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March 31, 2014

Monday: No Playoffs in Jetsland :(

Hey all, another year, another lack of playoff hockey for the Jets....or apparently Leafs, hooray! I can't say I'm surprised, I mean, I've seen 4 playoff series with my favourite teams since I was 6 (not counting the Canucks, because I had a bedtime at age 10 (didn't we all -.-) and thus couldn't watch most of their playoff games). I usually cheer for one team during the playoffs, so, and call me a bandwagoner as much as you want, Go Blue Jackets (unless the Leafs SOMEHOW me the playoffs).

These last two weeks have been awesome on the blog! I've won my first HJC contest w/ my talented partner, Alex O. and my first COTW w/ my talented partner, Alex O.. Remember your first COTW win, it was such a great feeling, and who can make it possible...you, that's right...you! Voting makes COTW moments possible.

COTW Mar 24-30 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Roadrunners Top 5 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

Remember to vote early and vote often!

On to the concepts!

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Tampa Bay Lightning Concepts (By: Stephen T.)


It's it funny seeing Stamkos's name on the back of a vintage Lightning jersey? It's a neat idea, and with the Lightning retiring the BOLTS jersey, the 90's could return to the not Thunderdome. The jerseys are edgified 90's Bolts jerseys, but what sells this look is the font. Arching the namebar and making the numbers gray complete the non nonsensical choices the 90's were known for in design. I  would add the 90's shoulder patch to the yoke to complete the look. (7.5/10)

Toronto Maple Leafs Concepts (By: Stephen T.)


The Leafs in green, blasphemy! In all seriousness, this is one look the Leafs haven't thrown back to, so it's only time until they do. The striping is nothing the Leafs have ever worn, but is nice and very simple, these jerseys back in '26 didn't even have striping. It's a nice and simple looks, but adding more striping, similar to the mid 30's Leafs would make the striping pop. (7.75/10)

San Jose Sharks Concepts (By: Stephen T.)


The Sharks are another team that is dying for a throwback,but Stephen says,why not fauxback? The teal jersey is definitely the better of the two,but the emphasis on the teal and black,which perfectly go against each other. The vintage shoulder patch, I don't think, goes with the modern logo, and this would be a good time to throwback to the 90's logo.The away jersey would be perfect, if not for the black cuffs. Take those off and you're golden.(7.5/10)

Columbus Blue Jackets Concepts (By: Steve M.)


We've seen many concepts with emphasis on red white and blue, but Steve takes patriotism to the state level with this concept. The cannon logo,once again, looks great in red, white and blue, and I love the horizontal arm striping, not a commonly attempted pattern! The blue jersey, I think, better balances the colours, and adding some more blue to the arms and swapping the red and blue on the hem would make this set look amazing. Try using the current Blue Jacket's logo as the shoulder patch, it looks amazing. (7.5/10)

Tampa Bay Lighting Concept (By: Matt Mc.)


Matt adds a lot of blue to what is otherwise a very black jersey. The striping and curved yoke look awesome, and it's interesting seeing blue gear instead of black. I think black gear would work better, since both the socks and jersey are black, I can totally understand if people like it, but I find it looks best with dark gear. Not much else to say, a great looking concept, and one we may be seeing soon. (8.5/10)

Tampa Bay Lightning Concept (By: Tristan M.)


On the flip side, Tristan goes for the double blue with this Lightning concept. The striping pattern is original, but feels very early 80's, which works with the logo and white collar. The numbers stand out very nicely against the striping, and match the logo, though giving the logo a slight silver outline to match the numbers. The Tv numbers are a little large, and the captain's C are sized improperly, the numbers are too big and the C is too small. (8.5/10)

California Golden Seals Concepts (By: Christian L.)


Christian makes a set of his personal Seals logo, and uses the original Oakland Seals striping. The colour choices are well done, but the colours on the white jersey would look better with more green and accent yellow. Christian's logo is cool, and it looks better than anything the Seals wore, but like the '93 Pens, having two sets with one having logos and one having script would be nice to see, to let the viewer decide which looks better or use both. (8.25/10)

Colorado Avalanche Concepts (By: Christian L.)


