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April 30, 2017

Sunday: Aren't the Playoffs Great?

Afternoon everyone. Welcome back. I'm in a pretty good mood today being that the Penguins gave the Capitals a shellacking on their own ice. I'm not one to get all emotional about sports but after how the Penguins took both of the Caps' home games and scoring on them like a pee wee team last night I think all the penguin fans felt like this video.Yes the series is not over but the Capitals better get it together when they come to Pittsburgh or they'll be working hard for a win.

Ok so now that I have that out of the way, I'd like to say to Steve G that is was a pleasure writing with you on this blog and I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors. At the same time, I'd like to welcome TC as the new writer to the group and I look forward to seeing his writing style.

Third, I'd like to say to all the teams that you should be proud of yourselves regardless of how your teams record turned out. Keep your heads up and best of luck to all of you in the next season. To review all the teams I've written about, I'll post all their jerseys at the bottom of the page.

Finally, we have the random competition going on right now so get your entries in and also don't forget to vote for COTW!

COTW April 21-27 vote (ends Friday @ noon ET)
The Random Competition entries (due Friday @ noon ET)

Onto the Concepts!

Anthony C- Team Sweden
Positives: Sticking with the simplicity of what Sweden is known for was a good choice and the crowns look good as the Adidas crowns. Also, the three stripes (no pun there) on the sleeves and hem look much better than what Adidas came up with.
Negatives: It would be nice to see a back of this jersey. Also, this template is "stale" so I would consider playing around with other templates.
Overall: 7.5/10

Chris W- Rice Owls 
Positives: Chris I'm always impressed with your level of detail on the jerseys you do so good job there. As for Rice itself; it doesn't have a club hockey team. If they did though, I could see the team going with something like this. Overall though the traditional look with the slightly angled stripes on the arms looks good as well as the plain pants and simple stripe socks to match the hems. Your setup of the concept overall is also well thought out.
Negatives: Knowing the guys at Rebirth quite well and how they design, I can tell you that on plain pants like that they would never have the "REBIRTH SPORTS" script go vertically down the side. It would go on the back of the bottom of the pants. Second, while you have made the nameplate bigger for our sake in reality they makes it smaller for cost purposes unless it's done as a sub jersey but they does correct it on the actual jerseys.
Overall: 8.75/10

DTC- Erie Otters 
Positives: I love that you are using the alt crest logo as the primary. it looks really good on both sets. Also, the striping is really nice on the sleeves. It just works overall.
Negatives: To start, the Nike logo goes in the yoke but I won't dock you for it because I like where you have it. second, if there is one thing that I think brings down a design it's poorly done watermarks. If you look at the left sleeve of the dark jersey the one watermark looks like a different color is above the white stripe.
Overall: 8/10

Jordan R- Quebec Bulldogs 
Positives: Multi-stripe sleeve design: check. Vintage bulldog logo: check. Fleur De Lis incorporated: check. Overall this whole set is just beautiful and I think would really work for a throwback or heritage game.
Negatives: My only negative is that the logo looks huge on the white jersey compared to the dark.
Overall: 8.75/10

Lucas D- Dallas Stars 
Positives: Good ole LD back with his mashups. I will admit though that you did a really good job this time. If anybody recalls, the USF jerseys I wrote about were a copy of the Tampa Bay design (they are in Tampa though) and they looked beautiful.  As for this design, I really like the logo and the pants with the single striping. I really looks like something that the Stars would wear if Tampa didn't.
Negatives: My only complaint is that I think you should have brought in some black and not copied the Lightning to a T but that's just me.
Overall: 9/10

Ryan C- Soo Greyhounds 
Positives: Where has this jersey been and why haven't the Greyhounds picked it up? The Hounds just use a copy of the Red Wings and, while it works, it's not original like this. The stripes on the sleeves are beautiful, the chest stripe with the hound looks great, and the hem stripe pulls it all together. Great job Ryan.
Negatives: I would love to see a version with the numbers on the sleeves but this really works with the yoke numbers.
Overall: 9.5/10 COTW NOMINEE!

