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June 21, 2017

Wednesday: The Future is Formed

*** Edit by Ryan ***
Yesterday I gave you an Adidas template and now, by request, here is another! This one is based off of Steven G's hybrid template. I think a lot of you will like this and find it easy to use. As for collars with laces for both templates, you'll have to wait or make them yourself.
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It's the blog post everybody has been waiting for: The day after the big reveal.

NEWS: So let's get straight to it with the reveals in geographical alphabetical order.


Anaheim: No major changes

Arizona: No major changes besides ownership giving a big f*** you to Shane Doan

Boston: Font changes so that there's no more black separating the white outline from the yellow characters. Also the HISTORIC yellow socks are thrown away in favor of black ones that match the striping.

Buffalo: Dumb piping is gone, dumb numbers on the front remain

Calgary: Dumb piping is gone, dumb side panels remain. Font no longer italicized.

Carolina: Arguably the biggest winner here from the Adidas rebrand. There's now more black on the jerseys, the Warning Flags are back by being beautifully sublimated into the red hem stripe. I can't wait until their away is unveiled

Chicago: No major changes

Colorado: The other big winner. The mountain striping is back though sans black trim. Font changes slightly.

Columbus: Font changes slightly

Dallas: No major changes

Detroit: No major changes

Edmonton: A more perfect orange inverse of the Oilers previous set, with numbers on the sleeves. Navy overtakes the royal blue.

Florida: No major changes

Los Angeles: No major changes

Minnesota: A new green jersey that draws upon the previous alternate. Red now separates the cream striping, the primary logo replaces the wordmark logo, the M from the wordmark logo becomes a shoulder patch, and a cream chest stripe lays on the front of the jersey behind the logo, but ONLY on the front, a la Florida.

Montreal: No major changes

Nashville: One of the bigger disappointments. Nashville loses the upper blue stripe on all aspects of the jersey, as well as the blue arch pattern near the yokes and the white piping that surrounded it and continued down the jersey.

New Jersey: The other big disappointment as their hem stripe is replaced by black hem trim. The white on the arm striping also thickens.

New York (I): White jersey now has a blue logo outline instead of the white outline that blended into the jersey.

New York (R): Added silver on the collar of the white jersey

Ottawa: Reebok Edge pattern squared off and transferred onto the new Adidas template.

Philadelphia: Shoulder/arm pattern slightly more rigid as it goes down the arms

Pittsburgh: No major changes

San Jose: Los Tiburones logo on the shoulder now of the teal jersey, with the SJ Tiburones logo on the shoulder of the white.

St. Louis: White and gold swapped on the numbers, now white numbers with gold and blue trim.

Tampa Bay: No major changes

Toronto: No major changes

Vancouver: No major changes

Vegas: Grey jerseys, upper arm black followed by gold and a small red stripe before going back to grey. Hem will be black with a thin gold stripe above it. White jersey replaces the black with grey. black collars on both. FALSE ALARM: No white gloves, they will be gold. Helmets grey.

Washington: No major changes

Winnipeg: No major changes

Overall a subpar reveal, though a few standouts that make me happy, and a lot of stuff unchanged as it goes to the new template, which after we saw from the Reebok Edge switch, it's probably for the best.

One thing I want to point out is that as bad as we thought the collars would be, the laces are even worse. They look forced and not classic the way that they should on a jersey like the Leafs, Habs, Bruins or Rangers, or even the new Hurricanes jersey.

COMPETITIONS: The HJC Open is open for business. Send in your concepts, but make sure you're ready for the next rounds just in case.

VOTES: Concept of the week only this week.

REMINDERS:

COTW June 9-15 vote (ends Friday @ noon ET)
HJC Open Round Robin entries (due Friday @ noon ET)

ON TO THE CONCEPTS!


Anthony C: Tulsa Jr. Oilers (WSHL) Concept


One could argue that the Jr Oilers have a better logo than the professional side in Tulsa, and Anthony tries to make sure they have better jerseys than their professional counterparts too. Clearly based on the Edmonton Oilers design for the main set, we have an orange and navy scheme here, with the orange dominant on both the home and away, meanwhile the alternate gets a more classic treatment, eliminating the white outside of the logos and font. Great stuff. Maybe get the pants to better match the striping?

