April 19, 2014

Saturday: For the Birds

Hello everyone and welcome to HJC's Saturday post! We have several great concepts today, including five concepts featuring birds and feathers in their primary logo, hence the reason for today's title. It's odd how things like that can happen, huh? 

I don't have to tell you that playoffs are full swing, but man have they been entertaining so far. I don't know how many games you all have been watching, but that Chicago/St. Louis game Friday night was absolutely nuts. I stayed up and watched the full game. That's going to be an awesome series, I can't wait for today's game at 3! 

One series I've been really surprised with is the Tampa Bay/Montreal Series. I have the Lightning picked to win it in 7 in our Playoff Pool, but the Lightning's goaltending situation has me doubting my prediction. Those games have been hard-fought, though. With P.K. Subban trying to destroy everyone within 5 feet of him, and Stamkos showing how incredibly dangerous he is with the puck, this series is showing that two teams don't need "history" to play an entertaining series. 

What series are you enjoying the most so far?

Here are the last of the entries into Edmonton Oilers Steel Drop Competition:

Dylan A.


Dylan W.



Jay V.



By the way, if anyone is looking for their own Oilers "steel drop" third jersey, and you like you're jerseys big, here's a Sheldon Souray replica I came across today for a decent price.

Moving on to today's concepts...

Washington Capitals Alternate Concept - Colin M.


What I like: Colin's execution is always top-notch. The chest striping works surprisingly well with the "Weagle" logo. The stripe placing is proportionately perfect. It lines up really well. The Caps' script logo is well suited to alternate duty. I love to see an artist take the time to put them on helmets and pants.

What I dislike: I've never been big on stars, and I think there's just a couple too many here. I would take the red stars off the shoulders, but that's not a big dispute.

Overall: Superb alternate for the Capitals here. (8.8/10) COTW nomination from me!


New Jersey Devils Alternate Concept - Colin M.


What I like: This is a very sharp design. Many people would like to see a black alternate from the Devils, and I think it makes perfect sense. The design is pretty conservative, but I think that would suit the Devils' conservative management.

What I dislike: I think the outline on the yoke is a bit too thick. I believe Colin is matching the thickness of the collar, but I think a thinner outline would improve the look. No helmet logo on this one.

Overall: Many would like to see something like this, and for good reason. (8.5/10)


Team Slovakia Concept - Jake88


What I like: Slovakia had some of my favorite jerseys from Sochi, but then again, that's like talking about my favorite dental procedure. Nike crapped the bed with Sochi. The worst part about them was the imbalance. Jake88 fixes the imbalance of the Slovakia set by adding arm and hem stripes. This is much better. He also includes the best element from the Slovakia jerseys: the anthem subliminated on the jersey, which looks like pinstriping from far away.

What I dislike: I'm not one to comment on presentation usually, but there's a lot of blank gray space on this concept. I appreciate the effort Jake88 did including a Photoshop of the Nike jerseys, but if you put a diagram of the color scheme, primary logos, etc. in that blank space, it would improve it.

Overall: There's a lot to love about this set. Nike, please take note. (8.5/10)


Team Germany Concept - Justin F. (Original design by Stephen T.)


What I like: Justin F. modified Stephen's original design to what we see here. My criticism of Stephen's work was that both jerseys were essentially the same except for the back, which isn't really acceptable. This is a definite improvement, because you can tell which is the dark jersey, and which is the light one. 

What I dislike: I still don't like the design much. This isn't really anything we couldn't have imagined, either. Those yellow pants are an eyesore. With a yellow helmet, yellow jersey, yellow pants, and yellow socks, you might as well put a canary on the front of that jersey. It's just too much.

Overall: Way too much yellow, but at least you can tell which one is the away jersey now. (6/10)

Huntington Roadrunners concept - Stephen T.


What I like: This was Stephen's entry into the Roadrunners competition from a few weeks back. It's a decently well executed look for a minor league team.

What I dislike: These are essentially Hartford Whalers jerseys from 1992-1997. The red numbers and letters are very hard to read on the black jersey. The name would be illegible from the stands. Why put the Reebok wordmark on the back of the jersey twice? There are some loose pixels around the logo on the white jersey. Minor league teams use helmet logos, too.

