April 15, 2014

Tuesday: Happy Playoffs Eve

Happy Playoffs Eve everyone!!! Tomorrow is the start of the best time of year, the Stanley Cup Playoffs! Don't forget to go the the left of the page before the start of the games to fill out your Playoff picks for the first round.

But also don't forget to vote for the first COTY quarter vote. I don't want to pressure you Americans, but there's a USA concept designed by a handsome young fellow. I'm not saying your country will shun you if you don't vote for it...but your country might shun you...

There's also the regular COTW vote as well as the deadline for Oilers entries...

1st Quarter Vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTW April 7-13 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Oilers Competition entries (due Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

Speaking of Oilers entries...

David P.

Jeff H.

Leo D.

Scott M.

Stephen T.

Tom V.

And now onto the daily concepts!

St. Louis Blues Concept - Phil B.
Phil apparently likes when the Blues wear yellow. The Blue jersey doesn't look bad. Less yellow would be better though. The red trim is back too which, I didn't miss but I don't mind seeing back. The white jersey has way too much yellow and not enough blue for a team named the "Blues". Ditch the yoke on both jerseys and that would be a much better amount of yellow. All the yellow should be blue on the white jersey though.

Rating: 6/10


Colorado Rockies Modernized Concept - Christian L.
Christian modernizes the Colorado Rockies by getting rid of the yellow and giving the team the Avalanche's color scheme. So I'm not sure if this is meant to take over or the Avalanche or not. I think the new main crest is creative, but could use some refining to bring out the "C". The shoulder patches are a nice touch. I'm not sold on the hem stripe on the black jersey. It looks amateurish when it bleeds off the bottom and is so close to the edge of the hem. Just my opinion though.

Rating: 7/10


Team Canada Concept - Stephen T.
Simple fix to the Canadian jerseys from this year. Stripes on both arms and black trim. I think this works as a set better than the actual jerseys did. Add some black trim to the socks to complete the look

Rating: 7.5/10


Team USA Concept - Stephen T.
I think chest stripes would have looked good with the shield. I think there needs to be more space between the shield and the chest stripes to avoid losing the shield in the stripes. Not sold on the white stripes on the pants either. There needs to either be some red on there or no stripe at all.

Rating: 7.5/10


Team Canada Concept - Bastian
Bastian puts together a pretty good set of Canada jerseys. I like the gold trim a lot better than the black that they try to use. I normally like square yokes but they're not my favorite here. I don't think any yoke would be necessary here. On the red jersey at least, I'd get rid of the yoke, I feel like there's too much white. I'd still enjoy seeing the Canadian team taking the ice in something like these.

Rating: 8/10


Team Switzerland Concept - Bastian
I like this yoke/colored arm combo. Its a good idea to make the top of the jersey busy and interesting while the main crest is small and off to the side. I really think a "soccer style" crest could work, on at least international concepts. Outside of the crest and yoke/arms everything here is pretty basic, which isn't a bad thing in this case. It balances things out.

Rating: 8/10


Buffalo Sabres Alternate Jersey Concept - Dylan W.
Dylan proves to everyone, like almost EVERYONE has, that the Sabres new yellow alternate could have worked but they messed it up. By keeping the back yellow and the blue to the arms it keeps the jersey more traditional but with the silver cuffs and sabre-like stripes going down the arms giving it the modern touch the team clearly wanted. I personally would like to see the blue go under the collar still.  I think I had seen Dylan put this concept up somewhere and told him I didn't care for the yellow stripe on the pants, but since it's still here I'll tell him again. Hey Dylan I don't care for the yellow on the pants.

Rating: 8/10


San Jose Sharks Concept - Matt M
I'm I'm not mistaken this concept showed up on Icethetics on a Freak Out Friday. I think this could totally, absolutely work as a set IF Anaheim didn't already wear this. Even if Anaheim ditched their swoop it wouldn't look right if the Sharks "swooped" in and took it. It looks good though.