Bigfoot! The famous Avalanche shoulder patch appears on the front of this concept from Christian L. and takes all the good elements from the Ave's current alternate, and improves where necessary. The yoke and tie down are left as they are right now, which is a good move, but the angled arm striping and hem are new. The striping is certainly unique to the NHL and would be welcome. I would add a small amount of black to blend into the gear. The TV numbers are a little small and I'm not sure if the template will allow it but a shoulder patch would look great. (8.75/10)

Montreal Canadiens Concept (By: Jack Gar)


Welcome to HJC J.G.! Despite this being, for the most part, a fill bucket concept, the way the colours are done look nice, the blue upper arm is something the Canadiens could try do. The jersey does lack tv numbers and the paint numbers don' show up well without a white outline. Check out the templates page to fine more useful templates, numbers and goodies, as well as the tutorials link. Looking forward to see more, Jack Gar! (4.5/10)

Team Slovenia Concepts (By: Jake88)


Slovenia is weird with their colour uses in sports. They go double green and white in soccer and basketball, and neon and bright blue in hockey, either way, I loved their Olympic jerseys, and Euromaster Jake88 improves upon that look. The added arm striping looks great, and sublimating the mountains were a good choice, making them blend in more than their current look. I love the new font, it may seem like a little detail, but is much improved. (9/10) COTW Nom. from me!

That's the post guys, remember to vote and comment, all the artists and writers and readers love an energetic comment section. I'm Jets96, go Jets go, have a great week, and VOTE!

March 30, 2014

Weekend Update (March 30)


The winner of the COTW vote for March 17-23 was the Division 2 winners from the Pairs Competition, Alex O. & Jets96!
Full Results
Alex & Jets - 3
Justin & Mat - 1
Dylan W. - 1
S2dio - 1
Kevin P. - 1
 
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The new COTW nominees have been listed on the side of the page. It would be really awesome as you're reading this right now, to stop and look at the banner on the right. Now click on it. Choose your favourite concept and email that choice into HJC. Now's as good a time as any! Voting ends on Friday and if you just voted now you wouldn't have to worry about that deadline.

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All of the entries are now in for the Return of the Roadrunners competition. There were a few entries that had trouble following the rules. I've decided for this competition to ignore those rules breakers. That is until they win, at which point I will examine the winning entry. If it has not followed the rules then it will be disqualified and the second place entry will be the winner.

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Check out Tristan M's new blog and bookmark it too!

If you have your own blog and would like a shout-out here on a Weekend Update then email me. I'd be happy to share your blog with everyone.

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As summer approaches many of you may start making vacation plans. Why not plan to come to Toronto in July? This July the largest HJC meet-up ever will be taking place. Yours truly will be hosting a live Weekend Update and you can come mingle with some other HJC readers. Bring some of your jerseys from your collection, or any hockey memorabilia you would like to show off. We'll also try to arrange a group trip to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Tentative date is Saturday, July 12, 2014. If you're interested then send me an email.

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The topic of voting came up in the comments of Tuesday's post (and again with today's COTW results). Some readers suggested, to increase COTW/COTY voting polls should be placed directly on the blog. Thus, a simple click of the mouse would be the easiest way to vote.


While I do agree that this method would be the best way to increase voting numbers, it is my opinion that these polls can not be successfully executed on HJC. During HJC's early days I did place polls on the page and many times they would become compromised by trolls or bots placing ghost votes or placing votes just to screw with the site.

The argument in Tuesday's comments was that NHL.com and Icethetics.co both use polls successfully, why can't HJC? My theory is that the NHL spends thousands, if not millions, of dollars on their webpage and can afford to pay for a poll service that also has security features. The same can likely be said about Icethetics. I believe Icethetics runs their site on ad revenues and it is my opinion that those ad revenues are at least 400% larger than what I spend a year to keep this blog running ($25).

