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September 24, 2017

Sunday: A Work In Progress

Howdy Everybody. Didn't have time to get any news together so we're just going to hop right into the concepts today.

But first, I'd like to say to Chase that it was a pleasure to write with him and I wish him the best. All that said, if you think you have the chops to make it as a writer then fill out and application and see if you make it!

Okay onto the concepts!

Alan H- Calgary Flames
Positives: The devoid of black actually looks really good on this and I think you did a pretty good job balancing out the colors on both jersey.
Negatives: The white hem doesn't look that good with the red and yellow. Also, it's really hard to read the name on the back of both jerseys.
Overall: 6.5/10

Alan H- Philadelphia Flyers 
Positives: The slight twist on the striping from the 1984-97 jersey set looks pretty good with that addition of the extra black stripe on sleeves and a contrast hem stripe with a black accent at the bottom.
Negatives: It would look a lot better if it was rounded instead of an angle but it's not a total loss for me. What is a total loss is your names on the back of the jerseys.
Overall: 7/10

Anthony C- Val-d'Or Foreurs
Positives: The angled striping on the hem is nice and flows well with the sleeve striping. Also, the color balance on the jersey is pretty good.
Negatives: The striping is pretty similar to other things you've sent into us on this template. If I'm going to be honest with you, don't expect me to give you any extra points on using this template if you're just going to recycle striping on it. You've come far in your designing but quantity doesn't equal quality.
Overall: 7.5/10

  Jets96- Maine Mariners
Positives: Love the prominence of yellow on both jerseys. it really helps both jersey stand out from being Bruins copies. The striping is really simple but it works, especially on this Nike template.
Negatives: It has more to do with the template than anything. the collar faux laces on a Nike jersey are all within the yoke. Also, This template makes the nameplate look really small.
Overall: 8.5/10 COTW NOMINEE

 Jets96- Utah Grizzlies
Positives: Really like the use of the alternate logo on the front of the jersey. Also, the simple striping works really well on this set.
Negatives: The yoke on the green jersey is so similar in color that it just looks muddy. Also, the striping could be a tad thicker.
Overall: 7.5/10

Kevin D- Calgary Flames  
Positives: Moving the Alternate shoulder logo onto the front of a red jersey looks really good and, the four equal stripes look pretty good.
Negatives: This is, in general, a modified version of the Red alternates that the Flames had for a few seasons before going back to the throwbacks and, while it's good looking, it's not changed enough to warrant it to be different. If anything, you could say this is what it would look like if Adidas did it.
Overall: 8/10

That's it and that's all. See you guys next week.

September 23, 2017

Saturday: Weekly Rundown (Sept 15-21)

The winner of the COTW vote for September 8-14 was TC!


Full Results

Well done TC on your first COTW win!

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I had the chance to get out to a couple of stores yesterday and take a look at the Adidas authentic jerseys. I was pleased with what Adidas is offering.

 

Pros
The jerseys feel like high tech lightweight fabrics and not a cheap facsimile. The logos are nicely embroidered and applied well. They have replicated the lightweight patches as well, but I do not believe that they are the same as what the players are wearing on the ice. If you are like me and want your jerseys to replicate the game worn jerseys then you'll be please to know that you will be able to remove the Adidas hem tag. It's rubber but it is stitched on, so if you take your time with a seam-ripper you should be able to remove it. These are very comparable to the Reebok authentics that were $100 more.


Cons
The biggest negative was the numbers that are being used to crest the jerseys and are being shipped by Adidas. They are trying to replicate the lightweight numbers used on the game issued/worn jerseys, but they just feel like the same material used on the shoulder patches from the Reebok replica jerseys, but thinner. The two stores that I went to were also mostly stocking 48s, 50s, and 52s (that's SML-LRG). One store had nothing bigger and another store only had a few 54s (XL). No one had 56s (XXL) or 60s (XXXL). A con for me is also that the authentics are not the same as the on ice product, however that's not what Adidas is saying. These are just "authentics".

