April 24, 2014

Thursday: Around The World In 80 Concepts

Hello gang, its Thursday, which means another post from your favourite current Thursday writer, William.

Today, there will be many international concepts, with only 2 NHL concepts out of 80 11, and the rest being international, junior, fictional or historical (or a combination of those).

And since everyone has been making lists lately, I figure I should join the party, and make a list of my 3 favourite and least favourite international jerseys. Disclaimer: I know I've missed some, but these are from what I have seen. Feel free to mention ones you think are better/worse

Least Favourite:

3. HC Asiago (Italy) - image from http://www.icenews.net76.net

Stars...stars everywhere. Their older jerseys had gradients all over as well. They might be one of Italy's powerhouse teams, but they can leave the "star power" on the ice and off the jersey.

2. Lahti Pelicans (Finland) - image from http://www.eliteprospects.com

I always enjoyed the look of the logo, even if it looks pretty cartoony. But the jersey looks awful when you have the logo right near the bottom, and if they use gold on the jersey for no apparent reason. Light blue and orange would be fine.

1. North Korea National Team - image from http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com

I know we're talking about North Korea here, but wow. The originality and creativity is just oozing from this design, isn't it?


3. Bulgaria National Team - image from frosken.com

I can't exactly explain what I like about this jersey. Maybe it's just because most jerseys near the bottom of the IIHF rankings have such awful or plain designs, where this stands out as looking like a very original, legit looking jersey. 

2. Dynamo Moscow (Russia) - image from prorussianjerseys.com
This is the Russian equivalent of any NHL Original Six jersey. Original and classic. In a league full of advertising and tacky designs, no one can argue how great these look.

1. Frolunda (Sweden) - image from gmhockey.com
This one is more of a nostalgic answer, as I've always been a Frolunda fan, but I like this jersey more for the logo than the jersey (although the jersey is looking great too, compared to other Swedish jerseys). As controversial as the logo is to some, to me, its as artistic, creative, intimidating and original as a logo can get.

And now, time for today's concepts.

COTW April 14-20 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern time)
Oilers Steel Drop Top 5 votes (due Friday @ 11:59PM Eastern time


Columbus Blue Jackets Concept - D-19

Yay: Let's start today by getting the few NHL concepts out of the way. The first one is a Columbus Blue Jackets uniform set by D-19. The striping pattern is very traditional and straight-forward, similar only to their current 3rd. The colours and look of the jersey still look like a solid Columbus set, and I'm happy to see a recoloured version of their original logo used instead. Solid set.

Nay: The stripes on the dark jersey seem a little thicker than on the white jersey. Still don't like the look of red outlying on white background, just looks rough and unpleasing. Maybe some more stripes on the pants would be nice, but overall there's not too many execution errors.

Overall: Pretty basic design, but it is a different look for the Blue Jackets, and it works. A few changes I'd make, but overall pretty solid. 7.9/10

Carolina Hurricanes Concept - Ben A.

Yay: The last NHL concept today is from Ben, making a very different Carolina Hurricanes concept. I must say, while execution and realism are things Ben needs to work on, Ben has the creativity in his concepts down perfectly. The white jersey is very, very, very unique, and I'll leave it at that. The red jersey actually looks pretty good, and while it could be improved, using the logo as arm striping is an interesting twist.

Nay: For starters, presentation-wise, it's impossible to read most of that text without squinting. Better choice of background/font colour will help. On the red jersey, the stripes aren't evenly spaced, and the TV numbers should NEVER be on the yoke and tilted like they are. On the white jersey, even though the text sizes help with the design, they need to be a larger size so they can be easily identified. The idea is cool, and with the numbers as so they would almost work better as a football uniform, but some hem stripes to match the arms could help, and some TV numbers are needed.

Overall: Creativity gets an A+ here, and even though the overall score is low based on execution and design, I really do like this concept a lot. Good work. 6.9/10

Minnesota Twins Concept - Ben A.

Yay: Ben comes back with a less funky but equally challenging Twins concept. Pinstripes in hockey are avoided for a reason, but for a specialty jersey, this would look pretty cool. It captures the classic baseball look perfectly.

