September 17, 2014

Wednesday: Coming in hot!

Hello HJC! I'm your new Wednesday writer Christian L. As you can probably tell by the title Im a Senators fan. Hopefully that won't cause arguments between me and Ryan. I wanted to find the old HJC artist cards to introduce myself, but thought they were a little outdated, so I took the liberty to create a new one, with a more hockey card feel to them.


So that gives you a little more information about myself. Here are todays voting reminders:

                       COTW Sept 8-14 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern time)
Disney Competition entries (due Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern time)

Here are the contest entries for the competition so far:

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Be sure to send your entries into the proper email address!
The one specifically for HJC competitions.

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Connor J:
 Zach W.
 Adam R:
 Ben F:


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On to our regular concepts!

Augseberger Panthers concept by: Coby S.

Positives: We start todays post with an entry to the DEL competition. I really like the striping pattern, simple but effective. The colours come out really well, and are nicely balanced. The font choice works well here. Its also nice having equipment, as most of the entries to this competition did not.

Negatives: Im not sold on the logo. Also, the logo on the black jersey needs a small thin white outline to make it pop more. The Tv numbers are a tad to high. 

Overall: simple concept that works. (8/10)


Colorado Avalanche concept by: Scott B


Positives: Scott brings us a wild idea for an avalanche third. I'm not sure how I feel about combining these two franchises, but for now ill agree. I like that you kept the jersey blue. The striping is simple and effective. The logo looks good here, with the mountain as the ears.

Negatives: I get the feet at the bottom are supposed to replace the fleur de lys, but it doesn't look good here. I'd leave them to the shoulder. I think a grey outline would be better for the last outline of the number.

Overall: The unused Nordiques logo looks good, but some issues need to be resolved. (7/10)


New Orleans Brass concept by: Taylor R.


Positives: Taylor continues his great series with this concept. New Orleans and hockey… maybe don't mix so well so it makes a good reject. I really love the colours, they really tie in well with the city and are really unique. The striping pattern reminds me of a bit of the St-Louis Blues.

Negatives: On an execution note, stitching should end at the striping pattern (on the white jersey). The NOB is hard to read on the white jersey. My only other complaint would be the logos. This is essentially a ECHL concept by borrowing the logos. Unless you're saying they will be promoted to an NHL team.

Overall: Great branding, but one that shouldn't be entitled to the NHL. (8/10)


Buffalo Sabres concept by: Zach W.


Positives: I might be the only human being that doesn't hate the sabres alternate, but I don't love it either. So an alternative wouldn't hurt. I like the detail, specifically with the equipment.

Negatives: I can't say I'm a fan of the design. The logo isn't much better than the original. I'd much rather see a yellow alternate for the sabres. Execution is good, but you need to add TV numbers. Striping should also go over the stitching.

Overall: Zach's execution is coming along, but still not perfect. (6/10)


Las Vegas Aces concept by Taylor R.



Positives: Our second concept from Taylor today makes for a much more believable concept. I love the colour scheme. The striping is amazing. The font ties the design together. Overall a great jersey design.

Negatives: The logos are decent but don't excite me. I'd like to see some equipment. My biggest issue is, Taylor forgot to color in one of the yoke trim on the dark jersey.

Overall: If it wasn't for that big execution mistake, this would be perfect. (8.25/10)



Thats the post folks! Don't fogey to vote and nominate a concept you think deserves it. You have the power to determine who wins! When Ryan announces the winner of COTY, you could say: oh ya… I nominated and voted for that concept.

So tell me how I did for my first post and lets start discussions in the comment section! Have a nice day everyone!

September 16, 2014

Tuesday: "Walmart, Free Ice Cream, and More!"

Hey guys! Caden here again on this fine Tuesday for my 2nd ever HJC post! There is a lot of buzz circling around the hockey world with the rookie tournaments around Canada and the US. The London tournament is my personal favorite, with the Ottawa Senators, newly inked affiliate of the Evansville Icemen, falling to the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 4-3 opening game thriller with the game winner being scored in the last 18 seconds of the game! Definitely fun preseason action that you can watch and listen to online on rogerstv.ca!

