March 26, 2015

Thursday: I am...

See y’all don’t understand me. My plan B is to win your hearts before I win a COTW.....hopefully at least someone gets that reference. Anyways hello fellow jersey conceptualizers and enthusiasts! It's Bpoe96, and I’m of course the new Thursday writer for the blog, otherwise I’m not really sure why I would be writing this. I’m not going to bore you with my life story or anything but here are a few things about myself:

Location: Pittsburgh
Favorite team: Penguins, 2nd Oilers
Favorite Players: Olli Maatta and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Favorite current NHL jerseys: This is most likely biased but the Oilers' set and the Pens’ new alternate
Besides concepts I also like to do “edits” of hockey players which is basically just editing photos of the player. My most recent one is below, and all of the ones I have made before were on my phone, as I am just starting to learn how to make them on my computer. Outside of hockey my only other interest really is music, and my favorite artist is Kendrick Lamar.
Original photo from russianmachineneverbreaks.com
Anyways, I’ve said enough about myself at this point so let’s get on with the rest of the post.
The 2015 pairs competition is coming up soon, and if you have a partner one of you should probably email Ryan about it so he can see how many pairs there are. I will be entering with my friend Connor, and I remember we entered last year but we never ended up submitting anything because we were both beginners at the time, and I guess we didn't have the motivation to do it. Also don't forget to place your votes for COTW and for the Video Game competition! As far as I'm aware neither of the artists in the vote this week have won COTW yet so it will be cool to see someone new win.

COTW Mar 15-21 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Video Game Comp vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)


Caleb F. - Buffalo Sabres
Our first concept for the day puts the Sabres in yellow. I think the Sabres could look good in a yellow alternate jersey...well one that can't (or at least shouldn't) be confused as a blue jersey. I like the overall design of this concept, it is a simple concept that's unique to the Sabres and it works well. The colors are balanced nicely too, and I like the use of the Buffalo inside their logo as the main logo. The TV number and number on the back both look a tad small however, and a few areas on the jersey are pixelated and rough, namely the IceBorn wordmark on the back and the "A" patch. The hem striping also looks a bit low. It would also be nice to see the equipment to complete the look.

Overall: Simple yet effective design that gets the job done (7.5/10)


Christian L. - Arizona Coyotes

Our next concept of the day is for the Coyotes, who definitely could use a redesign. The striping looks great, as does the Kachina pattern on the yoke. I also really like the sublimated pattern on the front, it's subtle yet stands out, if that makes sense like it did in my head. The TV numbers look just a little too small, and while this doesn't affect the concept, Ekman-Larsson's name has a hyphen in it.

Overall: Great looking and unique design for the Coyotes that I would love to see on the ice (9/10)


Daniel L. - Team USA
I like the inspiration for this concept and the uniqueness of it. I don't think this would look good for a main set but it would look great as an alternate. Like I mentioned I like the uniqueness of the sash design however along with numerous other concepts that use this design the sash ends awkwardly on the back, but I really don't know what else to do for it either. I think it's just one of those things that you have to deal with. I would also separate the red and blue on the number a little with white, the colors start to blend with each other.
Overall: Unique and pretty solid design overall (8/10)


Mike S. - Chicago Blackhawks
This set is not much different than what the Hawks currently wear, and I don't think the changes are beneficial to the look. The main difference is moving down the shoulder patch to the arms like the Winter Classic jerseys did, and while it isn't a bad design feature it leaves the shoulders empty. There are also reverse laces on the jersey, which don't really fit in on a more traditional design. The helmets also need logos on them, and I'm pretty sure this is just a mistake but the box where your ID usually is is just empty, so make sure you have ID so they aren't stolen.

Overall: While it is a good looking design it just isn't creative enough nor are the changes beneficial enough for me to give this a higher rating as a concept (5/10)


Phil B. - Team USA
Phil gives us a patriotic set for team USA for the 2016 World Cup. The jerseys definitely give off an American vibe, and I'm not sure if this was intentional or not but there are 13 stripes on each jersey, including both the red and white ones, and I like it. I also like how you put the World Cup logo in the collar insert. The logo doesn't look all that great though the way it is though, I would go with either one or the other (the star or USA wordmark) or even have one of them on one jersey and the other one on the other jersey. 