Nay: The stripes are again not evenly spaced out, and the logo is tough to see with all of the stripes in the background. You miss a little patch of colouring at the bottom of the jersey. I know it would take a little away from the baseball design, but I wonder if some subtle stripes on the arms and hems would make this jersey less plain.

Overall: It's a very neat mashup, but this doesn't yet convince me that pinstripes in hockey are a good idea. 6.3/10

Orsa Blue Bears Concept - Filip J.

Yay: This one took me a while, until I finally realize that this team doesn't exist, and is a team made up for the Swedish town of Orsa. Checkerboard yokes look really European, but pretty cool. The recolouring of this logo looks pretty decent compared to the original.

Nay: Hence lays the problem: the logo isn't original, and there is no credit to the original artwork. The logo is adapted from SC Bern's logo in the Swiss NLA league. You need to credit any artwork you use that isn't yours, even if it is adapted and changed. For the rest of the jersey, it's not often that a jersey has all 3 primary colours, and doesn't burn your eyes. This does just that. The number font is fine, but the letter font looks really straight and not much like a hockey font. And there is no reason to have white on the collar, since there is white nowhere else.

Overall: Very different, but lots of issues, including crediting artwork. 5.1/10

London Knights Concept - Garrett F.

Yay: Now we'll get to the first of two London Knight concepts from Garrett.  The concept leans more heavily on gold than green, which I think is a fantastic look for them. The stripes with the diamond pattern is really well done. A bit much for a main jersey, but perfect for an alternate. Very solid design all around.

Nay: Upon looking closely, I notice that a lot of the logo and number elements on the jersey have a really rough outline. It's not a knock on the design, but it does make the jersey look poorly executed. I'm also not sure if two stripes is the best way to go. I'd maybe try for one, thicker stripe with the diamond patterns. It looks good as is, but a tad busy.

Overall: Very solid concept, but execution and some design choices could be fixed. 7.6/10

London Knights Concept - Garrett F.

Yay: The second Knights concept from Garrett is a replacement of their current Home jersey. They currently use black as their home, and their green 3rd is terribly plain at best, so its nice to see a green jersey making a powerful comeback. I'm always a fan of the diagonal hem design, and I have to say that it looks good here.

Nay: On that hem design, I'd like to see the white stripe thicker.  Then, I would like to see the arm stripes more closely match the hem pattern (same goes with socks). Not a big fan of that logo, I'd rather see the white helmet one as seen inside of that logo, or their gold helmet logo. The number outlines should either be thicker (for the main number), or non-existent (for the name), since the outline as-is is tough to see.

Overall: Tough to beat what they already have. This just misses the mark. 7.4/10

American Civil War Concept - Stephen T.

Yay: Cool history lesson: during the American Civil War, the soldiers decided to take a break, put their differences aside, and play a nice game of hockey to ease the tensions. Okay, so that didn't happen. But if it did, and Nike was around back then, I assume they'd wear something like this. The designs are great, and very fitting for what they're made for.

Nay: On the Union jersey, the design is good, and the logo is understandable, but I'm just not sold on it. It works, but meh.  For the Confederate jersey, the design is fantastic, but the outlines look awful, and the stripes are so thin and close that it doesn't pop out like it should. Both pants are pretty plain.

Overall: I love the concept idea, and the designs in principle are great, but I'd make some execution changes first before considering this a "great" concept overall. 7.6/10

Hannover Scorpions Concept - Stephen T.

Yay: Now we're off to Germany for a Hannover Scorpions concept from the DEL.  I've been having troubles finding images to reference from, but from what I could tell, they currently wear a black jersey similar to the one worn here (with more advertising of course). I haven't seen a "white" version, but it wouldn't be a stretch if they were to use something like it. Overall, I really do like the look.

Nay: I'm pretty confident that Hannover has worn something very similar to the black jersey, so originality takes a huge hit. It doesn't help that the light jersey is just a recoloured version of the black jersey.  The outlines on the name aren't to pleasing to the eyes. The TV numbers are painfully lopsided, and the main numbers and logos look off-centred.

