May 27, 2015

Must Win Wednesday

Happy Wednesday Hockey People!

Before we get to anything, go vote please, and also take the HJC Survey. The future of the planet website depends on it.

COTW May 17-23 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
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Big Big Big hockey tonight, as the WCF enter game 6 and a must win for my Blackhawks, and Friday we get the first of hopefully 2 game 7's! We're so close to getting to see Stanley you guys!

Enough hockey talk, you're not here for that, you're here for concepts...

Fotsvett City Chicken Wings Concept Thing - Bert B.
I don't think I can take this serious. The logo is the best part of this and that's saying something.

Rating: bleh


Toronto Marlies Concept - Joey F.
Joey applies the chest stripe to a jersey for the Marlies. I can't imagine Toronto fans being huge fans of chest stripes. The numbers on the back are huuuuge and I can't tell if the yoke is supposed to be pointed on the shoulders, or if you didn't take the time to try and round it out. The second 0 on the sleeves is unnecessary, just leave the one, no need for it to bleed off of the jersey. The inside of the jersey that you can see in the collar should be blue. Nothing extraordinary here and some execution errors hurt this.

Rating: 5/10


LA Galaxy (MLS) Alternate Kit Hockey Uniform Concept - Daniel L.
It would appear that Daniel brought back the green and yellow scheme from some old uniforms. But he left the red out. I agree this is a better scheme without the red, but the red sure made it interesting. I don't really care for the gradient side panels when there isn't a gradient anywhere else. Feels slapped on to me. Especially since the Adidas arm stripes 'HAVE' to be there the whole thing comes off as basic and templated. I do like the pants striping. If that striping pattern was applied on the sleeves (horizontally), the hem, and the socks, we'd have a slightly more interesting jersey. It's hard for me to see this as an Adidas jersey with the Nike collar. Especially since Adidas owns Reebok/CCM. You think it would resemble Reebok jerseys.

Rating: 6.5/10


Sporting KC Alternate Kit Hockey Uniform Concept - Daniel L.
I can't find too much on Sporting KC using a rainbow kit, but there does seem to be some history there. It's definitely an interesting look. I think you'd be better off with blank pants... the rainbow striping would be too much but the blue stripes seem out of place. The font doesn't really fit the rest of the uniform in my opinion. It's got a modern feel to it, while the uniform itself looks like a throwback. Maybe that's just me.

Rating: 7/10



Manitoba Moose Concept - Chris W.
Chris, like most of us, doesn't want to see the New Moose is Jets jerseys...except for his color swapped alternate jersey, which I'm a fan of. The striping isn't anything new but the big thing here is the Moose font is back. The new M logo is neat, though it'd be cooler if the antlers clower resembled the antlers in the main logo. It should be brighter too, it barely stands out on the navy blue shoulders. Bonus execution points for including the AHL tags and sponsor logo.

Rating: 8/10


Well there you have it! Get strapped in now, We've got some big hockey here in the next few nights!

Also, I don't want my harshness on one of the concepts today to be taken the wrong way. If a concept doesn't appear to have had any time put into it, then I don't really believe it's worth my time critiquing it... what was there to critique?

Good day, love you all. Call your mom.

May 26, 2015

Tuesday: Tuesday

Today is Tuesday. As you can see by the title of this post. It is Tuesday. Today that is. Everything happens on Tuesday. It's literally the best day. Try to name something that doesn't happen on a Tuesday. I bet you can't. I will trade the Sabres #2 Overall pick this year to anyone who can think of something that does not happen on a Tuesday. Good Luck.

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COTW May 17-23 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
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NHL All Star Game Concept - Daniel L.
 Let's start off Tuesday with a nice Tuesdayish concept. Right away I can tell I like this jersey. Would it float with a normal team? Maybe, but I think it works perfect as an All-Star jersey. It's nice seeing a concept for this game without the jersey littered with stars. It's nice that you have them on the logo though. It's subtle enough. The jersey design is actually quite tame for an All-Star game but it still looks really cool. I would try to find a way to have the piping connect to something on the striping. Like when the orange piping on the front goes to the back maybe have it connect with the orange hem stripe. Something to give it more of a fluent design. All in all though I really don't have a complaint. I  think it's a sharp design. Especially the gray jersey.

Rating: 9.2/10




Winnipeg Jets Concept - Daniel L.
 Daniel's second concept of the day is something I'm immediately a fan of. Why? Because the lighter blue is the dominant of the two. I think the lighter blue is gorgeous on a jersey, especially complimented by silver and dark blue. I like the striping presented too but why not on the hem as well? Then again you might not want to, it's nice character on the arms might not want to overdo it. My one complaint that I'm not sure how to fix is just the blankness. I feel like there should be a yoke color on both jerseys. With the pointed arm striping though it would be hard to come up with a nice yoke design. I think a square one would be fine but still might look awkward. A round one just wouldn't look pleasant. Not sure, maybe something to play around with.

