October 19, 2014

Sunday: We Need Another Semi-Finalist

The winner of the COTY-September vote was Christian's Quebec Nordiques concept!

Full Results
Christian L. - 5
Matt M. - 2
TG (NYR) - 2
TG (PHI) -1

Christian's concept moves into the 3rd Quarter Vote. The silver banner for that vote is on the side of the page. Click it to see the entrants and email in your vote before the end of Friday. This is a VERY important vote so lets have a good turnout.

For anyone who isn't aware, the Quarterly Votes each determine the four semi-finalists for the Concept of the Year. 1st Quarter winner faces the 3rd Quarter winner and the 2nd Quarter winner faces the 4th Quarter winner. Don't worry about that now though because the semi-final votes don't take place until January.


The winner of the delayed COTW vote for September 29 - October 5 was CPM!

Full Results
CPM - 8
Taylor R. - 2

CPM's Scouts concept was the only one properly nominated and seconded that week. I suppose it's fitting that he won then.

The COTW nominees for the October 13-19 vote have been listed in the black banner on the side of the page. You can click on that banner or go to the CONCEPT OF THE WEEK tab to see the nominated concepts. Get those votes in by Friday!


On November 22nd, HJC will have been in existence (in its current format) for exactly 5 years! And like all good hockey brands, we will be celebrating the anniversary with a patch on our jerseys. Well, we don't have jerseys, but we do have a page header and that's where the 5th anniversary logo will be placed during the month of November.

The problem is that I'm not much of a logo designer. Take a look at my failed anniversary logo attempt.
This is where I need you guys! Anyone who is interested can create a 5th anniversary logo for HJC and send it in (concepts@HockeyJerseyConcepts.com). Whichever logo I like best will be used on the page header during November as the official 5th anniversary logo of HJC!


As the Quad City Mallards Jersey Competition continues, I wanted to share these unused concepts presented to the Mallards by Studio 1344 during their "revamping" of the team's brand. All images were shared via Studio 1344's Facebook page back in March.
I personally like the two concepts on the bottom, with the green one being superb! I do like the black jersey that the Mallards use currently though.


There are about 8 events during the year on HJC that are the MOST important to vote for. The 3rd Quarter Vote is one of them. We are working towards getting a voting system right on the blog page, but that is still at least 6 months away. For now, open up your email and send us your votes. Anyone with an email address can vote.

3rd Quarter Vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTW Oct 13-19 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Quad City Mallards Jersey Competition (ends October 31st)

October 18, 2014

All-Star Post

Hello everyone! Last week I didn't have time to come up with an editorial post during our week-long concept hiatus, but I'm back this week, with seven new concepts. Today we have two Chicago Winter Classic concepts that are eerily similar, a Stadium Series concept, alternates for the Lightning and Canucks, and even a concept from SM Liiga!

On Friday, the NHL announced that the 2016 NHL All-Star game will be in Nashville! You better believe I'm going. It's great to see the Nashville fanbase, which has been solid for awhile now, finally get some good recognition from the league. I'm sick of hearing people say the Nashville isn't a legitimate hockey market, or "The NHL should move them to [insert Canadian city here]," so this is big for Nashville to be able to show what the Predators organization has built in the area on a national stage. Forget the game itself. It's boring. It's the event, the festivities, the excitement that it brings; that's the reason I'll be going. If you have the means, I highly recommend going. Nashville is a wonderful city to visit.

Also, have you sent in your entry to our Quad City Mallards Competition? I sent in my design this weekend. The deadline for concepts is October 31st, so get your artwork in soon!

Chicago Blackhawks 2015 Winter Classic Concept - Danny D.

Positives: I like the hem and arm striping. The alternate logo looks good placed on the arm striping as well. Execution and presentation are solid. The roundel logo is a good choice here.

Negatives: The yoke striping is a a little much. There's already enough going on with the arms and hem that a lot of yoke striping isn't necessary. If you must have that, I would at least take out the two stripes that are interrupted by the name bar, as well as the corresponding stripes on the front.

Overall: A solid jersey, but sometimes more is not more. (7.75/10)

Chicago Blackhawks 2015 Winter Classic Concept - Leo D.

