December 3, 2016

Saturday: The Season Week 4

The winner of the COTW vote for November 18 - 24 was HockeyWeek.


Full Results

It will be interesting to see the results of the monthly vote coming up next week. There are some notable concepts in it and the monthly votes are always tight. Good luck to HockeyWeek.

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The new COTW nominees for November 25 - December 1 have been listed on the side of the page. The poll will appear if you're logged into a Google account. Votes will be counted up until Friday at noon Eastern time. You can see the concepts by clicking the link in the poll or going to the CONCEPT OF THE WEEK page. Who will win, Avi or Taylor?

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Last week I shared the collector's cup available at the Air Canada Centre for Leafs games this year. I invited the readers to send in pictures of cool items or memorabilia exclusive to their team. Unfortunately, nothing came in so there's nothing to share here.

If you ever have something cool like a collector's cup, a ticket collection, a new jersey, or anything hockey related you want to share with the readers, send it in and we may post it.

There were no entries this week for the Concept of the Year logo. That's okay as there is still a week left to get something in. Entries are due by Friday at noon Eastern.

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Week 4 match-ups
Barys Astana @ Colorado Avalanche

Chicago Blackhawks @ San Jose Sharks

Crowsnest Pass Timberwolves @ Columbus Blue Jackets

Amur Khaborvsk @ Boston Bruins

Anaheim Ducks @ Milwaukee Admirals

Pittsburgh Penguins @ Brynas IF
  
Carolina Hurricanes @ Minnesota Wild

Everett Silvertips @ Washington Capitals

Ottawa Senators @ New York Islanders
  

 Of the 9 match-ups during Week 3, only one home team was able to prevail. We also had our first two ties and both with identical scores. There's lots up for grabs in Week 4 including AMur Khaborvsk visiting the Boston Bruins to determine the leader of Division B. As well, the Senators visit the Islanders to determine the leader of Division C. Whoever wins those match-ups will put themselves in excellent position to win their division. 

Remember, the 1st and 2nd place finishers in each division advance to the playoffs. A new concept will be required immediately for all teams that make the playoffs. Be prepared!

Standings after Week 3
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COTW (Nov 25 - Dec 1) vote (ends Friday @ noon Eastern)
 The Season Week 4 voting (ends Friday @ noon Eastern)
COTY logo entries (due Friday @ noon Eastern)

December 2, 2016

Friday: Double Goalie Gear

Hello folks!  How's it going?

There's not really any news to talk about today as far as hockey jerseys or logos go (as far as I know), so I thought I'd once again discuss one of my favourite topics, goalie gear!  In particular, let's focus on three goalies that dress different at home compared to on the road.

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
(Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)
(Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)
(Photo by Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
(Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)
(Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

As you can see in the above photos, both Corey Crawford and Mike Smith wear black equipment at home and white equipment on the road, while Marc-André Fleury switches up his helmet for home or road games.  You don't see many goalies doing this (at least prior to this year), but I think it's a great idea.  I like the variety that the two sets of gear provide, and the goalies fit in better with the rest of the teammates who wear different helmets for at home and on the road.  Of the three goalies, Crawford's two sets are my favourite, I like how his helmets match and that he switches up his gear as well.

Do you agree with my thoughts about the two sets of goalie gear, or do you think one set is best?

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The entry phase for the COTY Logo Competition continues until next Friday.  Additionally, last week's COTW vote ended earlier today and the new poll will go up sometime in the next 24 hours.

COTW Nov 25 - Dec 1 vote (ends next Friday @ noon ET)
COTY 2016 logo entries (due next Friday @ noon ET)

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South Carolina Stingrays, by Chase C:
HJC's Tuesday writer, Chase, brings us our first concept today.  This was actually one of the finalists for the recent Stingrays Design contest held on Icethetics, and I can see why, the design of the jersey is quite nice.  I especially like the look of the blue yoke combined with the white cuffs and hem.  My main complaint about this concept is the presentation, because the jersey itself only takes up a small fraction of the image.  All the extra stuff above and below the jersey should be reduced down in size.
Rating: 7/10

