September 15, 2014

Monday: Heather Gray Hats a Letdown?

Hello there HJCers! We're entering the last stretch of the offseason before we start seeing hockey! Some rookie tournaments were over the weekend and the CHL Preseason has started. Soon we'll start having teams enter training camp and preseason and before we know it, the regular season will be upon us!

Quick reminder to vote for the COTW and to enter the Disney Competition!

COTW Sept 8-14 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern time)
Disney Competition entries (due Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern time)

With a new season comes a new set of merchandise that you actually need. More specifically with myself......hats... It's been awhile since I featured a hat but today's a perfect day to do it with only 5 concepts. Lately I've had my eye on this Heather 2-Tone New Era cap. I think it's got real potential as heather gray goes with everything! And New Era used some neat logos that we don't get to see too often including this Vancouver hat featuring Johnny Canuck!

Unfortunately, the bill is black. There's no black anywhere on the hat. Why isn't the bill blue? It'd look so much better and I'd even consider getting this hat despite my stance on the Canucks. Although, with Ryan Miller there I better get over it.

One hat that looks good with the black bill is this Mighty Ducks hat as it features black in the logo. The Jade looks really good on the gray as well. Maybe this hat will join my collection soon. Who knows, I'll probably end up with way too many new hats by the end of this upcoming season.
One hat that really teases me though is this Toronto hat. I love that alternate logo and as far as I know it doesn't show up on a lot of merchandise. I wish the blue was bill so bad. It bugs me with the black bill on every one of these hats. If any of you Leafs fans find a really cool fitted hat with this alternate logo definitely let me know.
Anyway, only 5 concepts today, so let's jump right into those!

Battle Of The Brands Concept - Twitter vs. Facebook - David P.
The two big social networks. Both have very clean and simple branding and that's reflected here on the jerseys. Facebook especially. I think that the white jersey could benefit from having a red Wings-esque white jersey that features blue arms. As for Twitter, the black is unnecessary as I'm fairly certain there's no black in their branding. Maybe the current stitching pattern didn't look good in just two colors but there's definitely some way to have made it work without adding an unneeded color.

Rating: 7/10

2015 Stadium Series Concept - Pittsburgh vs. Boston - Mario A.
Nice to see Mario adding stripes to his jerseys and not coloring in huge chunks. I feel like having Pittsburgh in two straight Stadium Series would be a bad move for the league. Especially with this jersey. The jersey itself would actually look really nice, without the Penguins logo in the striping, which should be rotated so the bottom of the logo is towards the cuffs. Boston looks pretty decent as well. The striping is too thin for my liking and I don't care for the yellow panel all the way up the jersey. I like the yellow yoke though.

Rating: 6.5/10

Toronto Raptors Hockey Jersey Concept - Nathan N.
I think the marks on the sides and elbows of the jersey fit in nicely with the logo. The logo itself is too big. Definitely shrink that down a bit. I don't like the purple pits but overall I think the use of colors is done somewhat well. I think this concept is close to being really great but some of the execution is holding it back.

Rating: 6.5/10

Baltimore Crabs (NHL Rejects) - Taylor R.
I have a feeling this series is going to end up being pretty great. Especially if the execution stays this good. I feel like a better name than "Crabs" could be thought up. Crabs are either something you eat or something no one wants in their pants. I can't see anyone taking a team named the crabs too seriously. The color scheme fits with the Baltimore Ravens. I think the white jersey could use more purple. I'd also like to see the equipment used with the jerseys as well.

Rating: 8/10

Aston Villa FC (EPL) Hockey Jersey Concept - Patrik G.
I feel like soccer teams and hockey teams make for really good crossovers. In my opinion, the two sports have the best looking uniforms. This is no exception. Even the hem pattern is interesting to me, and hem patterns to me look best when stripes and only stripes are used. The colors are very nice and the yellow logo on the front really pops out. The only thing I'd consider changing is adding some white to the hem so it matches the rest of the striping but it looks good without it. Don't forget to ID your concepts!

Rating: 8.5/10 and my COTW vote!