Last week was my first HJC post. but introducing myself completely skipped my mind. so to make up for that, here are a few facts about me...

- Currently lives and resides in Indiana
- Grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
- Assistant Equipment Manager for the ECHL Evansville Icemen.
- Listens to Weird Al Yankovic while writing posts/making concepts (Maybe absorb the creativity?!)



 COTW vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Disney Contest entries (due Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)




David P. "Walmart Vs. Target"


Good: This is definitely something I've never seen before! The branding on the Walmart jersey is spectacular, meaning if you took off the logos and showed me the jerseys, I would say 'Walmart!"  I could see this idea going a long way, and can't wait to see the rest of the series!

Bad: Even though the Walmart jersey was recognizable, these both look like fill bucket concepts, with one logo on the front of each of these. There aren't any shoulder logos or TV numbers. The white Walmart jersey suffers from "Yellow on White Syndrome". Which is especially hard to fix with this striping pattern. 

Tips: I would change the striping pattern on the Walmart jersey, to account for the problem of having yellow border white. The finishing touches for this set would be TV numbers, and shoulder patches. 

Design: 6.5/10, Execution/Presentation 7.5/10, Total 6.75/10




Alan H. "Montreal Wanderers"


Good: The logo isn't cited, which means that you (hopefully) made it yourself. It's a variation of the original logo and I actually like it better than the original. The "Stadium Seriesesque" slanted striping fits with the color scheme and logo. A classic block font works well for such an old team. Great Execution!

Bad: Though it's labeled as "Home and Clash" I would rather see a black jersey as the home jersey, with a red clash kit. That's just my personal preference about not liking white jerseys. The name and number are too high on the jersey. Move them down 10 or so pixels. Maybe less.

Tips: Move the name and number down some. With the current set that's all I would change. But a black jersey would look cool as well.

Design 8/10, Execution/Presentation 9/10, Total 8.25/10




Scott B. "New York Islanders Alternate"


Good: I'm a big fan of teal. It's really underused in the NHL, and it adds a splash of color to an otherwise bland jersey. The block font works well with the classic design of this jersey. The lighthouse logo from the fisherman era was the only good part of that jersey era, and it looks even better on the front of the jersey.

Bad: Presumably instating their Stadium Series jersey (or something close to it), which is a very modern jersey, as their alternate, we probably won't see this for a while. Though I like the teal, not having white in the stripes makes the numbers look out of place. With the execution, there is a noticeable size difference with the 15 visible stripes used on the concept. The name is a tad bit small. The TV numbers come too close to the arm stripes.

Tips: I would make the center stripe white, to match the numbers. In order to keep consistent sizing for the arm and hem striping throughout your designs, I would suggest copy-pasting it onto the other arms/hem so the sizes are the same across the board.

Design 7/10, Execution/Presentation 6/10, Total 6.75/10




TR "Kansas City Scouts"


Good: This jersey is a classic design, with a Native American logo, but I can't find a trace of the Blackhawks! (Wait, Kane...). I like the small, thin stripes between the larger ones. On both jerseys it adds to the feel and complements the logo. The absence of white on the home jersey was a good choice, as the yellow and white would blend too much. 

Bad: I'm disappointed that the collar isn't ala Fuel, as it would've fir perfectly with the sun beams in the logo. The outline on the NOB is too thin. At first I thought they were one color numbers. TV numbers are too large.

Tips: I would change the font to more of a block font like we saw in the previous concept, and if you don't want to do that, the concept would still greatly benefit from a thicker number outline. Add some triangles to the collar to finish this off! I am nominating this for COTW. Feel free to second!

Design 8.5/10 Execution/Presentation 9.5/10, Total 8.75/10




Mario A. "Florida Panthers"
Good: Wow Mario! Your concepts have come a long way from your old XFL designs! This is a clean classic concept that is a good relive from the template jerseys that the Panthers currently use. The logo + wordmark contributes to the classic feel of the jersey.