With the information that I have just provided I hope you can see that the current method of voting is the best for HJC and encouraging readers to send in their votes with their concepts is our best chance at increasing voter participation. I am always willing to listen to ideas from everyone though.

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Last week I updated the HJC Logo Use Policy (ABOUT/CONTACT HJC page). It really now boils down to, if you didn't create something from scratch then you need to credit the person who did create it from scratch. There are some exceptions though, so read the policy.

I don't create these policies to mess around and annoy people. After nearly six years of creating concepts and blogging I have come to realize how important it is to recognize those people that we stand on the shoulders of to create our own artwork. When you put your time and heart into something and someone uses it, without much thought, to further their own work, it's offensive and infuriating.

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COTW Mar 24-30 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Roadrunners Top 5 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

March 29, 2014

Saturday: Viva la HJC

Hola a todos y bienvenidos a otro puesto de HJC sábado! We have some great stuff in store for you today, including throwbacks, alternates, team revivals, St. Patrick's Day event jerseys, and one for the popular fútbol team, FC Barcelona!

Our Roadrunners contest has several great entries in it! Today's post has the last of those entries, and I can't wait to see who wins. Be sure to email your votes to Ryan next week!

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I have opened up the voting a little earlier than usual. So, go check out the ROADRUNNERS page or click the banner at the top of the page and start voting now.
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The contest did get me thinking, though. Back about four or five years ago, when I was just starting to watch hockey, (yes, I'm a newcomer) I was looking for some cheap Preds gear to take to my first NHL game at a Goodwill in Jackson, Tennessee. While looking through the racks of clothes, I happened across, of all things, a Phoenix Roadrunners jersey. Unfortunately, it was an XL, and I wear a small. It was one of the IHL jerseys, blue with grey and white striping. I passed on buying it, and later changed my mind. When I went back for it, it was gone. Totally regret that. Are there any classic jerseys that you wish you could go back and buy? 


Here are the last of the Roadrunners Contest entries:

Andrew W.


J3


Taylor R.


Matt Mc.


Now on to our daily concepts!

Pittsburgh Penguins St. Patrick's Day Concept - Jake88


What I like: Here's an interesting concept. Most St. Patrick's day jerseys are half-baked green practice jerseys. Here's a St. Patty's day jersey you can be proud of. The outfit on the skating penguin is just great. Thank you for putting a logo on the helmet.

What I dislike: It's essentially a green Penguins Stadium Series jersey, but that's ok because I really didn't mind the design. 

Overall: I'd love to the the Penguins break this out on St. Patrick's Day. (8.5/10)


Anaheim Ducks concept - Christian L.


What I like: Some people want to see an orange ducks alternate. Forget that. I want to see the eggplant come back. The color could be unique to the NHL if they brought it back. It's simply not a Ducks jersey without angled striping.

What I dislike: I do miss the jade. The logo is good, but I think better suited for shoulder patch duty. When I see it as a primary, it makes me think of the Red Wings. 

Overall: This has the makings of a good alternate. (7.5/10)


Kansas City Scouts Concept - Christian L.


What I like: I really like this one. The Scouts didn't last long, but if they had, would they haven ended up looking like this over time? I think there's a chance that that might have happened. The roundel logo is pretty cool. I certainly like it more than the Scouts actual logo. I like the striping pattern as well.

What I dislike: Something about this makes me think this would be more believable as a Columbus Blue Jackets concept, but I do appreciate seeing the Scouts on the blog.

Overall: It's not often we see the short-lived Scouts on the blog. They would look good in this. (8/10)


Team Canada Concept - Steve M.


What I like: With Nike's fondness for simplicity, lightness, and flag-inspired designs, jerseys like this could easily be seen in 2018 in Korea.

What I dislike: The jersey is too simplistic. Yes, I know it's supposed to be reminiscent of the Canadian flag, but it's just not eye-catching, or memorable.

Overall: I love flag-inspired designs as much as the next man, but this needs something more. (6.5/10)


Pittsburgh Penguins Concept - Stephen T.