And there it is folks and folkettes! See anything that tickles your fancy? Or maybe something you disagree with? Lets chat it out in the comments!

September 14, 2014

Sunday: Results All Over This Place

The winner of the COTY-August vote was Jake88!

Full Results
Jake88 - 4
Tom V. - 3
TG - 3
Christian L. - 1


The winner of the DEL ReDesign was Christian L!

Full Results


The winner of the COTW vote for September 1-7 was  TG!

Full Results
TG (NYR) - 4
J3 - 3
Matt M. (COL) - 3
TG (BOSvOTT) - 1
Matt M. (CAR) - 0

There was only one concept nominated for COTW and properly seconded. Properly being the key word, as there are couple of people who should read the COTW rules so that their nominations can be counted. Thus, TG's Flyers concept will go one-on-one against the DEL ReDesign winner Christian! That actually wasn't a rule for the competition, but if there aren't enough concepts nominated for COTW I get to choose the nominees, as per the COTW rules.


It's time for a new competition here on HJC. I'm really excited about this one, it's a Disney Competition!!! Basically let something Disney inspire one of your concepts. There are three Disney properties that are off limits so go read the rules before beginning. Most of all, have fun and be creative!


The Grand Rapids Griffins have contacted me and told me that they will announce their decision regarding their Jersey Competition early this week. Stay tuned.


Remember that time when you were 15 years old and the cable company forgot to scramble the porn movies for those two weeks? Well if you email in your votes this week you'll get that same thrilling feeling back. Wait, did that only happen to me? How many of you are old enough to remember the old boxes on top of your TV that unscrambled the pay channels?

Whatever. Just vote!!!!!!

COTW Sept 8-14 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern time)
Disney Competition entries (due Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern time)

September 13, 2014

To Catch a Counterfeiter

Hello everyone and welcome to Saturday's HJC post. Today we have the finale of Matt's NHL/soccer crossover series, a Stadium Series concept featuring the Blue Jackets, some NHL rejects, and a lot of stuff from Winnipeg. 

A few days ago, several of the writers and designers here at HJC got in a Twitter discussion about the ongoing prevalence of counterfeit jerseys at hockey games and events. It's something that I think is getting worse every year. A few years ago, you didn't see hardly any fakes in Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, but when the team redesigned their jerseys, you can bet on seeing a few. Take a look:

Image Credit: (they sell fakes)
The logo of this jersey looks like it was put through one of those souvenir penny stamp things you see at tourist traps. The logo, name, numbers, alt. captain designation, and shoulder patch are all the wrong color. On the collar, "Nashville" is in the wrong font. The stripe at the hem is too thick. The collar itself is too high, almost resembling a dress shirt collar. The proportions for the jersey are just awkward.

Image Credit: (counterfeiters)

This monstrosity makes the wearer look like a complete idiot. The gold on these fakes is actually too bright when compared next to the real thing. The blue...sweet baby's not even close. The font is wrong. The six should be rounded at the top, instead of having that crook in it. The collar looks like it was taken from a boys turtleneck, and the "Nashville" font is wrong again. No counterfeiter ever gets that, or the piano keys in the inside of the collar right. It makes me wonder if that's one reason why Reebok has been doing these "hanger effects" on jerseys - it makes them harder to fake.

Image Credit: (no real jerseys on this site)
Compared to the other two, this one isn't quite as bad. At least from far away, if you squint, maybe it wouldn't be obvious. Up close, though...this is terrible. I found one of these jerseys in a Goodwill in Union City, Tennessee once. The glue that held the numbers on was peeling off, and the jersey was made out of the most uncomfortable material known to man. The PredHead is set at an awkward angle, probably because it's too big. The name and number front is close, but wrong. The white stripes are too thick, and the checkerboard pattern is sloppy. The stripes cut into the pattern in odd ways, making the checkerboard pattern look incomplete. The laces are tied to cover up the place where the NHL shield would go. This jersey also doesn't have Reebok logos on the back near the collar, or on the left arm, where they should be. 