Postives: Hem and arm striping looks good. The concept is pretty well executed. Leo took the time to put a logo on the helmet, which I always appreciate. (side note: it's crazy how similar this and the concept above are, especially made by two different people)

Negatives: This, like the concept above, is over-striped. If you must have the yoke stripes, take out the one that is interrupted by the namebar, and the corresponding stripe on the front. The TV numbers seem small to me.

Overall: While I may not necessarily want to see the Blackhawks in all black, this wouldn't look bad with a few tweaks. (7.75/10)

Tampa Bay Lightning Concept - RBowling

Positives: Color balance is a lot better than what the Lightning debuted recently. Have you seen one of those jerseys without expensive lighting? Man, they terrible. I hate it more and more every time I look at it. It's among the worst jerseys in NHL history, in my opinion. Ok, back to the concept. Sorry. A design similar to this could have been a better way for Tampa to pull off a black alternate. I also like that there are subtle references to Tampa's past.

Negatives: I like the yoke as a historical jersey reference, but not the logo. the logo shows it's age in a bad way. Also, I believe that RBowling just modified this from nhluniform.com, which means not all of this is his work. The concept is extremely pixelated; a result of recoloring an existing concept.

Overall: Better than Tampa Bay's new alternate, but pixelation makes the jersey look very sub-par. (5.75/10)

Vancouver Canucks Third Jersey Concept - Scott B.

Positives: I feel like I've seen a thousand green alternate concepts for the Canucks over the years, but I always come away with the same thoughts: the Canucks need a green alternate, and Johnny Canuck is underutilized. The jersey is well executed. The flannel-esque pattern is done well, meaning it's not pixelated.

Negatives: That flannel pattern...I just don't think that an NHL team needs to wear something like that. It feels like a minor league thing. The yoke is unnecessary. 

Overall: The jersey is well-executed, but the flannel pattern is something more appropriate perhaps for a minor league affiliate of the Canucks. (7/10)

Philadelphia Flyers Concept - CPM

Positives: These jerseys are very clean looking. The execution and presentation here is the best we've seen today. This set looks good, and has perfect color balancing. I really wouldn't mind it the Flyers wore this on a regular basis.

Negatives: I don't think the number outline on the back of the white jersey is unnecessary. It doesn't really make the letters more readable or stand out more, though I realize CPM probably just wanted to match the logo. Part of me wants to see the Flyers in orange, but part of me also knows that Philadelphia booed Santa Claus, so this is a town that black jerseys fit.

Overall: Great looking set. (8.75/10)  COTW nomination from me!

Porin Assat (SM Liiga) Concept - Zach W.

Positives: It's not often we see something from SM Liiga. It's good to get some variety. The jersey itself is clean. It's not a bad design.

Negatives: Clean, yes, but not very exciting. Naturally, the cleanliness of this uniform would be ruined when the team sold ad space on it, but right now it's not bad, but it's bland.  Also, I don't understand the two helmet thing. Why is there a black helmet and a yellow one?

Overall: If SM Liiga could refrain from using ads, some understatement like this might bet welcome. As is, it's clean, but bordering on sterile. (7.5/10)

Carolina vs. St. Louis 2015 Stadium Series Concept - Jarrett T.

Positives: Jarrett uses colors that both teams have in their color palatte, but haven't used as a primary color. 

Negatives: Let's count the differences between these two jerseys: 1. The primary colors 2. The logos 3. The number fonts. 4. The "names." That's it. Not exactly exciting. Also, I think the Blues should avoid gold, with the Predators making it a brand signature. A gold vs. grey matchup....not sure that would look great on the ice. The Reebok wordmark is missing from the Blues jersey. Guess that makes five differences, technically.

Overall: I would like to see more variance between these two jerseys. I know the Stadium Series jersey stuck pretty close to the template, but that doesn't necessarily mean that should continue. As an artist, you have total freedom to do what you want. Don't let Reebok's business practices stifle your creativity. (6.5/10)

Did you send in your vote this week? You did? That's great! Accept these Sergei Bobrovsky gifs as a token of my appreciation.


That's all for today. Stay tuned for Ryan's post tomorrow!

October 17, 2014

Friday: The Force is Strong in This Post


The concepts are back, I'm back for another Friday post, let's not waste time on formalities


The Swift Current Broncos of WHL fame have gone back to their original logo, added a shoulder patch and updated their jerseys.