What I like: This is sort of an amalgamation of decades here. This concept has 80s striping, with colors and fonts from the 70s and 60s. 

What I dislike: I can't help but wish to see this in true white. This in one of the rare cases where I want to see tie-up laces on the collar, since Pittsburgh actually used them back in eras that this concept draws inspiration from. The numbers on the back are a little off-center as well. Do I need to mention the helmets? I think if Stephen was ever going to rectify that he would have done by now.

Overall: Not a bad throwback set for the Penguins. (7.8/10)


St. Louis Blues Concept - Stephen T.


What I like: I have an uncle who is a old Blues fan. He'd probably love these. It's not a straight throwback, because Stephen does add a yoke, and changes the pants and blue note.

What I dislike: I never this color scheme. It looks like a jersey made for the aesthetic trends of the mid-to-late 70s, but implemented in the 80s and 90s. It was behind the times even then. The red striping on the dark jersey is imperceptible. I don't think the yoke improves the dark jersey, either. The sleeve numbers are backwards. The pants striping looks odd, with just the horizontal red stripe at the ends. There's a spot Stephen forgot to fill in on the dark socks. As always, helmet logos.

Overall: Some things are best left in the past, and simple execution errors bring it down. (6.5/10)


Nashville Predators Faux-back Concept - Matt Mc.


What I like: I always like seeing concepts for my Predators on the site; don't get to see it often. It's been a few years since we had an alternate jersey, and I'm glad Matt had the good sense to keep it gold. Fans here love it. I don't mind the roundel logo, it serves to tone down the aggressive, modern look of our primary. The striping is great. I especially love the striping on the yoke. Execution and presentation are top-notch.

What I dislike: I think I'd prefer true white here. Yellow and white are tricky to work with because of the lack of contrast, and the vintage white here further complicates the matter. Helmet logos. I know many don't care, but I like to see them.

Overall: Several Preds fans would probably buy this, and if that vintage white was change to true white, I would too. (8.5/10)


Grand Valley State Concept - Alex J.


What I like: I really love Alex's presentation here. This is very well organized and clean. GVS's color scheme lends itself well to good designs. This is essentially an Avalanche alternate with a matching white jersey, but I'm glad Alex took off the colored arm pits. I appreciate adding alternate logos to the helmets. Execution is good as well.

What I dislike: I'm usually not a fan of diagonal wordmakrs, but I don't mind it here. Looking through GVS's logos, this is probably the best option Alex had to work with. Nevertheless, it does look a bit plain. I would take the lace-up collars off.

Overall: This would be a good set for Grand Valley State. (8.5/10)


Chicago Blackhawks Concept - Tristan M.


What I like: Here's a cool concept. Most alternates we see lean heavily on past design design cues, but if you look at the Blackhawks of the late 30s-50s, that's not always a good thing. I like that Tristan designs a jersey that, while looking like it could be a throwback, it's not. There's enough new designs here that it feels fresh, without being a total departure from Chicago designs. There's not really a lot of red here, but I don't even mind it. The white stripes give good balance to the jersey. I've always thought Chicago's alternate logo looked better with just two colors. Execution and presentation are flawless.

What I dislike: The Blackhawks looking any better than they already do. (not a fan myself)

Overall: Some might say Chicago needs no alternate, but I think would fit in wonderfully with their current set. (9/10) COTW nomination from me!


FC Barcelona Concept - S2udio


What I like: I'm not really in to fútbol, but I think this set does a good job reconciling the world's most popular sport, with the world's best sport (hockey, naturally). I especially like the striping on the yoke and hem. I think the set shows what Nike might do with FC Barcelona realistically. Their philosophy seems to be: "Yoke, arm stripes, and hem stripes. Pick two." The alternate captain logo is done really well. I like how the yoke striping stops just before it reaches the patch. Presentation and execution are great.

What I dislike: the numbers on the back are a bit large. 