For fun, I sent an email to a counterfeit company raising my concerns and pointing out all the flaws. I actually got a response. In broken English, they told be that, although their prices seemed "too good to be true" their product was 100% real. What a load of bull crap. I honestly don't understand how some people don't see the differences. What really annoys me is when people that have season tickets on the first level wear these, as if they don't have enough money to buy a real jersey! I think the worst part about this is, if you buy from these people you are supporting dishonest activity, and doesn't support anyone involved with hockey. It's less revenue for for hockey, and more revenue for crooks. 

Do you have any counterfeit stories/pictures you'd like to share?  Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section. Now, let's get down to business!

Winnipeg Jets Concept - Nathan N.

Positives: I can see trace hints of inspiration from an old Jets WHL logo

Negatives: This is basically the 2009 All Star Game jersey recolored a bit with a Jets logo. The collar has one side that is blue on the front, but the blue does not continue to the back, which is awkward. The numbers don't look like a font that is appropriate for use on a sports jersey. The old, non-used, Reebok logo needs to be replaced, and the inside of the jersey should be white. There should be numbers on the sleeves.

Overall: I can see some inspiration, but more execution is needed. (6/10)

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Concept (CFL) - Justin S.

Positives: It's good to see something from the CFL pop up on HJC, as we usually don't see much of them. Justin places the sleeve numbers on the shoulders, which helps tie-in a more football-oriented aesthetic. The ads seem realistic.

Negatives: This jersey is heavy in Reebok template design. The overall appearance seems more like splotches of color than an actual design, as much of it is just colored in. I would like to see some CFL branding somewhere.

Overall: Too much template. (7/10)

Winnipeg Jets NHL/Soccer Cross-Over Concept - Matt Mc.

Positives: That red jersey is phenomenal. Honestly, I wouldn't mind to see a hockey jersey reminiscent of that, off-set logo and all. Of course, that might actually turn out to look terrible, but the idea does interest me. The use of sublimation on the red jersey is spot-on. The colors are balanced really well, and it does evoke some images of the old, pre-Thrashers Winnipeg Jets.

Negatives: The blue set is bland. It has stripes on the arms, a logo, and an ad. That's about it. Some sock striping may help there. I wish Matt had included the backs of the jerseys with these concepts.

Overall: Love the red, apathetic towards the blue. (8/10)

Washington Capitals NHL/Soccer Cross-Over Concept - Matt Mc.


Positives: First off, congratulations to Matt for completing his NHL/soccer series! I've thoroughly enjoyed this series, as we've seen a lot of creativity on display. It's odd, but it seems that the designs Reebok came up with seven years ago look better as soccer jerseys than hockey jerseys. Such is the case with the red Capitals jersey here. It looks like it was made for soccer from the beginning. The other jersey also has a very clever detail: The chest stripe hearkens to the teal Washington jerseys of the 90s, but also is very similar to Verizon's logo. The Weagle is a great fit here.

Negatives: The middle of the light jersey does feel a little crowded, with the Weagle, Verizon sponsorship, and chest stripe all occupying the same space. I would like to see the back.

Overall: There's something that just seems modern, light, and active about this set. It seems to fit soccer so well, it would almost make you wonder if this is what it was supposed to be all along. (8.5/10)

Colorado Avalanche Concept - Connor J.

Positives: I think a lot of people would like to see the old mountain-esque jersey designs of the pre-Edge Avs jerseys return. I'm not opposed. The current Avs set has less character an emotion than a Michael Bay movie or a sound bite from a hockey player. (anyone ever notice they say the word "obviously" at least once every other sentence?) 

Negatives: The foot logo is not a good primary. It's not a good alternate, either. It's just not good. There are some cleanliness issues with loose pixels, colors extending beyond striping/template boundaries, etc. The arm striping and yoke is done with the fill tool.

Overall: I'm not a foot guy. I'm all for a return of the pre-edge designs, though. (6/10)

New York Rangers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Stadium Series Concept - Mario A.

Positives: With the amount of trading that has gone on between these two teams lately, it could make for an interesting game. The gray yoke on the NYR jersey is very interesting. I think that is something that the Rangers could pull off.