Overall: A more unique design would be welcome here. (7/10)


Ottawa Senators Concept - Stephen T.


What I like: Stephen takes the Senators back to the 90s with this concept. There are a few changes made. The hem striping now matches the arms. Some may consider that an improvement. These jerseys also get the front-facing Senator logo. 

What I dislike: The change in striping makes them look a lot more like the Maple Leafs. The sleeve numbers on the black and white jerseys are different, despite the sleeves been the same color on both jerseys. Why? Why not just make the numbers white on the black jersey, too? As always, helmet logos. The set you're taking inspiration from used them.

Overall: Stephen makes some changes to a 20-year-old set, but has not improved it. (6.8/10)


Chicago Blackhawks Concept - J3


What I like: This is gutsy. So many people get their starched knickers in a twist when someone touches an "Original Six" jersey (I could rant about trite Original Six worship for hours), but this is actually pretty cool. Chicago's Blackhawk logo looks really good in just white/black/red. You know...I think it may be an improvement. The striping is very modern, and would be especially fitting in a Stadium Series game or something similar.

What I dislike: I prefer my hem/arm stripes to go all the way around, but I can see what J3 is going for here.

Overall: This is how you do a modern take on an "untouchable" team. (8.5/10)


Toronto Roadrunners Concept - Bastian


What I like: This was Bastian's contest-winning Roadrunners concept from a couple weeks back. I think I like it even more now than I did then. I can see a possible St. Louis Blues inspiration here, and I like that. This is two-tone blue done right. Oddly enough, I think my favorite part about this jersey is the number font. It looks so sharp with that double outline. That yoke really sets everything off, too. Execution is flawless, and Bastian has a unique presentation that always makes his concepts instantly recognizable.

What I dislike: Nothing.

Overall: Wonderful concept. (9/10) (I am not nominating this concept because Bastian's design has already gone up for COTW voting, due to his contest victory)


Quebec Nordiques Concept - Christian L.


What I like: An odd sticking point for me with the Nordiques is the logo. Many use it when designing a concept for them, but here's the issue: it's not very good. It really shows it's age. Christian offers some designs I haven't seen before. The roundel makes a good alternate logo. The striping pattern is great.

What I dislike: I'm not sure about the owl logo. It has potential, though. This is an instance where I want to see the backs of the jerseys. For instance, does the chest stripe on the alternate continue around the back of the jersey? If it does, what would you have done to ensure the numbers were easily readable. These are details I like to see in every concept, and I think that is a flaw of this particular template, although Christian does use it well.

Overall: I really like the creativity here.  That's something Christian doesn't lack. (8/10)


Clarkston High School Concept - Kurt P.


What I like: I do love a good gold jersey. With navy blue pants, this could look great on the ice. The striping pattern is conservative, but looks good. That mark is pretty good, especially for a high school. Most schools just rip off a pro team's logo. 

What I dislike: I would like to see that shoulder logo by itself. I can't tell what it is as shown.

Overall: Any high school should be proud to wear something that looks as good as this. (8.3/10)


Voting has been pretty good the last few weeks, but we can do even better! Tomorrow Ryan will post the new COTW nominees, and open voting for the Oilers Steel Drop Competition. Be sure to check back tomorrow, and send your votes in! Every vote you send in helps this blog run better and better! Let's make this one of the best voting weeks ever!

I hope you all enjoyed today's post. I've been really encouraged by responses that my alternate lists have gotten from readers, and my fellow writers. I decided to give the lists a break this week, but be sure to check back here next week, as I'll be doing a list of the best team re-designs in NHL history! See you then!

April 18, 2014

Friday: Gooooood Friday HJC!

Well Hello HJCers, sorry for the late post, hope you are enjoying having a day off, I certainly was! It is a long weekend, so let's get it started off in the best way possible, with a HJC post full of good stuff.

There is plenty going on here on HJC this week. We have the entry phase of the Steel Drop Logo Competition wrapping up tonight, so hustle and get those entries in!

We also have a couple important votes this week. Voting wraps up this evening, so be sure to get your votes in.

1st Quarter Vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTW April 7-13 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Oilers Competition entries (due Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)


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Before we get to the rest of the post, a bunch of writers have ben posting their top 3 best and worst alternate sweaters here on the blog. I want to get in on this too, but I am late to the party, so today, I am going to give you my top 5 "so Bad their Good" alternates.