Rating: 8/10


Chicago Wolves Concept - Chris W.
Ahh the Wolves, I'm familiar with this team. Growing up about an hour from their home rink I never actually got into the AHL until my hometown Rockford Icehogs made the jump into the league. Now I see these Wolves quite a bit and a rivalry has emerged between the two teams. I'll try not to let that get in the way of my critiquing! It looks like these are alternate jersey concepts but it'd be nice to see a dark jersey to go along with these, as I'm seeing a sick white jersey and a light alternate.

I think the color balance in these jerseys is great. It's also a really nice color scheme so it's hard to mess it up. I think their current light jersey is great but I think I like this white one better. The paw print shoulder patches are nice. Straight up, nice jerseys, again, I'd like to see a dark version though, this would make a sick set.

Rating: 8.5/10

now as for the logos...
Its nice to see the stupid stick and puck gone, it ruins what could be one of the best logos in the league. Now picking these apart, Font wise, take the 1994 from 7 and put it on 6... 8 Makes a good St Pattys day alternate. I'm not sold on the font in 9 and 10. But I like the yellow roundel. On a regular set like I'm suggesting being made, maroon roundel on a white jersey, and yellow on a maroon jersey would look nice.

Rating: 8/10


Quebec Nordiques Concept - s2dio
Gotta say I'm a fan of the striping here. Especially on the blue jersey. I actually prefer this set to the fleur de lis full set of the past. And the socks go with the jerseys very well! The only thing I'd like to see differently here is the striping going all the way around the jersey. Both the hem and arms have the striping stop. At the very least the hem stripes should go all the way around. Even with that being said, I realllly like the blue jersey's striping.

Rating: 8.5 - COTW Nom - also raise the arm striping a little bit and it'd be even better...



April 14, 2014

Monday: Alternate Blah Blah

Welcome to the Monday post, folks!

It may only be April, and snow is still coming in Ontario, but the July HJC meet-up in Toronto is coming up fast. There will be tons of fun stuff to do, and you'll meet yours truly, Jets96! Along with many staples of the HJC community.

Click on the meet up banner to get information

Voting last week (despite not winning) was really high. It's great to see the numbers up. 16 votes is high, but why not Zoidberg 20? (I know I stole that joke, calm down)

1st Quarter Vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTW April 7-13 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Oilers Competition entries (due Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

Here are today's Oilers Entries

Jack H.

Tristan M.

Danny92

Thomas H.

Joe A.

I love doing this 3rd Jersey countdowns! Great idea, Caz! So in honour of his top 3 worst jersey, I will post mine! I agree with Caz when he says that the 90's were so bad they were good (go watch the Room to see what I mean about so bad, it's good). As Caz said, also, the biggest problem any 3rd jersey can have is being boring. Without further ado,

Dishonourable Mentions:

2011-13 Pittsburgh Penguins Winter Classic: Bad luck, bad design, no more vintage white!

2008-11 Ottawa Senators "Sens" Alternate: Love that template! The Sens script was such a waste, considering the side profile logo remains unused.

On to the list (all photos from sportsecyclopedia)

3. Nashville Predators 2001-2007


The square collar, overly detailed logo and creative striping pattern is not my problem with this jersey, in fact, that's what keeps it from going higher. The jersey has potential, Nashville had a chance to introduce a modern yellow jersey, to an NHL, that at the time, hadn't had a yellow jersey since the 70's! What kills this jersey for me is that shade of yellow. Call it puke, piss, rotten mustard, I don't know, but it is not an appealing colour on any jersey! The logo isn't amazing, but that shade of yellow mutes the navy, which would other wise provide contrast between the yellow and the other colours. Missed opportunity!

2. Florida Panthers 2009-2012



For a little while, double blue was everywhere in the NHL. Around the turn of the decade, the Thrashers, Blues, Pens, Blue Jackets, Jets and even the All Star Game had double blue. For the most part, the jerseys were good, the colour scheme matched either historical ties or were unique. The point is, there was some reason for the team to attempt to use it but ...the Panthers...WHY? The Cats were rumouring to go back to Red, which they did, the by the end of this jersey's lifespan, things were looking up in Sunshine. The design, unoriginal, the logo, a copy of the Pens 70's logo with an ugly, 2D Panther head. Tomas Vokoun & Scott Clemensen weren't even given double blue pads, they had to wear plastic looking red pads (Like Tim Thomas in Dallas). It killed the double blue trend right in it's spot.