Rating: 95%


Anthony C: Utah Outliers (WSHL) Concept



After looking this team up, Their current jersey is the grey jersey presented here, but with the black and grey swapped, plus a matching hem stripe instead of the solid neon yellow hem they currently employ. A decent switch, combined with a much needed logo outline on the grey jersey. No design idea issues, but execution kills this, as the sock stripes look to be floating around the sock instead of part of it.

Rating: 79%


Burkus Circus: Florida Panthers Concept



I have never been a fan of how Florida employs the gold in their jerseys, creating an awkward blend between the white and red from afar. Personally I'll have to take a hard pass at this because it looks like their original jerseys merged with the Edge system and their new logos. Name and number on the back need a bit of breathing room from the yoke and from each other. Also slightly awkward due to the size of the numbers

Rating: 60%


Burkus Circus: Los Angeles Kings Concept



With this concept, you take a decent step in the right direction. A grey alternate looks good with LA, and this has a bit of a retro feel everywhere except for one place: The logos on the yoke. If you were able to find a way to better modernize the logo, such as using the current fonts LA employs in their branding scheme, then I'd be happier with this concept. Name and number on the back look pixelated so I recommend downloading this set of NHL team fonts put together by Ryan on the templates page.

Rating: 63%


Cody R: Norfolk Admirals (ECHL) Concept



It was only a matter of time before we started seeing concepts from the relegated Admirals. Now that they are completely unaffiliated from Edmonton, the Ads have a new logo (though the two are not necessarily related) without the mess of colors they previously had. Simply navy blue and gold. Clean, professional looking set that for the most part avoids YOWS (yellow-on-white syndrome), with the exception being the numbers on the white jersey and the anchor logo. Pure class. Again, maybe have the pant stripe match the main set?

Rating: 95%


Lucas D: Quebec Nordiques Concept


As is done many times on this blog, teams from the dead get new life from the artists that contribute here, such as Lucas with this Nordiques concept. With such a classic logo, it's hard not to. A more uniform look here as opposed to the original set, combined with clever use of the new Adidas collar, presents arguably the best look I have seen created for the Nords. I wonder how the logo would look on the blue jersey if left unchanged from the actual primary logo. Regardless, it looks great as is. Just more of a "what if".

Rating: 97%


Snow Monster: Colorado Avalanche Concept


An Avalanche concept from a guy called snow monster and no yeti logos? Jokes aside, this is a decent idea that needs a lot of clean up work before it can go places. Firstly, the shoulder logos need to be cut off at the template lines. Secondly, there's so much unnecessary shadow effect surrounding all the colored areas that it ruins the striping pattern and the effect the pattern itself creates on the jersey. Finally, the TV numbers are pixelated. Despite only three major issues, it shows you how extensive these issues are before it can be viewed as a clean concept worthy of COTW.

Rating: 59%


TC Moore: New York Islanders Concept


A Rangers fan creating an Islanders concept, oh joy. Anyway, this concept has a couple of things that I want to point out. First, there's the common theme of four major stripes to commemorate the four straight cups that many Islander fans like to employ. I've kind of grown sick of it personally, because of how overplayed it is for two reasons: one, it's already commemorated in the logo, and two, what would happen if the Islanders did something like that and then won the cup the following year? The next thing I want to point out is the alternate logo, featuring a semicircle with the letters NY overlapping, though separate, next to the Statue of Liberty with the New York City skyline in the forefront. The irony is too much for me considering the Rangers Lady Liberty logo. The final thing I want to point out is the color balance problem. There's clash for dominance between the secondary and tertiary colors on each of the jerseys, as the white fights the orange on the blue jersey, the orange fights the blue on the white jersey, and the white fights the blue on the orange jersey (did I confuse anyone yet?).