Negatives: Not using the Lady Liberty logo was a mistake in the Rangers SS game last year, and I feel the same about this jersey. Why is only the Rangers logo chromed? If you're going to chrome a logo, do both, not just one. There is a lot of white on the Columbus jersey, too much for a dark kit. There is also too much color on the NYR jersey. I would leave the upper arms of the NYR jersey white, so that you can use the same style number you used on the back. The biggest problem, though is that Mario didn't do these designs. Yes, he credited them properly, but I still think that if you don't do your own designs, your skills won't improve.

Overall: There are some good elements here, the trouble is, Mario didn't design those elements. (5/10)

Anchorage Lights "NHL Rejects" Concept - TR

Positives: This series could yield some very interesting results. Just take a look at this concept. The striping is outlandish, but it is memorable. It does seem to be a design that was "too out there" for the NHL. The color pattern, especially on the black jersey, really brings to mind the Northern Lights against the night sky. I think this is a design that, while not likely to be accepted in the NHL, could work for a minor league team that doesn't need to take itself too seriously. Putting an Anchorage native on the back is a nice touch.

Negatives: You're either going to love this or hate it (thought I think I might be falling in the latter category, unexpectedly). I think the Calgary Hitmen jerseys are a good reaction comparison. The Aces logo can work, but doesn't feel quite like a perfect fit.

Overall: Unforgettable. Unacceptable. A perfect reject. (8.8/10) Concept of the Week nomination from me!

Hamilton Tigers "NHL Rejects" Concept - TR

Positives: The Hamilton Tigers existed during the barberpole striping era of the NHL. Those jerseys are far too busy for today's tastes, but the striping pattern does a good job of evoking those jerseys without overloading your eyes. The old Hamilton monogram logo makes a good shoulder patch. TR makes good use of Matt's logo, even if it is similar to the Panthers. 

Negatives: The hairy numbers. It reminds me of the old Minnesota Wild uniforms that I'm glad aren't around anymore.

Overall: This is a good looking set for Hamilton, and I love a good gold jersey, but that's the problem. It doesn't feel like a reject. (8.5/10)

That's all for today's post. Feel free to leave feedback on today's concepts, especially if you may have a differing opinion from my assessments. Be sure to nominate those you feel deserve a chance in next week's COTW vote.

For those of you who were responsible and voted for COTW, COTY- August, and the DEL Competition, here is your reward gif. You've earned it!

Those that didn't...take this shame gif. Submitting concepts and not voting is like wearing a counterfeit jersey to a hockey game.

One more thing, if you're looking for another way to get involved in the awesome HJC community, why not get in on our fantasy hockey action! Click this link to join up! 

 Come back this time tomorrow to find out who won Concept of the Week, August's best concept, and the winner of the DEL Competition! See you then!

September 12, 2014

Friday: This Post is a Part of a Complete Breakfast

I'll say it once, I'll say it again, TGIF.

Welcome to the HJC friday post.

Speculation is around the hockey jersey world now, as both Tampa and Pittsburgh have plans to unveil their new alternate jerseys later this month. I'm going to hold off on speculation but simply offer my predictions as to what the jerseys will be, and wait a couple weeks in antici..................................................................pation

Pittsburgh: Clean, straight forward yellow (yes yellow, not vegas gold) throwback to the mid 80's

Tampa Bay: This one is more difficult to predict! It's possible it could be a 2004 throwback, however, it's more likely this will be a modern jersey. Perhaps a black version of their current alternate with an actual logo.

Voting...ah yes voting... You have 3, count them 3 opportunities to vote this week. How often do you get that? All these votes are super special awesome important! So open your email,  type in HJC's email, and put

COTW- your vote
COTY- your vote

Then go the DEL contest page and comment top 5.

COTW Sep 1-7 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
DEL ReDesign Top 5 vote (Ends Saturday at 11:00am Eastern)
COTY August vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

Moving right on to the concepts!!!


Toronto Argonauts Concept (By: Justin S.)