Providence Bruins, by Bradley D:
Next up, Bradley takes on the AHL's Providence Bruins.  I think the striping on the white jersey is absolutely perfect, it's a good twist on the classic Bruins design and it really balances black and yellow well.  However I don't like the look of the stripes on the yellow jersey, particularly how the white stripes are completely surrounded by yellow.  But I do like the yellow helmet that goes with that jersey.
For the third jersey, Bradley altered the striping pattern a bit.  The yoke becomes a type of phantom yoke, the hem stripe becomes hem trim, and the arm stripes are moved around and added to.  I actually like all of those changes, they give the jersey a unique feel.  I also like the simple yellow numbers, but I think the collar would be better if it were yellow.  Execution wise, the inside of the loop at the bottom of the socks should match the background instead of the sock.
Rating: 7/10

Washington Capitals, by Lucas D:
Our third concept of the day is a Washington Capitals concept from Lucas, and it uses a very simple striping pattern.  Despite the simplicity of the pattern, the design avoids looking generic, which I think may be due to the amount of white on the dark jersey (but I wonder if the white would still look good with the equipment added).  The stars in the stripes also help add some character, but I think they're too spread out, I'd either add more or move them closer together.
Rating: 8/10

New York Rangers, by Avi S:
As part of his colourway series, Avi has designed a Rangers jersey which is similar to their current third but actually looks good (I'm not a fan of their current third).  It's amazing how much crisper this looks with true white instead of that dull vintage white.  The new collar and hem designs look better as well, but the hem stripe might now be too similar to their home jersey.  I like the blue colourway pants, but I don't like the lack of blue on the red pants.
Rating: 8/10

University of Maine, by Taylor R:
Taylor is up next with a concept for the University of Maine Black Bears.  It's been a few days since I first saw this concept, and I still haven't decided what I think of the striping pattern.  Part of me thinks the yoke stopping at the arm stripes looks strange and unnatural, but the other part of me just thinks it's an interesting and good looking design.  I definitely like the rest of the concept though, the number font is a great choice, and Taylor's presentation is always top-notch.
Rating: 8/10

Thorold Blackhawks, by Chris W:
Chris concludes today's post with a concept for the Thorold Blackhawks, who recently unveiled a new logo set (which Chris uses here) in early November.  I love the arrowhead pattern in the stripes, it's a subtle element that adds so much character to the jerseys.  The alternate jersey, based off of Chicago's old barber-pole sweater, is also great.  My only issue with this concept is that on the alternate jersey there's a second shade of black in the arm stripes.
Rating: 9/10 and my COTW nomination!

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That's all folks!

December 1, 2016

Thursday: Le premier Décembre

Hello, welcome back!

Nothing much to talk about news wise aside from the Pens' Stadium Series jerseys, but I'll wait to talk about those until the Flyers unveil theirs as well (or announce it'll be their 50 year alternates). Plus, I still don't even know how I feel about them, whether I like them or not. So I'll give it a review when I figure that out. For now, just enjoy some jerseys that (in some cases, sadly) don't exist!

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Today we have the regular usual COTW, the new usual Season vote, and the COTY logo entries due next Friday. Take a minute and leave a few votes, if not entering the competition.

COTW Nov 18-24 vote (ends Friday @ noon ET)
The Season Week 3 voting (ends Friday @ noon ET)
COTY 2016 logo entries (due Dec. 9 @ noon ET)

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Avi S. - Minnesota Wild
+Great take on a red Minnesota jersey, great color balance.
+The wheat color really works here to add to the vintage look the design has.
+Those are some unique yoke stripes, but they really work.
+I think the green gear is better traditionally, but I'd love to see color rush games like you've proposed.
-Like Phil mentioned yesterday, the inside hem on the front should be green to match the stripe.
-The thicknesses of the wheat stripes all look different, I'd make them more consistent.
Overall: 9/10 and my COTW nomination


Ben S. - Detroit Red Wings
+This is the most interesting jersey for the Wings I've seen, so points for uniqueness.
+The bridge inspired arms are actually a neat idea, I think it works, at least on paper.
-That leads to a bit of awkward placement for the TV numbers, though.
+That logo is unique...and I'm sure it has meaning...but please explain what it is because I'm not aware myself of what it is.
+Not sure what the meaning of the 2 stripes is, but it looks good and matches the yoke piping (just no bridges in these).
-I would imagine if this were to be released there would be people claiming they copied the Leafs.
-The name looks a bit small.
Overall: 8/10