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COTW Sept 15-21 vote (ends Friday @ noon ET)
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September 22, 2017

Friday: Tropical All Stars

Hello everyone, welcome back!

I have some news to share with you today...the 2018 NHL All Star Game logo has popped up online.

patchcollection.com
While it's hard to notice any subtle details since this embroidery, we can still get the overall gist of the logo. Quite frankly, I'm a big fan. I love the color palette especially; the warm colors pop really well in the blue background and give it a very beach-like or tropical feel. The banner on the bottom and the embellishments to the left and right of it look great, and balance out the colors from the (what looks to be a) sunset scene on top of the wordmark. From what I can see right here, I'm loving it. What do you guys think? Leave a comment below!

Overall: 8.5/10

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This week is a simple one in voting, just the normal COTW vote along with the arena logo vote. Check for those polls later today! Also, if you've ever wanted to write for HJC, now is your chance to join us, check the banner at the top of the page for info!

COTW vote September 15-21 (ends Friday @ noon EST)
Arena Logo Competition vote (ends Friday @ noon EST)
Writer Applications (due Friday @ 6PM EST)

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Alan H. - Carolina Hurricanes

+I like the amount of color on this set, along with the flag pattern being used.
-I think you've gone a bit overboard with that pattern, though. It's quite busy like this. It would be a bit better if you gave it a treatment more like their new Adidas jerseys, but I would also like to see some more black on the set, or some other color to break up the massive amounts of red.
+I don't mind their current primary logo, but I don't mind the alt either, so I'm pretty indifferent on the logo choice.
-I would like to see the primary on the shoulders or the pants, though.
-I also don't mind their font, but I don't like it skewed.
Overall: 7.5/10


Alan H. - New York Rangers

+When it comes to being realistic, keeping the Rangers' jerseys faithful to their classic look.
-For a concept, it's nothing too special, though, especially if this series is meant to give a team something new.
+Changing the typeface for the script and numbers is probably the best way to change up the Rangers without changing them up too much. Gotta give you credit for doing something different.
-I'm not really feeling the one you chose, though. It looks like a better fit for a Stadium Series game or a game meant to have a futuristic jersey. It especially looks awkward on the numbers. The name is fine, though.
-It's also slightly off-putting to me that the arc of the name is different than the arc of the shoulder yoke. I'm sure not many would notice that, though.
Overall: 7.5/10


F.C. Macbeth - Kitchener Rangers
+I like the thought put into this concept. It's always a good look as a concept artist to show that you care more about quality than quantity.
+I think your logo idea works pretty well in general. It's a good start, and much better than a New York copy.
-My main issue with the logo is the "KIT". The I should at least be the same thickness as the K and T, but squishing it above the point should be avoided anyways. I would find something else to fill the void on top.
+As for the jerseys the striping looks really nice. The logo served as good inspiration for the striping.
-I would switch the red and blue on the white jersey to improve color balance through the set, though.
Overall: 8.5/10


Jets96 - Fort Wayne Komets
+Simple and effective striping, solid look.
+The orange pants are an interesting decision, but I think they'll work.
-While the diagonal script isn't bad, I see no reason to use it over their logo.
-You should be aware of how much I like a colorful jersey, so the primarily black jersey is a bit bland to me. Nothing fundamentally wrong with it, though.
Overall: 8/10


Jets96 - Trenton Titans
+Now this one, on the other hand, is quite colorful.
+The color balance is done well, too.
-The blue pants and equipment are, again, interesting. I give you credit for creativity, but I'm not as sold on these as I am on the orange pants from last concept. I'd have to see it being used or on a full body template.
-I see you stole the sublimated bridge design that Steve and myself used in the pairs comp this year.
+Just kidding. It's a nice, subtle detail, and I'm sure you didn't actually steal it.
Overall: 8.5/10


