October 31, 2014

Friday: In the Dark

Happy Halloween Readers!

Are you dressing up this year to party/handout candy/get candy?

If so, why not share in the comments?

The Bruins dressed up as the characters from Frozen, which is awesome!

Need a last minute costume idea? Why not just throw a hockey jersey on, a paper bag and call it a Leafs/ fan in April?

The jersey world is not immune to dressing up, particularly in the minor leagues.

In the ECHL, the Toledo Walleye and Evansville Icemen are playing dress up..on November 22nd for Super Hero night. The Walleye will be Adam West Batman, and the Icemen will be Ugly Tablecloth  The Riddler.

Photo from toledowalleye.com

How does it look...fantastic. Obviously no team could do this full time, but once a year, like Star Wars jerseys in minor league baseball, there's a certain charm to teams wearing outrageous jerseys that emulate pop culture icons.

Halloween is the 2nd most important thing going on tonight, however. It's the end of the entry phase for the Quad City Mallards contest! Remember, your jersey may be ACTUALLY WORN in an ECHL game, just like those Batman jerseys. Get your entry in before midnight TONIGHT!

Also important, COTW voting ends TONIGHT! Remember to get your vote in!

Finally, get in your HJC 5th anniversary logo concepts. There's only one entry so far, and it will be featured all November now, unless you enter, then yours might be.

COTW Oct 20-26 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Quad City Mallards Jersey Competition (ends Friday October 31st)
HJC 5 Year Anniversary Logo (due this week)

On to the Concepts!


New York Islanders Concept (By: David P.)

The Islanders are playing quite well (yes Phil & Caz, you did tell me so) but their new home needs some touch ups before it's ready for hockey. This embarrassing oversight in jumbotron symmetry inspired David's concept. It's a very simple concept, not much of a change, but still pretty funny. The logo is very pixelated though. Seeing the back of the jersey and having the numbers be off centred would complete the concept. It's not a concept meant to be taken seriously, so I won't rate it based on the normal scale, but on the joke concept scale.... (8/10)

Ottawa Senators Concepts (By: Alan H.)

As I've mentioned before, while I have a nostalgic love for this pattern, the original jerseys were far from good looking, even decent looking. Alan tries to combine the inaugural reborn Sens with their first alternate and what we get is an interesting mix that works in some ways, though the flaws of the original are still visible. The logo swap was a huge upgrade, as is the switch to black as a primary colour. Having the swoosh be less steep and less consuming of the hem works makes for a better chest stripe rather than an ugly hem stripe. The numbers on the back are the only problem with this concept. They aren't invisible, but the 4 or whatever number would be there would be hard to see. The way around that is to make that space the colour of the jersey. (8.5/10)

Stadium Series Concept (By: Ben S.)

Oh this would be such a fun outdoor game. The Sharks and Canucks battling it out 1994 style. I'm of the opinion that the Stadium Series jerseys should stick to one template, but not look the same (different stripping patterns, logos, thickness, gear etc.) The Canucks jersey alone is incredible. This would be a fantastic was of reintroducing the skate on the plate identity. Nice pants design. The Sharks jersey is also good, though I would have used the old shark rather than the new shark, since the numbers go much better with that logo. (9/10) COTW Nom. from Me!!!

Arizona Coyotes Concepts (By: CPM)

Oh full bodied desert artsy coyote, how I've missed you (Though, I was 7 when this logo was dropped and just born when it was introduced). Anyways, the Yotes appear to be playing with the idea of ditching their boring jersey for something brighter and with that pattern. I love the shear amount of pattern on both jerseys, and the angled yoke, beautiful touch on the back. The white jersey I'd say is the better of the two, especially since the maroon jersey doesn't use any white, and white/sand can work together well, even in small amounts. The collar may be a bit too much though. Also, the font, while unique, reminds me of the late 90's Leafs rather than the Yotes font which with a small outline would be better set. (8.75/10)

Modo SHL Concept (By: Zack W.)

On Jets96's up and coming artists, Zach is certainly starting make a name for himself, and is improving every post.  This concept looks awesome, though it is not without flaws. First the good, the striping! It's a unique pattern and since MODO is one of those classic team that should have a classic alternate. The stars on the helmet and socks look sick too. The problems will be fixed with practice . The name on the back and numbers are blurred and as I mentioned, using another program will fix that (Word tends to blur the lines) The stars on the shoulder stripe would look better if they were more sublimated. The logo on the front is too large. (7.25/10)

That's the post folks! Remember to vote, get your entries in and have an awesome halloween.

