November 26, 2014

Wednesday: The late concepts

Hi i'm Christian Legault! You might remember me from other review based blogs such as,  Honey save it as a PNG, or Concepts are better than love. Okay, that was a really lame intro but Welcome to another HJC post, Today we have a few concepts to review, most of them providing from old competitions, so lets get started... NOT before we get started you need to vote, then send an entry to the new competition. (even if you don't make jerseys, this is still an obligation).

Also, I've noticed a few people wanting to nominate concepts... Awesome! No, not awesome, because people don't know how. Basically all you need is a Google account (Gmail) or Blogger account. Once you have that, you just comment COTW TO ____ for the concept you like. In order for a concept to go to the weekly vote it must have two nominations! That's it.. easy peasy! 

COTW Nov 17-22 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
CWHL ReDesign entries (due Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

Caleb F - Quad City Mallards

Positives: A green jersey for the mallards works so well. The stars on the cuffs are a nice touch. Overall the black arms work well with the green jersey.
Negatives: I'm not sure what to think of the arm stripes. They look cool, but then when I look at the TV numbers and the bottom of the sleeve, I'm not sure about them anymore. What do you guys think, do you like arm stripes that high? The TV numbers a very small. I wouldn't mind seeing a bit more orange. 
Overall: I'm not really feeling the arm stripes, but I know some will. (7.75/10)

Christian L - Erie Otters

This was my Entry in the CHL competition. Unfortunately I couldn't keep my competition win streak alive. I thought Erie need new jerseys, since they currently wear paint-bucket ones. I noticed the logo was very colourful, so I decided to add all that colour to the jersey. What do you guys think? Like, Dislike? Comments please!

David P - Mississauga Steelheads

Positives: The Steelheads basically copied the Leafs in terms of jersey. David gives them a unique identity, and it looks pretty good. JETS96 mentioned it in the podcast, but Davids execution and presentation really improved. 
Negatives: The stripes are a mix of the Leafs and Jets, interesting... Now I'm not saying it looks bad, far from it, but it seems a little safe. Maybe adding more grey, even between the two blue stripes could help that. 
Overall: Solid look, but making this unique set look even more unique could help. (8/10)

Mario A - Anaheim Ducks

Positives: The name Mario was thrown out a couple times in last weeks podcast, so good job Mario on your improvement. 
Negatives: Mario knows this is bad. Since he took the time to send it (showing us that he wanted feedback?) , I'm going to take the time to bash it. Let's start with the colours. If anaheim was to bring back the old mighty ducks logo, the colours would have to be eggplant and jade or their current colour scheme, not this shade of purple with forest green (which looks like slime by the way.) No Tv numbers, and the numbers on the back are numbers you get on Microsoft word. Also the black numbers are impossible to read on that shade of purple. One thing i've noticed (even with Mario's new concepts) is that he puts the nameplate really far from the numbers. The nameplate should also rarely have a box around it, unless it's a philadelphia concept. I don't see any stripes whatsoever. This is just paint bucket at its finest. Even the socks and helmet have paint bucket fill syndrome. In terms of jersey design, I would never have more than 4 (maybe 5) colours on a jersey. The more colours, the more crazy the jersey becomes. Moving on, one jersey has the stadium series logo (which is way too big) and the other doesn't? No helmet logos show no attention to detail in your concepts. I know most of these issues have been resolved in Mario's new concepts, but these jersey need to be scraped. 
Overall: I know Mario has improved, but needs jersey need medical attention, because they are suffering from severe paint bucket fill syndrome. I might have a prescription... stripes. (2/10)

Michael G - London nights

Positives: I love the vintage vibe Michael has brought us with this concept. The logo choice is fantastic and looks great on a chest stripe. The yoke, and stripes look very good together. 
Negatives: The OHL logo on the white jersey should be green not black. Numbers are always tough to make them stand out of a chest stripe, but they need a bit more work here. 
Overall: The vintage vibe you get from these jerseys are awesome, without even using vintage white! (8.5/10)

Mitch B - Anaheim Ducks

Positives: Mitch brings us a Mighty Ducks throwback! I haven't seen to many concepts from Mitch, so if he's a beginner, I applaud his execution. I don't mind yellow with the eggplant and jade colour scheme. 
Negatives: The jersey is pretty simple, being inspired by the old ducks jersey. A little more creativity wouldn't hurt. The numbers on the back are huge! I like the mighty ducks of anaheim logo, but their current logo does not go well with this jersey. The shoulder logos are also to close to the collar. 
Overall: If Mitch works his creativity and execution, man will he be a force in concept making! (7/10)