Kevin D. - Washington Capitals
+It's really a shame that the Weagle goes unused as the primary logo on a Caps jersey. It's such a great logo.
+Solid adaptation of their alternate/vintage uniforms. A good way to look into their history while giving them something new.
+Good color balance.
-While this is a good look, there's quite frankly nothing special about this look. It's pretty run-of-the-mill for a Caps concept.
Overall: 7.5/10 (8.5 in a vacuum)


Matt G. - New York Islanders
+I think this is a pretty good start to revamp the Islanders. Keeps faithful to their identity while bringing in new ideas.
+I like the idea of switching the logo to an isolated NY.
-I'm really not sure what the purpose of the circle is on the home and road jerseys. It looks incredibly awkward and out of place, I'd get rid of it.
+I like the idea of a blue and orange alt.
-There's really not much on that jersey that pops, though. More white would really be necessary, even if just for the logo and name/numbers.
+The Historic is a solid throwback design, and works well for its purpose. I'm glad you included all concepts on the same image, because for the purpose of this blog, having that as a separate concept really would be pointless.
Overall: 8/10

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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!

September 21, 2017

Thursday: Boyle Strong

Hey y'all, and welcome to another Thursday post by TC!

It is with a heavy heart that I announce probably the worst news that I have ever had to report here on HJC.  New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle announced on Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, a form of bone marrow cancer.  While it was caught early on and has been described by team doctors as "largely treatable with medications", it is still never good news to hear that a member of the hockey community is fighting such a serious illness.


As a Rangers fan, I have watched Boyle play in countless games, including during the Rangers' campaign for the finals in 2014.  After stints with the Lightning and the Leafs, Boyle arrived in New Jersey this offseason, and has yet to play for the Devils, but his positive prognosis gives reason to believe that we will be seeing him in red sometime in the future.  Until then, stay strong, Brian, and know that the hockey community is with you.  

In voting news,we have the regular COTW vote for September 8-14, as well as entries for the Arena Logo Competition, both of which end tomorrow at noon EST.  

COTW vote September 8-14 (ends Friday @ noon EST)
Arena Logo Competition entries (due Friday @ noon EST)
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Now on to today's concepts!

Alan H.- Detroit Red Wings

Our first concept of the day is Alan H.'s design for the Red Wings.  Alan seems to have stuck with the Wings' traditional look, which I think is a good way to avoid being murdered by the Detroit faithful.  I like the modernized D logo as a shoulder patch, it's a solid logo that I think still fits with the more classic look.  While I do commend you for using the two different coloring choices of the logo, you have reversed them from their traditional use, and it's really bugging me.  I just don't like that white wing on the red jersey.  While the number font could work with the more modern looking D logo, it's way too futuristic for such a classic looking jersey.  My main issue with this set, however, is that it's essentially just their actual set with a new font and a shoulder patch.  I think this is why we rarely see Wings concepts, it's so classic that it's seen as untouchable, and so there is little room to be creative and give it your own style.  Final verdict: not a bad take on the wings, but not that creative either.  6.5/10

Alan H.- Pittsburgh Penguins

Alan's second submission of the day is a design for the reigning cup champs, the Pens.  This set seems to be a combination of their 80s and early 00s sets, and I really like the idea of combining the two eras.  I've always been more of a fan of the RoboPen than most, so I'm happy to see it as a shoulder patch here.  The arms are essentially the 80s set with the angle swapped so that the lowest point is on the outer arm rather than closer to the body, which is a somewhat lateral move in my eyes.  While I understand the intent to match the angle of the arm striping, I'm not a fan of the triangular yoke, it never has looked good in my opinion.  The side panel striping is a good idea, but you moved it way too far up the body, and it just clutters up the design and makes it look awkward.  If you look at the early 00s set, it ends around the top of the penguin's skate, instead of here where it extends up above the logo.  Move it down to better match the original design and I think you've got a winner.  Final verdict: the idea is there, but a little better execution would vastly improve it.  7/10

