is nice, it's a good simple striping pattern.  I don't like the wordmark as a shoulder logo though, nor the blue numbers on the white jersey, or the team name on the pant stripes (at least with that font).  The striping pattern of the third jersey is okay, but it's nothing special.  The white hem trim should be ditched though, plus the yellow in the gaps of the wordmark look out of place without any yellow elsewhere.  As for the execution, the collars were left uncoloured, the stitching should stop at the hem stripes, and the sleeve numbers and shoulder logos should be contained within the template.
Rating: 5/10

Steinbach Pistons, by Anthony C:
We go from the OJHL to the MJHL for Anthony's second concept, which is for the Steinbach Pistons.  I have a few small issues with this striping pattern, but the overall idea isn't bad.  Those small issues are the phantom yoke (this would look better without it), the lack of light blue on white jersey's socks, and the pant stripe which doesn't really match anything (I think blank pants would be better).  I also don't like how Anthony overuses this number font, it's the same as his previous concept and several other of his recent concepts.  As for the execution, the collars were left uncoloured, the stitching should stop at the hem stripes, the sleeve numbers and shoulder logos should be contained within the template, and the area inside of the hem should match the colour at the bottom of the jersey.
Rating: 5/10

Calgary Mustangs, by Anthony C:
Anthony's last stop today is in the AJHL, with a concept for the Calgary Mustangs.  I quite like this simple striping pattern, it looks especially nice on the blue jersey where the yellow and white both contrast a lot.  I also like the placement of the secondary logo on the sleeve stripes, and it's nice to see Anthony using a different number font.  As for the execution, the collars were left uncoloured, the stitching should stop at the hem stripes, and the TV numbers and sleeve logos should be contained within the template.
Rating: 6/10

Virginia Commonwealth University, by TC Moore:
Next up we're leaving junior hockey and heading to school, for a Virginia Commonwealth University concept from TC Moore.  The first thing I noticed about this concept is that the arm and hem stripes were very busy, from a distance all those stripes get muddled together and don't look good.  I do like the Penguins-style coloured upper arms though.  Also, all the logo choices look good, as does the choice of number font, however the back numbers are a bit too big.  Last of all, I really like the yellow helmet that's paired with the yellow jersey.
Rating: 7/10

Team Mongolia, Mike F:

We've reached team number 50 of Mike's National Teams Redesign series, which happens to be for Mongolia (surprisingly not the first Team Mongolia concept on HJC).  I like the striping pattern of the first three jerseys, I've always been a fan of this style of yoke.  However, I don't like all the white on the yellow jersey, I think either red or blue should be used as the secondary colour.  The logos on all three jerseys look good, I especially like the blue jersey's logos.  I also think the vintage jersey is nice, it's not remarkable but it's a very solid design.
Rating: 8/10

Anaheim Ducks, by Tyler M:
Our next concept is also part of a series, part of Tyler's "NHL Road Alts" series to be specific.  He's used their original striping pattern and lots of orange, and I think both of those choices were good decisions.  I also like that their current logos and number font were used.  Speaking of the numbers, I think it was a good idea not to use any orange for them, it helps balance out all the orange in the striping.  However, I think the collar could be a bit better, maybe by using an orange collar insert or maybe a solid black collar would look best.
Rating: 8/10

Tampa Bay Lightning, by Lucas D:
Our last two concept both come from Lucas, a Florida Panthers concept and this Tampa Bay Lightning design.  These jerseys definitely say "Lightning", not only due to the lightning bolts on the hems and arms, but also with the nods to their original jerseys.  What's not to like about this striping pattern?  My answer is nothing, however I wish blue could be incorporated into the logo somehow, it looks a bit strange without any.  Also, I'm not completely sold on the blue helmet and gloves, it's a unique choice, but I don't think they quite fit with the jerseys.
Rating: 8/10

Florida Panthers, by Lucas D:
Our post ends with Lucas' aforementioned Florida Panthers concept, which takes inspiration from Florida's state flag.  To be honest, I wouldn't want these to replace the Panthers current jerseys, but I love it as a concept.  The Florida-state-flag stripes are really cool, especially with the logo turned into a roundel to better match the seal on the flag.  I also like how the sun logo was used similarly on the arm stripes.  I don't have any real complaints, but I do think the numbers would look better with a blue outline instead (or no outlines) since the striping is already sans-gold.
Rating: 9/10 and my COTW nomination!