Overall: Although I don't believe FC Barcelona will be changing sports any time soon, they would look good in this if they did. (8.5/10)


There's more than one concept that deserves a COTW nomination, so be sure to let us know your thoughts on today's concepts in our comments section! I hope you all enjoyed today's post! I'll see you all back here next Saturday!

March 28, 2014

Friday: Plain and Simple

Hello HJC universe! Friday is upon us yet again, and I am here to deliver the daily dose of concept goodness.

After a few weeks of mayhem here on the blog, with the pairs competition, and COTY voting, this week is a "regular" week here on HJC. We have our normal COTW voting going on, and an individual contest, redesigning the Roadrunners.

Votes for COTW and entries to the Roadrunners comp are due tonight, so hustle and get them in!

COTW Mar 17-23 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Roadrunners entries (due Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

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Speaking of the Roadrunners competition, here are some more entries:

Stephen T.


 Steve M.


Ricky M.


AJH


Bastian S.


Danny R.


Mike S.


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On to the concepts!

Bowling Green - NCAA - Leo D.


A good collegiate look here for the Falcons. I particularly like the logo treatment on the orange sweater. It is cool how the white stripe, and the brown stripe curve around the white circle in which the logo is placed. I would like to see brown piping on the edge of the sleeve stripe on the white sweater, I feel it would make the sweater look more cohesive. And some work should be done on the numbers and lettering, overall they seem spaced oddly and sized, and the brown on orange is hard to see. 7/10.


Los Angeles Kings -S2dio


Overall a pretty strong attempt here from S2dio. Initially I hated the script in the back striping, but it has really grown on me, and it is very creative, and well executed so I need to give props on that! The black jersey is straight up awesome, and the gray jersey is really close, I feel like it could benefit from a black shoulder yoke, like the stadium series jerseys. I am not sold on white numbers on the gray sweater, I feel like black would be more legible. I am definitely not sold on the gray socks with the black uniform, I do think mis-matched socks have a place and could look really god in certain cases (eg. the Bruins), but here it just doesn't work for me. 7.5/10.


New York Islanders - Stephen T.


The blue sweater is basically an edgeified version of the Isles 1984-1995 blue sweater, the white sweater does show some innovation though, by adding in the shoulder yoke, and featuring orange more prominently. Flipping the colour balance on the white sweater (making orange more important than blue) takes some getting used to, but does create a nice rhythm as you look down the sweater, going from orange shoulder yoke to blue crest, and then finishing with the broad orange hem. Needs some refining, and takes some getting used to, but a solid start here nonetheless. 7/10.


Cedar Rapids Roughriders - USHL - Alex J.


Nothing to complain about here. Execution is perfect, presentation is very attractive. Great colour scheme, good logos. I know some people will complain about the half arm stripes, and I am not the biggest fan of them either. For a small market team in a small league, a formulaic templated jersey is they way they often go. This is realistic, but I would like to see something a bit more creative. 7.5/10.


Phoenix Coyotes - Stephen T.


These fauxbacks simplify the Yotes original look quite successfully. Gone are the angles arm stripes in favour of simply horizontal ones. gone is the curved/pointy yoke in favour of a regular one. I know that the green yoke was a key element of the original uniforms, but if we are simplifying, I would get id of it all together, it sticks out on these concepts. Even getting rid of the green all together (to better fit the Coyotes current branding) could be a good move. The green is really lost in the arm stripes, and I don't think losing it al together would be a bad thing. 7/10.


Djurgardens IF - Formerly in the Swedish Elite League - S2dio


These loud and eye catching uniforms certainly work for a European team. In this case, I actually really like the mis-matched socks, I also like the logos on the socks... very European. The pants striping is also really cool, having stripes on one side of the pants. The sweaters themselves are pretty solid, I like how the cuffs match the chest striping. The logo does seem a tad large to me, but that is not that big of a deal in this case. 7.5/10.


Edmonton Oil Kings - WHL - Cedric L.