Rating: 8.6/10




Detroit Red Wings Concept - Jamie R.
 This is a pretty nice looking jersey. Detroit would be an even better looking team with this in their arsenal. The one and only real complaint I have with this is simply the script doesn't work. First because it's the Detroit Tigers script, but secondly because it's slanting compared to the stable horizontal look of everything else. It makes it a little hard to read with it going against the striping and being the same color of the thick stripe it's on. I always thought THIS script was cool. Would have to straighten it out and what not but it might fit better.

Rating: 8.8/10





 Coquitlam Express Concept - Vaughn R.
Another team from the BCHL is done by Vaughn. I like the away jersey. It's simple, it's effective. I would move the number down a tad, and maybe even make the numbers just blck to fit everything else. Or gray to fit the logo. The home jersey is where I draw the line. I'd like to say you made a good call not copying the design of the away. However I think this jersey could have been done better. Maybe for the hem make the middle stripe yellow. And try to incorporate that striping to the sleeve. Maybe have the sleeve just black with the hem striping being the half stripe. Also, TV numbers should be white or yellow on the sleeves. Can't read them at all.

Rating: 7.3/10



Coquitlam Express Alternate - Vaughn R.
This is a nice redesign of the away jersey for the alternate. Kind of goes off and adds red to the mix. I know the team has had the red before so this could be a throwback for all I know. I think it brings a nice Minnesota Wild feel to the set. Not because of the colors or design but to have a matching alternate as one of the jerseys. This does exactly what the yellow jersey should have done, matching numbers with the stripes. Still think it's missing gray in some way. Maybe as a cuff stripe. Just something to bring in the logo. 

Rating: 7.7/10

The greatest day is over! So sad, but on the greatest day, I give my COTW Nomination to 
Daniel's All-Star Jerseys!
Brava!

May 25, 2015

Monday: It's That Time of the Week Again

Hello and welcome, once again, to Monday!

Well, that's it folks! I finally graduated high school meaning that now I have all the time in the world to dedicate to this website and graphic design as a whole. Last week was kind of a mixup, which I completely apologize for. I'm still learning how to use Blogger, so hopefully soon I'll be able to get my grip on this. As you probably know, concepts have been down recently, and I am partly to blame because of it. I have five concepts only a few steps away from being finished sitting on my computer.

Everyone here needs to contribute for this site to run. This site is for you, the fans! If you don't know how to create concepts, take a few minutes out of your day to fill out the survey Ryan has posted. And, as always, we have voting going on for both the IceCaps contest as well as the usual COTW! We've got a Penguins UnderArmour jersey, an old but modern Colorado set, a little somethin somethin from Italy, and an OHL jersey that looks better than some NHL teams!

COTW May 17-23 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
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There isn't much in the way of jersey news. Now that we're moving into the offseason, hopefully we'll see a lot of NHL teams rebranding themselves. I'd even be happy with some AHL teams. Hell, even OHL would be cool.

What teams would you like to see get rebranded this summer? Leave what you think down in the comments below.

Also, since this space is so empty, I feel like I should include something to fill the void, just to have a little "life lesson" section to help you when you need some inspiration. Now that I'm on my one-month of writing for the site, I want to diverge from my fellow writers and do something you can only get on your Monday post from good ol' Jack "The Goose" Godlewski.

So, another thing you should add when you put out your votes for COTW today, what else do you want from the Monday post? I want to do some "slice of life," but only if you want it.

I guess for now I can talk about the playoffs. The Ducks and Hawks seem to be forming a rivalry all thanks to a few childish plays by Corey Perry, so much that Twitter was full of Corey Perry jokes this Saturday. This is bad for me. Incredibly bad. Now I a shamed for wearing my Ducks jersey in public, whereas before no one even paid attention to it. Ah well.

Now, for what most of you came for.

Utica Comets - Ben B.


I'm guessing someone must have been a little late to our last competition.

Pros: I love gray. In any concept with color, it just looks so cool. I can't really see anything you're missing in this concept, all the essentials are here. The blue pants are a great choice, and the hem stripe and arm sleeves are a great idea.

Cons: I'm not a huge fan of the square yoke unless it's done a la the Ranger's away jersey. The TV numbers look a little small and don't pop as much as they should. It seems like there's too much empty space on the bottom of the jersey, maybe if the striping was brought down a bit. I feel as the biggest issue with this jersey is that the numbers on the back don't have enough breathing room, but the TV numbers have too much.