Ryan C- Windsor Spitfires 
Positives: You and Brooks man going with the modern style striping. It's not a bad thing but it's something that can be hard to pull off. As for the design, I actually just like the pant striping and the ideal of a accent stripe being the same color as the hem.
Negatives: That rounded striping on the bottom of the sleeves with the random colors in it just looks awkward. I feel that it might be more appealing on the top. Also, Your design is so modern but the numbers just don't fit the design.
Overall: 8.25/10

Okay everbody that's all I have. As promised, I have all all the jerseys I've written about at the bottom of this post and I'm sorry if I missed any. Have a good week and I'll see you guys next week regardless if the Pens win or lose.












April 29, 2017

Saturday: Playoffs Problems

The winner of the COTW vote for April 14-20 is Lasse P!

 

Full Results
 

I always love a first time winner. Congrats on that Lasse. Jerseys would not have saved the Alaska Aces, but this one would have been a beauty. And we will see it again next week when it competes in the COTW-April vote. Good luck.

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The new COTW nominees for April 21-27 have been listed on the side of the page. Sign-in to any type of Google account and vote. It's simple. Votes will be counted up until Friday at noon Eastern time.

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I've gone over this a couple of times before and again I present my meaningless gripes about the Stanley Cup Playoffs.


  • This is a new one, however by the time the 2nd round begins Sportsnet should not be using the American television feed. I'm a Canadian and I want the Canadian broadcasters I know and a Canadian perspective! Sportsnet has enough broadcasters for each of the four series, this shouldn't be a problem! (Hughson, Cole, Randorf, Romanuk). But this just goes to show the sub-standard hockey broadcasts we've been getting in Canada for the last 3 seasons.



  • During the Stanley Cup Final both anthems should be sung. It doesn't matter if it's Edmonton vs Ottawa in the Final or Nashville vs Carolina, both anthems should be heard. Why? Because both countries bring in a large national audience (sometimes Canada's national audience is bigger than the US one) and that should be recognized.



  • The ads on the boards always get me aggravated. It really means nothing and has nothing to do with how I enjoy the game. However, when there is a game in Canada it seems really silly to me to have Discover card on the boards right near centre ice. We don't have Discover cards in Canada. It would be like Rogers getting prime advertising space during a Penguins/Capitals game.



  • This goes along with what I said above, but you usually see NBC or NBCSN ads in the corners when they are broadcasting the games. If the game in in the US then NBC will get both corners. And if the game is in Canada Sportsnet will get one corner and NBC will get the other. The Canadian set-up is how it should be for every playoff game! This goes back to the whole anthem thing where there are two large national audiences tuning in and both should be recognized.


Well there's my meaningless playoff gripes. I look forward to when I'm an old man and this stupid stuff makes me so angry that I write a carefully worded 3 page letter to the NHL expressing my dissatisfaction with the NHL product and laying out my demands.

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I would like to welcome TC Moore to the writing team. TC will scribe his first post on Friday and I am looking forward to it. TC was brought on because he has the necessary skills and he brings a little bit of a different view. When building the writing team I try to choose people who would all see a concept in a different way. That way we aren't having the same messages being written on every post.

I would like to thank Steven G. for his time on the team. Everyone who writes for HJC does it because they want to. They all volunteer their time each week so that we can all have a little break from the real world each day. HJC doesn't stay fresh and keep moving forward without them!

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The World Hockey Jersey Championship is coming up soon on HJC. There will be three divisions; Canada, United States, and World. There will be a vote for each division and the winners will have a Final vote. You can begin getting your international concepts ready now, but don't send them in until the competition begins and you read the rules. That will be Friday, May 12 after The Random Competition ends.

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So how crazy am I with my Playoff gripes? Feel free to let me know in the comments. Are you looking forward to the HJC World Hockey Jersey Championship? We'd love to hear from you.

COTW April 21-27 vote (ends Friday @ noon ET)
The Random Competition entries (due Friday @ noon ET)


April 28, 2017

Friday: That's All Folks!

Hello folks!

Sadly the rumours are true.  This is my last post as an HJC writer.

It's been a lot of fun writing for HJC, and it's something I still really enjoy, but unfortunately I just don't have enough time to commit to this position anymore.  So I decided to hang up my keyboard, as I didn't want to continue on with shorter, rushed posts.

That doesn't mean you'll never hear from me again though, I'll still be visiting this site everyday, leaving the occasional comment, and submitting any concepts that I make.  To put it another way, I'll still be part of the HJC community.