5th Place
Philadelphia Flyers 2002-07 "3D alternate"

photo from: flyers.nhl.com

Being a child of the 90's, and starting to recognize hockey jersey aesthetics in the mid 2000's, this jersey really caught my eye. It was cool and futuristic. Looking back on it now, I still appreciate it, but realize just how bad it truly is.

4th Place
Atlanta Thrashers 2001-2008 alternate

photo from: boards.sportslogos.net

I have an irrational like for this sweater. I think the number on the front hate is mis-directed, in the right context it can be awesome. For Atlanta using a jersey that looks more like a football or basketball jersey makes sense, because let's face it, Atlantans care about those sports more! I also like the birds on the shoulder, and the colour scheme.

3rd Place (Tie)
Vancouver Canucks 1995-1997 alternate
Vancouver Canucks 2001-2006 alternate

photo from: sportsillustrated.cnn.com

Both of these jerseys are gradientastic! As a Canucks fan, I own both of these sweaters. The 2001-06 sweater is one of my favourites of all time, and the first sweater I bought. It is kind of like the Fruit Loops of the jersey world, sweet when I was a kid, but disgusting having developed a sense of taste. But still lots of nostalgia tied to these jerseys.

2nd Place
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 1995-1995 "Wild Wing jersey"

photo from: thirdstringgoalie.blogspot.com

A huge cartoon character jumping through the ice in full goalie gear, on a sweater. Need I say more?

1st Place
Tampa Bay Lightning 1996-1999 "storm alternate"

photo from: hockey-blog-in-canada.blogspot.com
Wind, Rain, Lightning. So bad, yet so good. A true 90's masterpiece, and the embodiment of everything a third jersey can, but should not be.

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Here are today's entries into the Steel Drop Logo Competition:

Connor L.



 Derek K.



Jake88



 Jets96



Kevin P.



PiF



Phil B.



Ben A.



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On to the concepts!

Philadelphia Flyers - Colin M.



I'll get this post rolling with a couple concepts from me. This is one of the last few concepts in my alternate series. You will be seeing the rest of them in the next couple days. I tried to give the flyers a modern and speedy look. how'd I do?

Pittsburgh Penguins - Colin M.


For this design I wanted to hint at the old Pittsburgh Pirates uniforms with the diagonal stripe, while still being original, and fitting in with the Penguins brand. I tried to keep this jersey fairly light, because the Flyers jersey is really dark, and within this series I have been trying to create jerseys so that rivals could each wear their alternate for big divisional matches.

Pittsburgh Penguins - Anthony L.



Well, the athletic gold is a good start, but for me these uniforms are not Penguin-y enough. These are Pittsburgh Pirates uniforms, in my opinion, and as much as i like the fact that all Pittsburgh teams wear black and gold, I think maintaining the penguin on the crest is important. Jerseys are executed decently, aside from the massive logo, and the general overuse of the paint bucket tool. 5/10.

Pittsburgh Penguins - Anthony L.



An identical concept from Antony, but with vegas gold being used instead. I could go either way on vegas gold, I know some Pens fans hate it, but I don't mind it. The one place where athletic gold is fully superior is as the main colour for a sweater, as demonstrated by the alternate here. 5/10.

 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Los Angeles Kings - Winter Classic - Trent D.



Okay, the first thing I am going to say about this concept is choose your template wisely. If you have the skills and programs to pull of this full body template, go for it! But if you are just starting off, an using paint, there are easier templates to use! The logos on this look HUGE, and the shoulder patches are awkward, and there are no TV numbers. Using a simpler template will make it easier to apply these elements correctly. I like the look of the kings sweater here, nice to see a white throwback for them, and the front crest has good continuity with their current branding. As for the Penguins, the overall pattern looks good, but if we don't see the Penguins in athletic gold for their next outdoor game, people will be annoyed. And if they trot out another blue fauxback, there will be hell to pay. 6.5/10

Montreal Canadiens - J3



J3 set out to modernize some classics, and what he has come up with is pretty creative. I really like the sleeve design, it works well, but the hem design is a bit of a mess in my opinion. Perhaps confining the pattern to the side panels would work better. With a bit of polishing, I think this jersey could look really sharp and modern. 7/10.