Jets96- Elmira Jackals

Next up we have our very own Jets96 with a design for the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL.  I'm going to be honest, Jets, I'm surprised you did a redesign for a team whose current set so closely resembles your beloved Buffaslug design.  That being said, this is a pretty decent set for the Jackals.  The simple striping pattern works well, but I would have thickened up the top stripe that matches the contrasting cuffs and hem.  I like the collar design, but hate that collar style (it doesn't look all that great and it's harder to fit your head through).  I like the striping on the breezers, but I'm a little confused as to why you didn't use the grey instead of white as you did when it was surrounded by nave on the white set.  Final verdict: a decent set for the Jackals, but some design choices confuse me.  7.5/10

Jets96- Orlando Solar Bears

Jets' second concept of the day is a design for the ECHL's Orlando Solar Bears.  As a pun enthusiast, I like the Solar Bears' identity, but their color scheme has always seemed a little too busy to me.  Their 2015 redesign did a good job of improving on their previous nightmare of a jersey,it still only used half of the color palette.  Jets does a good job here of bringing all of the colors of the Solar Bears' identity into the design.  The striping is reminiscent of a horizon at sunset, and looks really sharp against the blue.  The contrasting cuffs and hem do a good job of helping the color balance, and the gear does a good job of bringing purple into the mix.  I just wish there was a little more purple in the jerseys to tie it all together.  Final verdict: a decent set, but that color scheme is still a little out there.  7.5/ 10

Kevin D.- Tampa Bay Lightning

Next up is Kevin D. with a design for a third uniform set for the Lightning.  The Lightning look better in black.  There, I said it.  I know we talk a lot about black-for-black's-sake on this site, but the Bolts look better in black than they do in Leafs knockoffs.  Accordingly, I really like this set.  The use of the alternate logo is a good choice for an alternate, and I like the simple color blocking on the arms.  The bolt in the striping on the breezers is a must, and I'm glad to see that it's kept here.  I'm not sure how much I like the blue yoke, and I'm not a huge can of a white collar on a black jersey.  Final verdict: a good design that I wouldn't mind seeing the Bolts use as a third. 9/10 and my COTW NOMINEE!!!!!

Lucas D.- Vegas Golden Knights

Our final concept of the day is Lucas D.'s design for the Golden Knights.  I really like the sublimated star in the gold stripe, it's a nice nod to the city of Las Vegas.  The red outline on the main crest is a great way to tie in more red, and such a simple fix that I can't believe I haven't seen it before.  Font is good, and solid shoulder patch choice.  My only lament is the lack of steel grey in this design, which I think could be easily fixed by adding a thin stripe on top of the gold.  Other than that, just add a logo to the breezers and you're golden.  Final verdict: a good third design for the Golden Knights, but it needs a little bit more steel grey.  8.5/10

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

September 20, 2017

Wednesday: The Pride of Women's Hockey

On a personal note, I was at Madison Square Garden with a friend of mine for Islanders Away Days, albeit preseason. During the first intermission we compared the quality of the Adidas authentic jersey for sale in the Rangers team store to the Reebok 1.0 authentic jersey my friend had. I was impressed. I was also disgusted that I touched any gear related to the Rangers outside of beer cups. Because beer supersedes everything.

NEWS: The latest news in hockey design is the release of a new logo for the Boston Pride of the NWHL.

(Graphic via NHL on NBC)

There's more information surrounding the logo here at SB Nation's The Ice Garden here.

Its without question a major improvement over the inaugural wordmark logo, but it does look a bit awkward with the positioning of the paw prints, with stripes across the pawprints. Also I think the ring in its entirety is rather pointless, as the standalone head could suffice as the primary logo.

Rating: 75%


COMPETITIONS: The Arena Logo comp. We have 2 logos so far. That's literally it. Come on guys, have a go!

I am working on a logo though so keep your eyes peeled here.


REMINDERS:

COTW vote September 8-14 (ends Friday @ noon ET)
Arena Logo Competition entries (due Friday @ noon ET)

ON TO THE CONCEPTS!


Alan H: Dallas Stars Concept


I have always thought that Dallas could incorporate more silver in their scheme I think this is a step in the right direction, but I also think the off colored cuffs are unnecessary. Plus I think the socks could use some more color to better match the sleeves, preferably under the existing striping.