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That's all folks!

March 23, 2017

Thursday: Green and Gold

Hello everyone, and welcome back!

With St. Patrick's Day last week, we all know there were a lot of minor league teams wearing themed jerseys, and even the NHL wore special jerseys for warmups. But one design that got overlooked by everyone else here, was Wilkes-Barre Scranton's.

Photos from citizensvoice.com
Now in a sense I can see why they didn't get much attention, I mean they aren't exactly the most innovative jerseys. The main reason I'm even sharing this: look at how great those colors look. That bright green color goes great with the large blocks of yellow, and it's a shame that more teams don't actually use this color scheme. I also like the black pants for some reason, I think it's a similar case to these North Stars jerseys, which I absolutely loved the black accent stripes on.

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Simple voting this week, as we only have the weekly COTW vote. We also have the hat competition, which is something different for us, so if you're into that, go design and submit a hat!

COTW Mar 10th-16th vote (Ends March 24th @ Noon EST)
Hat Trick Competition (Entries Due March 24th @Noon EST)

Hat entries, including yesterday's, as there was a bit of an error, and they were not visible on mobile.

Adam G.

Ethan B.

John E.

Matthew C.

Ryan H. (Those are some bold predictions you have there.)

Thomas J.
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Anthony C. - Orangeville Flyers
+Though the logo is still too similar for my liking, changing up the jerseys to differentiate them from Philadelphia is a good idea.
+Hard to go wrong with traditional striping.
-I would make the top stripe bolder, though.
-The hem trim should be black on both jerseys, instead of leaving it white on the white jersey.
-As I've mentioned before, I'm not a big fan of the TV numbers leaking off of the template.
-The fonts could use an improvement, especially considering that you use this number font on many of your concepts. Mix it up a bit.
Overall: 6.5/10


Anthony C. - St. Michael's Buzzers
+Not sure why, but I've always loved this jersey design, and it looks even better when the Marlies wore it on the Edge cut.
-An exact copy of it isn't a very creative concept, though. I could understand the reasoning behind this if it was a Leafs concept, but create something unique that a team can call their own, instead of being Leafs copies.
-Again, not a fan of the nameplate.
-I don't like how that script looks on a jersey, either. Their regular M logo would be a much better fit.
-The font could use an improvement again, as you've used this one on multiple concepts as well.
-Same issue with the TV numbers/patches leaking off the template.
Overall: 6/10


Anthony C. - Wheatley Omstead Sharks
+Another more unique idea than the current navy blue Lightning copies they use now.
+Glad you utilized their double blue color scheme.
+Simple striping is a good option.
-The alternate seems to have a bit too much influence from a different Sharks team if you ask me...
-No need to add black into the mix, either. It just black for black's sake.
-The vertical text looks too large, too close together, and goes too far down the chest as well.
-This concept has many of the same issues as the others, including the TV numbers/patches leaking. I'd like to focus on the font again, as it's the same one as you used in the first concept. It's called Industry, if you don't believe me. Be a bit more unique with your font choices. Go somewhere like Dafont and look for some free fonts that you think would work on your concepts, or get them somewhere else. Just don't use the same ones every few concepts.
Overall: 6/10


icyDinosoar - Netherlands
+Thanks for telling us which jersey is home and which is road...but you are aware that there isn't a rule that the home jersey must be on top, right? No need to call yourself a stupid idiot over it...
+These jerseys both have some interesting ideas on it, and they could work really well with some development.
-The two jerseys seem disconnected from one another, though. They look like they're meant to be two separate sets. Pick one style and go with it.
+My personal favorite is the away design. The flag chest stripe looks really nice.
-Wrap it all the way around the chest, though, and have a matching pattern on the arms.
-The font really doesn't work well for this jersey, in my opinion. The front numbers also do nothing but crowd up the jersey.
Overall: 7/10