And HJC really is a community.  It wouldn't exist without all of you, the readers, the commenters, everyone who submits concepts, and of course the other writers as well.  Not just current writers either, there have now been 23 people who have been HJC writers at one point or another (see the end of this post).

I think that number says a lot.  That there have been 23 folks who have volunteered for this website over the years, really shows how much this site means to people.  That's not even counting everyone who's applied to write for HJC but had to be turned down.

HJC also obviously wouldn't exist without Ryan Haslett, it's founder, and current administrator and Saturday writer.  He does a lot of behind the scenes stuff to make this website work, I think more than most people realize.  Thank you for everything, Ryan!

Last of all, I want to take this opportunity to welcome TC Moore to the writing team.  I've been very impressed with how much his concepts have improved over such a short amount of time, and I'm sure he'll make a great writer as well.  Welcome aboard, TC Moore!

Now on with the post!

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Here's the latest entry for the Random Competition...

William B:

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Keep an eye out for a new COTW poll to be posted sometime today, it will be the only vote for this upcoming week.  That vote runs until next Friday at noon Eastern, which is also the deadline to submit your Random Competition entries.

COTW April 21-27 vote (ends next Friday @ noon Eastern)
Random Competition entries (due next Friday @ noon Eastern)

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Utica Comets, by Ethan B:
This concept is stolen.  It's a recoloured Springfield Falcons concept, which was made by Andrew G back in 2013.
Rating: 0/10

Orlando Solar Bears, by Ethan B:
This is also a stolen concept.  It was originally a Charlotte Hornets concept, made by Taylor R in 2015.
Rating: 0/10

Ottawa Senators, by Garret M:
Our first legitimate concept of the day comes from Garrett, it's a new set of jerseys for the Ottawa Senators.  The white jersey is my favourite of the two, I like the similarities to the Senators original look.  The red jersey is okay, but something about the white upper-arms combined with no white on the hem looks a bit weird to me.  Also, the logos use a different shade of black than the jerseys, the primary logo on the red jersey could use an outline, and the shoulder logos are too big.
Rating: 6/10

Team USA, by Anthony C:
Next up we have two international concepts from Anthony, starting with the United States of America.  I like the striping pattern of each jersey, they both have a nice traditional look to them.  However the outer stripes on the dark jersey are slightly thinner than on the white jersey, which I don't like.  I also don't like the colouring of the logo on the dark jersey, I prefer the current version (which just uses a white outline).  I am a fan of the "Land of the Free" hanger effect, it's a small detail but it adds a lot of character to this concept.  However, I think the red stars on the sleeves should be white, and the vertical stitching should stop at the hem stripes.
Rating: 6/10

Team Italy, by Anthony C:
Anthony's second international concept is for the Italians, who use a unique colour scheme for their hockey jerseys.  This concept makes good use of their colour scheme, I especially like how the flag stripes are flanked by navy blue.  However, there's a one pixel navy blue gap between the individual flag stripes which in my opinion should be removed.  Also, the flag stripes on the pants should be equal width (right now the white stripe is thicker).  The flag on the collar looks good though, as does the wordmark on the other side.
Rating: 7/10

SC Bern, by Dino W:
We continue on with an SC Bern concept from Dino.  The dark jersey is interesting because it uses a Ducks style swoosh on the hem combined with simple coloured cuffs, which I think works surprisingly well.  I'd use the same design on the light jersey (or at least keep red the main colour to match the hem).  Also I'm not a fan of the hem trim, it's too cluttered with the hem stripes already there.  I do like the rounded collars, but I don't like the red name and numbers on the black jersey, they might be hard to read in real life.
Rating: 7/10

Prince Albert Raiders, by Ryan C:
Today's final concept, and the final concept I get to review as an HJC writer, is a redesign of the Prince Albert Raiders by Ryan.  I really like this striping pattern, the curved gold stripe combined with the extended yoke looks great, and it's a unique design as well (more unique than most CHL jerseys).  The number font is unique too, and I think it was a great choice here, it fits this concept perfectly.  Additionally, these jerseys make the logo look quite nice (on it's own I think this logo is just okay).  My only complaint is that the collar on the white jersey looks kind of rough around the edges.
Rating: 9/10 and my COTW nomination!

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You may or may not recall this, but the last time we were looking for a new writer, I made a list of everyone who had written for HJC and how many posts they wrote.  It seemed to be fairly well received, so I thought a good way to end my last post would be to provide an update of those "standings".  Current writers are in bold.