Minnesota Wild - Christian L.



I really appreciate that every concept Christian sends in to HJC is original, both in terms of sweater AND logo design. I really like everything going on with the sweater, although the shade of green is a bit too light. The striping looks great, and it is good to see the Wild font return. In terms of the logo though, this feels like a definite downgrade from their bear head logo. I like the arched text, but the Tree and M logo is too simplistic for my liking. 7.5/10

Winnipeg Jets - Stephen T.



Here Stephen crosses the current Jets identity with their old look from Atlanta. It's a creative, well executed sweater, but still, I hope it never sees the light of day. To make a more direct parallel with the dark sweater I would have used the light blue as the main colour, as they did in Atlanta. The sleeve without WINNIPEG running down it seems very empty, but that isn't your fault, although if you were to revise this, I would try to figure something to do with that sleeve. 7/10.

Toronto Arenas - Stephen T.


Well, these jerseys are simple. Like the Red Wings, and the Lightning. I do like the Arena T logo, and for me the stripe on the pants works really well here. My eyes are really bothered by the different width of stripe on the arms and the hem. Fix that up, and these jerseys are set to go. 7/10.

Detroit Red Wings - Bastian S.



Well, there is a lot for me to like here. Yet again Bastian serves up a sweet classic concept. The striping is simple, and effective. I love the logos used (the Winter Classic logos) the wordmark used on the pants and helmet is particularly sweet, and I love the arched text over the fat wheel logo. Using the classic font would really kick this concept up a notch for me, but as it stands it is still great! 8/10.

Toronto Maple Leafs - Bastian S.



I liked the uniforms the Leafs wore in the Winter Classic, but for me, they were just too complicated. Bastian tones down the stripes, while maintaining the overall feel of the uniforms. As much as the logo used here us simpler, I still really enjoyed seeing the old school maple leaf as the main crest, and if that were used here I would be very happy. 8/10.

Well HJC, that is it for the day. Sorry for the late post. Don't be like me (late) with your voting or your contest entries! hope you enjoy the long weekend, and I'll see you back here next week!

April 17, 2014

Thursday: It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Nope, I'm not talking about Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, my birthday, or any other important day of the year. I'm talking about PLAYOFFS! Finally!

Now, don't get me wrong, Christmas is a great holiday. It means being a day away from the World Juniors, and everyone loves that.

But everyone and their dog gets excited for playoffs. The game gets 100% more intense, exciting, and fun to watch this time of year. I seriously escape from life for a while this time of year, as everything usually takes a backseat to whatever game is on at that particular time.

And by "whatever game is on", I mean all of them. I'm usually in the living room with the TV playing TSN games, and any available laptop streaming the CBC games, all at the same time. Why? Because its The Cup!

I could verbally-drool about the playoffs all day long, but I have a post to write, so lets get to it!

Oh, and by the way, voting is going good lately, but it could always be better, and we have a few big votes this week, so make sure you get your vote in! Also, you should check out the details of the HJC Meet Up, and send in your Oilers concepts if you haven't done so yet. Hey, I even got a concept in this time (its been almost 2 months since my last concept *sigh*) so you have no excuse. Anyways, to the post!

1st Quarter Vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTW April 7-13 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Oilers Competition entries (due Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)


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Oiler Competition Entries:

Bastian:

Colin M.

Steven G.

Garrett F.

Mike S.

Matt M.

Jeff C.

Caleb F.



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New Jersey Devils Concept - Stuart R.


Yay: We start this post with a sequel for one of last week's concepts, from England's own Stuart R.  This jersey is very much toned down from that last concept, but considering he aimed for a Nike Swift jersey, that definitely worked out well for him. This definitely could pass as a Nike alternate, or possibly a Stadium Series uniform.

Nay: I just don't like the logo being that large on the front of the jersey. Whether it was intentional or not, it just looks sloppy. I really think you need something on the arms or the hem (or both). While it isn't bad, considering Nike would do something like this, to me it looks like a practice jersey with a yoke. A 3rd should be more exciting than that.

Overall: The funky jersey last week cleaned up nicely, but now it's almost too plain. Good Nike concept, but overall, it's just okay.  7.4/10



Vancouver Canucks Concept - Stephen T.