Bad: The one color numbers aren't working for me. I'm fine with a classic block font, but there are many fonts with outlines, that would've looked better. The name's pretty high on the back of the jersey.

Tips: Add a outline to the font. If the number font had an outline I would've done a 8.75/10 for Design. There is something about this concept that makes me not like it, and I'm not sure why...

Design 8/10, Execution/Presentation 7/10, Total 7.75/10




Well that's all for today. REMEMBER TO VOTE ! I can't stress enough how important voting is to this blog. Well, maybe I can, VOTING IS IMPORTANT!!! Voting is what would make this person class president, and who doesn't like free ice cream? Tune in tomorrow as we "inaugurate" new writer Christian Legault into HJC, as we get 5 brand new concepts for your reading pleasure!

-Caden






September 15, 2014

Monday: Heather Gray Hats a Letdown?

Hello there HJCers! We're entering the last stretch of the offseason before we start seeing hockey! Some rookie tournaments were over the weekend and the CHL Preseason has started. Soon we'll start having teams enter training camp and preseason and before we know it, the regular season will be upon us!

Quick reminder to vote for the COTW and to enter the Disney Competition!

COTW Sept 8-14 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern time)
Disney Competition entries (due Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern time)

With a new season comes a new set of merchandise that you actually need. More specifically with myself......hats... It's been awhile since I featured a hat but today's a perfect day to do it with only 5 concepts. Lately I've had my eye on this Heather 2-Tone New Era cap. I think it's got real potential as heather gray goes with everything! And New Era used some neat logos that we don't get to see too often including this Vancouver hat featuring Johnny Canuck!

Unfortunately, the bill is black. There's no black anywhere on the hat. Why isn't the bill blue? It'd look so much better and I'd even consider getting this hat despite my stance on the Canucks. Although, with Ryan Miller there I better get over it.

One hat that looks good with the black bill is this Mighty Ducks hat as it features black in the logo. The Jade looks really good on the gray as well. Maybe this hat will join my collection soon. Who knows, I'll probably end up with way too many new hats by the end of this upcoming season.
One hat that really teases me though is this Toronto hat. I love that alternate logo and as far as I know it doesn't show up on a lot of merchandise. I wish the blue was bill so bad. It bugs me with the black bill on every one of these hats. If any of you Leafs fans find a really cool fitted hat with this alternate logo definitely let me know.
Anyway, only 5 concepts today, so let's jump right into those!

Battle Of The Brands Concept - Twitter vs. Facebook - David P.
The two big social networks. Both have very clean and simple branding and that's reflected here on the jerseys. Facebook especially. I think that the white jersey could benefit from having a red Wings-esque white jersey that features blue arms. As for Twitter, the black is unnecessary as I'm fairly certain there's no black in their branding. Maybe the current stitching pattern didn't look good in just two colors but there's definitely some way to have made it work without adding an unneeded color.

Rating: 7/10


2015 Stadium Series Concept - Pittsburgh vs. Boston - Mario A.
Nice to see Mario adding stripes to his jerseys and not coloring in huge chunks. I feel like having Pittsburgh in two straight Stadium Series would be a bad move for the league. Especially with this jersey. The jersey itself would actually look really nice, without the Penguins logo in the striping, which should be rotated so the bottom of the logo is towards the cuffs. Boston looks pretty decent as well. The striping is too thin for my liking and I don't care for the yellow panel all the way up the jersey. I like the yellow yoke though.

Rating: 6.5/10


Toronto Raptors Hockey Jersey Concept - Nathan N.
I think the marks on the sides and elbows of the jersey fit in nicely with the logo. The logo itself is too big. Definitely shrink that down a bit. I don't like the purple pits but overall I think the use of colors is done somewhat well. I think this concept is close to being really great but some of the execution is holding it back.