Rating: 75%


The WINNER of my concept of the week nomination is:

I have two ideas but I can't decide so send help


So with the NHL jerseys unveiled, what do you think about them? Which ones are you interested in buying just as a collector, not even as a fan? Who's going to Vegas tonight in the expansion draft? WHY HAVEN'T YOU HELPED ME DECIDE WHO GETS NOMINATED FOR CONCEPT OF THE WEEK TODAY?

Hopefully next week I can relax a bit now that the news has basically been churned out all at once and maybe I'll be less indecisive. See you then!

June 20, 2017

Tuesday: TODAY'S THE DAY!!!!!

Hello again, and welcome, Hockey Fans, to this Tuesday's post! Today is a very special day, as Adidas is unveiling all 31 home jerseys! We unfortunately won't see anything until 5pm PT/6MT/7CT/9ET (Not including leaks, however, and as mentioned below, the Blue Jackets home jersey was leaked earlier). 
 
*** Edit by Ryan ***
The website 1st Ohio Battery released an image depicting the Columbus Blue Jackets home Adidas jersey. It looks good so I decided to make an Adidas template based on it. Here is a MS Paint and Paint.net friendly version (also Photoshop friendly, but what isn't?).
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Now I'm going to recap all that we know based off teasers and leaks! No change= No change except template change

Anaheim Ducks-No change
Arizona Coyotes- Collar will change to black, otherwise no change
Boston Bruins- Name will be reduced to single outline, possibly squared off shoulder yoke
Buffalo Sabres- Royal blue rumors were false, Navy and grey will stay, piping and pit stains could be possibly removed
Calgary Flames- No throwback colors, Flags still as shoulder patches. Piping possibly removed.
Carolina Hurricanes- No visible changes, Most likely just a template change, but there could be a possibility of more changes. (I'm a little more hopeful as they're also unveiling their road jersey on Friday, which leads me to believe that there are bigger changes coming)
Chicago Blackhawks- No change
Colorado Avalanche- Collar is silver, the Reebox is filled in with blue, and the yoke is outlined in silver. We also know that the shoulder patches will be the Colorado "C". The jerseys will also be maroon, and there is no Navy present from the teasers.
Columbus Blue Jackets- Collar will change, as well as possibly the font and leaks have show that pretty much everything else will stay the same
Dallas Stars- No change
Detroit Red Wings- No change 
Edmonton Oilers- Royal blue to Navy, name is reversed from last year's alt
Florida Panthers- No change
LA Kings- Collar to silver, hem stripes are a maybe
Minnesota Wild- Going green at home with a chest stripe, as well as the "M" patch on the shoulders
Montreal Canadiens- No change
Nashville Predators- Ditching the fang collar and piping
New Jersey Devils- Collar change from teaser, also heard the rumor that the tail stripes could be disappearing 
New York Islanders- No change
New York Rangers- No change
Ottawa Senators- No change is what I've heard.  (Which is rather disappointing) 
Philadelphia Flyers- No change
Pittsburgh Penguins- No change
St. Louis Blues- No change
San Jose Sharks- Added new shoulder patch, possibly a lighter shade of teal
Tampa Bay Lighting- No change
Toronto Maple Leafs- No change
Vancouver Canucks- No change
Washington Capitals- No change
Winnipeg Jets- No change
The bottom there does start to get boring, but we'll see tonight! 

Also we have the regular COTW voting, as well as the Open comp! Get those in by Friday! 

COTW June 9-15 ends Friday
HJC Open Round Robin entries due Friday

On to the concepts!

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Anthony C.- Boston Bruins (NHL)
Anthony starts us off today with his concept for the Boston Bruins! 
Good-
  • I like the simple and traditional striping pattern!
  • I also like the one toned names, and single outlined numbers!
Bad-
  •  The black jersey has nice color balance, but the white jersey is a little off. Losing the shoulder yokes does that
  • I'd also like to see socks. Socks are a very important part of the uniform, and can greatly influence the color balance
  • You're also missing the NHL shield on the collar insert
My rating: A decent Bruins set, that reminds me of the Seabass, ahem, I mean Neely era sweaters. 7.5/10