Rating: 83%


Alan H: New York Islanders Concept


For this concept the devil is in the details. The striping is reminiscent of the Fisherman era, just less crazy. The name and number represent the best player to ever wear 66 (inb4 upset Penguins fans). The shoulder patch is interesting, as I interpret it as a representation of the 5 boroughs of New York City (the pentagon shape) plus 4 waves for the 4 cups. There are also 4 stripes behind the NHL shield on the collar. Plus with the new Adidas jerseys, the Islanders logo looks better on white with a blue outline around the logo. The patch is a little rough around the edges though.

Rating: 89%


FC MacBeth: SM Tshung Tsin Sabah (Malaysian Secondary School) Concept


One of your tamer concepts here, as you create a concept for a secondary school in Malaysia. Can't say someone has done that before so props to you. I do want to point out though the inconsistent shades of red between the logo and the main sets of jerseys. The darker red actually is a cool touch though for the alternate, and with the text in the chest stripe, it does give off a feel of a high school/collegiate jersey. The text on the hem of that alternate is cool too. Maybe primarily red gloves for that alternate would be good.

Rating: 80%


Jets96: Adirondack Thunder (ECHL) Concept


Somehow this looks better without the yellow the Thunder use. The lightning bolts work well on the pants. I think that a black helmet would look better for this set. Nice touch of the helmet wings. Nothing that really stands out enough for me considering that this is an ECHL team. Which by the way, ECHL branding would be nice here.

Rating: 78%


Jets96: Florida Everblades (ECHL) Concept


Using the brighter shade of green from the logo as the base color here is the right idea, as it helps the logo stand out better. The silver is a nice touch too. I'm not a fan of the single white stripe on the pants though. This is not an upgrade from their current look, but not a bad look. Again, could use ECHL branding.

Rating: 75%


Lucas D: 2018 Winter Classic (New York Rangers vs Buffalo Sabres) Concept


Personally I do not believe the Rangers will use that logo on the front of their jerseys. Still a classic jersey regardless, though the Rangers obsession with navy blue is a bit confusing. That Sabres jersey is the better of the two as it throws back to the original Sabres look. When the Sabres formed, Punch Imalch was recently fired from the Leafs. After his hiring as GM and coach of the Sabres for their inaugural season, he wanted to have the Sabres look like the Leafs as a bit of payback/rivalry, so the Sabres had three sets of 3 stripes on their socks. Lucas expands on that here well.

Rating: 87%


Matt G: Dallas Stars Concept


Matt replaces the silver with gold from the previous Stars identity. The gold is then used minimally as a trim to outline the striping pattern on the home and away jerseys. The alternate is like the pre-edge Stars look minus white trim outlining the gold and black. Slightly different but not too different. The historic jersey looks great especially with that outline. However I'm in the minority that believe that black actually helped the North Stars look, because of the yellow and white being together. They are distinct enough, but it would look better regardless.

Rating: 90%


The WINNER of my Concept of the Week nomination is:

 MATT G 

 DALLAS STARS CONCEPT 

Split squad action tonight in Brooklyn and Lehigh Valley between the Islanders and the Flyers. Regular season is almost here! GET HYPED! SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!

September 19, 2017

Tuesday: Bossman Reviews

Hey everyone. It's your friendly blog admin Ryan here to write today's post!

We are entering the final stretch in the Arena Logo Competition. We could really use some entries on this one, so I encourage you guys to give it a shot. Literally the WORST thing that could happen is that you lose a just for fun pretend competition on a just for fun blog. And you may actually enjoy logo creation!

COTW voting continues, so place your vote before Friday at noon Eastern!

We've seen the Winter Classic logo, now I would love to see the Stadium Series logo.