Overall: A patriotic look for the Americans (8/10)


Ryan C. - Denver Cutthroats
Ryan has been improving a lot lately and I've been really liking his concepts, this one included. Based on a quick Google search the Cutthroats wore very templatey looking jerseys when they last played, and this set is an immense improvement. The striping pattern and yokes look great, and the colors are balanced well. The only thing I would really change is to add some white to the yoke stripes on the green jersey. Also the TV numbers look slightly too large.

Overall: Great looking set and an improvement on what they last wore (8.5/10)


Ryan C. - Kalamazoo Wings
With our last concept for the day Ryan again impresses me with this set for the KWings. The striping pattern is simple yet works really well. I also normally don't like diagonal wordmarks like that but it works here because of the unique striping. There are a few issues though. The main one is that the red and blue in the stripes on the the white jersey should switch, or they should switch on the dark jersey, in order to balance out the colors better. There is also no need to have the same logo on the shoulders that you already have on the front in the case of the white jersey. The TV number also looks slightly large again.

Overall- Another solid set (8.5/10)

Well that's all I have for today. I'm going to give my COTW nomination to Christian's Coyotes concept, but there were a few others I think are COTW worthy so if you like them comment and nominate them! I hope you guys enjoyed the post, thanks for reading, and I'll see you guys next Thursday.




March 25, 2015

Wednesday: PLAYOFFS? PLAYOFFS?

WATCHU TALKIN' BOUT PLAYOFFS? Hey everyone, I'm really excited as the team i've endured all season long (sens) is in a playoff spot! Hopefully they can keep it. *Knock on wood*. It seems like everyone took out their sens jersey yesterday, which in a way bothers me. I wore mine all year but people are only starting to wear theirs now... hmm. It's not really a pet peeve just an observation. For the past few years Calgary was also one of my favourite teams, and it was really tough to see them struggle so I'm really glad they're playing some good hockey as well. The Hudler-Monohan-Gaudreau line is Fire!

Are you HJC playoffs?... in which I mean voting for COTY. It's technically the playoffs since your chasing the holy grail. Well Vote! Also don't forget to announce your HJC pairs team! I'll be pairing up with Scott Garland in the logo division!

*** Edit by Ryan ***

HJC PAIRS COMPETITION

If you already have a team, please email me with your team members and what division you will be entering. This does not obligate you to finish the project, but I am trying to get an idea of how many teams there will be so I can create a presentation schedule.

If you don't have a teammate yet, but you would like to join the competition then please email me and let me know. Also let me know what division you would like to compete in. I'll then pair you up with someone that has also expressed interest in competing. By emailing me for this purpose you are granting me permission to share said email address with other people.

If you check out the HJC Design Blog you should be able to find the rules posted there.

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COTW Mar 15-21 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Video Game Comp vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

Now for some concepts! 

Brandon C - LA Kings


Brandon takes blasts to the past with these Purple and Gold uniforms. I really like these, they're unique in terms of colour. No one in the NHL is using something close to this. The jerseys themselves are very similar to the ones the Kings wore so I would've liked to see more creativity. Overall: I prefer the kings using something like the purple jersey as a throwback alternate. Its the ideal jersey for them. (7.8/10)


 Chase C - University of New Hampshire
I love the Bold grey stripes, the logo is heavy with grey so it's only right. The blue cuffs are magnificent, it balances out the uniform. I only see one issue here, the logo is huge making the hem stripe to low. Reduce the logo and move the hem stripe up and you're set! Also a minor nitpick but move the shoulder patch up a bit. I wouldn't mind seeing the dark coloured jersey to complete the set. Overall Very Clean: (8.1/10)


Phil B - Team Finland
Phil gets creative and goes all out for Finland. I actually really like the arms striping, I know it's a cliché to have the team flag but Phil pulled it off right. In my opinion the Yoke is an overkill. You already have it 4 times on the jersey. Another personal critique would be the the dark uniform, for some reason I prefer baby blue as the base colour of the dark jersey, It just goes better with the flag. I also don't mind the diagonal text with the lion logo, but its not my favourite. Overall: (7.6/10)


Christian L - New Jersey Devils


I decided to start an alternate series, so you'll be seeing more alternate jerseys to come. This was the most hated one, I wanted to try a "no white jersey" I thought it looked cool but people seemed to disagree. What are your thoughts? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW. 