Overall: After the last concept was original and well designed, this was just a digitalization of an existing jersey, done really poorly. 6.5/10

Winston-Salem Roadrunners Concept - Jeff H.

Yay: Move over Hanson brothers (not to be confused with Hanson, the mmmBop band), the Roadrunners are coming to the Federal League! The non-fictional FHL is very small now, but a Roadrunner expansion would be cool. The design is clean-cut, but colourful, and is a perfect identity for a team like this.

Nay: The stripes aren't consistent in size, which is a huge execution error. The black cuffs on the arms really look unnecessary, as does the black hem line. The logo seems a tad small, and maybe it would be better to get rid of the circle on the home jersey (whatever jersey that would be) and making the roadrunner bigger.

Overall: Great story, great idea, great design, and great adaptation of the logos. Unfortunately, execution sinks this concept. 7.4/10

Gothenburg Lions Concept - s2dio

Yay: Our last batch of concept today are some very international concepts from s2dio, introducing some European teams in their own NHL division. The first concept is for the 2nd largest Swedish city, and appropriate home of a Euro-NHL team. The colours look fantastic, and the logo (coming from the University of Birmingham I believe) fits the jersey well. The equipment, and striping patterns on the jersey look very sharp, and execution is great.

Nay: I think this jersey could use a different coloured collar and/or yoke.  I also thing that the dark jersey needs more white, and both need some more yellow, maybe integrated into the striping somewhere. The largish numbers and high hem stripes make the back look a little cramped.

Overall: This looks sharp! Not perfect, but not far from it. 8.2/10

Stockholm Emperors Concept - s2dio

Yay: Today's final concept goes to Sweden's biggest city. If Sweden only had 1 NHL team, this would be the ideal pick, based on city logistics, and because this uniform seems to represent the country as a whole much better, having the iconic 3 crowns as the base of the logo (logo being homemade, always a plus). The colours are very interesting but awesome, and I love the look of the yoke on the light jersey, collar on the dark jersey, and all of the equipment.

Nay: I'd like to see some white on the dark jersey. Two reasons: 1) To better match the light jersey, and 2) you have white laces, which stick out like a sore thumb since there is no white anywhere else. I'd also space the stripes a little wider apart, or make the "gap" stripes thicker.

Overall: Simply beautiful concept. 8.8/10


Surprise, surprise: s2dio's Stockholm Emperors concept wins my COTW nomination this week. Everyone has some really interesting concepts today, but no one else's designs were both interesting and well-executed quite like s2dio's, especially the last one.

Well that does it for this week. Let me know what some of your favourite/least favourite international jerseys are, and don't forget to vote for COTW and for the Oilers competition.

As always, thanks for reading, and have a good weekend!

April 23, 2014

Wednesday: Summer Hockey?