Bradley D. - Manitoba Moose

+This is how I think AHL teams should be designed: take inspiration from the parent club without copying them exactly.
-While it's not bad as is, the dark jersey could be a bit more of Manitoba's own if the shades of blue were swapped, similarly to the alternate.
+I do like the socks being the light shade of blue, it's such a little thing like Boston's yellow socks but it's a nice, unique feature.
-Not a fan of the name font, maybe if it was a bit taller but it has a very basic look right now.
+I like the alternate, it's a different look from the home and roads while also not straying too far. While an alternate by no means has to be similar to the primary set to be good (see, Ben's Detroit alternate), the cohesiveness is nice.
Overall: 8.5/10


Patrick N. - Springfield Thunderbirds

+A set that has a traditional and modern look at the same time. I think the modern look mainly comes from the colors, which are incredibly vibrant for a hockey jersey.
+On that note, good color balance. There could maybe use to be a little more yellow on the white jersey, but that's a minor gripe because I'm not sure where it would slot in.
+The font and color choices for the font are great on the blue jersey.
-The font is still good on the white jersey, but the colors aren't so much. The light blue vibrates with the yellow a lot, I'd switch the two blues. It would probably look better without a nameplate as well.
-The design really reminds me of the Blackhawks...
+ I also see that it appears to come from the logo. Not really sure if this ends up being positive or negative when you consider those both.
Overall: 8/10


Taylor R. - Northeastern Huskies
+Nice, vintage looking set.
+While the logo isn't anything too great, it's an improvement over what they're wearing now.
-It may look better to swap the black on the logo for white on the dark jersey, but if it's a school thing for the logo to only ever be in those colors then disregard that comment.
+The font choice plus keeping it one color is what I think really gives it the vintage look.
+The red pants are a good choice here.
-It does leave a slight need for more a bit more black on the white jersey though.
+The set looks like a fauxback that I could see the Senators wearing, which quite frankly I'd love to see.
Overall: 9/10


Taylor R. - Northern Michigan Wildcats
+Such an underused color scheme.
+Another classic Taylor design, keeping the stripe colors the same on both jerseys.
+Good color balance. The green yoke on the white jersey really is key to that.
+For a traditional/modern mesh like this, the font fits really well.
-The white and yellow have some slight problems with blending together, but it isn't too bad.
Overall: 8.5/10

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

November 30, 2016

Wednesday: BREAKING NEWS

One more bit of EXCLUSIVE jersey news, it looks like once Adidas takes over the jersey manufacturing, sources of mine say that the NHL may lift the 1 alternate rule and expand it to two alternates. Does that mean that with the Brooklyn-themed Islanders jersey that we could see orange again? Maybe a modern fisherman?

ATTENTION CANUCKS FANS (and jersey collectors)! Check out this tweet. The red gradient Flying Skate jerseys are back and for sale in the team store, but only 100 are being made. Act quickly!

Keep an eye out, because the outdoor games are coming soon, and we have the jerseys for every game confirmed except for one. Philadelphia has not unveiled their Stadium Series jersey yet, but I would not be surprised that they used the 50th anniversary alternates they currently have.

VOTES ABOUND THIS WEEK! The Season moves to week 3. Only 5 teams are left undefeated with three games to go. Washington has a new owner and a nice road concept going up against 1st place and undefeated Ottawa (beats NY on vote differential). Crowsnest Past, Colorado, Amur and New York fill out the rest of the list of undefeated teams. How many will remain undefeated? YOU DECIDE! Don't forget about COTW as usual

NEW COMPETITION! Design the HJC Concept of the Year logo. You have a week and a half to do that. No restrictions except for file format and size (no less than 600x600). The logo will be featured on a plaque won by the Concept of the Year winner.

Reminders

COTW Nov 18-24 vote (ends Friday @ noon ET)
The Season Week 3 voting (ends Friday @ noon ET)
COTY 2016 logo entries (due Dec. 9 @ noon ET)

ON TO THE CONCEPTS!


Avi S: Dallas Stars Alternate Concept


A favorite design here at HJC is the off-colored upper arm, and Avi uses it here, but adds a point to the striping, as if the top-most point of a star, which is a nice touch for this team. Matching striping on the hem, though flatter than the arm. We finally have number outlines on a Stars jersey. Props for using that much-underutilized Texas logo. Not a fan of the sock pattern as it's not consistent with the rest of the jersey. The Color Way uniform is a step back, as this looks better with black equipment. Execution note: On the inside of the jersey, there should be black above the white hem trim, and not green.

Rating: 79%


Avi S: San Jose Sharks Alternate Concept


Similar points as last time. Black equipment is better, especially since it compliments the hem striping better to be consistent with the socks and arms. , inside of the jersey needs to have the striping and not straight teal. Love the new logo, and love the old fin logo modified to better fit here. However this jersey brings up the old debate of "Orange vs. Silver". I prefer orange, but you make the silver work here.