I like the theme of these sweaters. Kings live in castles, so the castle hem pattern is cool, also the jewel pattern picks up on stuff from the logo. What baffles me here is the 2 distinct templates, that really brings down the presentation. Some good ideas here, but they need a bit of polish, and some better presentation. 6.5/10.


Columbus Blue Jackets - Leo D.


First off, one small error to correct. striping should always go over the stitching, we shouldn't see the template of the jersey on the hem stripes. Second gripe, it feels like there is too much red on this uniform for the BLUE Jackets, this could be fixed by getting rid of the yoke, and using blue equipment. I like the logo, but feel like it is best suited as a shoulder patch. 6.5/10.


New York Rangers - Christian L.


I like everything that is going on on the arms, and torso (above the chest) the arm striping looks like a really well done modernization of the Rangers look. the logo is not symmetrical, or strong. Having the NYR (without anything else) as the main feature in the logo is maybe worse than having SENS or BOLTS on the front of a jersey. the hem striping is also strange, I get what is trying to be done, but in this case, I think full normal hem stripes would be a better option. Fix the hem stripes, and throw a Rangers shield logo on the front and we have a solid sweater. 6.5/10.


Carolina Hurricanes - SnowMonster


OK, these are awesome. If we don't get the hurricane flag pattern, actually making the Canes look like they are wearing Hurricanes is a sweet option. I love the tie-ins to the whalers, which are explained well, and the tie ins to the logo. If the Canes wore these they would look like a team of Tazmanian Devils (the cartoon character, not the actual animal) roaring around the rink. Very clever and creative, and very well executed. 7.5/10 and a COTW nom from me.

Well that's it for me this friday. Hope you all enjoy your weekend as you scramble to get Roadrunners entries in by tonight's deadline. while you are sending in your entries to the contest email, please also send in your COTW votes to the regular email. I am looking forward to seeing the rest of the roadrunners entries, and getting to vote on them next week.

March 27, 2014

Thursday: Fauxback Thursdays

Hello everyone!

I've noticed that I haven't gotten around to making too many concepts lately, which bugs me. Yes, I've been busier than ever the last few weeks, but I always enjoy making concept on the side. Besides the San Francisco Miners concept, the last concept of mine featured on the site was probably back in January, yuck!

I started working on the Road Runners competition, coming up with a few ideas, but I think I'm actually getting a little rusty with my jersey designs. I probably won't get the concept done in time for the competition, but I'd like to get it finished at some point, so I'm sure you'll see it eventually.

I've sorta-kinda dropped the ball on the Rival Colours series. I have a few concepts to go on it, but I'm feeling uninspired to finish them. Hopefully that'll go away once classes are finished.

In the meantime, I've really wanted to start one of two series' of concepts, but I'm stuck on choosing which one to do. I'm thinking either a redesign for the KIJHL (British Columbia Jr B), or a Gaming Hockey League series, making teams for mascots like Mario, Sonic, Crash, etc. I wanna do both, but simply can't decide what to do first. So if you guys have one you'd rather see over the other, feel free to say so.

But thats enough about me, its time for some concepts, and reminders!

COTW Mar 17-23 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Roadrunners entries (due Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

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RoadRunners Competition Entries: (Quite a few today, great to see!)

Ryan H.

Dylan W.

Dallas K.

Caden P.

Mike S.

Leo D.

TG



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Anaheim Ducks Concept - Ryan H.


Yay: We start today's post strong with this concept from Ryan. I'm pretty sure the minute a similar 3rd jersey hits the shelves for Anaheim, it will sell like hotcakes (do people still say that?). This concept is executed very well, and keeps the design aspects of the new Ducks we love, while bringing in the old logo we love even more. This orange jersey is way better for the Ducks than their Stadium Series one was, and this could bring in a lot of fans for both its nostalgia and its generally awesome appearance.

Nay: The problem this concept has is that, by now, everyone has pretty much agreed on the fact that this jersey needs to be done, and many artists have already done it. This concept looks very sharp, but doesn't stand out too greatly. The striping pattern, while original and suitable for the Ducks, is uninteresting to me. The pit stains have to go, and there needs to be something more done to the pants design.