John E. - St. Louis Blues
+Adding the yellow definitely looks better on the white jersey...
-Bit of a color imbalance, though. The white and blue are competing for dominance. Keep the blue the primary color.
-I also still think you need to add one more hem stripe to match the arms, or remove one of the arm stripes. No need for the inconsistency.
+I'm not sure if you designed that font or not, but it looks gorgeous on this jersey. Fits really well with the logo.
-I think you could probably go without the yoke on the white jersey. Would clean up the jersey a bit.
Overall: 8/10

This was also sent in by John, and I'm not really sure I'd consider this a concept, but it's definitely a neat piece of memorabilia. I'd love to have a shirt with this design on it, and it definitely shows that you know your Blues history.


Joseph S. - Boston Bruins
-NHL 17 isn't exactly the best for creating uniforms, but it can work well on occasion. It's also not a bad way to start your interest for concept creating, but if you're serious about creating more I recommend finding a method other than NHL.
+I like the amount of yellow you have on the home jersey. I always love seeing as much color as possible on a jersey.
+That yoke/arm design on the road jersey is actually pretty neat. I think it would work better for a different team, though; it doesn't really fit into the Bruins' identity.
-The home and away jerseys are pretty plain, overall. They could use more to them, and a hem design wouldn't hurt either.
-I'm not a fan of the coloring of that logo.
+The alternate jersey is the best of the bunch for sure, and a monochromatic look could be really nice. I'm actually doing something similar for a Bruins concept.
-The phantom yoke really doesn't work.
-The numbers would look much better filled in, and that goes for the home jersey too. While this wasn't made for an outdoor game, this tweet sums up what I think about them being just outlined.
Overall: 6.5/10


Lucas D. - Arizona Coyotes
+This design seems to be a nice way to combine their original uniforms and their current ones.
+It's a nice combination of modern and traditional. While the pattern isn't the kachina pattern, it fits well.
-I personally don't think that white and vintage white/sand/wheat work well together. I'd either make the road jersey entirely sand, or change the sand in the stripes to white.
+I like the Coyotes' number font, so I'm glad you kept it.
-Personally, I'd use both shoulder patches on both jerseys, instead of using one on each.
-Minor gripe, but the NHL100 patch overlapping the arm a bit doesn't look the best...
+Good color balance on the set.
Overall: 9/10 and my COTW nomination


Mike F. - Greece
+Flag striping always looks pretty nice. This is no exception.
+I like the shield/crest that I assume you designed.
+I seem to say this every week, but that vintage jersey is nice and..well..vintage. It actually reminds me loosely of Montréal's road jersey, which is one I love.
+That alternate is sure something. The double blue and that stripe pattern look great.
-Not a big fan of the front "logo" though. I think you could make that still work without having it so...large.
+Like I also seem to say often, these look like they belong in NHL17.
Overall: 8.5/10

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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 next week!

March 22, 2017

Wednesday: The Home Stretch

After the games tonight, there's about 2 weeks until playoffs begin. But there's one MAJOR one tonight you can see in the states on NBCSN since SportsNet seems to want to shove the Leafs down your throat north of the border, for they'll be carrying the Leafs and Jackets on the main SportsNet channel.

I'm talking about Islanders-Rangers. Wednesday Night Rivalry, live from Madison Square Garden. The rivalry dating back to 1972 has gotten extremely more important for the Islanders as they try to take advantage of a potential collapse from the Bruins in order to get into a playoff spot. The Leafs currently hold the last spot, HOWEVER they are one point back from the Bruins for the final Atlantic Division spot with two games in hand. They control their own destiny at this point. The Islanders are 3 points back from the Leafs for the final wild card spot, yet they are 4 back from the Bruins in general with two games in hand. If the Leafs surpass the Bruins, with a win tonight over Columbus, the Islanders will control their own destiny. Buckle up. We have a three team race for two spots at the moment. This will be fun.

Yesterday-ish's post: http://hockeyjerseyconcepts.blogspot.com/2017/03/tuesday-ish.html

NEWS:

None to report at the moment, though playoff logos should be coming soon and I expect them to be the same as the last half a decade.