1.  Ryan Haslett, 933 Posts (Nov 2009 - Present)
First Post
Latest Post

2.  WinnipegJets96, 252 Posts (Aug 2012 - Present)
First Post
Latest Post

3.  Dylan Alexander,178 Posts (Aug 2012 - Dec 2015)
First Post
Last Post

4.  William Butala, 123 Posts (Sept 2013 - Jan 2016)
First Post
Last Post

T-5.  Brendan Poe, 111 Posts (March 2015 - Present)
First Post
Latest Post

T-5.  Steven Grant, 111 Posts (Aug 2012 - June 2013 & Jan 2016 - April 2017)
First Post
Last Post (this one)

7.  Caz Williams, 100 Posts (Oct 2013 - Feb 2015 & Jan 2016 - Aug 2016)
First Post
Last Post

8.  Phil Beck, 79 Posts (May 2014 - Sept 2014 & Feb 2016 - Present)
First Post
Latest Post

9.  Dylan Nowak, 70 Posts (July 2013 - Jan 2014 & March 2015 - Jan 2016)
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Last Post

10.  Steven Marculaitis, 66 Posts (Jan 2016 - Present)
First Post
Latest Post

11.  Colin May, 53 Posts (Aug 2012 - April 2013 & Dec 2013 - May 2014)
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Last Post

12.  Jack Godlewski, 36 Posts (May 2015 - Feb 2016)
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13.  Tyler Gross, 35 Posts (Nov 2012 - Aug 2013)
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14.  Alex Offenbach, 34 Posts (Jan 2014 - Sept 2014)
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T-15.  Chase Carlson, 33 (Sept 2016 - Present)
First Post
Latest Post

T-15.  Kevin Wos, 33 Posts (Feb 2013 - Sept 2013)
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T-17.  Christian Legault, 30 Posts (Sept 2014 - April 2015)
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T-17.  Ricky Mazella, 30 Posts (Aug 2012 & May 2013 - Nov 2013)
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19.  Caden Patafie, 25 Posts (Sept 2014 - March 2015)
First Post
Last Post

T-20.  Glen Cuthbert, 13 Posts (Oct 2010 - Feb 2011)
First Post
Last Post

T-20.  Thallos, 13 Posts (Aug 2012 - Nov 2012)
First Post
Last Post

22.  Thomas Livingstone, 1 Post (Aug 2012)
First and Only Post

23.  TC Moore, 0 Posts (May 2017 - Future)
First Post next Friday

As you can see, I'm retiring tied for fifth in all time posts.  I'm okay with that.

Thank you all!  And for one last time...

That's all folks!

April 27, 2017

Thursday: Round 2 Begins, Day 2

Hello everyone, welcome back!

I'm writing this post a bit early today as tomorrow I'll be busy going on another college visit, so I can't really comment on yesterday's Anaheim/Edmonton game (or Edmonrton, if you ask the random comp. page). Nashville is on a hot streak though, with 5 wins in a row .

I will say I'm excited for the Pens game tonight especially (I am a Pens fan after all), and it's going to be a tight series and it'll be fun to watch.

In other news, welcome to the writing team TC! I'm sure you're going to enjoy it.

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Voting wise we have the usual COTW vote...and that's all for this week's deadlines. We do have the Random Competition's deadline of NEXT Friday though, so go check that out. You have a lot of time on this one. (What great combinations for Florida and Philly by the way...)

COTW April 14-20 vote (ends Friday @ noon ET)
Random Competition (entries due May 5, 2017 @ noon ET)

Random Entries as of 12:40am EST (I'll try to update this as late as I can, but please forgive me if I can't)

Lucas D.