This is a modern concept that doesn't take too many bold choices. 7/10

Ontario Reign - Dylan G.


Next up is an AHL concept for the Ontario Reign, and this seems to look way too much like an old LA Kings jersey.

Pros: I've said it before, but gold and purple are beautiful together. The Ontario Reign logo also looks fantastic in these colors. The arm and hem stripes with subtle silver look great.

Cons: First big issue, sign your work! Even cavemen were found to have signed their work. Do you want to be less than a caveman? The ghost yoke does not work here. Something like that should fit with more creative stripes. It just looks really tacked on here. The logo doesn't pop the way it should, maybe make the main color silver. The shoulder patches also don't work, and you forgot one of them on the back jersey.

This jersey just seems really incomplete to me, like there should be something else. 4/10

New York Rangers - Jamie R.


A vintage look that seems a lot like something we've seen before.

Pros: This seems like the jersey New York should be wearing for their home set. The cream, laces, slightly slanted text, the beautiful striping. If New York doesn't want to make another change like they did in the seventies, at least make this an alternate. I could even see this as a Winter Classic jersey.

Cons: The only issue I have with this concept is the double stripes on the arm. I feel like one would suffice.

This set has everything I love in a jersey. It's close to perfect. 9.5/10 and a COTW Nomination

West Bromwich Albion - Phil B.


Here's another soccer jersey turned hockey sweater by Phil.

Pros: This is a situation where a ghost yoke looks good. The choices of fonts seem really well thought out and the double stroked letters look really good, especially on the white. I have to say, the choice to not include all the colors from the logo is a good one.

Cons: I'm not a huge fan of all the thin stripes. It really isn't copying Albion's style and it doesn't look good on a sweater. Maybe a baseball pinstripe style jersey that's close to Albion's look would be cool here. Also, the pants don't seem to match too well to the pants that exist.

I don't really know how I feel about this concept, to be completely honest. It's fine, but it's not much more. 6.5/10

West Ham United - Phil B.


Phil's second concept of the day, also for a football club. I don't know why, but every time I hear "West Ham," all I can think about is Monty Python and Communism.

Pros: Wow. The color scheme is really something else here. This makes the Mighty Ducks look tame. I love it, don't get me wrong. The V striping is always a plus, and your execution on this jersey is great.

Cons: I feel like you added so much to the jersey, you forgot to add something to the pants. Also the yoke does not look like it fits on the sweater whatsoever.

This just needs some touching up, but it could be a COTW in time. 7/10

That's it for today, folks! Remember, always vote for your favorite concept, check out the survey, and leave your responses to your questions in the comments!

GO HAWKS!!! GO DUCKS!!!

-Jack G.

May 24, 2015

Sunday: Too Tired From All These OTs to Think of a Title

Hey everyone, welcome to another Sunday post!

Has anyone been watching all of the games in the NHL playoffs? If so, like me, you're probably getting to that awesome sleep-deprived state caused by lots of extended hockey games. But there's absolutely nothing in sports more exciting than playoff OT hockey, so it's totally worth it.

If you haven't seen yet, we've put up a survey that you can see by clicking the banner above. In it, we ask important questions that could potentially shape the blog and what direction we go in.  Participation is crucial by our readers and writers (I'll be putting my response in hopefully later today, possibly tomorrow), and it really doesn't take too long to do. All you need to do is click above, answer our questions in the comment section, and huzzah, the blog is a better place because of you.

You know what else doesn't take long to do? Voting! And this week we have two things to vote for. A really competitive COTW vote, and the voting phase for our Ice Caps Redesign competition. Those entries look great by the way, and good luck to everyone who sent in their concepts!

Alright, I think it's just about time for some concepts.

COTW May 17-23 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
IceCaps Top 5 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
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Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds - Tyler K.


Yay:  First up is Tyler's Greyhounds alternate. They look good with plain jerseys, but their current alternate is way too plain. The chest stripe really brings out the greyhound logo well, and helps balance out the red and white on the concept. Everything is well sized and well executed.

Nay: The thin hem stripe has no purpose on this jersey. Having a thick hem stripe would look strange with the chest stripe there, so having no hem stripe would be better. The numbers on the back don't have enough red outline, so it doesn't contrast from the stripe enough.

Overall: Not perfect, but a huge improvement. 7.8/10



 Calgary Flames - Ben S.



Yay: Next up is a new Flames alternate by Ben. This looks like it belongs with the Flames' previous jersey set, but with straightened and stylized stripes, the new alternate logo, and horseshoes on the arm. I love the horseshoes, and I like the logo in this style of jersey.

Nay:  I don't really like the chevron arm style, it almost looks like something I'd see on a Senators jersey. If they're supposed to represent wheat, then I can kind of see it, but it still looks more "Senators" than "Flames" to me. The TV numbers need to be bigger.