COMPETITIONS:

I love hats. I have about 30 collected from over the years between the Islanders and any sort of soccer, either MLS, EPL or NWSL soccer. So this competition speaks to me. Design a hat for a team. That's it. We have a template available on the competition page if you want it, OR you can find plenty of them online.

Entries so far:

Thomas C:

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Ethan B:

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John E:

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Adam G:


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VOTES:

COTW. That's it. A bit of a break from last week. That changes next week. Enjoy the one vote while you can.

REMINDERS:

COTW Mar 10th-16th vote (Ends March 24th @ Noon EST)
Hat Trick Competition (Entries Due March 24th @Noon EST)

ON TO THE CONCEPTS:


Anthony C: Team Italy (IIHF) Concept


So it looks like you have not heeded my advice from last week. Cut the numbers outside the template. The armpit spaces should not be colored differently on this template as a true Nike template has mesh there that is colored the same as the body of the jersey. Never mind the fact that it doesn't look good at all. Even for Il Azzurri. The double blue is nice and the font is cool, but it also suffers from a color balance issue on the white jersey.

Rating: 45%


Anthony C: North Kawartha Knights (Central Ontario Junior C.) Concept


Same issues here as I've seen for the past few weeks. Combined with a disgusting looking phantom yoke, stitching not stopping at the hem stripes and a colored hem trim and hem stripes coexisting. Also on a personal note I hate shoulder numbers. They can fit on the sleeves between the striping and the yoke. And personally I also think this template does not work well with design work on this blog.

Rating: 37%


Anthony C: Toronto Marlies (AHL) Concept


Add mismatching striping to your long list of execution errors and a poor font selection. A little bit of advice for you, because although I may seem harsh right now, I want you to succeed, because I've seen this pattern before with submissions. One of our best artists here at HJC had a similar issue that you're facing when he first started here, and that's quantity over quality. We have received numerous submissions from you and they've all been sub-par. What I highly recommend is that you slow down, take the time to notice execution errors that we point out, and learn from that. Don't send in all these ideas at once because I have seen brilliant ideas thrown away because of poor execution. Don't let that happen to you anymore. Good concepts take time to perfect. Use that time wisely.

Rating: 40%


Brooks F: Concept


The late 90s Kings redesign had brought an interesting shield logo and a glorious crown logo. This lion with sunglasses is from the shield and an interesting logo choice, combined with bold chest striping, almost sash-like and one you could see as realistic for the Stadium Series, though it seems like those jerseys are trending to simplistic jerseys. Execution is spot on and the font choice fits here.

Rating: 87%


Ethan B: Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Concept


This concept is a decent idea (especially the alternate with some yellow for once), but execution drags this once down: The numbers and letters are too small and sorely need an outline, maybe two. I'm not a fan of using their alternate logo as a primary on the main set, especially since I'm no fan of roundel logos to begin with.

Rating: 60%


Mike F: Team Georgia (IIHF) Concept


A nice red and white scheme here with a beautiful pattern on the main set. I wish it was matched on the socks. The alternate is genius. Take the Red Wings look but make it better by using that white space on the arms to put the flag of Georgia into the pattern. The Vintage look is average and the black equipment has got to go.

Rating: 80%


Mike F: Concept


An inspiration from Pittsburgh brings us a beautiful Irish concept that I think would've been better suited for last Friday's post (cough, cough, Ryan...). Anyway, I've loved this look even though I despise the Pens. Seeing the Russia-like pattern idea on the hem works well, with the stripe set outlined. That orange alternate needs to be put in production right now. The arms look like a bit of what I like to call "Paint-bucket Syndrome" but it works GLORIOUSLY. The vintage concept Is close enough to the main set, though I wish the hem stripes were spaced out with white separating the stripes. Solid pants for that one would be ideal.

Rating: 95% (Disclaimer: I am 0% Irish)


Thomas M: Los Angeles Kings Concept


This concept gives off a Winnipeg Jets vibe with the striping. The recolored crown looks ok, but I think it could look a bit better.  if purple was the dominant color. The alternate is nothing special though I am a bit of a fan of the striping pattern. Biggest takeaway here: Yellow on White. The colors get lost in each other. avoid that.