Photo from: scbroncos.com 

My thoughts..... Eh. The jerseys look solid and I'm sure there are people who have been wanting this logo set to come back, but I really liked the previous logo set. This to me is a case of vintage for vintage sake, going back to something that worked in the 80's because it was the 80's and we should see something new. The updated clover memorial is solid, but the new shoulder patch is mediocre at best. I would have for sure changed the jerseys, dump the unpopular buffaslug and ditch black outside of an alternate and use the template of the old jersey and use the better of the two logos. Having a throwback jersey for certain games (like the Pens are doing) is a great idea, but going to an old look full time without changing much....I'm just not sure. 

I want to hear your thoughts on this. Should minor hockey teams who want to use a more popular historical look update the look and stick to what works? Have a fauxback look? Or keep moving forward? 

Voting! Do it! 

COTY-September vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTW Sept 29-Oct 5 (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Quad City Mallards Jersey Competition (ends October 31st)

On to the Concepts!!


Stadium Series 2015 Concept (By: Christian L.)

Awkward how that Habs jersey now has the Jets...3rd string goalie...who's in the AHL....WHY DON'T THE JETS TRADE FOR AN ACTUAL NHLer!! Anyways, we know where the next Stadium Series game is, but two rivals that have a more historical context should face , and Christian puts his love of the Sens aside to make two awesome looking Bruins and Habs concepts. The Habs jersey is exactly what I'd picture them doing in the Stadium Series, going blue for once. It looks awesome, thought I would have made white the dominant colour on the jersey, like on the pants, since A) it looks better IMO, and B) I'm not distracted by the Russian flag designs. The Bruins jerry has no problems, and I love the vintage cues that come off as modern. (8.5/10)

Brooklyn Americans Concepts (By: CPM)

Brooklyn is getting a team back (sort of), but the Americans are the forgotten 7th team that lead to the Original 6..guess they are the Original 7th. Theses jerseys are...bright, with patriotism, red white and blue and stars/stripes litter the whole look. Theses jersey look like the 90's hit the 70's, big and bright colours and angled, odd designs and it works, like really works. The biggest thing an Americans concept should do is look different from the Rangers (hard to do) and this does this very well. Solid execution, looking forward to more! (9/10)

Blenheim Blades Concepts (By: Alan H.)

I'd never heard of this team before, and after doing some digging, their current jerseys leave more to be desired. Our resident ultra modern designer gives a look more unique identity to a team with such a common name. The logo, despite it being inspired by the Bruins is actually quite unique. The are 3 blades on one logo, try topping that and still having it look good. The striping needs work on the arms, as the piping bumps up at the cuffs. Due to the angled arms this makes sense, but making it more subtle would help greatly. The yellow jersey could use more white in the piping and name bar, a thicker stripe and an outline on the name would fix that. (8/10)

Toronto Maple Leafs Concepts (By: Dylan N.)

Ha, McGowan. Anyways, Da Leafs! The striping looks like the 30's, the logo is the 50's, another 20 year difference that look great together. A well executed concept, though I don't agree with some of the design choices, mostly the yoke. I would have done something similar to the Winter Classic jersey, with just one stripe and a solid yoke behind it. Other than that, this would be a solid faxback in the future (2018)? (8.75/10)

Mace Windu Star Wars Concept (By: Ryan G.)

We've seen this concept before from Ryan, but updates it for the unique Jedi, Mace Windu. For those who don't know Star Wars....look up what makes Mace Windu different, but the purple is certainly fitting. That being said, the jersey is WAY too dark. The purple and black really blend into each other and the blue is barely visible. The design is decent, but it needs to be visible before I can say it's great. Add some white or make the jersey itself white and have black outlines. (5.5/10)

Stormtropper Star Wars Concept (By: Ryan G.)

This design I can actually see. This concept really does look like that the Troopers would wear if they were a hockey team. The belt and black visor are a solid touch, and add some hidden touches from the original uniforms. The hockey pattern looks good very simple, though one thing bothers me. The Empire logo would look so much better as the primary logo than the helmet. (7.5/10)

Wookie Star Wars Concept (By: Ryan G.)