So we've all been talking about the playoffs, but how cool is it that hockey stretches so far into the summer? I love that hockey's stretches all the way until June! My Blackhawks finally beat the Blues and are now down 2-1. I just hope they play until June...
I am very close to finalizing my summer plans and I am looking to see how the HJC Meet-Up fits into my schedule. I hope everyone can make it, as it would be very cool if everyone who interacts on the site could all come together in Toronto. I hope I will be able to make it, and I hope everyone will join Ryan for the best HJC Weekend Update ever!
Make sure to email Ryan if you are interested in going, and email him your votes while you are at it. All of the Steel Drop entries have been posted, just click on the banner to view the entries and vote! Don't forget to vote for COTW as well.
COTW April 14-20 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern time)
Oilers Steel Drop Top 5 votes (due Friday @ 11:59PM Eastern time
Here are today's entries!
Alan H. - Chatham-Kent Roadrunners Concept
Design: Alan has given us a concept from the Roadrunners competition. My first impression is that the colors are very unique, and look great together. I like the simplicity of the crest compared to others I have seen from this competition, and the stripe on the pants looks really good. I would pair the white jersey with a white helmet, but I understand given that this is an OHL concept.
Score: 8/10 - This template and striping really complements the colors of Alan's concept. I hope someone nominates this concept for COTW, but you'll have to keep reading for my pick.
Brian B. - Montreal Quebecors Concept
Design: I feel like I have seen this jersey before... Oh, it's the Spokane Chiefs! Just kidding, the Montreal Canadiens made this jersey pattern famous, and it has been a staple in the NHL nearly forever. I don't know if Brian is suggesting that the Canadiens should rebrand or if this would act as a minor league affiliate, but I think this would be a great concept for a minor league team.
Score: 6.5/10 - There isn't much beyond the crest that sets this concept apart from the Canadiens' uniforms. However, that crest is done well.
Brian B. - Montreal Quebecors Alternate Concept
Design: Some may say that this is a team that can't find it's identity, but I say that Brian did a great job of incorporating Quebec's hockey heritage into a single jersey. The fleur-de-lis along the hem and shoulders is an homage to the Nordiques tenure in Quebec, and the striping is a nod to the Canadiens' jerseys. Canadian hockey fans might hate me, but I would actually like to see the Canadiens try something like this. Maybe just as a one game promotion.
Score: 7/10 - This is a really cool concept that showcases many features from different teams from the same province.
TG - Little Rock Roadrunners Alternate Concept
Design: TG has given his Roadrunners contest entry and alternate jersey! I haven't seen anyone bring a contest entry back and add to it. I wish more people would do this. I don't necessarily like how the large diagonal stripe across the front and back of the jersey just stops at the right shoulder. I think it looks awkward where it stops. I also think the name should be black. It is pretty difficult to read white on light gray.
Score: 7/10 - I don't know where the phrase "keep it simple stupid" came from, because this concept is simple, but also looks really good.
Stuart R. - West Ham United FC Concept
Design: West Ham has a very unique color scheme of burgundy, gold, and aqua, but it looks really good on a hockey jersey. In fact, it reminds me of the Avalanche colors a little bit. I like the white jersey much better than the dark one. I think the chest stripe looks really good with one color on top of the other as opposed to a symmetric stripe. The gold numbers also look great on this concept.
Score: 7.5/10 - I have said before that I am not a huge soccer fan, but I sure do like this concept.
Chritian L. - Washington Capitals Concept
Design: I am not sure how much longer fans will let the "Weagle" logo not appear as a primary crest. I like the stars on the shoulder that come from the Caps' early uniforms as well as their Winter Classic jersey from a couple years back. The stripes on the arms and hem look really good. They remind me of wings of an eagle, but I have one major concern about this design. The stripes look good while the jersey lays flat, but I don't know how good the design will look while on a player in motion. The only way we will know is if we put this jersey in action.
Score: 7.5/10 - The only way we will know how this concept looks is if we put this jersey in action!
Stephen T. - Boston Bruins Concept
Design: Stephen makes some large but subtle changes to the Bruins current uniform set. The biggest change is that the yellow and white have been switched in the stripes and numbers. Boston has only worn striping similar to this in the 50's and 60's. I am not a huge fan of the new coloration, but the concept is executed quite well.
Score: 7/10 - I would have liked to see some more different design elements, but there isn't really anything different.
Stephen T. - Chicago Blackhawks Concept
Design: The Blackhawks wore black uniforms similar to these from 1937 through 1955. The striping on the jersey and socks was altered many times throughout this design's existence, and this concept is very similar to the version that Chicago started wearing in 1951. What is really different about this concept is the white jersey. The Hawks' white jersey was never similar to their black jersey when they wore this design. I really like this white version of the black jersey. I think it would be cool if the Blackhawks would wear something like this for a future Winter Classic.
Score: 8/10 - This concept would be an 8.5 but the crests look a touch small, and the crest on the white jersey is off-centered.
Dylan W. - 2016 Winter Classic Concept
Design: I'll start with Dylan's Blues jersey. The blues have had pretty much the same look up until 1995, when red took over, and then in 1997 when the two shades of blue first appeared in an alternate jersey. I really like how Dylan incorporated pinstripes into this design. I have tried to do this in designs of my own, but never really knew how to successfully integrate them. As for the Colorado jersey, I like how the colors go back to the Colorado Rockies organization. A jersey like this has never been seen in Colorado, but I think a Winter Classic would be a great place to debut this design. I also like the choice of cream over white.
Score: 8.5/10 - I thought that the Chicago Winter Classic was cold. I can't imagine what Colorado would be like.
David P. - Blue Mountain State Concept
Design: Blue Mountain State is my favorite TV show, and I was very excited to review this concept! BMS had an episode that featured the school's hockey team, but only their orange jersey was shown. It screamed college hockey, similar to David's blue and white concepts. I love the diagonal text, where can I get one of these? In season 3, episode 1, the Chad Ochocinco makes a guest appearance wearing an orange alternate football jersey which is much different from the design of the team's home & away jerseys. I like that David's orange alternate follows suit as the striping is very different from the other jerseys in this concept.
Score: 8.5/10 - If you like this concept or the show, make sure you pitch in a few dollars to their fundraiser for a BMS Movie. That should be awesome!
TG - San Jose Sharks Alternate Concept
Design: TG's second concept of the day is very different from anything I have ever seen on a hockey jersey. First, the shield logo is used as the crest, which is something that I think the Sharks should try on an alternate uniform. The striping reminds me of the MLB's Houston Astros' throwback uniforms and their current batting practice jerseys. I think this would look great on the ice, maybe for a white-out night? I would hate to reserve this white alternate for the road. The striped numbers is definitely a huge improvement from the striped numbers that the Predators wear on their jerseys.
Score: 9/10 - COTW Nomination! TG's out of the box thinking is what won me over. I love how orange is taken completely out of the question.
That's all for today! Remember to vote, vote, vote. And enjoy the rest of the first round!