Rating: 70%


The WINNER of my Concept of the Week Nomination is:

 MIKE F 

 TEAM IRELAND CONCEPT 


As the season draws to a close, we might do something special here in advance of the postseason. Let me know in the comments if you would be interested in another sub-optimal podcast from us. I'm totally down for it. Get your votes in and get to scoreboard watching Islanders and Bruins fans!

Tuesday... ish

Hello again, and welcome, Hockey Fans, to this Tuesday's post! Well kinda... After some problems with email, and getting the concepts sent out, we figured it out! Of course, it was too late for a post actually on Tuesday, so here we are on Wednesday afternoon with the post! Check back later today for the regular Wednesday post! 

We also have our regularly scheduled COTW voting, as well as our new Hat competition! Don't forget to check those out, and enter! 

COTW Mar 10th-16th vote (Ends March 24th @ Noon EST)


Hat Trick Competition (Entries Due March 24th @Noon EST)


On to the concepts! 

Mike F.- Bosnia & Herzegovina (EA Sports; IIHF)  
Mike starts off today with Bosnia & Herzegovina for his IIHF redesign!  
Good-

  • WHOA. That's a lot of stars... They do work however. I really like the large stars on the Vintage alt. 
  • Striping pattern on all of the jerseys is great! Doesn't match a lot of your other work!
  • I like the gold socks for the blue jersey. It reminds me of the Bruins! 

Bad-

  • The pants pattern on the regular jerseys and the vintage alt. don't match at all. The single yellow stripe on the Alt. would work the best for all of the sweaters. 
  • I don't like the yellow helmets for the home and road. Those should be white and blue, respectively. 
  • The white jersey has too much yellow. It needs more blue... 

My rating: I like the inspiration from the current B&H jerseys, and yet you made them your own! Just a few color balance issues are holding back this set. 8/10 

Chris W.- Avonlea Avengers (Fictional) 
Chris is next up with a set for the fictional Avonlea Avengers, based off the show about Anne of Green Gables!  Here's the link that shows you his inspiration! 
Good-

  • I like the vintage pattern, especially with the sleeve cuffs! 
  • The colors are fantastic! I also like the idea of a grey jersey for the road jersey! It's sorta like baseball...
  • The vintage Alt. looks great! 
  • I'm also assuming that you made the logos yourself, and these are fantastic! 
  • Number font on the regular jerseys looks good

Bad-

  • As much as I like the grey road, I'd like to see that as an alt. and have a maroon jersey be the road design.
  • The number font looks good, but the drop shadow is a little distracting. It creates more of a floating effect, instead of just an extended number, i.e. the North Stars and the Rangers 

My rating: It's a classic looking set, but yet it has a modern element to it. 9/10 and my COTW NOMINEE!!!!! 

Anthony C.- Brampton Beast (ECHL)
Anthony has the next concept for the Brampton Beast! 
Good-

  • I like that the look mimics their NHL affiliate, the Habs, a little more... 
  • Striping pattern looks good.
  • The Leaf logo on the shoulder looks good

Bad-

  • It needs more red
  • The numbers are way too big.
  • Remember, you don't need to show the whole number for the TV numbers. You can erase what is outside of the template
  • You need to do something to the collar, you can't just leave it blank
  • No faux shoulder yoke

My rating: It's better than some of your other concepts, but it still needs work... 6/10

Anthony C.- Sherbrooke Phoenix (CHL; QMJHL)
Anthony continues with the Phoenix! 
Good-

  • I like the striping pattern

Bad-

  • You should continue the shoulder yoke all the way around on the white jersey
  • Don't fill in the bottom of the hem if you have hem stripes
  • The Bird logo on the bottom of the back hem and the sleeves looks bad
  • Your breezers shouldn't take up the same room as a jersey does! Make those smaller! 
  • Never add vintage white and regular white. The road jersey logo should be a regular white

My rating: Decent but lots of errors... 5/10 

Anthony C.- Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
We get another concept from Anthony! This time we get a Maple Leafs concept!
Good-

  • Striping pattern looks decent
  • I like the leaf TV number patches... 
  • The road looks the most like a historic Leafs jersey 

Bad-

  • NO FAUX SHOULDER YOKES. I know that a lot of people tell you that on other days too... You filled it in on the road jersey, so why not the home jersey? 
  • The leaf logo on the Home jersey has a different shade of blue, as well as the leaf above the wordmark on the breezers. 
  • The breezers should not have the wordmark. The Leafs are not the Browns... 
  • You need to do something to the collar. You can't just keep leaving those blank. 
  • The template stitching should also stop at the tail stripes. The template crosses over the tail stripes on the road jersey.