Rating: 6.5/10


Baltimore Crabs (NHL Rejects) - Taylor R.
I have a feeling this series is going to end up being pretty great. Especially if the execution stays this good. I feel like a better name than "Crabs" could be thought up. Crabs are either something you eat or something no one wants in their pants. I can't see anyone taking a team named the crabs too seriously. The color scheme fits with the Baltimore Ravens. I think the white jersey could use more purple. I'd also like to see the equipment used with the jerseys as well.

Rating: 8/10


Aston Villa FC (EPL) Hockey Jersey Concept - Patrik G.
I feel like soccer teams and hockey teams make for really good crossovers. In my opinion, the two sports have the best looking uniforms. This is no exception. Even the hem pattern is interesting to me, and hem patterns to me look best when stripes and only stripes are used. The colors are very nice and the yellow logo on the front really pops out. The only thing I'd consider changing is adding some white to the hem so it matches the rest of the striping but it looks good without it. Don't forget to ID your concepts!

Rating: 8.5/10 and my COTW vote!


And there it is folks and folkettes! See anything that tickles your fancy? Or maybe something you disagree with? Lets chat it out in the comments!

September 14, 2014

Sunday: Results All Over This Place

The winner of the COTY-August vote was Jake88!


Full Results
Jake88 - 4
Tom V. - 3
TG - 3
Christian L. - 1

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The winner of the DEL ReDesign was Christian L!

Full Results

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The winner of the COTW vote for September 1-7 was  TG!


Full Results
TG (NYR) - 4
J3 - 3
Matt M. (COL) - 3
TG (BOSvOTT) - 1
Matt M. (CAR) - 0

There was only one concept nominated for COTW and properly seconded. Properly being the key word, as there are couple of people who should read the COTW rules so that their nominations can be counted. Thus, TG's Flyers concept will go one-on-one against the DEL ReDesign winner Christian! That actually wasn't a rule for the competition, but if there aren't enough concepts nominated for COTW I get to choose the nominees, as per the COTW rules.

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It's time for a new competition here on HJC. I'm really excited about this one, it's a Disney Competition!!! Basically let something Disney inspire one of your concepts. There are three Disney properties that are off limits so go read the rules before beginning. Most of all, have fun and be creative!

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The Grand Rapids Griffins have contacted me and told me that they will announce their decision regarding their Jersey Competition early this week. Stay tuned.


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Remember that time when you were 15 years old and the cable company forgot to scramble the porn movies for those two weeks? Well if you email in your votes this week you'll get that same thrilling feeling back. Wait, did that only happen to me? How many of you are old enough to remember the old boxes on top of your TV that unscrambled the pay channels?

Whatever. Just vote!!!!!!

COTW Sept 8-14 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern time)
Disney Competition entries (due Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern time)

September 13, 2014

To Catch a Counterfeiter

Hello everyone and welcome to Saturday's HJC post. Today we have the finale of Matt's NHL/soccer crossover series, a Stadium Series concept featuring the Blue Jackets, some NHL rejects, and a lot of stuff from Winnipeg. 

A few days ago, several of the writers and designers here at HJC got in a Twitter discussion about the ongoing prevalence of counterfeit jerseys at hockey games and events. It's something that I think is getting worse every year. A few years ago, you didn't see hardly any fakes in Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, but when the team redesigned their jerseys, you can bet on seeing a few. Take a look:

Image Credit: lovejerseyshome.com (they sell fakes)
The logo of this jersey looks like it was put through one of those souvenir penny stamp things you see at tourist traps. The logo, name, numbers, alt. captain designation, and shoulder patch are all the wrong color. On the collar, "Nashville" is in the wrong font. The stripe at the hem is too thick. The collar itself is too high, almost resembling a dress shirt collar. The proportions for the jersey are just awkward.

