April 25, 2015

Saturday: And Here Come The Pretzels

Hey everyone.

This week was so slow that there really wasn't an appropriate title for today's post. Hopefully some of you got The Simpsons reference there though.

Great, I just wasted ten minutes looking up a Simpsons quote since I wrote that last sentence!


The winner of the COTW vote for April 12-18 was John E!

Full Results
John E. - 9
Ben S. - 1

The new COTW nominees have been listed on the side of the page. You can see the concepts by clicking on the banner or by going to the CONCEPT OF THE WEEK tab. Anyone can email their vote in, but be sure to get it in before the deadline. Friday at 11:59pm Eastern time.

This week, 9 concepts were nominated, 7 seconded, and 2 of those were thirded. As per COTW rules (found on both the COTW and COTY pages) when there are more than five concepts properly nominated and seconded, I get to choose which of those concepts gets entered into the COTW vote. I usually choose those concepts that have been thirded and fourthed and so on. I've done that this week, which also shows why you should continue to nominate concepts for COTW even if they have already been nominated.


This past week we got to see all of the entries that came in for the Pairs Competition. Great work by everyone!

This week we will be voting on those presentations. Remember, we'll have two winners. One from the Logos Division and one from the Jerseys Division. Click the banner at the top of the page for all of the voting rules or simply go to the PAIRS COMPETITION tab. Voting ends on Friday at 11:59pm Eastern.


If you've entered the HJC Playoff Pool, updated standing after Anaheim's and the Rangers' series wins have been posted.

For the first week of May I will be in Disney World. I thought about bringing my computer to do HJC stuff, but I think I'll ignore the emails for the week and take care of them when I get back. As a result, there will be regular concepts posted that week, but the week after that will be clear. We'll do some sort of competition where the winner is named that week's COTW champ.

COTW April 19-25 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

April 24, 2015

Friday: Three's Company

TGIF! Welcome to the Friday's post!'

Yes, the Jets got their @$$ handed to them by the Ducks, blowing it in half the games, but seriously.....they got what they deserved the way they were playing.

We have a very short post today (as with most of the posts this week) with 3 concepts. This is a record low, and just like California, we are in a drought. Not sure why this is, concepts tend to fluxuate, but they should not be this low. If you think the blog is getting stale, tell use why so we can keep the great name of HJC going! We need your concepts!

Wanna begin your weekend on an awesome note? Check out today's Pairs's Comp. entry on the HJC design blog! We even have the link right here!


Voting, don't forget to do it! Just because there's only COTW to vote for and two concepts to vote for, doesn't mean you shouldn't vote! It's going to be a tight vote, so voting extra important.

COTW vote April 12-18 (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

On to the Concepts! Today I'll review the concepts as the stereotypical voices of famous hockey analysts (Don Cherry, Pierre McGuire & Darren Dreger). If you don't like this idea, let me know! I just wanted to try something new to get readership/interest up!


Winnipeg Jets Concepts (By: Ben M.) (From the voice of Don Cherry)

+ Alright, boys, what we got here is just a classic case of if it ain't broken don't try to fix it! If we look at the striping, look at the striping Ron, look at it, the original pattern remains intact and then the smart guy who designed this put in the red, yes the red. I've never understood why the Jets came back without one of their three original colours they were known for when I coached the Colorado Rockies and played the Jets, what a game that was eh? Remember Lanny McDonald? what a player, Hall of Famer! Okay Okay Okay, and that alternate, I'll tell ya something, the most beautiful jersey in NHL history, in my opinion and the Jets would make a killing off of it, if they brought it back, you know it, I know it, bring it back.

- Now, I'm gonna say this, I'm gonna say this, the Jets don't need a chest stripe, and it crowds the logo. The jersey is fine without it, don't change a good thing to make it hip for the kids who wouldn't know the original Jets. On the subject of the alternate, the original logo would be amazing coming back, bring back the history, and don't leave it to old farts like me.

(picture the whole time, Ron Maclean trying to say something but not able to because Don Cherry won't stop talking)

Rating: 8/10- You're doing well Ben, Grapes says so! COTW Nom form ME! NOW TAKE SOME COLD FX!

Winnipeg Jets Concept (By: Jack D.) (From the voice of Pierre McGuire)

+ The Jets could totally go for the original colours. It works well for the Jets, reminds me of Sydney Crosby/ The Jets secondary logo is strong enough to be front an centre on a jersey, just like Sydney Crosby. The original Jets striping and font is classic hockey, just like Sydney Crosby.