Rating: 79%


Bradley D: Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) Concept


Double blue is so nice, so when the Admirals switched to this I was so happy. Bradley tries a side panel only striping pattern. It's not bad. It looks too inconsistent with the rest of the jersey though. Alternate is nice though the yoke looks like it is incomplete, don't know the scope of Bradley's intention on that. I feel this could use some polishing, and maybe a bit more than that.

Rating: 77%


Taylor R: Merrimack College Warriors (NCAA) Concept


Taylor continues his tour throughout the Hockey East Conference. Currently Merrimack uses Canadiens home jerseys, but primarily yellow with blue and white trim. They also have a set similar to Taylor's blue jersey, but without the white and with a script logo. Maybe the white was a bad choice for that, because based on how thin those white stripes are, they get lost against the yellow, same with the yellow outline. Not quite there yet.

Rating: 80%


Taylor R: Providence College Friars (NCAA) Concept

One of the things I've loved about Providence College is their logo being unique to their hockey team and separate from their regular athletic programs like basketball. One of my favorite hockey logos too. I'm a sucker for white shoulder yokes on colored jerseys. The double outline on the numbers is great. The arched nameplate with no outline, balanced yokes and arms. A modern classic. Maybe throw some black onto the collar of the black jersey.

Rating: 94%


The winner of my Concept of the Week Nomination is:

 TAYLOR R 

 PROVIDENCE COLLEGE FRIARS CONCEPT 


Enjoy December tomorrow. I'll be back on the 7th, the Day that lives in infamy. I will post a quick tribute to those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor, and maybe we can get a few Team USA concepts. Send them in and maybe Ryan can package them into my day (nudge, nudge, Ryan...). See you next week!

November 29, 2016

Tuesday: Vegas Illegal Knights???

Welcome to this Tuesday's post! We've got quite a few concepts for today! You guys have listened and have been sending lots of concepts. Keep up the good work! 

As for any jersey news, I haven't seen anything other than the fact that the Golden Knights might be in some legal trouble with their name. Yep. Bill Foley couldn't get the West Point team name of Black Knights, so he took the Army's parachute division's name. They're the U.S. Army Parachute Team. So yeah... 

The article said that the officials were looking into the name, but they haven't been able to constitute any legal action against the name yet. Foley also knew about the name, cause he wanted the Golden Knights team to drop in with the announcement, but it never happened. 

Yeah, Foley could be in trouble. If he keeps the logo, he could go with Desert Knights, but otherwise he'd have to change it, and that means Golden Knights merchandise might be a rare collector's item pretty soon! 

In other news, we have the Logo comp. for HJC's Concept of the Year contest! We also have the voting for the regularly scheduled COTW and The Season to vote for! So don't forget to Vote!!!


COTW Nov 18-24 vote (ends Friday @ noon ET)
The Season Week 3 voting (ends Friday @ noon ET)
COTY 2016 logo entries (due Dec. 9 @ noon ET)


On to the Concepts! 

Bradley D.- Lehigh Valley Phantoms (AHL) 
Bradley here redesigns the Flyers AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms!
Good-
  • The Phantoms have a fantastic color scheme of Orange, Purple, and White, but the Purple is barely noticeable on their sweaters. Good job of adding more purple
  • I like how the sweaters are close to Philly's but don't match exactly
  • The shoulder yoke wide enough to fit the TV numbers is also really good!
Bad-
  • The hem stripe definitely needs more. The lone black stripe is a little plain
  • The socks also need more color. Orange on the white socks, and white on the orange socks
  • While the TV numbers fitting inside the yoke is good, the TV numbers are way too small
  • #OB are also a little too big as well
  • Needs AHL patches on back
My rating: A nice update for an AHL team that needs some more unity! 