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Anthony C. - New York Islanders
+This is the type of approach that the Islanders should have taken when designing a black jersey (which is, add a lot of other colors).
+It's a solid looking jersey overall. I like the prominence of white.
+I think the Brooklyn script works, but it would make more sense if the team was renamed.
-This design is really not creative. Merely a recolor of the Isles' current jerseys. You can do better than that.
-The execution still has some issues, mainly the stitching overlapping the hem striping. The odd thing is, you got it right on the front view's orange stripe...
Overall: 5/10, be more creative


Anthony C. - Stockton Heat
+See, that's better than just recoloring a current design.
-Still not the most creative, but it's better.
+I like the vintage look you're going for here.
-There seems to be a bit of an identity crisis, though. The script and striping make this look vintage, yet the number and name font, along with the pants design, give off a modern look. I'd stick with the vintage.
-Another execution note, and again the striping should overlap the stitching. Again, you did this (mostly, just do it to the black inside stripes as well) correct on the back view but not the front, which is a bit odd.
Overall: 6.5/10


Dino W. - Belarus
+Red and lime green is a color scheme you don't see often, if at all. Nice to see it here.
+I like the flag pattern on the hem striping.
-This only applies on the white jersey: Keep the arms consistent. Adding the flag stripe on the arms would be too busy, so just replace it with a solid band. As it is though, switching the colors on the arms should suffice.
+That font fits pretty well.
-Not sure what the logo is supposed to be, but it's a but too busy.
Overall: 7.5/10


Ethan B. - Seattle Sea Lions
Funny story, I fell asleep in the middle of writing the post last night, so from here on forward I'm writing these in my car on the way to Penn State. Sorry if the format is a bit wonky, I'll fix it whenever I get the chance. On to the concept.
+Green and blue is a color scheme that would fit Seattle well, and the colors are balanced well.
+I like the green jersey, as green jerseys are few and far between.
+Good job crediting Matt and Dylan for the logo creation.
-Presentation note: your text is way too big. Keep the focus on the concepts.
-I think you're on the right path with the striping pattern, but they're way too thin.
Overall: 7/10


Lucas D. - Anaheim Ducks

+Using the Ducks' alternate/sock striping, or a close variant of it, isn't a bad idea. Looks much better when consistently used.
+Good color balance on every jersey here.
+/- Still not a fan of the beige/gold used with orange, but it's not so bad here.
-Absolutely no need to have yellow inside of the sticks on the logo. While not very noticeable, it could be easily replaced with colors that are actually in the color scheme.
+My two personal favorites here are the orange and eggplant jerseys, but obviously I don't think they'd look very good used together...
Overall: 9/10 and my COTW nomination


T.C. Moore - Mississippi RiverKings

+Love the amount of yellow on these jerseys.
+Also neat that the designs are exactly the same on each jersey.
+Good logo choice. I like the one on the alternate especially. 
+I like the idea of a throwback/fauxback type alternate.
-Would be a bit more unique if it was its own design, though, instead of a recolor of the primaries.
-All the numbers look a tad big.
Overall: 8/10


T.C. Moore - University of Colorado Buffaloes

+Again, I really like the amount of color you're putting on these jerseys, though it's not as prominent on the white one.
+This looks like what the Pens would be wearing with the current type of design in Vegas gold.
-Numbers look a bit big again.
+Not sure the purpose of the blue and gold on the alternate, but it looks good.
-Making the logo on the black jersey white would help it contrast better.
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!

April 26, 2017

Wednesday: Round 2, FIGHT!


After two days of rest, the NHL playoffs are back! I had a brutal first round in the HJC Playoff Pool, but when in my full bracket, the Blackhawks are listed to win it all and then get SWEPT for what seems like no good reason, then you can see why. But it's redemption time. My picks are in for round 2. Get yours in before puck drop tonight, as the Western Conference gets under way tonight with the East beginning tomorrow, and the West-East pattern of game schedules will continue until May 1 when the only Eastern Conference match-up is the Penguins and Capitals.

NEWS: Nothing major to announce this week in terms of design but keep your eyes peeled as the offseason looms. Vegas expansion will be on June 20th and we may see jerseys unveiled there.
In the mean time WELCOME TC MOORE TO THE TEAM! He'll take over Fridays

COMPETITIONS: LET'S GO CRAZY! It's the Random Competition! We have taken all the colors in the NHL and shuffled them around. Now it's your task to make it work. Each team has been assigned two colors that they must incorporate into their color scheme, either in addition to existing colors, in place of existing colors or even alongside completely different colors. Click the banner for more details. Entries due next Friday at noon.

ENTRIES:

Ryan C: Ottawa Senators Black and Yellow

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VOTES: Concept of the Week only this week. Congratulations to Jake M. on winning the COTY 1st Quarter Vote!

REMINDERS:

COTW April 14-20 vote (ends Friday @ noon ET)
Random Competition (entries due May 5, 2017 @ noon ET)
HJC Playoff Pool Round 2 (Picks due Wednesday @ 8 PM)


ON TO THE CONCEPTS!