COTW vote September 8-14 (ends Friday @ noon ET)
Arena Logo Competition entries (due Friday @ noon ET)


Cincinnati Cyclones (Jets96)
I really like what you have done with the yokes. They're great and should be are big focal point of the jersey. I find that the other striping on the jersey is so large or broad that it starts to distract from the awesome logo and yokes. I understand that you're working within the confines of the Nike template, but I would move that silver line in the yokes closer to the collar to allow for more black. The TV numbers do seem small, yet I am still able to accept that because that's how Nike jerseys look in during IIHF play. I am disappointed to see no branding on the jerseys. Maybe the jerseys are Nike clones, but any jersey used in the ECHL gets an ECHL patch on the rear hem.
RATING: 7.5 / 10


Arizona Coyotes (Alan H.)
Alan has sent in all 31 teams, so look forward to seeing his concepts for a few weeks here on HJC. Alan has been one of the longest tenured contributors on HJC, so I always welcome his concepts. I really like these concepts! I think the white version is the better of the two. The crazy Aztec type pattern fits nicely. I think it should have been placed on a sand base on the home jersey though. I really like how Alan has used the Adidas collars here, he makes it work really well for a relatively young franchise like the Coyotes. The change of font on the back of the jersey is a lateral move and I don't even know if it was really necessary. If we're looking for authenticity the branding on the back should be the full Adidas logo otherwise if this was a design choice that you consciously made then it should be noted on the concepts.
RATING: 8.3 / 10


Buffalo Sabres - Winter Classic (Avi S.)
Three longtime contributors in a row! I picked a great day to sub-in on. I really love this concept and I feel that this is the direction that the Sabres will go for the Winter Classic. This is based on a 1930's Buffalo Bisons jersey and the full buffalo logo that the Sabres have come out with fits this look very nicely. As much as I would love to see the two Sabres logos come back as shoulder patches I don't think both of them is an option. It seems for the past few years that the NHL has decided that placing the event logo on the shoulder of the jerseys is better than the front. The last team to wear the Winter Classic patch on the front of their jersey was the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2011, seven years ago.
RATING: 8.8 / 10


Indy Fuel (Jets96)
Here we go with another ECHL concept in Jets' series. All of the branding remarks that I made about the previous concept still apply for this concept. I want to like this concept because Jets seems like a good guy and I don't want to put down his work. However this is what we are all here for, to take criticism and get better. I find this concept very plain. Placing the secondary logo on the arm is neat, but it's not enough excitement. I also don't understand why you have used two shades of black on this concept Jets. The pants, gloves, and secondary logos use the black with a RGB value of 0-0-0. However the jersey stripes and the primary logo use the black with a RGB value close to 30-30-30. There are no glaring errors on this concept but it's boring.
RATING: 5.9 / 10


Boston Bruins (Alan H.)
I again like what Alan has done here with the Adidas collars. I didn't think they could ever look good but Alan has given me a small glimmer of hope. I also like what Alan has done with the cuffs on these Bruins concepts. It seems like a small callback to the yellow jersey of the 50's. The arm and hem stripes seem too broad to match the finer collar and cuffs. It seems like two different jerseys trying to be mashed together. I mentioned on Alan's previous concept about the Adidas logo and the same applies here.
RATING: 7.4 / 10


Philadelphia Blazers (John E.)
This is my favourite concept of the day! Initially I like it because it's something different and creative. Those are the types of concepts I'm personally digging right now. Even though these aren't logos created by John he uses them in a way that fits this team and this look and they appear to be meant for this concept. The Blazers written down the pants fits the style that the WHA embraced. They always tried to do whatever they could to be different from the NHL without changing the game. The curved stripes and the italicized numbers give this concept some movement and some life, likes flames dancing in a fire.
RATING: 9.2 / 10
COTW nomination from me!!!



That's it for today. Keep your eyes posted on the blog this week. We will be looking for a new writer soon.

In summary John's Blazers concept was the best today. Jets' Indy concept was not the best today. Now in the comments section you guys can tell me that I am wrong, but make sure to say why I am wrong. You guys also have the chance to react to the ratings that don't mean anything and are simply a reflection of how that particular day's writer feels about a concept.