My rating: Some good ideas, but lots of execution errors... 5/10

Anthony G. 
The Anthony party continues, but this time with Anthony G!
Good-

  • The Pittsburgh Penguins SS template actually looks great for the Preds! 
  • I love the yellow hem stripe on the white jersey

Bad-

  • There's not much to say here, because it's just a recoloring of the Pens SS jersey with the Preds logo on the front. 
  • I don't like the Canucks font. Nashville's would have been better, and the guitar strings would have been easier to see. 

My rating: It looks good, but there's not a whole lot of creativity here... 7/10

Tyler M.-S.- Colorado Avalanche road 3rd (NHL) 
Tyler has the next concept of the day, an Avalanche road third! 
Good-

  • I like the striping pattern
  • I LOVE the polo collar on the sweater. 
  • I like how the hem and sock striping don't have a lot of blue, just like the Rockies
  • The sleeve length yoke looks great! 
  • I like the crossover of the Avs and the Rockies! 

Bad-

  • I would like to see this in Avs colors... 
  • Also, it looks like the nameplate is arched, but it need to be more defined... 

My rating: A great mash-up of Colorado hockey history! 8/10

Mike F.- UAE (EA Sports IIHF) 
Mike finishes off today with a UAE concept! 
Good-

  • I really like the Red jersey! The striping pattern on all of the jerseys are fantastic as well! 
  • I also like the all-red letters and numbers on the vintage jersey

Bad-

  • The home jersey needs more red. It's a huge presence on the road jersey, but almost none-existence on the home... 
    • This goes the same for the vintage alt.
  • The white helmet on the green jersey doesn't work...

My rating: A decent concept, but some color balance issues, just like your other concept for this post... 

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Sorry for today's post being SUPER late, but that's all from me, you Tuesday writer, Chase! Come back for more!

March 20, 2017

Monday: Easy Wearing Green and Mud

Welcome to another Monday post on HJC!

Update from last week: Thanks to Missouri/Kansas City Mavericks expert Geoff, we now know what those one armed jerseys they wore last week were for. According to the eBay listing (which if you really want one of these they're not too expensive), these are for Racing Day....what kind of Racing? Don't know! What do the colours have to do with anything? Don't know! Geoff mentions this is supposed to be a 90s based design, but looking at what the KC Blades wore (the only team I can think of that was in that area in the time in the IHL of all places), that simply isn't the case.

What with last Friday being Excuse to Drink Day, the NHL brought out their usual green practice jerseys, the Devils went back to 1991-92 and the Leafs wore their snazzy looking St. Pats fauxbacks. However they weren't the only teams to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

The Mooseheads played on St. Patricks Day versus the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, in which they decided to don double green and beige....though I won't like, these jerseys look a little similar to something else...

Photo from Halifax Mooseheads Official Facebook Page
If you can't tell what these look eerily similar to, click this link. Since the Mooseheads already have a green jersey, so there's no awkward black on green gear. Aside from the obvious this looks fine. I like the way the Mooseheads logo looks in all green and beige. One problem I have is the lack of beige outside of the logos and numbers. It probably looks fine with the numbers on the back, but using a 3 colour striping pattern across the jersey (like vintage Ottawa/67s). Now go find that 3rd clue!

Rating: 7/10

The Chicago Wolves wheeled out their yearly St. Patrick's Day jerseys, and while it's not as extravagant as seasons past (The Wolves are nice enough to have a chart of every one of these jerseys they worn from 1996/97-2014/15), it's still what we've come to expect after years of excellence.