Anthony C.- New Jersey Devils (NHL)
Next up is Anthony's Devil's concept! 
Good-
  • I like the old color scheme! 
  • I also like the striping pattern on the road jersey
  • I also like the red helmet!
Bad-
  • I don't like how the jersey's striping pattern doesn't match from the home to the road
  • I'd also like to see socks. Socks are a very important part of the uniform, and can greatly influence the color balance
  • You're also missing the NHL shield on the collar insert
 My rating: I like the throwback-esque feel to it, but a few things are missing. 7.5/10

Anthony C.- Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) 
Anthony's third concept of the day is for the Maple Leafs! 
Good-
  •  I like the striping pattern on the arms! 
  • Good logo choice! 
  • I like the idea of the tail stripes pushed all the way to the bottom
Bad-
  • The tail stripe should still reflect the arm stripes, even if it's pushed all the way to the bottom.
  • I'd also like to see socks. Socks are a very important part of the uniform, and can greatly influence the color balance
  • You're also missing the NHL shield on the collar insert
My rating: A classic look for the Maple Leafs, but a few things could be improved. 8/10

Burkus Circus- Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)
Burkus Circus now gets in on the action, and shows off his Hawks concept! 
Good-
  • Good logo choice!
  • I like the white shoulder yoke!
Bad-
  • The logo is a little big
  • The striping pattern also adds a little too much white...
  • I'd also like to see equipment with this jersey
My rating: It's a decent jersey for the Hawks, but it's not outstanding... 7/10

Burkus Circus- Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
Burkus's second concept of the day is for the Blue Jackets!
Good-
  • I like the Ohioan striping pattern! 
  • I also like the return of the golf cap (ha) logo! 
  • The addition of silver was also a good idea! 
  • I love the collar! 
Bad- 
  • I don't like the silver at the bottom of the hem, it should have just mimicked the other stripes.
  • Equipment? Would the Jackets wear their red breezers with these? Or would it be a special blue pair?
My rating: A great Blue Jackets concept! I would love to see this take the ice! 8.5/10

Burkus Circus- Dallas Stars (NHL)
The Dallas Stars take center ice on Burkus's third concept! 
Good-
  •  I like the striping pattern! It combines the Stars original Edge look, with an old North Stars prototype
    • That's where the "STARS" wordmark comes from
  •  I also like the number font! 
  • The green stars on the side of the hem are also a nice touch!
  • Even though faux shoulder yoke piping usually doesn't work, it fits here, as it matches well with the striping pattern!
Bad-
  •  The logo is very dark, and would be very hard to see in the upper deck. A white logo would have worked much better. 
My rating: A great jersey that combines the history of the Stars franchise! 8/10

Burkus Circus- Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
Burkus's last concept of the day is for the Detroit Red Wings! 
Good-
  •  I like the main crest choice! 
  • I also like that you kept the arched nameplates! 
  • I also like the idea of the reversed sleeves! 
  • The tie down also looks great!
Bad-
  • I'm not sure why an older winged wheel is the shoulder patch... The current logo would have been just fine
  • Also, the stripes on the hem and socks should have been just a single white stripe. The white jersey has the reversed sleeves, but has a single red stripe on the sock and hem. 
  • Also, the sleeve cuffs are unnecessary, as the gloves will cover it up... 
 My rating: A good idea for a Red Wings alt, but a few design choices hold it back... 8/10

Anthony C.- Windsor Spitfires (OHL; CHL)  
The last concept of the day goes to Anthony, and his Spitfires concept! 
Good-
  •  Well right off the bat, you have a normal striping pattern, so it's already better than the Spitfires current jerseys!
  •  I like red as the main color for the home jersey! 
  • I also really like the striping pattern on the third jersey, as well as it's logo
Bad-
  • Reversing the shoulder and chest logo on the main jerseys would have looked better. 
  • I also don't like the "WINDSOR" wordmark in the alt's stripes. 
  • The collars on the two main jerseys don't look good. That extra colored in part around the tie down is pointless...
My rating: A great update for the Spitfires, and excellent presentation, but a few design choices hold this back. 8/10

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

June 19, 2017

Monday: #Formthefuture Eve

*** Edit by Ryan ***
Before Jets begins with his post, we promised you a HJC Podcast on Sunday. Well we've had some issues with both the recording and the editing. We MAY have it posted by Tuesday, however you might want to lower your expectations on the production value of the whole thing. Everyone involved had a really great conversation to share, but there are some beeps and human sounds that interfere.
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Welcome to a very special Monday post!