April 22, 2014

April Two-Two-Tuesday

Happy Tuesday everyone! Hope you're all having a great week so far! I know I am as my Blackhawks finally finished off a game and got themselves into the win column. Minnesota and Colorado also had a super exciting game while Columbus seemed ready to take a lead in the series against the Penguins but blew it in the third. Dallas also with a big win to stay in their series! Hopefully the excitement continues tonight!

Still looking for some Summer plans? Why not go to Toronto on July 12th and take part in the HJC Meet Up being held by Ryan? Click the banner at the top of the page for all the details!

And while you're emailing Ryan about attending the meet up, send him your votes for this week too!

COTW April 14-20 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern time)
Oilers Steel Drop Top 5 votes (due Friday @ 11:59PM Eastern time

But before anything......Let's get to the concepts...

Buffalo Sabres Concept - Stephen T.
Something a little out of the box here for Stephen. I don't think I've seen this done yet either. A set based off of the "Turd Burgers" I think the top jersey might have a better color distribution than the current "Turd Burger", but the bottom one not so much. My one concern here, outside of the "Turd Burger" jerseys themselves... is which jersey is which. I could see a case for each one to be either the dark or light jersey. Also Miller :'(

Rating: 6/10 - Interesting idea, but clearly this jersey style isn't ready for regular use.

Los Angeles Kings Concept - Stephen T.
Stephen takes the Kings back to the 80's. The top jersey is pretty much a modern version of the old purple jerseys, while there never was a white jersey to go with it. I think I'd like to see the purple jersey with the white and yellow swapped out. Make this a purple and white set with yellow trim. Something that wasn't done. Otherwise I've seen this exact concept done before.

Rating: 6/10

Minnesota Wild Home Jersey Concept - Bastian
The Wild are still with a mis-matched home and away set, even after redesigning their away jersey last summer. This green jersey here is meant to replace their current red home jersey. This jersey looks like a mash up of all three current jerseys. I feel like there is a winning combination between the three but as is, this isn't it. I don't like seeing white and the beige on the jersey together. One or the other. Not a fan of the beige shoulders either. I do like the hem striping, obviouslt with white replaced. Maybe work in that direction.