Overall: The design lacks some excitement, and it doesn't stand out much from other similar designs, but its hard to take away from the fact that the Ducks would look great in these uniforms. 8.2/10



Republic of Scheffelonia - Stephen S.


Yay: Just when I thought the Design a Country concepts have all come and passed, we have yet another. This time, Stephen S. shows us his appropriately named Scheffelonia jerseys. The colour scheme is very unique, and follows the flag pattern very well. I could see Nike pulling off something close to this, if this land existed of course.

Nay: If this jersey was at the Olympics, it would have the same problem that the Czechs, Fins, and Russians had; their dark jerseys have lots of white, and their white jerseys are pretty dark. Their colours almost make this a non-issue, but it would still be a bother. The back number desperately needs an outline or something to stand out more. I like the idea for the yoke, but the orange outline looks out of place.

Overall: Its a very interesting concept, and fairly well designed, but not without issue. 7.1/10




California vs Florida Concept - Nate F.


Yay: To the best of my knowledge, I believe Nate has had only a couple of posts so far at HJC (correct me if I'm wrong), and those have all been for San Jose. So naturally, while he attempts a new concept, he stays close with California. I don't know if the USA has state championships and national championships that would use designs like these, but it would be a really cool idea, and these two jerseys look pretty cool. Definitely love the striping pattern and collar on the Florida jersey most.

Nay: First of all, friendly reminder, but always have your name or some ID on your concepts. I was a little confused by the colour choice, until I noticed that he used the state seals as the main source of colour. The California jersey doesn't have TV numbers, and the back number is small and has a weak font. Yes, I know you want to keep it inside the stripe, but making it extend out and having a think white outline will look fine. The back number on the Florida jersey looks high, and I don't see the need of the red cuff on the arms.

Overall: Very neat idea, but could be better executed. 7/10




Calgary Flames Concept - Ben A.


Yay: Ben is presenting my (sadly) favourite NHL team today, with this cool Flames concept. I actually like the idea of using this logo on the main set, especially how it looks on the white. The white jersey, with lots of white, red, and yellow, with no black, reminds me of the Calgary Stampede sort of theme, and I think that would be a great look for them.

Nay: However, the dark jersey sticks with the Flames' modern design, which doesn't give off the same Stampede vibes. I wonder if black was substituted with white, if the old 80's look of the team could be recreated. Both jerseys' logos are too low on the jersey, the stripes are inconsistently sized, the numbers on the back are different sizes, and the numbers on the white jersey use the wrong shade of red (which is actually the actual Flames red colour, but not used on the rest of the concept).

Overall: The design needs some polish, and I'd really only keep the white version of the jersey, but I really like the direction of this concept. 6.8/10




Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Concept - Ben A.


Yay: Ben is back for Round 2, this time going from the Sea of Red to the City of Angels.  The colours transition into a really nice colour scheme for a hockey jersey, and I'm really glad this logo was used instead of their newer one. The design is pretty straightforward and traditional, but it works well for the Angels' move from the outfield to the ice.

Nay: Like the last concept, the logo is a little low on the front of the jersey. The area above the MLB logo should probably be coloured blue instead of white, because that would be the inside of the yoke material, which would probably still be blue. I think I'd rather see the Angels' "home plate" logo used from the same time period than the logo used for the shoulder patches. The jersey could benefit from throwing in some white stripes somewhere, or some black keys. (Ehhhhhh)

Overall: I like the design overall, but again, execution needs work, and that'll come with practice. Keep up the good work. 7/10




New Jersey Devils Concept - Stephen T.


Yay: For the first of a fauxback-trifecta, Stephen shows us his New Jersey Devils concept, bringing back the red and green look we all know and love. At first, I hated seeing the different stripe patterns on the jerseys, until I realized that the early Devils jerseys did the same thing, only in reverse. I've been nagging Stephen a lot lately to style the pants more, and I see he's done a great job of that. Overall, great execution on this concept.