Scott G - Montreal Vs. Boston



Scott designs jerseys for two original six teams, and let me tell you these look like they belong to original six teams. He also shows us his inspiration with the two jerseys. A few things I like: Montreal's arms.. I love how the red arms go with the darker blue, very clean. I also Like the Boston Jersey, yes the vintage white is overused, but Scott used enough stripes to make it look nice. If I'm not sure about something it would be the logos, its not my favourite, but they do look old so I'll give him that.
Although I don't think you need the "B" logo under the bruins script, it makes it look busy and you already have it on the shoulders. Overall: I'd be happy with these being used in the WC. (8.6/10)



Well thats the post folks... NOT! lets keep it rolling!




Vaughn R - BC CHiefs 
Vaughn continues to educate me on minor teams in BC! This time the chiefs are featured. I quite like the logo, very minor-league-ish. I don't mind the absence of a hem stripe, but these jersey look bland, give me something exciting, it's a minor league team so don't be afraid of creativity. For the Black jersey the bottom inside should be coloured black. The numbers and crest could be a tad bigger.  Overall:  Keep working' at it! You've got the basics down, now let your imagination flow. (6.1/10)



Ok now it's actually the end of the post, I hope you enjoyed it as much as i enjoyed typing it. If you disagree with my comments please don't threaten to kill me, just leave a comment it's easier. Don't forget to got, announce your teams, maybe trash talk a little and have a good week. 


March 24, 2015

Tuesday: The Final Tank Stretch

There are nine games left in my Buffalo Sabres season. These nine are probably the most important in our teams future. Landing that 30th spot will make me one happy hockey fan. Winning the lottery is another story. My Sabres face off against Arizona twice in the final nine games. The other team in the running for 30th. I will be attending Thursday's game and will be cheering on the dear Coyotes. Losing at least one of the two in regulation is my goal. I know how bad the Coyotes are but do you all understand how bad the Sabres are? Last night we lost 4-3 against Dallas. We allowed the final two goals in the last 5 minutes. We were out corsi'd 101-44. That's 101 shot ATTEMPTS Dallas had. Our luck hasn't been the best for us this season. We trade our goalies and the goalies we start all have ridiculous games, and other teams kick the puck in their own net. Perfect. 

So all of you know. Buffalo is the worst team in the NHL in shot differential and corsi number. 
The best Corsi differential team (5v5) in the NHL is Chicago with about a +500. Pretty good for one of the best teams in the league. The Sabres on the other hand are the worst with....  -1,600. Yes, I did not add another zero. We have 1,600 less shot attempts this season than we've allowed.

Arizona is contending for 30th and they're around -100. They have about 1,000 more shot attempts than us. Our goalie situation this year and lucky bounces have killed us. Judging by these stats you'd think we should be in 30th by at least 20 points. But I'm here biting my finger nails. 

That being said, where do you want McDavid to go? Jack Eichel? Obviously you might want them for your team, but if you had to choose a different team for them to go to, who would it be? My answer is Arizona. It's in the Western Conference. It's quiet, not a huge market, maybe less pressure on him like Erie. I also cross my fingers they move to Quebec later on, so that would be cool to see that move with him on the team.

Enough with my story that no one cares about. Onto some concepts that you artists spent some time on. 