Rating: 6/10

Hartford Whalers Concept - Bastian
Always nice to see a Whalers concept. It's hard not to make a good one with that logo! Bastian puts together a very classic design that works well with for the Whalers. I'm almost always a fan of a colored hem. I think the hem stripes could all be moved up a little bit to fit better. If the bottom stripe was like the top instead of filling out the whole hem it doesn't look like it would fit. I think the striping on the green jersey needs to be worked on, the blue and green are hard to tell apart when they touch. I also don't care for the old W in the roundels. I'd stick with just Pucky! The modern yoke is a nice touch too.

Rating: 7/10

Florida Panthers Alternate Jersey Concept - Ryan H.
Our fearless leader takes on a project that real NHL designers have yet to do well. A Panthers alternate jersey. Points for sticking to the actual color scheme and not making a double blue jersey as if it belongs. There is a lot of yellow, but not enough blue to balance it. The jersey comes off very very bright for a dark jersey. I'd make the striping a lot thicker to get as much blue in there as possible, and maybe not have the yellow fill the entire bottom half of the sleeves. The wordmark is interesting, I don't really care for wordmarks on hockey jerseys but this one seems to be different. Especially with the logo under it. It still seems very "baseball" to me.

Rating: 7/10

 Saskatoon Blades Concept - s2dio
Not sure what the "Back in the Game" series tag logo is there for... I know there's been talks of the NHL in Saskatoon before though. The look sort of has an Original 6 feel to it. It could be used by the actual Saskatoon Blades as well and I wouldn't mind. I'm curious as to how the socks look all the way around. Slanted lines on socks don't always turn out too well, plus I'd like to see the socks mimic the sleeves with either the top or bottom half of the sock colored blue.

Rating: 7/10

Seattle Metropolitans Concept - s2dio
Seattle has been pushing for a team hard and I hope they get their team. I hope they stay away from the "Mets" name though. I like "Sea Lions" better ;) I like the double green look a lot. I wish it was utilized more though. Another "Original 6" look here but if a team was to be named after the old Seattle Mets then why not. I would recommend making the chest stripes a tad thinner so that the numbers on the back bleed off of them a little bit to make them easier to read. The dark jersey's numbers seem to be alright how they are, but the white jersey seems like it could end up hard to read.

Rating: 7.5/10

New Jersey Devils Alternate Jersey Concept - Christian L.
The Devils are a team that still has not used a third jersey, not counting their throwback. They seem to be against a modern themed jersey, which the logo here would hint to, but the chest stripe gives the jersey a classic hockey feel. I don't care for the colored cuffs here but just about everything else here is alright. I understand the green adds to the throwback feel for the Devils, but I think this jersey would look better with the green swapped out for black. It would make a good fauxback for the team to use in a Winter Classic either way. One challenging aspect of the chest stripe design is the numbers on the back and how they interact with the stripe. Things on the back here seem somewhat busy and cluttered.

Rating: 7.5/10

Montreal Canadiens "Modern Original 6" - J3
J3 modernizes the Canadiens which I'm sure most people see as a no-no. I think the thing that makes this work...for me...as an alternate... hypothetically... is the fact that the striping featured in the white part of the jersey resembles their current away jersey. So despite the jersey using a modern design, there's still huge contributions being made from designs of the past. The white hem is the real winner though. I just really love that look.

Rating: 8/10

Toronto Legacy - s2dio
There has also been talks of Toronto getting a second team before but I hope that doesn't happen. I think the logo on both jerseys could use a thick outline to set it apart from the background. I like the uniforms here though. The striping would be unique in the NHL. I think they could benefit from some hem stripes though. Pretty solid set here either way.

Rating: 8/10

Carolina Hurricanes UNC Concept - TG
I'm so honored... TG bases this set off of a North Carolina Alternate Jersey I did last year...that won COTW I might add.... The idea for the concept itself though came from the Leave an Idea page. The sublimated argyle is pretty neat and the striping is reminiscent of another Carolina concept I did last year as well... It's like a concept mash-up! If the Hurricane's didn't go with the black and red Hurricane flag color scheme I don't see why this scheme wouldn't work. It just looks so good!