Anthony C: Montreal Canadiens Alternate Concept


At best, a decent design that would look better with the Canadiens' current primary logo instead of the one seen here, just for the sake of color balance, or with this logo and the red and white swapped. At worst, a sloppy, hastily made concept. Stitching doesn't overlap the striping in concepts despite what we see here. And what really gets you here is the yoke stripes. It would look so much better if they followed the curve of the yoke on this template.

Rating: 57%


Ethan B: Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) Concept


The biggest problem I have here with this concept is that template lines and shadows have been recolored to go with the color scheme. This template is a hard one to work with, and if you don't put in the extra effort to make the template work, don't use it. On top of that, the numbers need to be rotated slightly counter-clockwise in order to not look slanted against the arm striping. I like the basic idea here though, as it's based on the Wheat Kings' alternate jerseys. A good look made better with a matching black jersey, but made worse with a white jersey that is in desperate need of yellow. Maybe add some white trim on the home and alternate and yellow trim on the away OR yellow striping with black trim. Because if you notice the actual alternate Brandon uses, the numbers are white with black trim.

Rating: 50%


Jake M: Temple Owls (NCAA) Concept
 

Having lived in Philadelphia for a few years, I'm quite familiar with Temple University, as they were one of the City 6 schools (Well, Big 5 plus my former school, Drexel University). The striping pattern we see here is a common pattern that we see based on the "T" logo of Temple. It makes sense, but one thing I do not really enjoy on a hockey jersey is vertical arm striping. I hated it during the 2006 Olympics and subsequent tournaments and it was even dumber on the socks back then. I'll pass.

Rating: 83%


Jamie R: Vegas Golden Knights Concept
 

This concept isn't very golden for the Golden Knights. I like the idea of the red star pattern on the arms but other than that the color balance isn't doing it for me. There's too much red and not enough gold. Too much emphasis on the alternate logo and not enough on the primary logo. Otherwise a fantastic idea.

Rating: 86%


Ryan C: Saginaw Spirit (OHL) Concept
 

This is a striping pattern that has always seemed daring to me. Better than a simple vertical arm stripe pattern, but not good enough. Especially since I don't feel the balance of color here with the use of blue equipment along with the white jersey dominated by red. Jury is still out on this.

Rating: 86%


TC Moore: North Dakota State Bison (NCAA) Concept
 

Looks like today's post theme is color balance. And with all the yellow involved here the least you could do is use some more yellow on that white jersey. Maybe in between the green stripes? Or swap the yoke and trim colors? The full NDSU logo doesn't look good enough to be a shoulder logo. It's better as a primary logo, but the Bison head alone is too strong of a primary logo to replace here. Maybe go without a shoulder logo? EXECUTION NOTE: I still see an NHL shield on the inside tag. This is an NCAA Concept, not an NHL concept.

Rating: 75%


TC Moore: Southern Methodist Mustangs (NCAA) Concept
 

This is a much better concept. The yoke striping is a great touch, even with the retro shoulder patch. Seeing this wordmark with the mustang logo underneath is brilliant. The Mustang logo with the Dallas skyline is a great logo that fits on the helmets well. There is nothing I can hate about this jersey except for the template used, but that's just out of personal preference in my own work. Well done.

Rating: 95%


The WINNER of my Concept of the Week Nomination is:

 TC MOORE 

 SMU MUSTANGS CONCEPT 


GET YOUR PICKS IN TONIGHT! We have an 8 PM puck drop between the Predators and Blues at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Tune in tonight on NBCSN or CBC. Afterwards at 10:30 you'll see the Oilers and Ducks on NBCSN and Sportsnet. NBCSN features the new TV voice of the Islanders, Brendan Burke paired up with former Islanders and current Rangers analyst Joe Micheletti. I'm looking forward to it. Game on! See you next week!

April 25, 2017

Tuesday: Late Again

Hello again, and welcome, Hockey Fans, to this Tuesday's post!

Sorry this is late again! Don't forget to vote! 

COTW April 14-20 vote (ends Friday @ noon ET)

On to the concepts! 