COTW Mar 15-21 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Video Game Comp vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)





 Los Angeles Kings Concept - Brandon C.
We start off today with a full set for LA made by Brandon. Brandon eliminates any trace of black and gold and keeps it classy with a purple(forum blue?) and gray. Overall it looks very nice. No real execution problems. The logo is clean and the design is nice. Would this fit in the NHL? With the Devils look being roughly the exact same, I don't think so. When it comes to concepts though, realistic situations should be thrown out the window. As for the logo I would actually like to see it back. Not as a primary but on an alternate. I'm not sure how that logo runs with LA fans, I'm sure they would prefer their current one but I'm not sure. I was always a fan for this one. Good concept, clean, and nice. Classy for a king.

Rating: 8.2/10



Los Angeles Kings 3rd - Brandon C.
Brandon's alternate jersey that goes along with the set above does a nice job of unifying the look but giving it something new. Again, everything is nice and clean and classy. I just don't know if it separates itself as a concept that makes me want to drop my jaw or anything. It looks good, what can I say? For this one I think some shoulder patches could help out. Maybe just the crown by itself or maybe the 'LA' logo that they had for the SS but changes a bit to fit the font in the logo. 

Rating: 8/10 - Nothing special, but it looks good. 




Calgary Flames Concept - Christian L. 

 Christian takes a simple cookie cutter template but makes it worthy enough to be on the ice in my opinion. This design would be awesome as a full time. Make a white version! It's bright, which I like and it's flamey??? I don't know I'm just making up adjectives now because it's a very cool look. If I had to have a gripe with it I would choose the sock design. I would have it white at the very bottom and having the yellow stripes following it up. If I had to choose an execution error and nit pick I would say the TV numbers are a tad large. It's always hard to size up one number. I'm thinking if you had a double number it might be hugging the edge of the sleeve design. Honestly though, does it hurt the look of the concept? Not a chance. Lovely.

Rating: 9.2/10




San Jose Sharks Concept - J3
 J3 also takes somewhat of a cookie cutter template but adds some spice to it. In my opinion it looks good but theres just something about it that irritates me like a mosquito. Maybe it's because I hate seeing it on both Ottawa and and Pittsburgh. And also the memories of Tampa Bay using a similar look. I love the small orange outlines. The white and black work well together. It's a nice look. It stays simple but has a nice look to distinguish it from a regular traditional jersey. Execution wise the numbers seem a little low on the jersey. Maybe it's just a weird template in that regard but I'm imagining a hem design and it looks like it would almost cut the numbers off. On another note, the logo looks pretty good with the tail swooping above rather than below. It keeps it balanced. I'm a fan.

Rating: 7.9/10




Iowa Wild Concept - Jake88
 Jake continues Minnesota's classy jerseys to their farm club. The white looks marvelous. The striping is beauty. Normally I might think the wheat outlines are pointless because it's a white jersey but I think it helps with the aged look. The dark jersey is simple. It's weird because it's not your typical hockey jersey but if you think about it, it's very very simple. It looks great though. It's like taking Minnesota's home jersey and enlarging the design. Fantastic look. It keeps true to the Minnesota identity that they want to keep but it differentiates the look so they can have their own.  No complaints. 

Rating: 9.2/10




Team Canada - Phil B.
 Team Canada concepts. Adding in that gold is something they need to do. However, there are some annoyances I have with this concept that when fixed can look really good. The one big one I have is consistency. This one is difficult because it's hard to fix. The white jersey is the standout in this set. It looks good, for the most part. The striping looks great because the gold can stand out on white and the red compliments it on it's own. I would say on the yoke to match that stripes. Put a white space between the gold and red. The red jersey is where it gets difficult. You want to match the design but the gold on the red gets so lost and you almost can't see it at all from a small view. Looking on TV or in the crowd might do the same thing. Easy solution is brightening up the gold. Like using the gold that you have for the background. If you want to keep that gold though you might need outlines or not having a gap between the white stripes. Close but no cigar for me on this one. The red jersey could use the fixes. 