1. Dallas Stars "Moo-terus" 2003-2006



Oh yeah, this fun jersey. A little back story for those who don't remember the popular designs of the mid 2000's...they were lackluster at best and at worst...this. Right around this time, black for black sake jerseys were popping up everywhere in every sport, hockey had the mediocre Blue Jackets alternate and the interestingly forgetable Ducks script alternate, but if one team could pull off a black jersey, it was Dallas. What we got, was red shoehorned in for no reason, a biologically correct logo and what could have been a unique, 90's alternate like striping pattern, turned into a jumbled mess. I've seen some concepts, including one from Justin C. that I will always hold as an all time favourite on this site that proved this jersey could have worked, but the disappointment level with this jersey is a maximum. Most casual hockey fans don't even remember it, Mike Modano looked embarrassed in it, and I'm embarrassed that, to quote Caz "You know what really galls me, though? Someone go PAID for these designs. Geez!" Dallas, the ball is in your court, give us you first good alternate design in 15 years, we, the jersey community, demands it!

So I ask you, dear friend, reader, jersey fan, what alternates give you chills looking at them? I look forward to Caz's next countdown, if he decides to do another.

Today's concepts feature 3 German concepts, A Belgian one too. An assortment of black, yellow orange and red make their way into the rotation, and Bastian brings back the green for the Yotes.

Let's get started, hot, let's get it started in here!

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East vs. West Germany Outdoor Game/Alternate Concepts (By: Stephen T.)


I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a set of alternates or a theoretical outdoor game from the past, but since Germany hasn't been divided into East and West for 20+ years, it's hard to know. The white jersey, as Stephen states is from the 1987 Canada Cup, I can't find any photos from that year, but from the 1992  German Canada Cup jerseys, this design is similar if not exact to what they wore. It is for sure interesting, and with some arm striping, would be a great concept, but good for now. The East German jersey I was actualy able to find the away version of it, and yeah, it looks just how an East German team would look in 1968. Maybe changing it to a fauxback with the German tri colours and eagle crest instead of the old coat of arms. (6.5/10)

On a side note: The East German Coat of Arms is not a well known professional hockey logo, and under HJC logo use policy, must be credited! Come on guys, the policy exists to give original creators credit, not to make concept making more difficult 

Team Germany Concepts (By: Stephen T.)


I think I've seen this concept from Stephen before. The only change from a previous concept is the addition of the DEUTSHLAND to the yoke and the names underneath. Yes it is a WHA era idea, and some European teams do use this, but it's not that different. It's just the German flag stripes and eagle logo. Ryan has said it a few times during my time reading HJC but, did this need to be made? It's decently executed but we could picture this in our heads. I'm not trying to be rude, but it isn't winning me over, try a more original idea. (5/10)

Team Germany Concepts (By: Bastian S.)


Bastian recently had a week dedicated to his concepts on Icethetics, which was awesome, and here on HJC, he gives the Germans a new look, similar to a soccer jersey. The striping isn't the German flag, but it doesn't need to be. The two band striping pattern isn't used by any NHL team and hasn't been used, in my opinion, right on any IIHF set, so this finally does the look justice. The triple stripe square yoke would add uniquness to the standard round yoke the German Olympic Women's team wore. The biggest change is the logo, which, yes, isn't typical for hockey teams to put their logos like a crest on a school uniform, but it isn't too small and doesn't leave the jersey looking overly bare underneath it. (8.25/10)

Team Belgium Concepts (By: Stephen T.)