What makes today so special? Today is the last day we won't know what the Adidas NHL will look like. With the exception of the 2018 ASG in Tampa and the Stadium Series/Winter Classic/Centennial Classic 2: Electric Boogaloo, we will have every jersey worn by an NHL team unveiled tomorrow night. Phil will have a massive recap as promised, and I'm sure Chase will only hype this more, the post happening mere hours before the unveilings, but minus any major leaks, it'll be 62 jerseys, none of which we've seen in their current form....but truthfully, my expectations of pretty low in terms of new designs.

With the exceptions of Vegas, Ottawa, Nashville, Calgary, Minnesota, Colorado and a couple others, we'll be getting a lot of the same. Basically, teams with simple designs will remain the same, and the teams most likely to change are those whose designs were templates (i.e.: Nashville, Ottawa, Columbus, Colorado). Little changes like no more grey pit stains for Buffalo or Arizona having a black collar will come and I'm sure a couple teams will surprise us, but this is not going to be as drastic of a change as we saw in 2007.

If you remember back then, Colorado, NYI, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Florida, Los Angeles, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Tampa Bay, St. Louis, Atlanta and Dallas all unveiled templated jerseys that were mostly inferior versions of what they had before (St. Louis, New York and Nashville are possible exceptions depending on tastes). The only teams that improved were San Jose, Boston, Washington, and to me at least, Philadelphia's away jersey, but that's it. The cookie cutter lesson was a hard one, and I don't think we'll have the same repeat of terrible designs as last time.

Interestingly, we got ANOTHER set of teasers, this time featuring shoulder patches. I'll give a list of the three options teams could go with; no patch, same patch, new patch

New patch: Vegas (duh), Minnesota (M logo from their alternate script), San Jose (Los Tiburones)
Same Patch: Washington, Chicago (finally showed their jerseys), Nashville, Dallas, Colorado,  Anaheim, Boston, Calgary (sigh), Vancouver, Winnipeg, Arizona (could be different on the road jersey), Columbus
No Patch: Detroit, NYR, Florida (though they will likely have their logos on the arms, Buffalo, Carolina, New Jersey, Edmonton, St. Louis, Montréal, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, NYI

Nothing from Pittsburgh in terms of a video, but we know for sure this jersey is going to be nearly identical to what they have now. As for Toronto, we have seen NOTHING from the team but again, I'd assume we get something the same from the Maple Leafs. but to get near full previews in terms of logos and general colour layout for 29/31 teams is not bad.

Overall, I had predictions that these shoulder patches either ruined or made me thing we're not going to get as much change as I thought (COUGH COUGH CALGARY COUGH COUGH).

The HJC Open is ON! The Round Robin phase is on until Friday. Anyone and as many people are able to enter, but ONLY 16 get to move on. Put your best foot forward and get ready, if you are one of the 16, to have never published concepts ready to go against the rest of HJC's best. For those curious, Voting will be top 5 and how ever many of each vote you get will determine (likely some form of point system).

There's also the XTREME COTW vote, where Brooks' XTREME 90s concepts go up against each other and Noah's classic Cowboys concept.

COTW June 9-15 vote (ends Friday @ noon ET)
HJC Open Round Robin entries (due Friday @ noon ET)

On with today's concepts!

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Vegas Golden Knights Concepts (By: Patrick N.)