FattyRC - Muskegon Lumberjacks

Positives: The USHL has some really cool team names. This is one of them. The logo and colour scheme are superb for a minor league. The colours are balanced really well. 
Negatives: Unlike Michael's concept from above, the logo doesn't look great on a chest stripe. The shoulders are bare, maybe adding a shoulder patch could fix that. The USHL logo on the white jersey doesn't look good with a big black box around it. TV numbers are needed and showing the back of the jersey could also help. 
Overall: Good base, just needs a bit more work. (7/10)

That concludes the post, don't forget to send in your submissions for the CWHL and vote vote vote! Have a great second half of your week!

November 25, 2014

Tardy Tuesday

Hey guys, sorry for the late post. I had some issues that came up today and I just wasn't able to get it done. So because of that, I'll be short and sweet.

The 5th anniversary podcast was on Saturday, It included me, HJC Admin Ryan, Dylan, and Sean (Jets96). Caz was supposed to join us but do to Skype being a butt he couldn't connect. If you haven't listened to that I suggest you do that.

*** Edit by Ryan ***

Here are the CWHL Competition Entries so far;

Christian L.
John E.
Justin S.
Leo D.
Mike B.
Phil B.
Ryan C.


I'm doing a different rating system for today only, telling how much I would pay for a game issued version of this jersey/set . 0 is 0 but I am topping off at 750$.

We started a new competition this week for the logo-less CWHL. All the teams use a arched script and number combo on the front, so they definitely need a new look.

COTW Nov 17-22 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
CWHL ReDesign entries (due Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

Austin S: Indiana Hoosiers

These were three separate images, but as being all part of the same concept, I am going to reveiw them all together.

I'm not sure which one of these is a concept. They all are jerseys that Indiana has worn in the past or currently. If you were the one to design Indiana's jerseys, then kudos to you! I like the script on the white jersey. It adds a bit of difference between the jerseys. The black jersey also looks really good and corresponds with the equipment well. I would have made the logo on the pants white, or taken it off altogether cause with just the red (with no outline) it doesn't look very good. Thought the jerseys look okay, I wish you were a bit more creative with your designs. They all look kinda bland. 

Amount I would pay for this Jersey/Set: 300$ for both.

Brass: Washington Capitals

Whether wearing this in the weather (Winter Classic) or as a regular alternate, I would love to see this on the ice. 

The stars above the logo look really good. It's something we've seen before, but it is executed well here. The regular Caps font looks good as always. It's one of my favorite fonts in the NHL. As I said on the podcast, I love traditional designs, and this fits the bill. I do wish the red was a bit darker.

Amount I would pay for this Jersey/Set: 400$

Christian L: Ottawa Senators

Fellow Ottawan and HJC writer Christian brought back the laurel leafs here, and used the alternate side profile head as the main crest. 

Good on you for bringing back the laurels. The Sens jerseys now are so templatey they are hard to look at! I wish there was more white on the red jersey, and more red on the white jersey. It would be cool to see this design on a Reebok Edge template, just to see what it would look like. 

Amount I would pay for this Jersey/Set: 1000$ for both COTW NOMINATION FOR YOU BRO!!!

Coby S: Dallas Stars

A good idea by Coby, Bring back the old look of the stars with the new colors.

It doesn't look as good as I thought. I wish that less grey was used to make room for more black. This concept is extremely dull and boring. The green pants are different though. 

Amount I would pay for this Jersey/Set:  If I could get it for 50$ I might buy.

Rocky Mountain Concepts:  United States Air Force Academy 
Cadet Squadron - 02 'Deuce' 

When I think of "Rocky Mountain" I think of coolness. This jersey is just plain stripes, with no correspondence to the logo used whatsoever.

Please don't misunderstand me, when I said I love traditional designs, that did not mean that every jersey had to be the same. This jersey, aside from the yoke, is pretty much the same template as the one before. A design can be traditional, and still be creative. 

Amount I would pay for this Jersey/Set: I would take this if you gave me an ice-cream. 

Stephen T: Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL)

I'm a big fan of sublimated designs, so Stephen pulled on my heartstrings there. 