October 30, 2014

Thursday: Pool Talk

Hey gang, welcome to another awesome Thursday post here at HJC!

A few little tidbits to throw your way before we get to concepts:

1) The Mallards competition is nearly finished! If you haven't submitted your entry, you have less than 2 days to do so.  We almost have 80 entries, which is insane! Keep 'em coming!

2) Ryan is looking for a 5 Year Anniversary logo/patch to showcase on the blog next month.  He wanted one last week, and got one entry, so he's accepting entries this week as well.  Make a design for the best hockey jersey blog out there, and have said blog showcase that design for a whole month? Sounds like a no-brainer to me.

3) Congratulations to Jake88 for winning the COTY 3rd Quarter Vote.  He now has 2 designs in the COTY semi-finals, giving him really good odds to win it all. Also congrats to Dylan N. for winning last week's COTW vote.

4) Unrelated to the blog, but I wanted to share the details of a small "hockey pool" I'm in with a few friends.  We do things a little differently. At the start of the year we pick 3 teams, and whoever owns the team that gets closest to the Stanley Cup (or wins it) wins the pool.  Fairly simple eh?  The teams were picked in a draft style, so you might not get all the teams you want.  So here is how the draft went:

Me: Boston, Pittsburgh, Anaheim

Friend 1: Montreal, Philadelphia, Nashville

Friend 2: New York Islanders, Los Angeles, Vancouver

Who here likes my chances?  Right now, I think I did pretty good with my picks, but there's a long season ahead of us, so who knows what will happen.

Anyway, concept time!

COTW Oct 20-26 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Quad City Mallards Jersey Competition (ends Friday October 31st)
HJC 5 Year Anniversary Logo (due this week)

Montreal Canadiens - Connor J.

Yay:  First up is Connor's Montreal concept.  Any Habs concept that isn't their current style is automatically interesting, and a primarily blue jersey is very intriguing.  The jersey stays pretty simple, but the full length arms are something different for Montreal, possibly for the better. 

Nay:  This concept is rough around the edges, literally. Where the stripes meet the end of the jersey, the edges just look really choppy. The TV numbers on the back look slightly bigger than on the front, especially the 7.  The hem stripes could be moved down just a little bit. Finally, I think having a blue outline on the logo, and then a thin white or red outline outside of that would look a little nicer, being very nitpicky there though.

Overall: Lots of things I like, but quite a few little issues.  Executed a bit better and this would be golden.  7.3/10

 Seattle Metropolitans - CPM

Yay:  Colin continues his "Brights Series" with the Metropolitans.  Personally, a Seattle NHL team with any other identity would be a crime.  This set looks really crisp and clean, and while it's design isn't far off from the original, simplifying the S and using pure white gives this jersey a timeless appeal that could work in any era.

Nay:  I feel like the laces on the white jersey should be a different colour, not just white.  I know there isn't much to work with, but with how simple the logo is and plain most of the jersey is, some good shoulder patches would get this concept really close to 10/10.

Overall: Love it!  9.1/10

 Hershey vs Mars - David P.

Yay:  Next up we have two classic candy brands fighting it out.  Hershey retains it's classic appeal with these monotone traditional jerseys. which fit the identity perfectly.  In contrast, Mars uses a modern approach which also suits it's product identity. Mars' striping pattern, used by Anaheim, has the right amount of flashiness without going overboard. 

Nay: All of these jerseys do their job perfectly, besides the black Mars jersey.  Get rid of the yoke (or colour it in with another colour), and find a way to recolour the logo or get rid of the circle outline.  The Mars logo looks really rough and pixelated.

Overall: While the degree of difficulty isn't too high with this concept, the jersey styles match the brands perfectly.  7.8/10

2015 ASG Arizona and Tampa - Jason P.

Yay: Next up is the 4th and final part of Jason's All-Star Game series.  This concept shows the Arizona Coyotes in ASG blue, and the Tampa Bay Lightning in ASG red.  If I understand correctly, Jason sees the ASG players wearing these jerseys with their respective logos, instead of the NHL shield which is a pretty cool idea.  The Coyotes look fantastic in these colours.  The presentation and detail on this concept, although cluttered, is very impressive.

Nay:  The logos look too big on all of the jerseys.  Comparing the same jersey with different colours and logos is kinda interesting, but I think revisiting this series with stripe patterns that reflect each team would be a great idea, like making the stripe patterns for the Coyotes resemble their 90's striping in a way.