+ Right way I think you nail the colour lay out pretty well as to what we'll see tomorrow
+ Some may not like it, but the Vegas font works okay above the script, even better than LAs did 
+ Good logo choices
+ Decent execution

- While this is a possibility of happening, I'm not a fan of the gold helmet, and without logos it looks bare
- Someone in the comments mentioned that they were not a fan of the coloured arms on white jersey as an overused trend in concepts, and while this doesn't look bad by any means, I would have preferred the striping look closed to the hem and socks with a black stripe in-between the red and gold rather than the coloured arms
- Not a fan of LA's numbers 
- Primary logo is slightly too small and the script is slightly too big 

Rating: 6.75/10 

Vegas Golden Knights Concepts (By: Christian L.)


+ Those subtle Vs on the arm with the stars in them look great
+ Love the big bold gold hem stripe and arms on the grey jersey
+ Black gear and lower hem stripe tie the jerseys and gear nicely together 
+ Great execution and layout!

- Again, not a fan of the colour arms, but at least there's coloured arms on both jersey but I would have preferred taking that colour and putting it on the cuffs
- Not a fan of the tie downs 
- No helmet numbers 

Rating: 8.75/10 

Vegas Golden Knights Concept (By: Burkus Circus)


+ I wouldn't think the secondary logo would work as a primary logo, but with lots of red it doesn't look half bad
+ While Vegas Gold is hard to work with as a primary colour for a jersey, but this doesn't look half bad so long as the gear is black
+ Good execution

- While this striping would have be so refreshing in 2007 (especially on Dallas's away) it looks especially dated now, and is not something Adidas would do
-Black numbers would look much better 
- Speaking of the numbers, the LA font doesn't work 
- Shoulder patch is slightly too small and thin 

Rating: 6.75/10 

Vegas Golden Knights Concepts (By: Anthony C.)



+ I've said it a couple times, the Vegas logo looks fantastic with a chest stripe
+ Great colour balancing
+ Love the use of the negative space from the V in te logo for a pant logo
+ Alternate is a little similar to Boston, but wow does it work, again with the large horse collar and lots of white it really pops

- Striping on all 3 jerseys would look good with some red 

Not a negative, but the other writers have mentioned you've sent in a ton of good but not great concepts, and then THIS stuff comes in and I'm blown away. This is and that Panthers concept are HJC Open/COTW winners. Keep using this template and making these high quality concepts instead of the generic concepts that are good but not great.

Rating: 9.5/10 COTW Nom from me! 

San Jose Sharks Concepts (By: Christian L.)


+ I would not have thought that the 90s Sharks throwback striping would work with the Los Tiburones logo, but wow! 
+ Black numbers, black cuffs and teal yoke are all great addition 
+ Love the addition of the small orange stripe
+ Great execution

- Pants need something on them, there might be something there but I can't see it 
- No helmet numbers 

Rating: 9/10 

San Jose Sharks Concepts (By: Justin B.)


+ When I think of a jersey with the Los Tiburones logo, this is what I picture, it's completely ideal and realistic to give them a new look
+ Black numbers look great on the white jersey
+ Good colour balancing 
+ Great execution 

- Sock striping would look better if it ended before the skates 
- Small thing, but the collar on the white jersey should be teal with a black insert 
- Again, small thing but I'd prefer a teal helmet over the black one 

Rating: 8.5/10 

San Jose Sharks v. Hartford Whalers Game in China Concept (By: F.C. Macbeth


+ Nice to see a good colour layout on the Sharks concept
+ If the jersey was a little more subtle, I would like the the New England style barber pole on the arms and pants 
+ Execution is getting there, but still needs some work

- I understand you like the WHA Whalers logo, but it does not go with NHL colour scheme nor the barber pole stripes on the arm 
- Hurricanes numbers don't really go with it either, there's 3 jersey ideas here that would work on their own, and maybe two of them could go together but all 3 look convoluted 
- Logos on the Sharks jersey are too small and the NOB is too large
- Teal in the Sharks numbers on the back is a different shade then the teal around the rest of the set
- The socks are a neat idea, but I think the black should end much higher and the striping/white should start much higher 
- Collar needs more colour to it 

Rating: 5.25/10 

Calgary Flames Concept (By: Burkus Circus)



+ Nice to see the previous Calgary alternate numbers and recoloured logo, they look good
+ Striping is decent, a little thin, but I think you have the layout here 
+ Good execution

- Thicken the yellow and white on the stripes
- Would have preferred the C mountain roundel on the shoulders to the standard home jersey logo 
- The pinker shade of red used in the primary logo similar to that of the late 90s jerseys does not match the rest of the red, and it sticks out a lot 

Rating 6.5/10 

Nashville Predators Concepts (By: Ryan C.)