Belgium's soccer program is one of the World Cup heavyweights this year, but in hockey, they are ranked 36th, so it may be a while before we see them in any major tier one tournament. The arms really remind me of the 80's Pens jerseys, which isn't bad, but there are some colour balancing issues and execution points. The arms on the white jersey are just the arms from the black jersey, which is fine, but the yellow upper arm would look better and add some much needed black if they were black. The logo and the striping have different shades of red, and some sort of either shoulder patch or hem stripe would make this concept more interesting. (6/10)

Hamilton Tigers Concepts (By: S2dio)


After fixing the sock problem, which wasn't even that big, S2dio has been scoring high, and the next stop in hi "Back in the Game" series, is Hamilton. The concept captures both early NHL and modern NHL in one, which balances out almost perfectly. The striping works with the logo, and doesn't crowd the jersey, nice use of empty space. The shoulder patch isn't the Tigers most appealing logo, but it works with the set. The only change I'd make is adding some black to the white socks and vice versa, maybe just a patch on the bottom. (9/10)

Minnesota North Stars Concepts (By: Phil B.)


The Northstars always wore simple jerseys, nothing that branched out (some concepts were using gradient and monochromatic jerseys, but none the less) Phil branches out. The striping remains simple, but the yoke, which I still see the shape (arrows?) but I'm not a fan of it. Maybe using a square yoke or angled yoke , but as is, not a fan. The white jersey is much better, colour wise, the yellow over powers the jersey, and melts in with the green gear. Using black gear and making white the main colour on the green jersey rather than yellow will improve this jersey right away. Good execution though. (7/10)

Pittsburgh Penguins Concept (By: Valeria C.)

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I've never reviews a concept from Valeria so, hi Valeria! Using the Iceborn template, we get a concept that takes the 80's Pens jersey, with some minor changes. The striping is very similar to the angled script away jersey from the mid 90's, and adds gray. The changes are small but look good, like a blending of eras into one jersey, but nothing totally out there. (8/10)

Phoenix Coyotes Concept (By: Bastian B.)


Oh green, where have you been? 10 years without green, and the Yotes are ready for some. Bastain uses an edited version of the Yotes unused logo from their first re-design, and the desert striping, along with the green to mix up eras. The concept flows well, and no era overpowers the other, the numbers, shoulder patch and logo blend with the green, black and 90's striping. At first, I thought the jersey was too dear, but now the green perfectly brightens the jersey up. (9/10) COTW Nom. from me

HC Barcelona Concepts (By: David P.)


As I learned a couple of weeks ago, the Barca name is not just soccer/football, but many, many sports. The home appears to be a copy of the soccer jersey, with a red yoke rather than pinstriping or vertical striping, The yellow jersey is based on the clash kit, and although it doesn't match the home, it looks great. The black jersey is so kewl (like of Cartman says in on South Park), I love the striping patern and stark red and yellow colours. (8.5/10)

New Jersey Devils Concepts (By: Matt Mc.)


The second Martin Brodeur retires, literally that second, the Devils should change their look. Matt injects some squareness into the devils, and combines eras. The striping is based on the 80's devils, which looks decent rounded, but the increased red and lessening of black saves the concept, and makes it look really good. Like with most 80's based sets, the white jersey looks better, but Matt didn;t swap the red yoke and cuffs for white ones, a solid choice. (8.75/10)

Pittsburgh Penguins Concept (By: Dylan W.)


The Pens can throwback to the early 70's as much as they want, I'm waiting for the Pirates to get some love. Sure it's been 85+ years since we've last seen them but non the less. Dylan simplifies the Pirates jerseys, using the original font, but no more script, and a monochromatic Pens logo is placed on the shoulder. The jersey is nice a simple, not typical for the 20's but it works today. I'm not huge on the Pens logo being used on just one shoulder, but I can understand why Dylan didn't use the Crest of Pittsburgh like the actual Pirates used. Excellent execution as usual from Dylan. (9/10)

That's the post, folks! Remember to vote, comment and give your least favourite alternates. I'm Jets96, go Jets go! Get ready, folks, the playoffs start Wednesday! 

April 13, 2014

Weekend Update (April 13)

Hello HJC readers!

Lots of big news to get to today. That will make this a packed Weekend Update. Lets jump in.

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The winner of the COTY-March vote was Tristan M!
Full Results
Tristan M. - 6
Dylan W. - 5
Alex & Jets96 - 3
Brady S. - 2

Tristan now moves into the 1st Quarter Vote!