Yay: Stephen has been the receiver of much criticism from myself and others lately, based on the lack of originality on his concepts lately. So immediately I want to applaud him for going in the complete opposite direction with this concept. This uniform is a very interesting mix of different jerseys, logos and colours through the years, including the red 3rd which is pretty much forgotten about. I'm not sure where the one-sided cuff/arm style came from, but overall its a very solid, unique design.

Nay: I think the red jersey needs some white, possibly in the front striping, and in the secondary patch, replacing the red (its just to dark and unclear as is). I think I'd rather see straight, diagonal arms instead of the modern, curvy ones here, since the rest of the jersey has a 90's look to it. This concept would be awesome, but the solid black pants, socks, and lack of helmet decal or anything really spoil it.

Overall: You have the makings of a really awesome, original concept. Just a little more work and polish, and you'd be COTW-worthy for sure.  But right now, its a 7.6/10.



Phoenix Coyotes Concept - Stephen T.


Yay: Stephen comes for round two with a Phoenix Coyotes jersey, a team we'll see a lot of today.  He takes the 3rd jersey, removes the "desertscape" besides the sides and top of arms, and brings in the main logo from this era instead of the close up version. The black arms and sides, along with the scenery, look so much better than the original full-body scenery jersey with awkward green to black transition.

Nay: I'm not crazy about the number font. The text font is sleek, and matches the theme of the Coyotes well, while the '3' is just a big, round 3. Refer back to the jerseys of this era, and choose a similar font. Some number outlines would help as well. Good job with the socks, but I'd switch the brown and purple locations, and add some similar striping to the pants.

Overall: I wouldn't be embarrassed to wear this. I can't say the same about their actual 3rd of the era. Not perfect, but definitely a neat look. 7.5/10



Phoenix Coyotes Concept - Christian L.


Yay: Our second Coyotes concept comes from Christian. This refreshing new look throws in a lot more design elements that stand out, including a whole new stripe pattern, the body "Arizona flag" stripes, and a genius reworking of the captains patch. The logo wouldn't be my first choice, but I think it looks good enough for an alternate. This jersey has Phoenix/Arizona written all over it.

Nay: The body stripes are fine, but it looks weird how it just ends at the top. Maybe having a black or beige yoke could make for a better transition. Then the shoulder patches could be closer to the collar too, which would look nicer. Right now they look really low, and kind of uneven. Finally, why is the red darker on the back side? And the 'Reebok' text isn't really their patch, and its not the same shade of beige.

Overall: It's a nice, new look, that has Arizona pride all over it, but needs a bit of polish. 7.3/10



Arizona Coyotes Concept - Scott M.


Yay: It's Scott's turn to show us his Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes concept. He takes the best of both eras of Coyotes jerseys, keeping the colours and traditional straight striping, but changing the middle stripe to look like a modern re-do of their original stripes. The result? Fantastic! It's not too busy, not too plain, and definitely has the Coyotes brand all over it.

Nay: I love the font used on the numbers, but the letters are a bit of a let down. Kudos for rolling your own with a new font, but it looks to modern and "techy" to really match the Coyotes theme. I'd also change the beige outline on the white jersey, or add a thin black outline to it. Beige on white is near impossible to see without getting right up close.

Overall: Very solid concept! I'd love to see both eras mix like this if they ever change their look. 8.5/10



NHL All-Star Game Concept - Thomas H.


Yay: Now for some more non-Coyote concepts. This one is from Thomas H., who redoes the All-Star Game uniforms with orange and brown. Very interesting colours, but I think it relates back to the 80's ASG uniforms, with brown subbing in for black. I personally love the colour combinations, and miss the days when the NHL didn't stick exclusively with red and blue. This would be a great "blast from the past", while still looking like a modern uniform.

Nay: The problem is, all of the past ASG jerseys have been different colours almost completely. The light and dark jerseys contrasted well with each other. This time, not so much. With the same pants, same stripe style, and same colours in different locations, this would be complicated to watch, like when Slovakia and USA played at the Olympics. Instead, use different colours on each uniform, or a different striping pattern, or even just thinner stripes, anything to create more contrast.