- There's a lot of execution problems with this jersey, just like the Penguins without Sydney Crosby. The logo has a pixelated border around it, the numbers on the back are not lined up with the name back and the blues in the logo and jersey do not match. Sydney Crosby would not approve. The Jets on the striping are a unique idea, something Sydney Crosby would think up, but it doesn't work as is.

Rating:  6/10- Needs more Sydney Crosby-like work

New York Americans Concept (By: Brooks F.) (From the voice of Darren Dreger)

+ The Americans have a good prospect in Freebie, and any team that wants to get him out of these wonderful jerseys will have to give up at least a 3rd round pick to get him out of that star filled kit. I have several sources saying this is a solid way to update the Americans without being tacky. A source close to the team says they were the first team to attempt to wear a name on the back of a jersey. Excellent execution.

- One thing the Americans have to do if they want to succeed design-wise, that's change the font. The Winnipeg Jets & Montreal Canadiens are both willing to trade a #2 centre & mid-round draft pick for the Americans to change the font of there numbers, since it doesn't show up well on the back of the jersey. The Dallas Stars are also interested in a 4th line 2 way defenceman and a prospect to keep the stars from overlapping the stitching, making them look pasted on afterwords and not of the jersey themselves.

Rating: 7.75/10- Something to keep an eye open for at the draft, but needs some work

That's the post!
Don't forget to vote and checkout the Pairs entries!
Go...oh wait.....
Have an awesome weekend!

April 23, 2015

Thursday: Bright Colors

Hello again guys. You all most likely know what's been going on in the playoffs so no need to update you guys on that. I will say though I'm surprised the Jets got swept. I was hoping they would go further than that, or at least win a few games. I also was at the Pens game last night. Aside from the disappointing loss that puts them on the brink of elimination it was pretty fun. I also picked myself up a new jersey which I've been wanting to get my hands on for a while now:
I've noticed a few things about replicas from pictures I've seen and now even more after getting this, but is it just me or do the logos seem abnormally large on replicas? They always seem to look really big, and I mainly notice it with this jersey too.

Anyways enough rambling about that here's today's pairs competition presentation. I've actually been really impressed so far. It seems like everyone has brought their best concept creating skills to the table on this one.

And the usual voting reminders...well, reminder.
COTW vote April 12-18 (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

And now for the concepts. Hopefully this is just a slow week for the blog and not trend, maybe people were just working on the competition entries.

Jarrett T. - Oakland Seals

This concept from Jarrett supposedly modernizes the Seals. While I wouldn't say this is too much of a modernization aside from the edge template, that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Classic designs almost always look better, as proven by how popular a lot of these throwback jerseys are with fans. The striping patten looks good, but they look a bit thin. The yellow as an accent color in the way you used it looks great and it really pops out, especially on the green jersey. I would add some more green on the white jersey though, maybe on the cuffs or something.
Overall: Solid set (8/10)

Jarrett T. - Oakland Seals
Here we have the alternate jersey to go with the set above. This one appears to be based off of one their uniforms from when they were the California Golden Seals, and the throwback look is pulled off well. I think the shoulder patch should be the version of the logo you used on the white jersey in the previous set, because the white in that logo stands out to me in a bad way. I like the font used for the alternate captain patch, and the wordmark looks good too. The logos look very pixelated too, though.
Overall: Another solid jersey (8/10)

Ryan C. - San Jose Barracuda
I personally am not a fan of the logo for the new San Jose AHL team, nor am I a fan of their Sharks copies of jerseys. I like the logo you used for this set, I mean I still don't really like it but I think it's better than the one with the sponsor logo behind it. That isn't your fault though. I think they would look unique, yet still tied in with San Jose's branding by wearing an orange uniform. I also think teal pants might look better, but I also don't recall ever seeing them used so I don't know how good that would look on the ice. I would also change the sock stripes to match the jersey striping more. Execution is good except one thing: the vertical stitching should stop at the hem stripes.
Overall: Better than what they're actually going to be wearing and a good look for them (8.5/10)

Well that's all I have for today. I still really hope this is just an slow week for HJC and we'll have more concepts again to review next week. I'm going to nominate Ryan's Barracuda concept for COTW this week. Thanks for reading, and I'll see you guys again next week.