Rating : 7/10




Florida Panthers SS Concept - Tyler F.
I will start off in saying that Florida needs to add a yellow jersey. They need to give it a shot. I know gold jerseys are starting to be more wanted and some might be annoyed but come on, they need one. A Stadium Series game might be perfect for it. Bringing back the head logo from their old alternate is a cool idea. I would match the yellow though in the jersey. The off gold is distracting and I think unnecessary. The jersey design as a whole is really traditional. Nothing wrong with it. I think the round yoke could be worked on a bit. I think it would look really nice if it was a square yoke with either red straight ends  or just a empty blue squared off yoke. Execution problem is the hem stripe. Should be lower. The front of the jersey, where it shows the back at the bottom is blue but it wouldn't be blue when made. Also the shoulder patches look too high placed. Should lower them down more and maybe reduce the size. Make those changes and I would be a big fan. My opinion though. 

Rating: 7.1/10


The end of today's post came fast didn't it? Two concepts tied in rating today. Both very nice and would love to see them produced. In my opinion I have to give it to the design that goes out of the norm. My COTW goes to Christians Calgary Alternate.

It did a great job of being it's own design but having the classic feel to it. It's like a modern classic. Jake's concept is very deserving though, maybe some of you can help him out in the comments. Or help out the other concepts in the post. 

What are your thoughts on today's concepts? Help me out, did I miss anything? Do you completely hate my opinion? Let me know let me know. However, let me know without that Anonymous tag. No one likes a rant that is posted by Anonymous. 

Have a great Tuesday viewers! I will be going to my first ever live show tonight and will be seeing Bo Burnham. So excited! 

March 23, 2015

Monday: Monday Funday

Hey there everyone! Hope you're all doing well and had a great weekend. I was having a great weekend until the snow came back, and came back with a vengeance. Anyway, hopefully today's post will take my mind off of it.

But first, vote vote vote! We've got the COTW Vote plus the Video Game competition! Email in your COTW vote and the Video Game votes go on the competition's page.

COTW Mar 15-21 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Video Game Comp vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

Also, while you're at it, you should be just about done finding a partner for the pairs competition. The pairs competition was very successful last year and hopefully it's even more successful this year.

Anyway, let's get to the concepts.

Stadium Series Concept - Gangs of New York Concept 1 - Emin Z.
I'm not exactly where this idea came from. I'm not a huge fan of the idea though. Using cartoon characters for merchandising isn't new, in fact, one of my favorite pieces of Blackhawks merchandise is a hoodie with the Tasmanian Devil playing goalie for the Blackhawks. So, if this was just branded merchandise, go for it, absolutely. But as game worn jerseys in a Stadium Series? No, that wouldn't be received well. The fans might not like the cartoony feel, while the league wouldn't like the "Gangs" aspect.

Anyway, Both uniforms are heavy on the gradients, and it doesn't look that great. And the jerseys very loosely follow each teams color scheme. I understand that New Jersey is very close to New York, but I think it's wrong to brand a game as "Gangs of New York" and not use both New York teams. I gotta say, I'm not really a fan of any aspect of this concept. The Islanders' gloves may be my favorite part.

Rating: 3/10


Stadium Series Concept - Gangs of New York Concept 2 - Emin Z.
Emin also gave us the light/dark opposite of each jersey. This would be the better looking of his two concepts, especially since the orange is gone from New Jersey's jersey.

Rating: 3.5/10


Buffalo Sabres Concept - Casey R.
Casey suggests a big and bold new striping pattern. There should be a second stripe on the arms that mimics the hem striping, and maybe even a second stripe to go with the cuff stripes. The hem striping should be moved up so the bottom bottom stripe is at least even with the angle on the jersey's hem, or where the top hem stripe currently is. The yellow pants is a no for me. Way too bright and would look extremely gaudy. Maybe you get away with yellow pants on an alternate jersey, but not as primary pants. Lastly, I like the yokes, but I'm not sold on the yellow one. If you must keep it, change the B in the shoulder patch to blue.