Photo from AHL Official Twitter (@AHL)
Much of the jersey is covered in a Celtic pattern that's sublimated across all parts of the jersey, even into the striping except for the numbers. I really like this decision because it keeps the jersey from looking gaudy, but up close there's lots of detail. It also keeps the jersey from just looking like a Jets jersey with a Blues yoke. Speaking of the upper jersey I really like the look of the 3 coloured collar and the yoke really just acting as part of the striping pattern rather than a traditional yoke, something I think a particularly progressive team could do full time on an alternate. The one flaw that really bothers me is the colour of the wolf's eyes are lime/neon green, the colour the are on their black 2015 ASG looking alternates, not the usual duller lime green/yellow we usually get. If they had darkened them to be gold or the deep green it'd keep the continuity of the jersey a lot more, but it's such a minor thing a lot of people wouldn't notice/care.

Rating: 8.75/10

The Leigh Valley Phantoms wore something a lot more simple than the two previous teams, but still with that fake Irish charm we know and love.

Photo from AHL Official Facebook Page
Sometimes less is more, and sometimes less is a Leafs jersey; this is the both. One thing I wouldn't think I'd like on paper but do in practice is the darker green with black gear, even the logo looks great in its new colours. The simple shamrock patch is more than enough for me. Having the numbers the same colour as the jersey reminds me of the Flyers SS jerseys, which I love and I like what they did here. Using the Leafs pre-edge striping isn't the worst cop-out I've ever seen in striping for a speciality jersey, but it's obvious. One thing worth keeping is the big white horse collar we have here.

Rating: 8/10

Tired of the green? This next jersey doesn't have any green in it...in fact it's mostly brown...and looks like an Polaris ad with a bear in an ATV....ladies and gentlemen, the Knoxville Icebears Off Road Night

Photo from Knoxville Icebears Official Facebook Page
I've made my dislike of sublimated jerseys known, but A) the Icebears have made their own logo which looks awesome, and B) when have we ever seen this before. If you want to get in on this jersey and are relatively near to Knoxville they are auctioning these jerseys off after the game. I love the attention to detail in the numbers and the license plate on the back of the hem (I know it's an ad but still). Like the Cornwall Nationals in the FHL, this jersey is just plain fun, and there's enough here to say that it works as a one time jersey. They didn't just recolour their logo (or wore do nothing) there's effort here. Plus who doesn't like a little bit of off roadin' in the mud?

Rating: Fun/10 (8)

Finally, the San Jose Barracuda held a fan design contest earlier this season and last Sunday they wore the jerseys designed. If they look familiar it's because they're based on the Sharks jerseys from 1992....in black!

Photo from San Jose Barracuda Official Twitter (@sjbarracuda)
It seems like something you're only see in concept form, but this is the closest we'll get to seeing the Sharks inaugural jerseys in black and you know what...I'm slightly disappointed in a way but I like the idea. I think the part I don't like is there's no white outside of the logo and numbers and NOB (which is put in a teal namebar I can't really say I like or dislike). The teal part on the top of the sock again is one of those things I'd only really seen in concept world and in person, it's surprising people haven't tried it.

Rating: 8/10

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Furthermore we have the Hat Trick Competition! A new idea from Ryan you are to design a hat for an NHL team/event. Take a crack at it! I think we all have a favourite hockey hat and perhaps there are some designs we wish were made.

Here are the entries that have come in thus far:

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Nice stuff. Entries are due this Friday at Noon along with your COTW vote!

COTW Mar 10th-16th vote (Ends March 24th @ Noon EST)

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On with today's 7 concepts

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Team Hong Kong Concepts (By: Mike F.)


+ Ever wonder why no team has used the 2011-13 ASG templates from Ottawa and Carolina? Yeah well I found them, they're in Hong Kong. Interestingly enough, Mike has tied that same thin stripe pattern into the arms of his home and road, and I prefer them, good improvement
+ Alternate looks nice, the pattern on the back of the jersey might be much for some, but I think it's subtle enough while filling in for a traditional hem stripe
+ Ditto on the use of black, using it only where it really helps the jersey
+ Good vintage jersey 
+ Overall good execution, and I think this is one of Mike's best to date! 