Though I was very young when this logo was being used by the Argos, but it is the most famous in recent years, but it's one I haven't seen on any CFL crossovers, not even mine from a couple years ago. The jersey is very simple, but it is supposed to be a direct crossover of the Argos jerseys from the time. A hem stripe of some sort of lower jersey details would be suffice, but the one thing with football crossovers, is sometimes, getting the details of the actual jerseys works. Nice touch with the advertisements. (7.75/10)

Toronto Maple Leafs Crossover Concepts (By: Matt Mc.)

Here's the crossover I've been waiting for from Matt, my hometown Leafs (okay, 20 minutes northeast of my hometown). The home is classic Leafs, lots of blue and white, and the 27 stripes....hang on...27...oh this would have been perfect to work in the 13 stripes for each championship, it's the Leafs, not the Yankees (such a minor detail I know, but it would have been some perfect symbolism). Still a solid jersey. The away on the other hand is much more modern, with the chest stripe down the middle, based on the current alternate/67 striping.  Anyways, both are awesome, and using the right advertiser on the front..not that it would matter anyways. (9/10)

Vancouver Canucks Crossover Concepts (By: Matt Mc.)

Now matt goes a little more wild, two opposite jerseys, a flying V and Millionaires inspired kit. I've said before the flying V looks better in green and blue, and it transitions even better to soccer. It does however cut into the add, and the logo would perhaps look more natural if it were centred in the jersey (do soccer teams do that?). The Millionaire jersey I'm not a huge fan of, I've never been a fan of the Millionaires look though, it's all preference, but it is very well executed. Another solid concept.  Come back tomorrow for the series end! (8.75/10)

Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers Concepts (By: Caden P.)

This was Caden's entry to the DEL design (which btw you should totally vote in), and this would be a different design for the DEL, but still looks pretty good, baring a couple execution errors. The striping is nice, and the black cuffs add accent the logo has to the striping. The lack of hem stripe isn't bad, though, most European teams have ads, and that would be one place to put ads, and a small hem outline around the bottom. The yoke stripe is too thin though, and while the design element is solid, the stripe itself is too thin to be noticed. The numbers on the back are pixelated, as ar the name and tv numbers, though the whole deign itself is solid. (7.5/10)

Eisbaren Berlin Concepts (By: Christian L.)

Our 2nd DEL entry for the day comes from new Wednesday writer and HJC regular Christian L. I've seen several of Christian's international concepts, and he tends to go for non-matching sets, and this one, is non-matching but totally matches at the same time. The black jersey is very simple, but reminds me of the Jets (solid move btw) and the modern, almost sci-fi script above the logo makes for a great jersey. The white jersey is the same, and the gradient design gives the polar vibes. Again, the modern design is good, and it's nice to see the L.A. Kings esque script on the hem. Solid Concept!!! (9/10)

2015 Stadium Series Concept (By: Mario A.)

First off, if you are going to take a design from an artist, at least try to make something different. Seriously, the design doesn't look half bad, but at least change something in the striping. It's not that Mario changed hasn't nothing, but the changes still stick to the Stadium Series template Stephen submitted several times over the course of a couple weeks. This isn't so much a criticism of Mario, but anyone who just puts a team's logo on a Stadium Series template, it doesn't look good or original. I get the point of the games is to have some guidelines, but there jerseys look practically the same. The Colorado jersey is the better of the two, I actually like it a bit, but the Ottawa jersey doesn't fit. Between the logo and amount of gold, it's combining two eras that don't match. I'd go for a more black and red jersey or black and white with red to accent, but no gold. (6.25/10)

Vancouver Canucks Concept (By: Nathan N.)

Okay, rule of thumb for any new artists, using a template from the Hockey Uniform Database isn't the best idea, though the concept is a good idea, using a new template would make this very favourable. Getting rid of the big V with a separate Millionaires V fixes the problem. The idea is pretty good though, the square arm stripe actually looks good when it doesn't come down all the way, and the Vs are visible, but not in your face. The execution is what really brings down this concept, not just with the use of the HUD's template (check out the templates page to find all sorts of blank templates to work your magic on). The logo is very pixelated, and numbers right on the sleeves would never work in the NHL, though the idea is a unique one, the gloves would cover them up. Still, keep at it, Nathan, I can see you have the vision to be a top ranked concept artist! (5/10)

Arsenal FC Concept (By: Patrik G.)