Rating: 8/10

Well that's all for today! Don't forget to leave some comments for the concepts! And vote and come to Toronto and stuff......

April 21, 2014

Monday: Not Another Countdown!

I'll talk about the playoffs once the series are over, but it may be time to say goodbye to the Lightning.

This week, I'm counting down players instead of designs. I've always been fascinated with goalies. I played goalie (in practice/back up) when I played hockey, and my favourite players have always been goalies.

Honourable Mentions:

Tukka Rask: Rose from the shadow of Tim Thomas and proved that the Leafs made a HUGE mistake in trading him instead of Justin Pogge (note: the Leafs did NOT make a mistake trading for Raycroft, he was decent at the time, but did not trade the right prospect in return, loosing out on a Vezina contender and Cup champion)

Curtis Joseph: Saw him come in for the shootout and get the win in 2009. Nice guy, hope to meet him someday, too bad he never played for a contender after the lockout

J.S. Giguere: Another goalie who fell victim to injury and bad Leafs management. A class act who isn't afraid to call out the Avs youngsters for waiting fir their awards, and played his heart out for the Ducks for many years

Freddy Brathwaite: He may be a career backup, but seeing him play his heart out every game, even winning the Spengler Cup and DEL MVP. Also, the wizard save on the Wings in the 90's was amazing.

3. Felix Potvin

I may be cheating on this one, because I never saw Felix the Cat play, but being in Toronto, this guy is the stuff of legends. He's the guy who beat Ron friggin' Hextall in a fight, backed the Leafs to Conference finals and was one of the last goalies to leave Toronto on a good note (think about it). Leafs fans will back me up when I say that he should be honoured by the Leafs at some point.

2. Sergei Bobrovski 

Steve Mason just missed the list, but his replacement in Columbus is one of the most exciting goalies to watch in the NHL today. Vezina winning, check, fun name to say, check, but what I like about him the most is the heart he pours into every game. It looks like he is having so much fun inbetween the crease, and when his young defensive core can't handle the load, he's there to make the save. Jay Onrait put it best: BOBROVSKI!

1. Cory Crawford

This spot, prior to this season, would have gone to Pavelec, but once the Jets were all but eliminated from the playoffs, I had to ask myself, "what's so great about the Blackhawks". Crawford played in both the NHL and AHL, which, among other perks, makes Crawford a lot more experienced than most starters. If Bobrovski plays his heart out every game, Crawford does double in the toughest division in hockey. Not to mention, his mask is beautiful.

Who are your favourite goaltenders?

Voting! You saw the beating Potvin laid on Hextall, imagine what he'll do to you if you don't vote. If you don't believe me, watch this!

 so you may as well vote

COTW April 14-20 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern time)
Oilers Steel Drop Top 5 votes (due Friday @ 11:59PM Eastern time

On to the concepts

Boston Bruins Concept (By: Christian L.)

The Bruins with any modern logo I'm not huge on, and this one, though it looks decent, reminds me of the Austin Bruins of the NAHL. That doesn't mean I don't like this concept, far from it, but the logo really drags it down. While I'm not usually on the Bruins in brown, making it the primary colour with yellow and white, reminds me of the Bruins first jerseys back in the 1930's, and the striping from the 50's, mixed with the font from the 2000's, mixes eras quite well. Just change the logo and you're A O K. (8/10)

Calgary Flames Concept (By: Bastian S.)

You don't see many concepts with the new Calgary shoulder patch being used as the primary logo, but it can work. Case in point: this concept. The little slits in the striping to match the wheat field are probably the best way to blend the logo into the jersey, and I'm glad to see the script used on the current alternate used on the pants and helmet, where script logos belong. I'm not huge on the simplified flaming C, but other than that, excellent concept. (8.75/10)

Carolina Hurricanes Concepts (By: Bastian S.)