Image Credit: cantonstuff.com (counterfeiters)

This monstrosity makes the wearer look like a complete idiot. The gold on these fakes is actually too bright when compared next to the real thing. The blue...sweet baby Jesus...it's not even close. The font is wrong. The six should be rounded at the top, instead of having that crook in it. The collar looks like it was taken from a boys turtleneck, and the "Nashville" font is wrong again. No counterfeiter ever gets that, or the piano keys in the inside of the collar right. It makes me wonder if that's one reason why Reebok has been doing these "hanger effects" on jerseys - it makes them harder to fake.

Image Credit: aliexpress.com (no real jerseys on this site)
Compared to the other two, this one isn't quite as bad. At least from far away, if you squint, maybe it wouldn't be obvious. Up close, though...this is terrible. I found one of these jerseys in a Goodwill in Union City, Tennessee once. The glue that held the numbers on was peeling off, and the jersey was made out of the most uncomfortable material known to man. The PredHead is set at an awkward angle, probably because it's too big. The name and number front is close, but wrong. The white stripes are too thick, and the checkerboard pattern is sloppy. The stripes cut into the pattern in odd ways, making the checkerboard pattern look incomplete. The laces are tied to cover up the place where the NHL shield would go. This jersey also doesn't have Reebok logos on the back near the collar, or on the left arm, where they should be. 

For fun, I sent an email to a counterfeit company raising my concerns and pointing out all the flaws. I actually got a response. In broken English, they told be that, although their prices seemed "too good to be true" their product was 100% real. What a load of bull crap. I honestly don't understand how some people don't see the differences. What really annoys me is when people that have season tickets on the first level wear these, as if they don't have enough money to buy a real jersey! I think the worst part about this is, if you buy from these people you are supporting dishonest activity, and doesn't support anyone involved with hockey. It's less revenue for for hockey, and more revenue for crooks. 

Do you have any counterfeit stories/pictures you'd like to share?  Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section. Now, let's get down to business!


Winnipeg Jets Concept - Nathan N.


Positives: I can see trace hints of inspiration from an old Jets WHL logo

Negatives: This is basically the 2009 All Star Game jersey recolored a bit with a Jets logo. The collar has one side that is blue on the front, but the blue does not continue to the back, which is awkward. The numbers don't look like a font that is appropriate for use on a sports jersey. The old, non-used, Reebok logo needs to be replaced, and the inside of the jersey should be white. There should be numbers on the sleeves.

Overall: I can see some inspiration, but more execution is needed. (6/10)


Winnipeg Blue Bombers Concept (CFL) - Justin S.


Positives: It's good to see something from the CFL pop up on HJC, as we usually don't see much of them. Justin places the sleeve numbers on the shoulders, which helps tie-in a more football-oriented aesthetic. The ads seem realistic.

Negatives: This jersey is heavy in Reebok template design. The overall appearance seems more like splotches of color than an actual design, as much of it is just colored in. I would like to see some CFL branding somewhere.

Overall: Too much template. (7/10)


Winnipeg Jets NHL/Soccer Cross-Over Concept - Matt Mc.


Positives: That red jersey is phenomenal. Honestly, I wouldn't mind to see a hockey jersey reminiscent of that, off-set logo and all. Of course, that might actually turn out to look terrible, but the idea does interest me. The use of sublimation on the red jersey is spot-on. The colors are balanced really well, and it does evoke some images of the old, pre-Thrashers Winnipeg Jets.

Negatives: The blue set is bland. It has stripes on the arms, a logo, and an ad. That's about it. Some sock striping may help there. I wish Matt had included the backs of the jerseys with these concepts.

Overall: Love the red, apathetic towards the blue. (8/10)


Washington Capitals NHL/Soccer Cross-Over Concept - Matt Mc.

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Positives: First off, congratulations to Matt for completing his NHL/soccer series! I've thoroughly enjoyed this series, as we've seen a lot of creativity on display. It's odd, but it seems that the designs Reebok came up with seven years ago look better as soccer jerseys than hockey jerseys. Such is the case with the red Capitals jersey here. It looks like it was made for soccer from the beginning. The other jersey also has a very clever detail: The chest stripe hearkens to the teal Washington jerseys of the 90s, but also is very similar to Verizon's logo. The Weagle is a great fit here.