Overall:  The concept itself is simple to execute, but the basic idea and detail/presentation are pretty cool. 8/10

Minnesota Wild - Zach P.

Yay:  Finally, we have Zach's Minnesota Wild alternate.  Considering that their home looks like an alternate and this looks similar in design to their road jerseys, I could see this becoming a home uniform for them.  Traditional, not too "Christmas-like", and still looks good with the vintage white.  I'd easily take this over their current red jersey.

Nay: I don't really get the "M" logo. It doesn't look like something they've used before, or would use, yet its thrown all over the place here.  Personally, I'd use their wordmark logo seen on their current alternate, or the shoulder patch from their old road uniforms.  I'd also get rid of the green gap between the number and outline, and add some TV numbers.

Overall: In general, I like it, but it needs a bit more work.  7/10

My COTW nominee is going to be CPM's Seattle Metropolitans concept!

If you are bored with nothing to do after this post, refer to the list above and make those Mallards/5 Year Anniversary concepts.  Finished? Then make sure you vote for this week's COTW.  Done that? ...well that's all I have this time, so relax, watch some hockey, and work on some concepts!

That's it for me today.  Thanks for reading and Happy Halloween!

October 29, 2014

Wednesday: It's a numbers game.

 It's Wednesday! That means... another post full of conceptual goodness! But before you start reading and enjoying this post, why not vote for COTW? Four concepts are featured this week, so at least one must satisfy you! And once you do that, finish your Mallards jersey concept if you haven't already, but don't procrastinate!

COTW Oct 20-26 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Quad City Mallards Jersey Competition (ends Friday October 31st)

*** Edit by Ryan ***
Over on the HJC Design Blog, I've tried to get all the info I have regarding the different levels of jerseys you can purchase, on one post. I put a bit of time into it, so go check it out. You may learn something.
Let's move on to the show. Today I have a different way of rating concepts. I will give you a player number. If i give you Luongo (his number is 1) it is equal to 0.1/10. If i give you Stamkos (his number is 91) It is equal to 9.1/10. Essentially, you don't want to get a player with a low number.

Dion - Pittsburgh Penguins
Positives: Pittsburgh looks great in gold! The striping reminds me of the striping found on the powder blue alternate from the winter classic a while ago. Angled stripes work well with the logo.
Negatives: The robo penguin logo should stay in the past. It's not as good as their current logo. Execution is good but helmet logos would make it better. 
Overall: It's not bad, but it's not as good as their new alternate jersey. Player: Tyler Toffoli

Jason - All star game

Positives: I'm guessing he Jersey take inspiration front the current Columbus jerseys and the old Minnesota jerseys. Its simple but it looks nice.
Negatives: I need a little context. Does every team have their logo on the front of the jersey? Why a dark and light jersey?
Overall: Well detailed concept, but I need a little more info. Player: Victor Hedman 

Nathan - Florida Panthers

Positives: It's not often we see logo concepts, so its always fun reviewing them! This is a mashupt between the old Panthers alternate logo and the current logo. It really looks like the panther is jumping out of the roundel!
Negatives: In my opinion, roundels are used often enough that when you have a logo that can hold on its own ( in this case the panther logo ) then why put a roundel with it.
Overall: Great idea, but comes up short. Player: Jaromir Jagr

Zach - Nashville Predators

Positives: Nashville could use a nice blue alternate. Great execution. 
Negatives: I don't get the striping. Is it supposed to be piano keys? It looks off to me. When I think of Predators I think of a fierce modern jersey and not something classic. 
Overall: good start but I'd go in a more modern direction with this. Player: Braden Holtby

CPM - Winnipeg Jets

Positives: Love that Colin took out the light blue of the colour scheme. In my opinion the colour did not fit well with the logo. Instead cooling brings us more grey! The yoke looks really cool. Execution is superb.
Negatives: I feel like the hem and arm striping would fit better the Colorado branding, it doesn't look bad, but it seems a bit off having mountainy stripes
Overall: Colin has been giving us great jerseys with his Bright series. PLayer: Sidney Crosby

That concludes today's post! Like a concept? Nominate it! Don't like a concept? Bash it! Kiding, but seriously vote, and keep making concepts! Have a great week everyone!

October 28, 2014

Tuesday: Alternates everywhere!