- The sock stripe on the vintage jersey is slightly too low, and on the home and road they aren't in the worst place, but raising them about 20% higher would make the pattern more visible in a skate
- On the main set, swap the helmets 

Rating: 8.75/10 

Florida Everblades ECHL Concepts (By: Anthony C.)


+ When I look at this as a whole, the colours are in the right places for a good set; there's some good balancing here
+ I like the look of the rounded numbers

- The adidas stripes are...well something....to put it lightly, I'm confused about what Anthony is trying to do with these. You have the Adidas logo on the back of the yoke (which makes sense), but that's all you need. Why have them on the arms, the back of the socks (maybe not made by Adidas) and then on the back of the jersey...Are they even supposed to be Adidas stripes? If they aren't then it's just a design that really doesn't work
- TV Numbers should be one on each side of the arm, not done as the are here. The 55 on the back left army crosses into the front of the jersey
- Move the hem stripe down, thicken it and scrap the pipping
- There's a major execution error that could easily be fixed by simply taking the time to check you concept over before sending it to Ryan: The hem piping on the front of the jersey of the jersey is white (which looks better), but on the back is blue
- No shoulder patches

Rating: 3.75/10

Vegas Golden Knights Concept (By: Ethan B.)



+ Wow, gold gear really works, I could maybe do without the gold helmet, but the pants and gloves look fantastic
+ I think Ethan is relatively new to concept making, and this is not an easy template to work with. A lot of the basics like shoulder patches and pant logos are here

- No TV numbers nor on the front of the helmet
- The shading on the gloves and helmet should be a darker shade of gold, not grey
- Shoulder patch is nearly in the right place, but it should be shifted more to the right
- All the logos on this concept are heavily pixelated
- The striping doesn't look bad, but it's the default one that comes with the jersey template. I'd try experimenting with the striping you want and then practicing to get used to the template
- Collar template shouldn't have the stitched divide in it if it's supposed to be one colour

Rating: 4/10

Allen Americans ECHL Concepts (By: Anthony C.)


+ Good colour balancing
+ I like the striping pattern chosen here, sort of Rangers like that works with the logo
+ Ditto for the numbers

- Same issue with the tv numbers as the Everblades concept
- Make the piping on the hem of the blue jersey red, you did it right on the white jersey
- Cut off the stitching on the chest outside of the side panels
- NOB is too close to the yoke
- Primary logo is set slightly too low and a bit too large
- No shoulder patch, which Allen has a pretty nice set to work with
- White collar on a white jersey

Rating: 5/10

2018 Winter Classic Concepts (By: Avi S.)

Logo


+ A very even and proportional parch here; I like when patches look relatively even
+ Lots of detail, but not to the point where it clutters it
+ The simplified WC script without the ice detail looks a lot fresher
+ Stadium detail gives the player a good indication where the game will be played, but doesn't have to slap a big CLM on it
+ Fantastic execution

- The shade of red on the logo is much too dark for my taste, it's not quite Colorado maroon, but certainly darker than what Columbus has on their primary
- Would like to see some white outside the WC script, maybe the puck/sticks and the Columbus 2018?

Columbus Blue Jackets


+ I've seen this idea attempted by Avi before but he's made some obvious modifications, mainly how close the jersey is to the Barons, and how navy the custom logo is
+ Love the Ohio state outline around the numbers
+ Striping is a cleaner version of what the Barons wore, and it looks good, I like the slight curve to them hem stripe
+ Custom logo looks great, the cannon looks like a blueprint inside Ohio
+ Fantastic execution again

- Call me crazy, but I'd slightly prefer blue pants
- Also would have preferred a tie down collar

Minnesota Wild


+ I was trying to figure out which North Stars jerseys these jerseys are supposed to look like and it's a darker version of the 1978-81 jerseys, numbers and all
+ Mashup logo works well, I'm not usually a fan of the W meant to look like the N, but the bar on the left side helps it work
+ The big bold numbers are a nice callback to the original and the NOB has a vintage look to it
+ Fantastic execution one more time

- The only flaw with this jersey (and it is minor) would be that the Captain's C is too close to the star above the W, but it isn't a concept killer


Rating: 9.25/10 COTW Nom. from me!

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