Sherbrooke's current jerseys are more of a modern template, and these are more of a modern/classic mix. The off center logo looks spectacular with the chest striping. And I like how the arms, yoke, and chest all tie in together. A great design by you! You've definitely improved from this summer, when you were just recoloring templates and such. 

Amount I would pay for this Jersey/Set: 800$ for both, 450$ for the white one. 

Here you are guys! Sorry for the lateness! It won't happen again, and if it does, I don't expect to be writing for HJC anymore at that point anyway. Have a good week, go listen to the podcast if you haven't already, and go support your favorite women's junior hockey team by making them a cool jersey set and entering it into our CWHL redesign. Go do it!


November 24, 2014

Monday: Bright No More

Hey there everyone! Hope you all had a good weekend! I know I did, and I know the site did. The site celebrated its 5th anniversary and we celebrated with a podcast! For those that didn't hear it or weren't aware of it, Ryan recorded a podcast with myself, Jets96, and Caden and kind of Caz but not Caz because internet reasons. If you haven't yet, I suggest you give it a listen. It would definitely help put a voice behind some of these posts.

So after a weekend of fun, let's get straight to business.

There's only three concepts in the COTW vote this week and I suggest you vote. Maybe for a certain Chicago Blackhawks concept but don't let me sway your vote... or maybe do........

Also, we have a new competition this week in the form of a CWHL ReDesign. So get your entries (And Votes) in by Friday night!

COTW Nov 17-22 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
CWHL ReDesign entries (due Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

What? You want concepts? Ok, here you go!

Phoenix Roadrunners Concept - Mitch B.
Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but there were 6 incarnations of this team over the years. And we haven't seen them since 2009, so why not make a comeback and play in the ECHL or something when they'll be looking for teams for the expansion NHL teams?

I'm not a fan of the stripes on the arms, they look off center and the thickness isn't uniform throughout the stripes. I also don't like colored side panels, but that's just me. There's an NHL shield on the collar insert, which should be gone unless this is intended to be an NHL concept. The name and number on the back are way too big. Scale those down and put some TV numbers on the sleeves. I also feel that overall, the jersey is too dark, especially the darker silver name and numbers on the back.

Rating: 5/10

Peterborough Petes Concept - Zach W.
The Petes recently ditched their classic jerseys for a set that features black. This set is somewhat similar to what they wear now. The jerseys look ok, pretty basic stuff here, but personally, I don't like the heavy outlines on the logo. I prefer the logo they used to use where the Petes was just one solid color and you could see the jersey color through the P and other letters. Also, the pants logo is way too big and should be the vintage white color so you can actually see it. I don't think the number font fits the team very well. One last thing, the OHL logo shouldn't be blue. It should be a team color that has contrast to the color of the jersey it's placed on.

Rating: 5.5/10

Quad City Mallards Alternate Jersey Concept - Joey F.
Joey shows us what it would look like if the Mallards picked his concept as the contest winner. The weight loss ad in the comments is funny. Speaking of Mallards, as far as I know, they have yet to announce a winner in the contest and they were supposed to do that on Friday I believe. I do know they recently unveiled a new orange alternate jersey of their own, so I wonder if they scratched the whole thing.....

Anyway... As for Joey's jersey, it reminds me too much of a boring "fashion" jersey that the NHL had on sale at one point. It looks a lot like a basic practice jersey. I think this jersey could be spiced up quite a bit. Plus, the Mallards shoulder patch is upside down on the back of the jersey and the inside of the jersey as seen on the front of the jersey is white. I think you've got a good foundation for something here, but it's not done yet. Some orange would be nice to see.

Rating: 6/10

Mighty Mach One - United States Air Force Academy Squadron Design Series - Rocky Mountain Concepts
A mix between two classic designs, the chest stripe and the arm length yoke. It looks good especially with the color scheme here. I feel like the logo on the chest is too low and the number on the back is too small. The "1" on the side of the helmet would look better placed on the front where the NHL puts their numbers. The IceBorn logo on the back should be white or yellow so you can see it. Also, if this is going to be a series, I think it'd be neat if every jersey had an Air Force patch on either the chest or shoulders.