I think most of us can think of 10 things wrong with the Canes current jerseys, and having a bad season in them doesn't help. The hurricane flag striping is an easy way to look good, and adding the silver keeps it from blending into the red. keeping the uneven square yoke isn't a bad idea, but I'm not huge on the white yoke, maybe increasing the black or silver and using that would keep the jersey from looking like Red Wings with accent colours. One good change I really like is the new font. I'ma  fan of the round font, but the squared off numbers match the yoke and would be new to the NHL. A mixed bag, but the execution is amazing as always from Bastian. (7.75/10)

Columbus Blue Jackets Concept (By: Colin M.)

Colin continues his NHL Alternate series, making some fixes to the Blue Jackets alternate that needed to be made. The striping looks good, not to mention the double stripe yoke, but just getting rid of the vintage white upgrades the jersey. The oversized name makes the jersey look like it's from the late 40's, but adding the numbers to the helmet and pants looks somewhat military like. Well executed, as expected from Colin, and look forward to more fauxbacks (8.75/10)

Newport Roadrunners Concepts (By: Andrew W.)

This was Andrew's entry to the Roadrunners redesign contest a couple weeks ago, and puts the next incarnation in Newport, Vermont...interesting? Sure, Vermont could use a pro team, but it may be too far south of the border for the QMJHL. The jerseys are really simple , the lack of TV numbers brings down the execution, along with the way the gray blends into the red and white, it almost hurts my eyes (6.5/10)

New York Rangers Concept (By: Colin M.)

Pinstripes have yet to make their NHL debut, and the city that gives us the Yankees and, lesser so, the Mets, should be the first. Lady Liberty coming back is an obvious change the Rangers could use to appease fans, and works well with the pinstripes. This style of yoke I've never seen, but I like it, though the shoulder patch is a little small in comparison to the yoke size. Not a fan of the inverse lacing, but everything else looks great (8.25/10)

Team Portugal 2014 World Cup Concepts (By: Stephen T.)

A month and a half until the 2nd biggest world sporting event, and it's about time some hockey crossovers come in. It's just putting the Portuguese soccer kits onto a hockey jersey and adding some arm stripes, but it looks good. I would certainly add a logo to the upper chest, and thicken the arm stripes. Not much else to say, but the backs of both jerseys are boring. (6.5/10) 

Seattle Ice Hawks Concepts (By: TG)

Yes, TG, what if the Super Bowl champion Seahawks were an NHL team? The logo doesn't need the crossed hockey sticks, the logo looks fine on its own, we get it's a hockey team, it's on a hockey jersey. Seeing the Hawks without green makes me sad, since hockey lacks green so much, this would be a great place to inject it in. The striping is very Seahawksy, which is good, but the white jersey needs more blue. i know that in football, colour balancing isn't that big of a deal, but in hockey, it can make/break jersyes. Well executed, but needs some fine touching to make it better. (7/10)

St. Louis Blues Concepts (By: Steven G.)

Rumours are swirling around the Blues redesigning their logos or jerseys, but this would be a good compromise for both fans of a modern blues or a classic blues. The striping is clearly from the 70's  and why not, the jerseys looked good then and look good now. The hem striping is a little thin and maybe using the gateway arch alternate or referencing the arch in someway on this concept would make the jerseys more unique. Nice new Blues logo, Steven. (8/10)

Tampa Bay Lightning Concept (By: Justin F.)

The next jersey news swarm will be around Tampa as they have confirmed they will wear a black alternate next season, and one will be given to their season ticket holders. The striping used here isn't great, the sleeves look like they've been dipped in blue , but the white stripe shows potential. I think having an actual striping pattern and then adding a pattern to the hem would keep the simpleness of the redesign. It looks unfinished, but has the potential to be great.(6/10)

Team USA 2014 World Cup Concepts (By: Stephen T.)

Team USA, I don't see much love for them in Canada, but they are fellow North Americans, and have a small chance of winning (maybe it's the Popsicle jerseys). The striping is certainly based on the USA's soccer jerseys from years past, though using the diagonal striping is straightened. The font is awesome, and the oversized logo saves the jersey. Again the back of the jersey is really boring and remember to credit where you got the logo from (it isn't a well known hockey logo). HJC logo policy 4vr. (6.75/10)

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