April 22, 2015

Wednesday: Retiring

No i'm not retiring designing concepts, just reviewing them. I just don't have the time. I don't want to keep posting posts late, and I'm sure theres a great replacement for me out there. I'ts been really fun writing posts for this blog.. it's a great community and it needs to never end.. and lately we just haven't been getting a lot of concepts so hopefully everyone can keep contributing. Anyways enough about that sad news, we've got the pairs competition going on right now! I've been reaallllllyyyy impressed with both entries so far so great job. Here is todays link:


COTW vote April 12-18 (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

By the time the post has been posted i'll probably be on my way to the sens playoff game. How has everyone been enjoying the playoffs so far? It's been frustrating for me. Hopefully I can have a perfect bracket though! 

Concept time! 

Jack D - Vancouver Canucks
Jack takes a stab at improving the Canucks. I like the logo change. I personally like this one better than"stick in a rink". The dark jersey is perfect. No complaints. On the other hand The light uniform doesn't need the blue yoke, but if you were to take that away you would need some cuffs or something to add some blue. Overall: Execution is great, and design is almost perfect. (8.25/10)

Jamie R - Vancouver Canucks
I forgot how much I liked this colour scheme. Great job to bring it back. I love the bold striping on the light jersey its looks great. Execution is superb. If I had a few complaints, I'd try to match the striping on the dark jersey more to the one on the light jersey. Lastly, I just don't like that stick in the rink logo... I get its iconic but I just think it looks awful. Personal opinion thought. Overall: Another great Vancouver Canuck design. (8.5/10)

Michael G 

Michael has been design university jerseys, and I love how he goes with a classy look as it almost always looks great. In this case it does. Simple stripes. This is what a hockey jersey is all about. Inside the collar should be the colour of the yoke. Overall: Not much to complain here, good job (8.25/10)

Well here it goes for the last time, Have a great week everyone and don't forget to vote! 

April 21, 2015

Tuesday: Slow Week.

What might be the smallest batch of concepts I've ever seen before on HJC is coming up for this week. Three concepts on all posts this week. Hopefully a lot of people are just taking some time off like me and will come back with a bang. Also I hope there is a new batch of new designers soon. It's always fun to see new people getting into the community. I can quit the chatter though and give you the link to todays Competition Entry.


and of course the deadline to vote!

COTW vote April 12-18 (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)


And now onto the concepts!

All concepts today with a black and (vegas)gold scheme too

Purdue Boilermakers - David P.
 I will start off to say that I've started to like the vegas gold and black scheme lately. I used to despise it but now I kind of wish Pittsburgh keeps it, but changes their design. The main designs you have is sort of what I'd like to see Pittsburgh go to (the pre edge design) but without the yokes for Pittsburgh. As for this concept theres just some small inconsistencies that I think could make the overall jersey stronger. The width of the white outline stripes all differ in sizes. I would choose the size on the arms, I think that's more visually pleasing. Making the yoke outline like that would be a lot better too. I know that might give trouble with TV numbers and placement for that but you might just have to move them down more. That's why I dislike the NIKE templates. It's hard to make a nice combination of yoke and TV numbers.

Rating: 7.6/10

Pittsburgh Penguins - Jack D.
 This Pittsburgh concept takes the idea striping from their alternate now and incorporates it even more traditionally to a set. To me, there is too much gold around this set. Especially on the away. It goes from a primary black uniform to black being the secondary accent color on the away. I would try and balance out the colors. Perhaps switching the gold and black or removing the yoke. Removing the yoke though makes the concept look nothing special though. I would personally either remove the yoke or like the above concept, match the outline so theres a gap between the colors of the yoke.

Rating: 7.4/10

Michigan Tech University - Michael G.
I really do like the look of the script for this team. And I like the roundel logo. All in all it's a nice traditional set. Could be an "untouchable" of the NCAA hockey world. Other than the slightly big shoulder patches the. execution is nice here. Some of my slight changes would be to switch the gold and black on the white jerseys numbers. Then making the all gold collar on the white black or adding a black outline with gold. Nice. Very nice.

Rating: 8.2/10

So there's that. Another short post will follow today. I will try to get the incentive of sending in more concept, hopefully you can too. The problem for me is that I've done this for some time now that I know what is accepted, what's not, and what's been explored. The only thing left for me to keep making concepts and having the incentive is if I create a team which...hopefully I can finish my small project this summer. 

Enjoy your day. Enjoy Playoff Hockey! And Enjoy that McDavid guy Oiler fans and I will enjoy my Jack! Not the alcohol.