Hey guys, Caden here. So yeah. The amount of concepts being sent in is pretty low. We only have 5 for today's post. I know you may be busy with your Mallards concepts, cause we have a lot of those, but you should submit regular ones as well. I think I can speak on behalf of Ryan and the other writers when I say that any poor feedback on your concept wasn't meant to hurt your feelings, and it definitely wasn't meant to make you stop sending in concepts. Keep working and you will get better.

COTW Oct 20-26 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Quad City Mallards Jersey Competition (ends Friday October 31st)

CPM Montreal Canadiens

Colin, the now 2-1 assistant GM for my fantasy team, "Brights" the Canadiens, adding a chest stripe to the away jersey. This series has been one of my favorites on HJC recently. I'm going to be sad when it ends. Hopefully we can get some of the same well executed concepts. I love the new style of the chest stripe. Also, I've always thought that the home and away jerseys should be the same design (where permitting). I don't like the solid red shoulder yoke on the white jersey, maybe add a blue stripe... 


Dion San Jose Sharks
I've never gotten to review any of Dion's concepts in my posts, so welcome! I like the grey in the striping. Another thing I'm a fan of is the recolored logo. It looks really sharp! I really think that you should add a hem stripe, it will help differentiate it from the home jersey. A hint of orange would also be cool.


Jason NHL All Star Game

I never thought about this, but this is an amazing idea! If you do all of the same design jerseys, It would be a cool idea to have the logo from the team the player came from as the front crest, and delegate the all star logo to the shoulders. Not sure how that would fare on TV though. I wish that you would have done the black and green rumored to be on the 2015 All Star jerseys. 


SUC  Tampa Bay Lightning

I don't really have much to say about this particular concept. I love it as a fan jersey and maybe even a one off, but I reallllly never want to see it on the ice again in the 2010s. The 90s afforded designs like this, but I don't think it would work today. ALSO, the big point here, none of this is your design. You took an original jersey, put the current logo and block font onto it and called it quits. Maybe to work with this design you have to modernize it (somehow) and make it more original and creative.

F (If this jersey never existed and it was your original design, I would give you an A for creativity.)

SG-94 Edmonton Oilers

As the Edmonton Oilers Stanley Cup parade moves through downtown Edmonton, the millions of fans scream, as the team drives by, sporting their classy new alternate jerseys. Ok, so we might be a long way off from that, but I hope we aren't a long way off from this jersey (or something like it) being used by the Oilers. Orange is such a big part of their branding, I wish that they used it as a primary color for a jersey. The one thing I dislike is the shoulder yoke. Eww,

A- (without the yoke it would be an A, with a good looking yoke an A+)

So that's all for the post today! I hope you enjoyed. You guys should totally send in concepts. Who knows, it might be featured in NHL 15!


PS. Here's something for the comments section, 

Breaking Bad-Waling Dead
Hockey-Soccer (lol)
Eastern Conference or Western

Leave one answer from each line as ONE COMMENT in today's comment section for people to read.

October 27, 2014

Monday: Buzz buzz....

Good afternoon fellow hockey enthusiasts!

Before we jump into things I have a few quick reminders for you...

Only one COTW vote this week, so be sure to help pick that winner. You also have til the end of Friday to get your Mallards entries in...  I better get busy on mine! Also, don't forget, we've got our anniversary coming up...Hope you didn't forget, did you make us a logo?

COTW Oct 20-26 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Quad City Mallards Jersey Competition (ends October 31st)

So those of you who who follow me on Twitter or Tumblr may have seen this last Tuesday when it broke, but NHL 15 had its latest content update... The update included little things here and there, some new alternate jerseys around the league, St. Louis' new jerseys, and some CHL jerseys. I thought nothing of it, until I received a tweet from Mr. Tyler Gross letting me know my Sarnia Sting jersey had made it into the game...

Now, my Sarnia jersey was designed in early 2012 and started being worn later that year. It should have been in NHL 13... It wasn't... It should have been in NHL 14... It wasn't... and then this year rolls around and the jersey isn't in the game at launch (along with a lot of other key features). I'd lost all hope that it would appear in the EA title. I didn't know whether to believe it. I'd been fooled before by this before... (I have mean friends)

Tyler sent me a screenshot of the team select screen that looked legit so I had to check it out for myself.... and... oh my...

NHL 15 Screenshot - TubbsFM - Reddit
So I popped my copy in and started playing.