Bradley D.- Lehigh Valley Phantoms Alt. (AHL) 7.5/10

Bradley finishes his concept for the Phantoms with an all black alt!
Good-
  • Black is a great choice for an alternate sweater!
  • I really like the Orange collar
  • The numbers being double-outlined looks great and really matches with the striping pattern
Bad-
  • The striping looks pixelated, and is way too thin...
  • The logo has an extra white outline around it that should not be there. It's the edge of the black outline on the logo, and it's just loose pixels from resizing it. 
  • Most of the jersey is devoid of white. The white nameplate and numbers stand out like a sore thumb... Maybe try orange numbers instead??
  • Needs AHL patches on back
My rating: Not as good as the home and away; Still needs some work... 6/10


Matt B.- Team North America U-23 (WCofH) 
Matt here brings us his hand-drawn version of Team NA! 
Good- 

  • While I love the Orange and Black color scheme of Team NA in the tournament, Red, White, and Blue (Or Bleu, Blanc, at Rouge for our French Canadian followers!) looks good too! 
  • I like the number font!
  • The lone star on the American flag looks much better that 50 stars would
  • The properly executed striping pattern WOULD look good
Bad- 
  • Hand-drawn concepts can look good, if you are patient and slow down when you make them. Your stripes aren't the same size, and most of them don't follow a straight line. This can be easily fixed with a ruler or something else as a straight-edge. 
  • It also looked like you used crayons to draw the stripes and colors. So you break outside of the lines quite often. Using a colored pencil (That you keep sharp) or a marker will give you more consistent coloring inside the template. 
  • The logo choice is also not the best. The two flags together with an odd shape connecting them is a very weak logo. 
My rating: This concept has potential. Like a lot. But unfortunately you've made a few execution errors. If you clean everything up, this concept would sky rocket! For now though, it's a 6/10. Don't worry! You're very talented, and you're only going to get better!!!

 Kevin B.- Chicago Cubs (MLB to hockey) 

Kevin creates a jersey that puts the Chicago Cubs as a hockey team! 
Good-

  • I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Pinstripes!!!
  • The colored sleeves make the jersey body look like a vest which looks great!
  • Good logo choice!
  • I like the sleeve cuffs at the end with the small amount of red and white
  • NOB and #OB look great, especially with the boxes around them. It makes it look like a vintage sweater
Bad-
  • The Cubs logo should not be surrounded by a template box however. First of all it's a round logo, and second, logos don't need a template box to be placed on. They would normally just be sewn on.
  • A few execution errors, You didn't include pinstripes in the fight strap box, you left the box around the Reebok workmark on the jersey, and you forgot some red on the left sleeve cuff on the front side. 
My rating: A fantastic crossover! 9/10!

Taylor R.- UMass Minutemen (NCAA; Hockey East) 

Taylor continues his NCAA redesign with a concept for UMass!
Good-
  • Striping pattern is great! 
  • I love the arched nameplate!
  • The number font works perfectly with the logo
  • I also really like the Shoulder yokes
  • I was going to comment about how the equipment doesn't match the shade of maroon on the rest of the concepts, but after looking at some photos of the team, they have the same problem. Good job paying attention to details!
  • That Maroon jersey is a thing of beauty!
Bad-
  • The colored upper sleeves with the shoulder yoke doesn't work the best on the white sweater. Still looks great though!
My rating: A very solid concept, one of the best I've ever seen. It perfectly matches the feel of college hockey! 10/10 AND MY COTW NOMINEE!!! 


Taylor R.- UMass-Lowell River Hawks (NCAA; Hockey East)
Taylor continues his NCAA redesign with UMass-Lowell!
Good-

  • I like the use of Anaheim-esque jerseys
  • The number font is fantastic!
  • Love the arched nameplate again! 
Bad-
  • I don't like how the white sweater doesn't have the gap in the striping between the red and the blue. It makes it feel incomplete.
  • The blue sweater's collar could use some red
  • I wouldn't have gone with a tapered stripe for the pants
My rating: A good update that really simplifies a normally busy look. 8.5/10

Avi S.- Nashville Predators Color Rush/Alt. (NHL)

Avi continues his color rush series with the Preds! 
Good-
  • I like the blue!
  • The guitar stripes on the stripes looks good!
  • I love the white numbers, they remind me of the Preds original jerseys
Bad-
  • Not much here, but this one just isn't as exciting as your other color rush sweaters
My rating: Still a solid alt. and color rush jersey for the preds! 8/10


Avi S.- Montreal Canadiens Color Rush/Alt. (NHL)
Avi's second concept of the day is for the Habs's color rush!
Good-

  • I love the reverse jersey
  • The double outline in the numbers looks great!
Bad- 
  • The collar could use some more color
  • The whole concept could use some more red as a whole. The habs are a red dominant team after all...
My rating: Still a fantastic concept Avi! I've always enjoyed your work! 8/10


Well that's all for today! Don't forget to vote!!!