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The winner of the COTW vote for March 31 - April 6 was Jake88!
Full Results
Jake88 (GER) - 6
Bastian S. - 5
Matt M. - 4
Jake88 (SLO) - 1

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As I mentioned above, Tristan moves into the 1st Quarter Vote. His concept is joined by Dylan's COTY-January winner as well as Bastian's COTY-February winner. You can see the entrants listed on the side of the page in the silver banner. To see the concepts, click on that banner or go to the COTY 2014 page. Voting ends on Friday. This is a big one.

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The COTW nominees for the week of April 7-13 have been listed in the black banner on the side of the page. Click on that banner or go to the CONCEPT OF THE WEEK tab to see those concepts that were nominated.

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The past couple of months I have been mentioning a HJC Meet-Up to take place in Toronto this summer. Well I'm starting to put plans in place and now I'm looking for a commitment from you if you plan to attend. Click the Meet-Up banner at the top of the page or go to the HJC MEET-UP tab to get all of the details and download the sign-up form.

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Photo: Michael Martin
As Dylan mentioned on Tuesday, back-to-back COTY winner Justin C., designed a mask that was worn by J.S. Giguere! The full story is on the HJC Design Blog. Go check it out as it is truly amazing.

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I didn't have it ready last week, but now I do. The new HJC competition this week is the Edmonton Oilers Steel Drop Competition. Click the banner at the top of the page or go to the OILERS COMP tab to read all of the rules. Entries are due Friday.

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The Stanley Cup Playoffs begin this week which also means that the HJC Playoff Pool will begin! You can click the banner on the side of the page or go to the PLAYOFF POOL tab. Please, please, please don't be the one fool who places their picks before ALL of the playoff match-ups are set.

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Sometimes on HJC we get the chance to see some cool projects from HJC artists and readers. Today we get to look at Dylan W's vector project which he titled "The Rise of Patrick Kane".

 

Nice work Dylan and thanks for sharing.

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1st Quarter Vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTW April 7-13 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Oilers Competition entries (due Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

April 12, 2014

Saturday: The Alternate Part 2: The Wreck-oning

Last week I shared with you my views on the greatest alternate in NHL history. We had some good discussion, along with a great counterpoint from Monday's writer, Jets96. Today, let's look at the other side of coin. What is the worst alternate jersey ever made, and what makes a bad alternate? As far as I'm concerned, I see two ways to look at this. One, you believe that jerseys with a bad overall design, that is tacky, tasteless, and in some cases irreverent are the worst designs. Second, you could believe that designs that are boring, staid, and so milquetoast that they are totally forgettable is the alternate jersey cardinal sin. I find myself in the latter camp more than the former. As such, my list will not include the infamous third jerseys of the 90s and early 2000s. Sometimes bad jerseys transcend their total terribleness to become undeniably awesome. Others say to people, "I have no opinion on anything. My favorite TV show is probably Wheel of Fortune. Feel free to ignore me."

Dishonorable mentions: Columbus Blue Jackets 2003 - 2007; New York Islanders 2011 - Present

3. Buffalo Sabres 2013 - Present 


(Image Credits: www.sabres.nhl.com)

Forget the blue cape. Forget the half-piping, supposedly reminiscent of a sword. Forget the gratuitous gray and the myriad of tacked-on design cues. This could have crossed the border from bad to awesomely bad, but it didn't. Why? Look at the logo it uses. Consider how the debut was dragged out ad nauseam. Would that this jersey had been given some terrible 3D anime-esque interpretation of a buffalo, or a child demographic-pandering logo. Instead, it uses a classic Sabres crest. It's like making a B-movie like Sharknado, then casting Meryl Streep and Daniel Day-Lewis to star in it. Just let it be awful. Awful can be fun when done correctly, but this wasn't. It tried to be good and that, to me, is it's biggest fault.