Nay: I'm still not going to like the mismatching stripes on most jerseys, including these. I get that it is a reversal of the historically accurate striping pattern, but it just looks messy, especially on the white jersey. I challenge Stephen to come up with a new striping pattern that fits the Devils look and stays close to heritage. Other than that, the concept looks great, besides the main logo looking a tad too small.

Overall: Don't take my challenge as an offence, this concept is really good. But I see you growing as a concept artist, and I think you have the skills to make something original and awesome. 7.6/10




Nashville Predators Concept - Stephen T.


Yay: Stephen's 2nd fauxback belongs to the Nashville Predators. Nashville rolled out this sort of jersey as a 3rd back in 2009, and it didn't last very long. I really enjoyed that jersey actually, it gave Nashville a classy, retro-ish jersey that they've never had before. Stephen captures that same look again with this concept. The equipment looks nice (even the pants, because that single thick stripe would work for this jersey), and the execution is pretty good.

Nay: This concept is missing some subtleties, and has a few issues, from being as good as that aforementioned 3rd jersey. The stripes are too skinny and/or too far apart. The logo used has yellow, which stands out here like a sore thumb. The logo used on that 3rd jersey would be good, but what would be better is this logo as-is, just without the yellow stripe. Would look similar to the Tampa Bay current set then.

Overall: Again, a good concept. But it needs some new life in order to get back to where their former 3rd was at. 7.4/10




Ottawa Senators Concept - Stephen T.


Yay: Stephen's last fauxback of the day belongs to the Senators. He takes the idea of their current 3rd and Heritage Classic jersey, but goes full out to create something similar to their jerseys from the 1930's. I do like the inclusion of the "full-body" barber pole. The equipment looks great all around on this concept, and in general I really like the historical aspect of this concept.

Nay: My biggest problem is that the barber poles are omitted in some parts of the jersey, and it create a weird bib-like design on the jersey. If the barber poles take up this much space already, filling the sides and underarms with the barber poles couldn't hurt. However, something drastic needs to be done with the numbers, as they are extremely difficult to read. The name bar has the right idea, but it still is harder to look at.

Overall: I love the old Senators look, but this isn't a very practical application of it. 7/10




Team Russia Concept - S2dio


Yay: We'll end today with a duo from S2dio, the first being a set for Team Russia. This concept is something I very much expected the Russians to wear at the Olympics. The execution on the concept is flawless, as the flamboyant nature of the Russian jerseys as well as the overall Nike look has been achieved here. The white jersey does a great job of capturing a nationalistic theme, featuring their flags fully as part of the striping.

Nay: My problem with this concept lies within the red jersey. For starters, it is pretty bland, even for Nike. It looks like a stylish practice jersey. And the Russian flag isn't really noticeable like it should be, as the red stripe is actually just the rest of the jersey. and the very thin line that draws the divide between stripe and jersey is hardly noticeable too.

Overall: I'd take the white jersey any day over their Sochi white jersey, but the same can't be said with this red jersey. 7.6/10




Team Japan Concept - S2dio


Yay: Today's final concept is for Team Japan. The women's team was at the Olympics this year, with some pretty lame looking uniforms. These jerseys bring red back into the main colours, as it should be, and is almost a fauxback to their 90's jerseys. While the jerseys are a little on the plain side, the execution is clean and crisp, and the designs are very suitable for them.

Nay: The logos on both of the main jerseys look a little on the high side. I'm also not liking the dark blue being used as the text on the white jerseys. I can't see why red couldn't be used instead, with or without a dark-blue as an outline.

Overall: The design looks fantastic, but its just missing a little bit of polish and execution in order to make this concept perfect. 8/10

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This is a tough call today, but I'll give Ryan's Anaheim Ducks concept my COTW nomination.

Thats my post for today. Be sure to vote for the COTW vote going on this week, and hand in your RoadRunners competition entries by Friday.

As always, thanks for reading, and have a good weekend!