+ The striping is like a mix of their original jerseys in the yoke, a more traditional hem stripe, and those arm shields from the Sens/Pens/Lightning template, but it works as it looks kind of like a tooth
+ With the ditching of the Music City theme, I'm glad the NP logo is on the shoulders
+ Good execution
+ Good colour balancing 

- I'm not totally against the ditching of the music city the, but I would have preferred the current numbers (these aren't bad, and I get why you'd want to ditch the current numbers without the guitar strings)
- Helmet numbers need an outline 
- Would prefer blue numbers to white ones on the yellow jersey

Rating: 8/10

Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins AHL Concepts (By: Anthony C.)


+ A good way to make the farm team different from the major league team is to use a colour the NHL team doesn't in their primary jersey, and yellow looks great here
+ Great colour balancing 
+ Alternate is pretty similar to the Bruins, and the Pittsburgh Hornets, but even as that it still works, and I like the idea of tying the Hornets to the Baby Pens
+ Good logo choices
+ Good execution 

- No helment logos, it's such a simple thing that can make a concept looks much better
- Aside from the colour swap, there really isn't much different from any number of Pens jersey and these, even adding a small amount of red like the team did 20 years ago 
- Again, it's good, but not great, there's nothing here that really makes things pop, it's ideal though

Rating: 7.75/10 

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June 18, 2017

Sunday: Happy Father's Day!

Now that I got that out of the way, Welcome back everybody, or welcome if it's your first time. I've got a few things to say before I get into the concepts so I'll dive right in.

While it's been a week since the Penguins won their second Stanley Cup in two years, I never got to talk about the game and how great it was. Both goalies were brick walls and that game was tense down to the last seconds. Now, I do feel bad for the Preds fans because of that goal getting taken back. However, the Preds had almost two whole periods to score another so it's not like it was taken away at the last moment. Congrats to the Penguins on being the first team in the salary cap era to win back-to-back cups.

In college club hockey news, Ohio University's Hockey team has revealed it's 60th anniversary logo that will be worn on their new uniforms for this upcoming season.

Logo Courtesy of Ohio Bobcats Twitter

It's a nice logo that includes the teams colors, the years, the actual stat of Ohio, and the four Murdoch Cups, the ACHA's DI championship trophy, that the team has won during their time in the ACHA. New uniforms will be revealed closer towards the season so be on a lookout for that. Who did they go with? I'm not sure. I do know that they've used OT the past few times so that could be the company they use but it's a surprise!

Guess what we did last night? We recorded the Podcast! It was a great time with the guys, as always, it was a great way for us writers to grow closer and get a few laughs. Look forward to the next one guys.

Finally, Get ready for the HJC Open and for the love of all that is hockey jerseys, DO NOT PROCRASTINATE! If you haven't heard the podcast by now or have learned from past experiences, it's a bad idea. Get them done before hand. They're all due by the 23rd.

COTW June 9-15 vote (ends Friday @ noon ET)
HJC Open Round Robin entries (due Friday @ noon ET)

Let's get ready to rumble! I mean, onto the concepts!

Anthony C- Los Angeles Kings
Positives: I've always thought that the first stadium series jersey would work really well as a base for a new jersey set for the Kings and you've done a pretty good job working that here Anthony. The striping on the arms are pretty simple, the yoke and hem being dark look really good with that little accent of white on the jersey. As for the alternate, it's nice to see a a jersey that pays homage to the 80's jersey. Those uniforms were awesome!
Negatives: The Main issues I have are with the primary jerseys. The piping around the yoke on both jerseys just don't work on either jersey. Also, using the silver as the secondary on the white wasn't the best choice. Change it to black and it'll look great.
Overall: 7/10