2. Atlanta Thrashers 2008 - 2011


(Image Credits: Top - www.jets.nhl.com; Bottom - www.capitals.nhl.com)

Like a red shirt on Star Trek character, this red alternate told the world, "We're not going to make it." I'm not saying that this jersey killed the Thrashers, but when you design a hockey jersey with the approach of making it look like a football jersey, you have a huge problem. From the copious piping, to the unnecessary number on the front, and the wordmark that reads "Trashers," this alternate, like the ownership group that approved it, had no redeeming qualities. 

1. Dallas Stars 2008 - 2011


(Image Credits: www.stars.nhl.com)

I have an almost irrational hatred for this jersey, and the set that it was a part of. If there was ever a jersey set that was totally bankrupt of character, it was the Stars jerseys from 2007 until their merciful redesign last year. Have you ever seen one of these jerseys without the numbers? It's basically nothing. It was the visible personification of a yawn. Boilerplate. Equivocal to a front page article full of "Lorem Ipsum." Novocaine for your eyes. In the jersey world, is there anything worse than a set that makes you feel nothing?

You know what really galls me, though? Someone got PAID for this design. Geez...


Now that I've got that off my chest, let's move on today's concepts. Today we have throwbacks to the 20s, 30s, and even the early 2000s (if that can be considered a throwback yet). There are also some concepts that redesign some Canadian teams, and even one from the SPHL. Let's get down to it, starting Leo's redesign of the Vancouver Canucks!

Vancouver Canucks Concept - Leo D.


What I like: Logo choice is always a point of contention with Canucks concepts. I favor the stick-in-rink and Johnny Canuck over the orca, so Leo makes a good choices here both for primaries and secondary logos. The green alternate is a good addition as well. Leo also put in the effort to place a logo on the helmet, because all NHL teams do that. Too many artists neglect details like that.

What I dislike: The only bad thing about this set is that I feel like I've seen many concepts like this one. Don't get me wrong, I don't believe Leo stole this at all. Concepts like this are becoming old hat, really.

Overall: As Colin said on Friday, the Canucks could take advantage of inner management change to make an outer uniform change. The Canucks could switch to this next year, and I'm sure the majority of us would agree that this would be an improvement. (8.3/10)


Hamilton Tigers Concept - Stephen T.


What I like: Stephen trends towards conservative designs, so it's good to see some wild concepts from him. This concept is a lot of things, but subtle is not one.

What I dislike: It's not easy to look at. Did Hamilton wear this at one time? Yes, but that doesn't mean it should be worn again? No. Some designs are best left to the past. The 'H' monogram gets's lost in the striping, as the 'H' nearly lines up with the stripes. That brings up another issue: the logo is off-center. Big issue: instead of striping, the left back part of the arm is just filled in. That's sloppy. Because this is a 1920s throwback jersey, I won't detract from the concept for not having a helmet logo. The Nike logo should be white, especially on the jersey, where it gets lost in the striping. The yellow used on the glove is different than the yellow used on the jersey/socks. Instead of partially cutting out the striping on the back, why not stop both of those stripes at the stitching on the back? If you did that, there would be no irregularity with the numbers, as there certainly would be with a 4 and a 44.

Overall: No one needs to see this on the ice again. Execution errors don't improve it. (5/10)


Boston Bruins Concept - Stephen T.


What I like: The Bruins look great in gold. I still want my Preds to own the color, but I wouldn't mind the Bruins to use it as an alternate.

What I dislike: Stephen, you really need to double-check your work. You send in a lot of concepts, and I think that if you double-check them and take your time with your designs, they will improve greatly. This particular concept has backwards alternate logos on the gold jersey, and off-center primary crests. Helmet logos. NHL teams all use them. Primary logos are heavily pixelated.

Overall: Should the NHL allow gold away jerseys? I don't think so, but that gold jersey would make a good alternate when the execution errors are fixed. (6.3/10)


Buffalo Sabres Concept - Stephen T.


What I like: Execution on these jerseys are much better than the previous two.