Here's a concept artist who has been rising recently, Patrik transitions one of England's most successful football clubs, into a hockey team. The jersey itself does have a soccer vibe to it, though the vest like side panels remind me more of Aston Villa. The nike logo on the reebok template doesn't do anything, if you're going to use the Nike logo, use the Nike template. The font on the back is really cool though, a little fuzzy but it may be that way on purpose. Remember to ID your concepts though. (7/10)

That's the post ladies and gentlemen. Remember to vote, can't say that enough, it's so easy to do, even Dan Cloutier can do it. Seriously, it ends tonight! Come back tomorrow to receive your GIF for the choices you make tonight/a post from Caz.

Have a great weekend! 

September 11, 2014

Thursday: The Vet

Hey guys, welcome to another Thursday post.

First of all, I want to thank Alex for his time at HJC, and wish him good luck on his future.  I also want to welcome Caden and Christian to the HJC team! While they're new writers on the blog, they're hardly strangers to us, as their concepts have been featured on the blog for quite some time now.

Its hard to think that it's almost been a year since I started writing on the blog, and yet here I am, one of the longest serving current writers.  I remember how excited I was to get Ryan's email of acceptance, and I'm sure our new writers felt the same way.

But that's enough reflecting and introducing, it's hockey time.  This week we have the votes for the COTY August, COTW, and for the DEL Redesign competition.  Not many entries in the DEL competition, but there's a good chance someone will win their first competition here at HJC.  So remember to vote for your favourite concepts, all it takes is a few minutes and a few difficult decisions.

COTW Sep 1-7 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
DEL ReDesign Top 5 vote (Ends Saturday at 11:00am Eastern)
COTY August vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

Time for concepts!

Nevada Reds Concept - Zach W.

Yay: A brief search found nothing related to the "Nevada Reds", so I'll assume this is a made up team, made for the apparent NHL expansion to Las Vegas.  Zach takes the classic approach with this team, in both look and name. "Reds" wouldn't be original for all of pro sports, but the name could work for hockey. This uniform set definitely looks like something a college would wear.

Nay: The logo is way way way too big.  The outlining on some of the numbers looks really poorly done.  The stripes might look nicer if they were thinner, especially the hem stripes.  I think the logo colour and the number colours should match, like they do on the white jersey.  In my opinion, if LV got a team in the NHL, they should try to shake things up and go with a flashy, modern look.

Overall:  It's nice to go with a classic look, but if it's not done well, it looks boring and poorly executed.  I like the idea, but it has a long way to go. 6/10

Sudbury Wolves Concept - Nathan N.

Yay: Newcomer Nathan shows us his Sudbury Wolves redesign.  The Wolves have been plagued by awful designs throughout their history, so designing for them is always an adventurous risk.  Nathan gives us two different looks, a green throwback and a black update to their current 3rd.  The double-grey look is pretty interesting.

Nay: I'll start with the "throwback" the stripe design really makes this uniform too modern to really call it a throwback.  I like the exclusion of yellow, from their old jerseys, but green still seems like a strange colour for this team.  The 3rd is made more interesting with the stripes and double-grey, but the light grey shouldn't outline the white, and there should be some sort of hem stripe.  On both jerseys, there's no name, number, or TV numbers, and there's also no ID for the concept artist anywhere on the image.

Overall: If you ignore the execution errors, these uniforms are still pretty ugly, but slightly less ugly than the uniforms they're updating. 5.5/10

Calgary Flames Concept - TG

Yay: My opinion on the snot-horse has been noted many times on the blog, so I'll try to ignore that and focus on the concept itself.  A primarily yellow concept would be new to the Flames, but I think it would be an awesome new look.  The basic but modern striping complements Calgary's style, and looks good with these colours.  The maple leaf designs on the arms are a really nice touch.

Nay: I think a yellow jersey could work for the Flames, but not with this logo.  The logo has too much yellow, and somewhat blends into the jersey, when it should be standing out instead.  That could be fixed with a thicker outline, but I think using their current 3rd logo would be better, or sticking with the classic "C".  The colours and design remind me too much about the 80's-90's Canucks, and some Flames fans might take offense to that.