Rating: 6.5/10


Winnipeg Jets Air Force Night Jersey Concept - Christian C.
Christian suggests a specialty jersey as a nod to the Canadian Air Force. The jersey itself sort of looks like an Air Force uniform, except with silver striping instead of gold to stay within their color scheme. The arm striping and hem striping have a different thickness, definitely keep that consistent. I think the arm striping could be moved down a bit, that or the tv numbers moved up. The number on the back could use a blue outline. The jersey looks like it's almost really great with the exception of those errors I pointed out. I can see something like this being worn for a warmup, but I wouldn't mind seeing something like it being worn for a game or two.

Rating: 7.5/10


Buffalo Sabres Concept - Brandon C.
Brandon simplifies the Sabres' jerseys but keeps the navy blue. I think it looks pretty good. Most people probably would have changed the blue back to their classic royal blue. The only issue with this current blue is the jerseys kind of look like they could be St. Louis jerseys. The white jersey's striping is perfect in my book, but I'd rather see the yellow and white swapped on the blue jersey, plus get rid of the white yoke. And again, just a reminder to all, ID your work!

Rating: 8/10


Winnipeg Jets Concept - Christian L.
Different Christian, Different Jets jersey. I think the Jets would benefit from a new jersey, I'm surprised they haven't unveiled one yet. They're one of the teams that could pull off a gray/silver jersey, and LA showed that a gray jersey can look super nice! I say go with something like this. It's a design that we've seen countless times but on a gray/silver jersey and the brightness of the striping it looks better than most other jerseys that use this same design. It'd be nice to see the pants and gloves just to complete the look here.

Rating: 9/10 and a COTW!


Mississippi River Kings Jersey - Caz W.
Caz shares with us a jersey he designed for the Mississippi River Kings in the SPHL. Caz had shared with us his concept before but now they are a reality. It's a shame that the numbers overlap the hem stripe, the hem and arm striping look huge, but it's a nice color scheme and Caz must be overwhelmed with joy. Nothing beats seeing your work being worn on the ice. Here's both jerseys so you can see the whole set! Congrats again Caz!

I don't know how to rate this since TECHNICALLY it's not a concept anymore. A billion points!


There you have it, Monday is done! Next comes Tuesday and then a few more days, and then I'll be back here before you know it!

March 22, 2015

Sunday: The Comeback

Hey everyone! Did you miss me? It only seems like a few days ago since my last post!

In all seriousness, welcome to my first official Sunday post!

The Video Game Competition is in its voting stage, so make sure you send in your votes for that this week, as well as our COTW vote, which features two up and coming designers with some of their best work yet! Two of the four nominated concepts come from Thursday's post, which means a possible final win for The Glorious Thursday Master Race! With J3's fantastic Gulls concept winning last week, we could go out on a 2-week winning streak.

The Pairs Competition should begin next week. If you have your teams ready, or if you can't find a partner, email concepts@hockeyjerseyconcepts.com. You can check out yesterday's post and the HJC Design Blog for some details, but full rules won't be announced until next Saturday.

Now let's get to the concepts!

COTW Mar 15-21 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Video Game Comp vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

Nashville Predators - Brandon C.



 Yay: We start off with Brandon's revision of the current Predators set. This is fairly similar to the original, especially the yellow jersey. The main differences are having a hem that matches the arms and is the same on both sets, and going with a yoke instead of the weird crescent moon/fang thing they had below the collar. These subtle changes are definitely improvements to their set in my opinion.

Nay: No ID or name, but I assume you've since learned the lesson from last Thursday. The yokes need a shoulder patch or something, like what they use currently, or just the "NP" logo.

Overall: Great concept to improve their jerseys, but I feel like there's room left to be more creative with these jerseys without sacrificing the improvements you made. 8.2/10



 St. Louis Blues - Brandon C.



 Yay: Brandon takes us back in time to the early Blues jerseys for this one, but unlike the last concept he drifts away from their normal look a bit. Instead of the traditional stripes, we have contrasting shoulders and complementary yoke. While I'm not really a fan of the contrasting shoulder look, its refreshing for a team that only rarely strays from their traditional look. Nice work adding a recoloured trumpet logo on the shoulders.

Nay: So it doesn't look like anything the Blues have worn, but it does look exactly like the early-90's Penguins jerseys, recoloured and with laces. With these colours, the jerseys just seem really busy, and its hard to tell whether they're supposed to be classic or modern, while not exactly fitting the "timeless" role either.