Overall: A good alternate for a set a decade old, but it still needs some work. 7.9/10




Winnipeg Jets - Brandon C.



Yay: Remember my rant last week on my some teams really don't need a grey jersey? Well, the Jets definitely are an exception. They really need and deserve a grey alternate, and this concept would be perfect. The colours look so sharp on this jersey. The classic stripe style is great and contrasts well with their main design.

Nay: The back number could be just a little bigger, and all of the text should have a blue outline instead of red, or blue and then red.

Overall:  Very nice! The Jets could definitely use this. 8.5/10




 San Jose Barracuda - Dylan T.



Yay: Next up is Dylan's newest concept, this time for the Barracuda. The simplified stripes are much better than the ones they went with, which just copies the Sharks' look.

Nay: Other writers have said how his concepts haven't been complete, so I won't go on about it too much. Just add the name, numbers, and TV numbers and then you have a concept we can talk about.

Overall: Incomplete, but I'd like to see this jersey style with a finished concept. 5/10




Swansea City - Phil B.



Yay: Our last two concepts go across the pond to England's Premier League. Phil is like our resident expert in sport crossover concepts, and these two soccer/hockey concepts look great! First, we have Swansea City. The Ducks' style looks great with the Swansea logo, and the arm style gives this jersey a really unique look. The font was a really good choice for this set.

Nay: The logo and hem stripes make this logo look imbalanced on one side, which is hard to prevent while keeping the logo and template.  But here's an idea: why not flip the stripes? So the stripes you see on the back are now on the front, and vice versa. That way, everything looks a little more centered. Just a thought.

Overall: I don't believe Swansea has an ice hockey club. But if they did, and they wore this, they'd be the envy of many teams across the globe. 8.8/10




Tottenham Hotspur - Phil B.


Yay: This next one looks really nice as well. The white jersey is almost like a Maple Leafs jersey, but the arms give it it's own style, and definitely fits with Tottenham's look. The dark jersey with the gradient neon green stripes looks different for hockey, but something we could have seen as NHL All Star Game jerseys last year.

Nay: The white jersey is perfect as is. The black jersey is almost there, but I don't like the piping on the sides of the jersey, and the white logo looks somewhat out of place with the rest of the jersey. It matches their kit, yes, but to me it just looks strange.

Overall: I don't love this as much as the Swansea set, but this still looks awesome! 8.4/10



My COTW nominee this week is an extremely tough call, but I'm going to pick  Phil B's Swansea City concept.

So hopefully you all know your homework to do for today: vote, vote again, and fill our survey. Our blog will be more awesome once you do those things.

Thanks for reading, and see you next week!

May 23, 2015

Saturday: Survey Says...

Congrats! Well done! You've made it to another Saturday. Good for you. Reward yourself and don't even bother putting pants on this weekend. Just shut it down until Monday.

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The winner of the COTY-April vote was Tristan P's Capitals concept.


Full Results
Tristan P - 6
Bpoe96 - 2
David Po - 2
Christian C - 1
John E - 1

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The winner of the COTW vote for May 10-16 was Jamie R. and his Leafs 100th anniversary concept. This is Jamie's 1st COTW win, I think.


Full Results
Jamie R (TOR) - 4
Scott D - 3
Taylor R - 3
David K - 1
Jamie R (WPGvEDM) - 1
John E - 1

The new COTW nominees for May 17-23 have been listed on the side of the page. Click on that banner to see the concepts or go to the CONCEPT OF THE WEEK tab. After viewing the jerseys, email your vote to HJC before Friday at 11:59pm Eastern. Or you can join the COTW Mailing List and be reminded to vote by email every week. It makes it very easy to vote, as all you have to do is respond to the reminder email. Simply email HJC asking to be placed on the COTW Mailing List.

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Here are the final two entries into the St. John IceCaps ReDesign.

Brooks F.

Josh R.



It's now time to vote! This is our typical Top 5 vote. Votes are left on the competition page and are due by 11:59pm Eastern on Friday. A pool of 13 entries to choose from this week. Click the banner at the top of the page to see the entries or you can go to the ICECAPS COMP tab.

If you're a logo designer and you want to get started on the next competition, it will be a comp to design the 2015 HJC Open logo.

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In my opinion HJC doesn't work well in its current format. Readers are down, concept submissions are down, posts are late, and things are getting stale. These are only my opinions though. This blog operates because of contributions from everyone.

That's why I have launched the HJC Survey. Click the banner at the top of the page and answer the 12 questions provided. Collectively, the feedback from HJC readers will dictate what kind of changes will be made to the blog, if any at all.

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COTW May 17-23 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
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