I personally didn't find the Wookies that annoying in the movies, even if the do bend...a lot. The jersey is the most hockey of the 3 concepts today, though not without flaws. The striping on the hem and arms, while not a bad pattern, should be the same thickness, and the thinner of the two looks better, as it doesn't block the numbers. I haven't seen Chewie lately, but his fur is more brown and black than brown and maroon. (6.5/10)

That's the post folks. Don't forget to vote!

Go Jets Go! Have an awesome weekend! 

October 16, 2014

Thursday: The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway

Hey gang, welcome back to another concept-filled Thursday post at HJC.  Last week, I stalled our usual concept-stream by highlighting my favourite concepts of the past year, and gave my NHL picks for this season.  So far, LA and Boston are really disappointing me, but the season is still young.

For something different, I wanted to showcase a jersey that most of you probably didn't get to see, but should due to it's awesomeness.  Tons of teams are doing the "Pink in the Rink" games for fundraisers, and usually that comes with a new pink jersey to show off.  My hometown Fernie Ghostriders of the KIJHL (Jr. B) are no exception to this, and produced one of the more awesome pink jerseys I've seen in a long time:

(Tweeted from Craig Mohr, Coach/GM of Fernie Ghostriders, @craigmohr9)

There may be a little hometown bias here, but I think these jerseys look fantastic.  From the grungy looking ribbon to the ribbon design inside the pink portion, to using their classic black/silver/white colours along with pink, to even the gigantic number on the front (which I usually would despise).

Have any pink jerseys that could challenge this one? I'd love to see them!

This week we have our COTW vote as well as our COTY September vote, so make sure you take a couple of minutes and get your votes in, or else you may suffer from eternal winter.  Speaking of which...

COTY-September vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTW Sept 29-Oct 5 (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Quad City Mallards Jersey Competition (ends October 31st)

Arendelle National Team (Disney's "Frozen") - Mike S.

Yay:  See what I did there?  Anyways, we start with Mike's idea of a national team jersey for the country of Arendelle, from the movie Frozen.  I'll shamelessly admit that I love this movie, and recognized the design right away.  While the two-toned effect would look awful on any other uniform, it works because of what it represents and the colours contrasting enough to not have a total mess.  The arm design is a real hidden gem here.

Nay:  Starting with the arms, I wish that design was used on the hem as well.  I don't really like the yellow stripes around the design, since it really takes away from the sublimated look and makes it hardly noticeable, especially on the purple side.  If the pants are purple, I think the helmet should be green, or vice versa.  Finally, I think the numbers would be better if they were yellow with a purple/green outline, opposite of the background colour. Would also help if you had TV numbers.

Overall: I want to love this design, but it needs some work.  Kudos for originality though.  7.4/10

Grand Rapids Griffins - Mike S.

Yay: Next for Mike is a Grand Rapids Griffins concept. The logo is an interesting choice considering it was a secondary logo for a uniform designed for a jersey competition the Griffins had a few years ago, similar to our own contest.  The colours work together nicely, and this is a very unique design for a uniform.  I usually complain about contrasting shoulders, but it works with the long cuff and arm stripes.

Nay:  Unfortunately, the arms are about the only thing I like about the design.  The hem isn't bad, but still looks bare and could benefit from a stripe pattern similar to the arms or socks.  The white yoke is really bugging me, as there is really no reason for the outline if the yoke is the same colour as the jersey.  The pants are really bland and badly coloured for this set, as blue pants or red pants with blue striping would look much nicer.

Overall:  I like what this concept is trying to accomplish with a modern look, but its not really my cup of tea.  7.1/10

Pittsburgh Penguins - Dylan N.

Yay:  Next up is Dylan and his Pittsburgh concept.  The tricky thing for designing Penguins concepts is that the classic design is way over done, and most other designs look too much like the Bruins.  This design definitely follows it's own footsteps with a simple striping pattern and neat logo combination, similar to what Buffalo did in 2010.  I'm not a fan of most Pens uniforms, but I'd love to see this as an alternate or WC/SS uniform.

Nay:  I like the look of the logo combination, but it's too big.  The word mark needs to be a bit smaller, and the penguin needs to be quite a bit smaller.  Otherwise the front looks extremely cramped.  I almost think that the uniform would look better without the penguin logo, as it could then resemble a pre-1950's uniform.