Overall: I can't find anything wrong with the execution here, but this is one of those cases where the jersey just doesn't pass the eye-test for me. It's too busy and too similar to the Pens look. But I'm sure others will disagree. 8/10



Calgary Flames - Ben M.



 Yay: If Nike took over and this is the worst best they can do for the Flames, I wouldn't be mad. Their current jerseys are way too bland and follow the same weak Reebok trends as nearly every other team. This set isn't exactly exciting either, but its believable, follows the Nike look, and kind of goes back to basics with the Flames look, which is probably best for them. The 3rd is great, and is one change away from being the best 3rd they've had.

Nay: On the 3rd jersey, if the logo had a red outline instead of (or with) a yellow one, the logo would pop out much better than it does now. Both of the main jerseys look bare, but acceptable. I don't like how the colours look imbalanced on the white jersey, and switching red and black on the hem, arms and number could fix that.

Overall: If my beloved Flames used these uniforms, I'd be happy for the improvement, but I'd still be hoping for better. 7.7/10



Halifax Ice Breakers - Brooks F.



 Yay: This next team has never actually hit the ice, as it was part of a failed plan to recreate the WHA during the 2005 lockout. These jerseys are about as crazy as the plan for the league itself, and if you like gradients, you'll love this set. I wish Halifax had a semi-pro team that could use this identity and some of it's creativity.

Nay: Gradients almost never work with hockey jerseys, and this is a great exception as to why. The numbers actually don't look half bad (besides the awful yellow outline on the white jersey), but the arms and hem just look messy and unprofessional. The stripes look really lazy, the logo needs to be raised a bit, a better font should be used for the player name, and the dark jersey definitely needs more white.

Overall: To put my feelings of this jersey in perspective, when trying to find the original team, I first looked up Roller Hockey International. Good job being creative, but...yikes. 6.5/10



 Rochester Institute of Technology - Chase C.



 Yay: RIT is a bit of a newcomer in the NCAA Division 1, but in 2010 they made it to the Frozen Four, which is a great accomplishment. Their most notable alumni, who was around in 2010, is probably Chris Tanev of the Vancouver Canucks. Their current jerseys are actually fairly modern and flashy compared to most school, but they don't pull it off very well. This set sticks with tradition but with a few extra stripes for flair.

Nay: That name desperately needs an outline, and should probably be black anyway, same with the number (that should also be bolder). The main black stripe and the black hem/cuff are too much, and one of those (I'd say the cuff/hem) should be orange. The pants could use a logo or some stripes.

Overall: I normally wouldn't pick a modern jersey over a classic, but in this case I'll make an exception. Not a bad design but needs lots of work. 6/10



Washington Capitals - Ryan C.


 Yay: Last up is Ryan's Washington Capitals concept. Ryan has been on a roll lately with his concepts, does this one fit his new-found expectations? Well the chest stripe design he uses here works well with the logo and back number, and the clean, fairly simple design gets the Capitals closer to their original look while keeping their current identity. Execution is pretty good. On purpose or not, I like how Russian the red jersey looks, probably would make Ovie feel right at home.

Nay: I'm not a fan of this stripe design, with one main stripe and an "outside" stripe on only one side. It looks unfinished to me. The chest stripe already takes up a lot of space on the jersey, so it's understandable why you excluded it, but it still looks weak in a way.

Overall: The design is original for the Caps and executed very nicely, but I'm not really sold on the chest stripe style here. 8.2/10


As with my last post, my nomination comes down to either Brandon or Ryan, and I hope both receive nominations from you guys. I like Brandon's Predators concept better, but Ryan's Capitals Concept shows more creativity, and is presented better. Extremely close, but I'm giving Ryan C's Washington Capitals concept my COTW nomination!

Well that's a wrap for today. Remember to vote for the COTW and Video Game competition, and give us an email to get the teams ready for our upcoming Pairs Competition.

Thanks for reading, and see you next Sunday!