NHL 15 Screenschot

The feeling was so surreal, something that I created (And also was originally featured on THIS site before the Sting competition) was in the NHL series. Now I've seen the team wear it in real life. I've seen the NHL post an instagram of a player in my jersey. I love when the jersey gets exposure, but this is special. I've been playing this series for as long as I can remember.....

As of right now, I haven't seen the jersey pop up in HUT, which I play the most. So the only way to see it in the game right now is play as the Sarnia Sting. Hopefully it finds its way into HUT so I can make my team wear it. Would love to see some current NHL stars rocking the jersey in the virtual worl

I also did this... 

NHL 15 Screenschot
NHL 15 Screenschot

Maybe someday.......

Enough about me, lets get to the concepts!

Chicago Blackhawks Third Jersey Concept - Josh L.
Josh wants to see the chest stripe back in Chicago, but he goes way out of the box with it. The Tomahawk C logo gets the main crest treatment, which, don't get me wrong, I'm a Hawks fan, and I love the logo, but I don't think it looks right as the main crest on a jersey. It's also the wrong C. The team puts the C used here on merchandise and marketing material, while THIS C is used on the jersey. The name on the back is way too big while the number seems small, but maybe that's because the name is so big. The TV numbers are placed in a silhouette of the Hawks' primary logo complete with feathers. That's way too busy to go on the arm of a jersey. That logo should be on the shoulders and not as a silhouette. I think this is close to being a suitable third jersey, but some of those super out of the box ideas aren't going to fly on a Hawks' sweater.

Rating: 5.5/10

Old Dominion University Hockey Concept (ACHA) - James J.
Nice to see ACHA teams get represented on the site. I played in the ACHA for three years. Through some research it looks like the OD team is a club team not really run by the school. Their jerseys are nothing to write home about. James adds a little more character to them. I think the stripe under the logo is so thin, that it's unnecessary. The arm striping is very paint-bucket-y but the blue arm length yoke kind of makes it look better. The font used for the name and numbers could be way better as well. The front number (grr) looks too small while the number on the back looks too big. The namebar isn't the right size for the name, it should be barely longer than the name and barely taller than the letters. Lastly, the NHL patch on the collar should be missing. 

I don't think this is that far off from being a really nice jersey. It'd be nice to see a light version too.

Rating: 6/10

Battle of the Brands Concept - Xbox One vs. PS4 - David P.
This rivalry tends to get heated between nerds. I'm one of the nerds but I keep my temper down because I don't care THAT much. The Xbox jerseys are green Buffalo jerseys and the PS4 jerseys most closely resemble the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in the QMJHL, so nothing new in the jersey department. I am a sucker for a green jersey though. The shoulder patches on both jerseys are way too close to the collar and I'd avoid using wordmarks. The Microsoft logo should be fine on its own, it's very recognizable on its own. As for the Sony logo, which IS a wordmark, maybe try a sponsorship patch on the chest. Honestly, I don't think either set needs the shoulder patches.

Rating: 6.75/10

NHL All Star Game Jersey Concepts - Pt. 1 & 2 - Jason P.
A little bit of background here would be nice. Like, are these jerseys for the fans of each individual team or are they game or skills competition jerseys for the players. Why is there a home AND away for each team? Shouldn't one conference be dark and one be light? Besides all of that, it's different to see the logos colored this way on jerseys. Not necessarily a bad different either, it's done right. Clearly, a lot of work went into this, especially figuring out how to make the Blackhawks logo look right in a monotone color scheme. The jerseys themselves are pretty tame compared to the last few All Star games. I wouldn't mind seeing something more out of the box though, it's what I'm used to.

Rating: 7.75/10

Pittsburgh Penguins Concept - Brights Series - Colin M.
I'm a big fan of blue in the Penguins color scheme. I don't think they'll ever return to their blue roots full time, but something like this as an alternate would look great. I really like both jerseys here, but the white jersey looks like it would make a great white jersey for the Buffaslug. I'm a fan of this concept and maybe one day we'll actually get to see something like this.

Rating: 9/10

Regarding the Blackhawks secondary logo I mentioned earlier in the post...

As a design nerd and Hawks fan, it pisses me off that the tomahawk logo is different on the jerseys and everywhere else. I love Love LOVE the C on the jerseys. The serif makes it look way better. I would love nothing more than the Hawks getting their shhhhhhtuff together and using the actual jersey C everywhere all the time. What do you guys think?

end rant...

Well that ends today's post on HJC! Hope you enjoyed it, and if you really love us, you'll vote and get your Mallards entry in this week. Just saying...