Overall:  Get rid of the Triangle logo, and I'm completely sold on this.  8.6/10

Quebec Bulldogs - J3

Yay:  Next we have this really interesting Quebec Bulldogs set for his NHA redesign.  The presentation is really sharp and the logo choice is very out-there yet fits perfectly.  The "Home" jersey's stripes are pretty simple yet powerful, and creates a very unique identity for them (not including the Argos of the CFL).  The "Clash" jersey is perfect as it could work against teams of multiple colours including white, yet still suits their identity.

Nay:  Add a yoke to the Home uniform (to avoid confusion with Argo fans) and that jersey is perfect.  The clash jersey is really interesting, but the placement of the chest stripe and how high the hem colour goes bugs me a bit.  Yes, it's to create a jersey that works against whites while being white, I get that.  But if the chest stripe ran through the middle of the logo, and the rest of the light blue was lowered just a tad, I think the symmetrical look would work out better.

Overall:  Despite how I'd like to change the Clash jersey, this set is beautiful as is.  8.8/10

Monsters Inc - Jarrett T.

Yay: Going back to Disney, here we have Jarrett and his Monsters Inc. set.  I'm not sure if this is meant for two separate "teams" or as one full set, but considering how different they look, I'll observe them separately.  On the blue uniform, I love the simplicity of the stripes, and the interesting colour combination of green, purple, white and blue.  On the green uniform, while I'm not a fan of those style of uniforms, it definitely fits in with modern-Reebok design.

Nay:  On both, the captain patch and TV numbers are way too small, the front logos are way too big, and the fonts are not really good choices for jerseys, even "fantasy" uniforms like this.  The green uniform can really go without the "scratch" design, it doesn't fit in with the Monsters Inc theme and it looks too random on the otherwise straight-forward uniform.

Overall: Very interesting, but put that design back where it came from or so help me (bum bum bum).  5.7/10

Los Angeles Kings - Connor J.

Yay:  Next up is Connor's LA Kings alternate, which is fairly similar to their Stadium Series uniforms from last season.  The changes are the exclusion of the black yoke, the change in the middle stripe from black to white, and no shoulder patch.  Oh, and the logo isn't "chromified", which is good, because that was probably the dumbest idea the NHL had since letting Oakland use white skates.

Nay: The changes are few, the changes for good are fewer.  The stripes look alright in their new form at least.  But the lack of a yoke really makes this jersey bare.  The TV numbers are tiny and inconsistently size, and the font used for the name doesn't work well on a hockey jersey.  It's not bad, but it's in no way exciting.

Overall:  I thought the Kings' SS jerseys were ugly as is.  So this isn't much of an improvement from an already lame uniform.  5.5/10

Grand Rapids Griffins - Antonio C.

Yay:  Last but certainly not least is another Griffins concept, this time from Antonio, whom we haven't seen in a while on the blog, besides my "year review" post from last week.  This concept takes the Griffins and gives them a classic yet totally original identity to work with, and shows off those identities on 3 different templates.  Presentation is outstanding on this concept, and the design is fantastic.  The design reminds me of the old Florida Panthers uniforms, something I wish the Panthers would bring back.

Nay:  The font for the name isn't the greatest for readability. It also kind of looks like the name and back number are darker than what it should be, on the "2D" template at least.  The logo looks a little big.  I like the stripes as is, but I wonder how it would look if the inside red and inside brown stripes were swapped.

Overall:  Personally, I would have picked this over the winning concepts for our Grand Rapids Griffins competition.  Great work!  8.6/10

It's close between 3 concepts, but I'm going with J3's Quebec Bulldogs concept for my COTW nominee.

Homework for tonight: Vote once for COTW, vote again for COTY September, watch Frozen (seriously guys, not to be all fanboy here, but I highly recommend it), and work on your Mallards entries if you haven't already finished.  I have to say there are quite a few great entries in already, which is awesome to see!

That'll do it for me today.  Thanks for reading and have a good weekend!

October 15, 2014

Wednesday: Vote and good things will happen

It's wednesday! That means almost friday, which means almost the weekend, which means almost saturday night hockey! Things have been a little slow here at HJC, (congrats to Ryan) but let's try and pick things up by voting and sending your QCM entries! Seriously, get involved and good things will happen.

COTY-September vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTW Sept 29-Oct 5 (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Quad City Mallards Jersey Competition (ends October 31st)

Last week I asked for your predictions, only two sent me an email. Maybe people are getting tired of predictions?
Connor J.