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Anthony C.-Bonnyville Pontiacs (AJHL) 
Anthony starts us off with a team from the Alberta Junior Hockey League, 
Good-
  • I like the logo...
Bad-
  • It's WAY too plain... It needs a lot more to it's striping pattern
  • Wordmarks also don't really work for shoulder patches...
  • The logo and the numbers on the black jersey would be impossible to see. The beige logos and numbers also might be hard too see on the white jersey. If you flipped everything to the opposite jersey, it would be more visible... 
My rating: It seems like a good identity to build around, but the jerseys look more like practice jerseys, and it's not much of an improvement over their EDGE Penguins set... 4/10 

Anthony C.-  Watertown Wolves (FHL)

Anthony also has the next concept, this time, it's for the Watertown Wolves, from the Federal Hockey League!
  • I love the striping pattern!
  • I also like the number font, it fits well with the jersey and the logo.
  • Excellent work on the TV numbers! 
  • Decent execution!
Bad-
  • The template striping should stop at the hem stripes...
  • The N&#OB are a little big, and the logo is a little small.
  • The black numbers and letters might be a little hard to read...
  • This jersey is way to close to the Nashville Predators old Alt. Sweaters...
My rating: This is definitely one of your best concepts yet, but it's very similar to the Preds' old Alt... 6/10


Denny J.- 2018 NHL Winter Classic 
Denny gets the third of the day with the Winter Classic match up for next year! 
Good-
  • I like the very simple, throwback approach to each sweater
  • I  like the ideas behind each jersey
  • I do like the plain red lettering on the Rangers jersey
Bad-
  • Everything is kinda blurry and/or pixelated... 
  • The Rangers sweater would look better if the crest was above the wordmark on the other side... kinda like the USA 1960's sweaters...
  • Execution is a little sloppy...
My rating: A decent set of sweaters, but everything is a little sloppy... 6/10

Dino W.- Washington Capitals (NHL)

Next up is Dino and his Washington Capitals Set! 
Good-
  • I really like that you went out there in the design...
  • Execution looks great! 
  • I like the sleeve length yoke design on the white jersey
Bad-
  • N&#OB are a little small
  • While I appriciate the creativity, the striping pattern doesn't really work...
  • The sleeve length yoke on the white jersey looks good, but the yoke shouldn't be cut up by a different yoke on the red jersey. 
  • The side panels also don't look the best
  • What would happen to the NHL100 patch when it comes off in 2018? 
My rating: Great execution, but the design doesn't look the best... 7/10

Ethan B.- Norfolk Admirals (ECHL)
Next up is Ethan's redesign for the Norfolk Ads!
Good-

  • I like the curved upper sleeve design! 
  • I like the kings font! 
Bad-
  • Unfortunately, there's a lot...
    • I can't tell what's supposed to be piping or just the template... 
    • Everything is very pixelated, and looks very sloppy... 
      • Except the N&#OB
    • NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER fill in template areas as a design... The breezers should not have the orange filled-in areas... The socks should not be filled in like that, because...
      • Those sock "stripes" at the top will be covered up by the breezers, and the bottom will be covered up by the skates.
      • The breezers "stripes" on the top will be covered by the jersey hanging down... 
      • And the biggest problem, is that it looks bad...
My rating: A decent idea, but lots of execution errors, really hold this back... 6/10

T. C. M.- Kennesaw State Owls (NCAA) 
The last two concepts go to Our newest writer, TC, and his NCAA concepts! This one is for Kennesaw State Owls!
Good-

  • I do like the Penguins-esque striping pattern!
  • The yellow looks great! Even the Helmet! 
  • Great logo choice! 
  • Great execution! 
Bad-
  • I don't like the grey in place of white in the pattern and numbers... 
  • The #OB are a little big... 
My rating: A great concept, and welcome to the Blog!!! 9/10 and my COTW NOMINEE!!!! 


T.C.M.- Yale Bulldogs (NCAA) 
The last concept of the day goes to TC and his Yale Bulldogs design!
Good-

  • I like the double blue/grey color scheme!
  • I also like the logos. I really like the shoulder patch! 
  • I also like the striping pattern! It adds a vintage feel
Bad-
  • I would like to see more of the double blue color scheme in the numbers
  • I'd also like too see the "Y" logo in white on the blue sweater
  • #OB are also really big
  • You're missing TV numbers on the blue sweater
  • I also don't like the glove pattern
My rating: Another fantastic concept! 8/10


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