What I dislike: Not much to see here. This is pretty much just your basic color swap. The most interesting detail of the originals (namebar in the yoke) isn't here. There are some red elements in the logo that should probably be changed to yellow, due to the lack of red anywhere else on the jersey. The sleeve numbers on the dark jersey are placed inconsistently. Helmet logos. This set had helmet logos when it was first worn in 2000.

Overall: Going back to the short-lived "goat head" era might be a step back. (7/10)


Pensacola Ice Flyers Concept - Mike S.


What I like: SPHL concepts are always fun. Because they usually do new designs every year, you can really show your creativity and push the boundaries with them. I like the color scheme here, and the striping is very interesting. Execution is very good. 

What I dislike: There's just too many stripes here. I think if you took them off the pants, and possibly the shoulders, it would help.

Overall: This could be a great jersey for the Ice Flyers. The SPHL needs more good designs like this. (8/10)


 Kansas City Greyhounds Concept - S2udio


What I like: Here's a team we don't see often (if ever). The Kansas City Greyhounds played in the AHA from 1933-1940, and won a championship in their first year in existence. Grey makes for an interesting choice as a dark jersey color, though very appropriate here. S2udio does a great job incorporating past design cues in a more modern fashion. I especially love the detail with with the stick and helmet. I didn't like the arm stripe placement at first, but it's grown on me. I think if it were placed anywhere else on the jersey, it would be too much, so I have to give credit to S2udio there for finding a good balance with the striping.

What I dislike: Beyond the obvious sock thing, I think the shoulder logos might be a bit too large.

Overall: Were the Greyhounds ever to return, they would look good in this. (8.5/10)


Brooklyn Islanders Concept - Christian L.


What I like: Some think the Islanders should change their name and look when they move to the Barclays center in 2015. I don't agree, but this is an interesting take if they did. The logo, by Kristopher Brazen, is a good design, even if the light beam can be a little off-putting. I like the striping pattern. It fits well with the colors on both jerseys.

What I dislike: The color change is disappointing. I like the brighter blue and orange, and the Oilers didn't do themselves any favors when they darkened/dulled their colors, either. I do understand that this logo would likely need the inclusion of the light blue, so I'm ok with that in this instance.

Overall: Not a bad look for the Islanders, if they decided to go with a clean slate. (8.3/10)


 Calgary Flames Concept - Christian L.


What I like: It's not the current Calgary home/away. I can't stand those jerseys. I like the striping pattern. One of the best things about Calgary jerseys is the old Atlanta Flames logo as an alternate patch; can't do without that. Red and yellow are difficult colors to work with, because they both loud and can clash at times. This concept does a great job of balancing the two colors.

What I dislike: I'm on the fence with this logo. It's not bad, but is it better than what Calgary already has? I'm leaning towards no. However, just being indecisive on that is a huge credit to "Sparky Chewbarky" who designed this logo, because the Flaming 'C' is a classic.

Overall: This is an improvement over the Flames current set. (8.3/10)


Ottawa Senators Set Concept - Dylan W.


What I like: The Senators/Penguins jerseys are everything that is wrong with Reebok. They are almost just straight color/logo swaps with no consideration for team history. The Senators need new uniforms. Dylan proposes a home/away set with a matching black alternate. Dylan uses the Senators best logos in the perfect way. The 'O' monogram simply isn't interesting enough to be a primary. It's perfect as an alternate. I love the detail work here. Dylan even puts a number on the helmet. Love that. I don't understand why that side profile Senator logo isn't already their primary. It's so much better than the one that stares right at you as if to say "Soon..."

What I dislike: On the striping, I think there are too many gold stripes. I would take the middle gold stripe off the chest stripe/arm stripe/hem. 

Overall: Wonderfully detailed, with excellent execution and presentation. One small change to the striping, and I would say this is near perfect. (8.8/10) COTW nomination from me! 


So, how did you like today's post? Do you disagree with my comments, or having a differing opinion on my alternates list above? Maybe you're thinking of a different alternate jersey that deserves our ire, or maybe just contemplating the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow. Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section, and nominate concepts you feel deserve Concept of the Week consideration.

Voting was up last week, so let's keep it going! Don't forget to email your votes to Ryan, or you might find this guy watching you.