Rating: 7.5/10

Team Canada Concept - Will S.
Pretty odd to see a Canada jersey without the leaf on the chest. The beaver looks nice though. I don't like the black Canada wordmark. I feel like there's not enough contrast to the red jersey. I like the jersey overall, nothing extraordinary though. One thing I'd do is make the arm stripes the same thickness as the hem stripes or vice versa. Also, maybe ditch the red stripe between the white and black. Personally, I think it'd look better.

Rating: 7.5/10

Nashville Predators Alternate Jersey Concept - Christian L.
Christian's idea for a Nashville alternate is pretty sharp. The five dark yellow stripes in the striping looks like they could be representing guitar strings, so maybe add one more and own it. The stripes on the pants are a super nice touch. As much as I'm liking this concept, I feel like there may be too much going on. I'd either ditch the dark yellow stripes in the yoke or just ditch the yoke altogether.

Rating: 8/10

Hampton Roads Rhinos Concept - Brights Series - Colin M.
We talked about it on the podcast the other day, and here it is, the end of Colin's Brights Series. I'm a bit sad to see this go, as this is one of the best series that I think has ever graced the pages of this blog. I hope you all join me in congratulating Colin on finishing this 40 concept series.

As for the concept itself, for those that don't know, the Rhinos were a proposed team back in the late 90's before the Whalers moved to Carolina. The color scheme looks like a mix of the Kings purple era and the Sharks minus the orange. The logo is pretty nice. I like seeing custom logos on the this site. I don't care for the jersey design very much but it goes with the logo nicely, so it works. I think the shoulder patches are too close to the collar, definitely move those down towards the end of the yoke.

Rating: 8/10 and once again Congrats Colin!!!

There you have it! The end of Colin's series and the end of Monday's post. Definitely check back everyday this week for new concepts as well as CWHL ReDesign entries, which hey... totally send some in. And while you're doing that, Vote Vote Vote for COTW COTW COTW!!!

November 23, 2014

Sunday: Bro Down

Hello everyone! Today I am taking over the Sunday slot as we reorganize the week here at HJC. Ryan will be doing his posts on Saturday from now on. Speaking of, if you missed yesterday's HJC 5th Anniversary Podcast, do yourself a favor and check it out.

In today's post, we have concepts for the Griffins, Islanders, Minnesota Fighting Saints, and several pieces of artwork from Moday's writer, Dylan A, or "DBro."

In hockey news this week, there was a really amazing moment in Toronto when the anthem singer's microphone went out during the American National Anthem, and the fans stepped in and finished the song together! It's a really great moment, and some of the best in hockey fans of the Toronto area. Of course, the very lopsided end result also brought out the worst in one fan, but that shouldn't overshadow a fan base coming together to sing the anthem of a visiting team's country.

But before I forget, here's where I post reminders and tell you to be a responsible adult and make a positive contribution the website by voting! If you haven't signed up for the COTW Mailing List, then do that now! Like right now! Go. Do it.

COTW Nov 17-22 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
CWHL ReDesign entries (due Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

Get your entries for our CWHL ReDesign in soon! The deadline is this Friday! I'm really excited to see what you all come up with on this one. We should see a lot of fresh ideas and creativity.

For those of you who signed up for the COTW Mailing List and voted last week, here is your reward, in gif form. Let's get to today's concepts!

Grand Rapids Griffins Alternate Jersey Concept - Joey F.

Positives: The number and name font match the logo well. The striping fits the edginess of the jersey. The jersey is well executed, and the shading looks good. 

Negatives: The inside of the jersey near the collar, and the collar insert should be colored instead of white. 

Overall: The Grand Rapids could have done (and did) much worse. It wouldn't be a bad alternate. (7.75/10)

New York Islanders - Dion S.

Positives: The NY logo the Islanders debuted last year looks good as a primary on the blue jersey. The striping looks great on both jerseys; far from unique, but it works. Yokes on both jerseys help balance out the colors well.

Negatives: Blue doesn't fit the NY logo as well. I almost wouldn't mind if the traditional logo was used as the primary on the white jersey, and the NY logo was used on the shoulders in white. Helmet logos would give the set a little more detail.

Overall: Nothing revolutionary, but a pretty solid look. (7.5/10)

Minnesota Fighting Saints - Christian L.

Positives: The striping pattern is good example of how to do an organic pattern well. I especially like the pants striping. Subtle shading really helps the concept pop off the screen. Really good execution and presentation.