Michael G
Very similar especially in the west. It seems to be a trend of having Canadian west coast teams at the bottom. 

Anyways on to the concepts!

CPM - Nashville Predators (NHL BRIGHTS)

Positives: This has been a great series so far. When you have great execution like Colin, it's hard to mess up. The colour scheme is very unique but it still works well together. The striping and colour balance are well done. I love that font, it gives and intimidation factor that's hard to do with fonts. The checker pattern is interesting...
Negatives: But i'm just not sure about it. I think it should stay on the alternate. Nashville has a great set so it's hard to make a better one, but this is a great effort. Equipment would boost your score by a bit also. Maybe we should ask Caz or any other Nashville fan, should the checker pattern stay full time?
Overall: It would definitely make a hell of an alternate. (9/10)

Dylan N - Québec Nordiques

Positives: One thing I love about Dylan's concepts is the cleanliness. Look at it, his presentation and execution are so clean! Attention to detail is great, with the helmet and pants logos. The design is simple but really nice. 
Negatives: If Québec would come back and didn't change branding, this would be great. I would like to see something new, but some wouldn't it just a question of preference. 
Overall: Its soooo clean! (9/10)

J3 - Montréal Canadiens (NHA)

Positives: J3 sends us back to the old NHA day's with this set. Whenever i think of this team, i think chest stripe. The hem, arm and chest stripe and collar all go well together. This is a hard colour scheme to pull off but J3 manage to do it. 
Negatives: Chest stripes can be tough sometimes, this logo doesn't really stand out on a chest stripe, but it doesn't look bad. On the back J3 sublimated the back stripe. It doesn't look bad, but I think it would look better matching the front. Then again, it might be tough to make the numbers stand out. 
Overall: I love the presentation with all the logo's at the bottom! And you did a great job with the unity of this uniform! (8/10)

J3 - Ottawa Senators (NHA)

Positives: J3 gives a new look to a very old team. The yoke, arm and hem striping all go well together. He also tries something new. Instead of having a bunch of stripes on the jersey, he sublimates them. Good job, because I feel the need to have at least some type of chest striping. Execution is great. 
Negatives: Not much to say, maybe helmet logos. 
Overall: With the two sets featured today, it would make an awesome game! (8.5/10)

Jack D - Québec Nordiques

Positives: Jack brings us (I'm guessing) an alternate jersey for Québec. It has a very throwback/traditional look. The roundel logo definitely works here. Adding the flour de lys shoulder patch was a good idea since you don't have any at the hem. Execution is solid.
Negatives: The old reebok vector should be replaced with the word mark. I wouldn't seeing equipment. Finally, the red seems a bit awkward. Just having it in the numbers and logo. Not sure what you could do to fix that, but its not a big issue right now. 
Overall: Classic vintage look! (8/10)

Jeremy R- Philadelphia Flyers

Positives: Jack models a set after the winter classic jersey from a few years ago. The away is a great transition keeping the same style and colour balance. 
Negatives: essentially the home is the same, excluding the captain's patch which is a downgrade in my opinion. One thing that bothers me with this current jersey is the hem doesn't match the arm stripes. The "iceborn" word mark on the back shouldn't be grey but rather vintage white. 
Overall: Not much has changed but the Jack did a good job making the away jersey believable. (7/10)

Mollie G - Las Vegas Black Jack 

Positives: With rumors (old rumours haha) that Las Vegas might be getting a team, Mollie creates an identity for the team. The colour scheme represents well LV. Its dark but flashy. I don't mind the side panel stripes. 
Negatives: Can't say I'm a fan of the name BlackJack. I would've chosen a lighter background so your design pops out more. The helmet should be black and not grey. Maybe include a light jersey if this is supposed to be the home just to make a set. 
Overall: This is a cool concept but i feel it needs more, a better name, and a better logo but its a good start. (6.5/10)

That's the post, keep making concepts and maybe you'll have the next COTY plaque in your room!
Nominate and vote because if you don't, statistic show you have a 89% chance of loosing your hockey pools and your favourite team will likely miss the playoffs. So you might want to vote... 
If you do vote.. there's a good chance that cute girl (who loves hockey by the way) might talk to you! I guess what i'm trying to say is get involved and good things will happen!
Stay classy everyone.