Negatives: The middle of the light jersey does feel a little crowded, with the Weagle, Verizon sponsorship, and chest stripe all occupying the same space. I would like to see the back.

Overall: There's something that just seems modern, light, and active about this set. It seems to fit soccer so well, it would almost make you wonder if this is what it was supposed to be all along. (8.5/10)


Colorado Avalanche Concept - Connor J.


Positives: I think a lot of people would like to see the old mountain-esque jersey designs of the pre-Edge Avs jerseys return. I'm not opposed. The current Avs set has less character an emotion than a Michael Bay movie or a sound bite from a hockey player. (anyone ever notice they say the word "obviously" at least once every other sentence?) 

Negatives: The foot logo is not a good primary. It's not a good alternate, either. It's just not good. There are some cleanliness issues with loose pixels, colors extending beyond striping/template boundaries, etc. The arm striping and yoke is done with the fill tool.

Overall: I'm not a foot guy. I'm all for a return of the pre-edge designs, though. (6/10)


New York Rangers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Stadium Series Concept - Mario A.


Positives: With the amount of trading that has gone on between these two teams lately, it could make for an interesting game. The gray yoke on the NYR jersey is very interesting. I think that is something that the Rangers could pull off.

Negatives: Not using the Lady Liberty logo was a mistake in the Rangers SS game last year, and I feel the same about this jersey. Why is only the Rangers logo chromed? If you're going to chrome a logo, do both, not just one. There is a lot of white on the Columbus jersey, too much for a dark kit. There is also too much color on the NYR jersey. I would leave the upper arms of the NYR jersey white, so that you can use the same style number you used on the back. The biggest problem, though is that Mario didn't do these designs. Yes, he credited them properly, but I still think that if you don't do your own designs, your skills won't improve.

Overall: There are some good elements here, the trouble is, Mario didn't design those elements. (5/10)


Anchorage Lights "NHL Rejects" Concept - TR


Positives: This series could yield some very interesting results. Just take a look at this concept. The striping is outlandish, but it is memorable. It does seem to be a design that was "too out there" for the NHL. The color pattern, especially on the black jersey, really brings to mind the Northern Lights against the night sky. I think this is a design that, while not likely to be accepted in the NHL, could work for a minor league team that doesn't need to take itself too seriously. Putting an Anchorage native on the back is a nice touch.

Negatives: You're either going to love this or hate it (thought I think I might be falling in the latter category, unexpectedly). I think the Calgary Hitmen jerseys are a good reaction comparison. The Aces logo can work, but doesn't feel quite like a perfect fit.

Overall: Unforgettable. Unacceptable. A perfect reject. (8.8/10) Concept of the Week nomination from me!


Hamilton Tigers "NHL Rejects" Concept - TR


Positives: The Hamilton Tigers existed during the barberpole striping era of the NHL. Those jerseys are far too busy for today's tastes, but the striping pattern does a good job of evoking those jerseys without overloading your eyes. The old Hamilton monogram logo makes a good shoulder patch. TR makes good use of Matt's logo, even if it is similar to the Panthers. 

Negatives: The hairy numbers. It reminds me of the old Minnesota Wild uniforms that I'm glad aren't around anymore.

Overall: This is a good looking set for Hamilton, and I love a good gold jersey, but that's the problem. It doesn't feel like a reject. (8.5/10)

That's all for today's post. Feel free to leave feedback on today's concepts, especially if you may have a differing opinion from my assessments. Be sure to nominate those you feel deserve a chance in next week's COTW vote.

For those of you who were responsible and voted for COTW, COTY- August, and the DEL Competition, here is your reward gif. You've earned it!

Those that didn't...take this shame gif. Submitting concepts and not voting is like wearing a counterfeit jersey to a hockey game.

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 Come back this time tomorrow to find out who won Concept of the Week, August's best concept, and the winner of the DEL Competition! See you then!