Negatives: My only qualm is the logo fitting the jersey. Christian has done a good job tweaking it to make it look more modern, but it's still a very traditional-looking logo.

Overall: I would like to see a matching away jersey for this. This design could be a foundation for a great set. (8.75/10) 

Quad City Mallards Concept - Dylan A.

Positives: Striping looks good. Chest striping can make legibility difficult with numbers, but that's not a problem here. Execution and presentation are pretty good.

Negatives: Not a big fan of the logo, but I respect making something original. The wordmark seems a little excessive.

Overall: The jersey itself is a good design. (8.25/10)

Quad City Mallard Logo Concept - Dylan A.

Positives: I have great respect for making your own logo. That's something I really can't do well. I have attempted it only twice, both with very mixed results at best.

Negatives: There needs to be some action in the logo, some degree of motion. It seems too stationary.

Overall: A for effort, but also needs action. (7.5/10)

Chicago Blackhawks 2015 Winter Classic Concept - Dylan A.

Positives: The striping pattern looks great. I especially love the striping near the shoulders. That striping, and the added black on the cuffs and hem helps with color balance. This design is clearly inspired by the same jersey that inspired Chicago's actual Winter Classic jersey, but this is more creative. Execution and presentation is flawless.

Negatives: I have none.

Overall: Of Dylan's Chicago WC designs we've seen over the past few days, this one is the best, in my opinion. (9.5/10) COTW nomination from me!

Washington Capitals 2015 Winter Classic Concept - Dylan A.

Positives: The logo and striping look great. Really good detail and execution. Overall, I like the striping pattern as well.

Negatives: I think there should be some blue in the jersey other than just the yoke and collar. The stars on the blue yoke invite comparisons to the 1980 USA "Miracle on Ice" jerseys.

Overall: A good jersey, but the white version of this from Friday is my favorite. (8.5/10)

Chicago vs. Washington 2015 Winter Classic Concept - Dylan A.

Positives: I've reviewed both jerseys, so I'll just stick to how they look together. The Chicago jersey is amazing. It's a wonderful design. The Washington jersey is good as well. As I have stated, the white version of the Capitals jersey is my favorite, but I know they can't both wear white.

Negatives: Lots of horizontal striping in the same areas. It's not a big issue, but it does decrease the variety. The blue version of the Capitals jersey has better color balance.

Overall: This game would look great. (8.75/10)

That's all for today.If you think one of the concepts deserves a chance in our Concept of the Week voting, be sure to nominate it in our comments section! If you have a differing opinion from my assessments, let your voice be heard as well!

See you all back here tomorrow at the same time for Dylan's post!

November 22, 2014

Saturday: Happy 5th Anniversary HJC!

Today is the official 5th Anniversary of HJC!

To mark the occasion, Dylan A., Caden P., Jets96 (Sean), and myself put together this Podcast answering your questions. Caz was scheduled to join us as well, but technical difficulties prevented that. Let us know what you thought of the podcast. The more comments you guys leave, the more material we have for the next podcast.


Take a step back in time and check out the very first HJC post HERE. Wow, we've come a long way.


The winner of the COTW for November 10-16 was Jamie R! Congrats Jamie on your first COTW win.

Full Results
Jamie R. - 4
Phil B. - 3
CPM (SJ) - 2
Taylor R. - 2
Dylan N. - 1
CPM (HAM) - 0


The winner of the CHL ReDesign competition was Matt M!

Here are the results from the Memorial Cup Vote

Matt M. - 8
CPM (KEL) - 5
CPM (VIC) - 0

Matt's prize for winning the competition is a trip straight into this week's COTW nominees. If you're wondering why it's such a small pool of nominees, don't forget that this week was one day shorter than any other week.

Nominees are listed on the side of the page. You can see the concepts by clicking on that banner or by going to the CONCEPT OF THE WEEK tab. Votes are due by Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern time. Join the COTW Mailing List to be emailed the weekly nominees. All you have to do is reply to the email to vote! Send your join request to


Lets keep rolling on with the competitions. This week's competition is a CWHL ReDesign!
Pick one of the five teams in the league and come up with new sweaters. All of the teams in the league use an arched script with the player number, so a new look is needed for all. Entries are due on Friday at 11:59pm Eastern.

Don't forget to send your entry to the competition email. NOT the regular email.


COTW Nov 17-22 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
CWHL ReDesign entries (due Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)