Overall: It's well executed, but a different logo would make it better. 7.8/10

St. Louis Blues Concept - Matt Mc.

Yay: Matt continues his series of putting NHL teams on soccer uniforms.  This concept is for the St Louis Blues.  I see two different eras of Blues' uniforms in play here, and both look great.  The blue jersey matches well with the modern Blues' look, and the yellow jersey has a cool 90's feel to it.  Both jerseys have the perfect mix of flashy, classy, and unique.

Nay: The reason I don't like the blue jersey is the same reason I don't like the Blues' recently-retired home jersey, the thin yellow piping.  I get that it matches the hockey jersey, but it's unnecessary and would look better without it.  The yellow jersey is great, but the stripes suddenly stopping looks a little weird. The jersey also looks a little bare, and could benefit from a shoulder patch or something.

Overall: A very respectable crossover. 8/10

Tampa Bay Lightning Concept - Matt Mc.

Yay: Matt's 2nd concept today is for the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Matt sticks to the blue and white colours Tampa Bay currently uses, and even edits one of their previous logos to match the colours, which is a great move.  The lightning bolt design on the white jersey is perfect for standing out and doesn't too ridiculous or gimmicky.

Nay: The blue jersey is pretty boring, and I'm not really a fan of the high chest stripe.  The bottom of the jersey could use some white.  The white jersey is pretty good, but the lightning design is crippled by having the Lightning logo inside of it.  Lightning-ception!  Moving the logo to the shoulder, or flipping the lightning bolt so it's on the other shoulder might work better.

Overall: I really like the white jersey, but not the blue one.  Decent set overall. 7.7/10

Colorado Avalanche Concept - Jamie R.

Yay:  Jamie creates this Avalanche concept with a logo change that is long overdue.  I love the Avs' current logo, but they're missing a huge opportunity by not using the "C" from their flag in some way.  Kudos for crediting the logo properly, and while you didn't make the logo yourself, it's an excellent choice for their new look.  I like the classic stripe approach with this uniform.

Nay: The logo looks either too big or too low on the jersey.  I'm not really buying the yoke used here, and would rather see a round or classic yoke.  I'm also not liking the black text on the white uniform.  It's what Colorado does now, so it makes sense why it was done, but it always bugged me to have black numbers instead of using the maroon or blue somehow.

Overall:  This concept is definitely believable, and would be an upgrade to their current set I think.  8.1/10

Sherbrooke Phoenix Concept - Ben S.

Yay: Despite Sherbrooke's colours, they have a fairly modern looking uniform.  Ben fixes that and gives them a classic look that they deserve.  As we've seen a lot today, simplicity is nice, but isn't always the answer.  In this concept, the simplicity of it is perfect.  I really like the arm stripes and equipment design, but everything here looks great.

Nay:  The jerseys look great, but are just a little too plain.  Hem stripes and possibly some shoulder patches could give this concept the push it needs to be perfect. 

Overall:  So close to perfect, but needs a little extra something. 8.6/10

Medicine Hat Tigers Concept - Justin S.

Yay: The finale of this post comes from Justin and his Medicine Hat Tigers concept.  While the heritage of the Tigers should be respected, it's crazy that they haven't tried something like this yet.  The Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL look great flaunting their stripes, and the Tigers should follow their footsteps and do something similar to this concept.  This concept is great because it is flashy, but isn't too outrageous and tacky.

Nay: I think the jersey could be helped out a bit if there was a stripe or something on the hem.  I also think the TV numbers could be more visible if it had some sort of outline around it, otherwise it's a little hard to see against the crazy background behind it.

Overall:  A jersey that must happen.  8.8/10

The last two concepts are both really good, but I'll give the slight edge to Justin S's Medicine Hat Tigers concept for my COTW nomination.

No long closing speech today, as I'm off to catch the Lethbridge Hurricanes' home opener against the Tigers tonight.  Don't forget to vote for the COTW, COTY August, and DEL Redesign Competition!

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