Anthony C- Worcester Railers HC
Positives: All I've seen from the Railers about any jerseys is that they have a gray jersey with blue hem stripe and, to be honest, it's a little bland. I think you did a pretty good job of giving the Railers a set that pays tribute to the Icecats. The striping is nice and simple and the hem looks really good.
Negatives: It's a simple design that's been seen before. Give them something that looks a little more unique. Also, make the collars a different color. The color choice isn't working well right now.
Overall: 7.5/10


Anthony C- Winnipeg Jets
Positives: The decision to go with a classic style jersey and add in the extended cuffs was a great choice with this uniform. It really fits well with the Jets' logo and gives a good shout out to the original uniforms.
Negatives: Those red pants just don't work. Make them blue and everything will look beautiful. As for the alternate, there's a reason why the Jets got rid of that jersey style. Keep it in the past.
Overall: 7.5/10


Burkus Circus- Boston Bruins
Positives: I really like the yellow alternate jersey for the bruins. A yellow Alt would look great for them and the arm striping with the cuffs that copy the sleeve and hem stripe look beautiful. Copy that with the accent stripe on the yoke and classic logo and you have a great looking jersey.
Negatives: WAIT ONE SECOND! Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't the Providence Bruins use this jersey design previously and have a design very similar to it? While I would let it slide, this is basically slapping the parent's club logo (vintage logo) on a jersey used by the parent and I just can't let that slide this time BC.
Overall: 4/10


Burkus Circus- Buffalo Sabres
Positives: Yellow jersey: Check. Classic style with modern twist: check. Great balance of color: Check. Good job on keeping it simple but effective.
Negatives: The "B with Sword" logo might not have been the best choice for the primary. The "Buffalo" script with primary logo would be one hundred times better. Also, the back numbers look a little small.
Overall: 7/10


Justin B- Edmonton Oilers
Positives: While I'm not a fan of numbers in the yokes, this really works well. Also, I like that you made the white jersey a homage to the early days in the WHA with the orange yoke. Also, the double stripe on the orange jersey looks really good. It gives the two jersey a different look but not too different.
Negatives: All these jersey needs are the yoke piping and this set would be near perfect.
Overall: 9/10 COTW NOMINE


Justin B- Los Angeles Kings
Positives: Bringing back purple was a pretty good choice. While the kings have a good identity without it, the purple really helps them stick out more. Also, the double stripe design with the purple yoke really works well overall.
Negatives: That accent of color in between the two large stripes just doesn't work. Get rid of it and this will look great.
Overall: 8/10


Lucas D- Norfolk Admirals
Positives: It was only a matter of time before someone decided to make a concept with the rope as striping and I'm not surprised it was Lucas. What I will say is that you did a pretty good job of using the rope in the design of the jersey. Making it a simple accent stripe is really effective. AS for the rest of the uniforms, the curved striping looks great.
Negatives: For some reason, the anchors on the shoulders look really big and really close to the collar.
Overall: 8.75/10


Phil B- Germany
Positives: The Idea of the flag striping with it going across the chest was a pretty good Idea there Phil. That's were most of it ends though.
Negatives: I'm going to assume that you forgot to change the one end of that sleeve on the black jersey to black instead of keeping it red. Also, that white stripe is just random on that black jersey and makes no sense. The yellow numbers could also be really hard to distinguish on the striping. Finally, the mesh texture on the jerseys give the effect of a gradient which really throws everything off and ruins the overall presentation.
Overall: 6/10


Ryan C- Boston Bruins
Positives: Really good presentation here Ryan. That yellow yoke and stripes with the black accents on the white jersey stand out really well. As for the yellow jersey, you did a pretty good job of balancing out all the colors.
Negatives: Being honest here, this isn't something new that I've seen. Sure it looks really good but I feel like the Bruins' identity has been beaten to the ground and this just doesn't stand out enough to warrant any praise that you would get for things that you have done in the past. Sorry.
Overall: 7/10 

Well that's all I have for you guys today. Come back next week for more great concepts. Have a good week and see everybody here this time next week.