Overall: It is a very fantastic jersey set, but not a great logistical choice. Since this isn't a logistics blog, your score won't sink much. 8.2/10



Houston Aeros Concept - s2dio


Yay: s2dio returns with his "Back In The Game" series, this time with the Houston Aeros. I was really surprised when they left the AHL this season, being one of the most iconic non-NHL hockey teams in history. I'd definitely love a return to blue and grey, and to not look like Minnesota Wild knockoffs. Not much I can say, these jerseys are just extremely solid, classic, and capture the identity of the Aeros.

Nay: The stripes on the white jersey definitely look busier than on the dark jerseys. The thin grey stripes against white really don't show up, they just make the white look thicker. That's my theory anyways. I like how it looks on the green jersey, so I don't know how to fix the white jersey stripes without changing too much. I think blue pants with the green jersey would look better than an all-green uniform too.

Overall: The concept is fantastic, and makes me miss the Aeros even more. 8.5/10



Carolina Hurricanes Concept - Colin M.


Yay: Colin is up next with a grey Hurricanes jersey. Why grey? I'm not sure. But good job for doing something different. The stripe pattern is simple, but colourful enough to ensure the jersey doesn't look too plain. The yoke/upper arms with the warning flags look cool, and definitely make this uniform set believable for the Hurricanes.

Nay: Since white only appears on the logo, it looks out of place. Maybe having the stripe between the black and red stripes turn white instead would help. The black font with red outline look really dark and unprofessional, can't explain why, just looks MS Paint-like. The red cuffs seem unnecessary and out of place. Either tone them down or add a red hem.

Overall: It's a neat idea, but I don't see the need for the Hurricanes to go grey, and this concept didn't sway me at all. 7.5/10



New York Islanders Concept - Colin M.


Yay: Colin made a bit of a misstep in his last concept, but this Islanders concept makes it all up. The Islanders in orange is simply just a great look. I never got the "barber pole" orange and white stripes the Islanders use (I think it represents Cup wins), but it actually makes the arms and pants look perfect for this uniform. This looks like a jersey they've always had, but in reality they've had nothing like this ever, which makes this concept fantastic in believability and execution.

Nay: The white outline on the text makes it look a little distorted and messy. White clashes with orange when such a thin outline is used. The number with its thick outline is fine, but the name's outline is not. I get what the socks are trying to go for, but it just doesn't look as good. I think a simple orange sock with thin white/thick blue/thin white pattern would work just as good.

Overall: Much better. This is the 3rd jersey to end all 3rd jerseys for the Islanders. 8.3/10



New York Islanders Concept - Bastian


Yay: Now we'll go to Bastian and his version of an Islanders concept. Front the logo and yoke, you can see that this would be a good Stadium Series uniform. I'd definitely rather this, with orange jersey and full arm stripes, than their actual SS uniform. It looks classic, like anything Islanders should look, but with a yoke and logo that still speaks "Islanders", but makes the jersey unique. Execution is flawless.

Nay: Maybe some stripes on the pants would be nice, just to get some more colour in. But that's really all I have to complain about.

Overall: Perfect blend of new and old, and since its universally agreed upon that NYI should avoid anything "new", this is perfect. I think I'd take their current main set over this, but as a 3rd or special game jersey, I'd take over their other jerseys any day. 9/10



Buffalo Sabres Concept - Bastian



Yay: We end today with another Bastian concept, this time for the Buffalo Sabres. This is basically their old colours, with a more complicated striping pattern similar to their current set. I personally like the lighter blue colour of old here. Nothing to flashy about these jerseys, but it is very retro, and very Buffalo. Like the Islanders, the Sabres have a difficult time looking flashy, so its best to avoid it and stick with what they do best, which this concept does.

Nay: The striping pattern on these jerseys bring this concept down a lot. It just looks messy and poorly executed when arm stripes and hem stripes are different, especially when the style is the same, but the colours aren't. In both jerseys, the arm and hem stripes basically invert the yellow/white or yellow/blue, and make the main middle stripe different in the process. There's no scientific way to explain my dislike for it, I just don't.

Overall: Besides the stripes, this concept is really good. It captures everything a good retro Sabres jersey should. 7.8/10

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It was close, but then I got to Bastian's New York Islanders concept, and it ran away with my COTW nomination. Great stuff.

I've been nagging people a lot lately about the lack of originality in their work. Today was a huge improvement, glad to see designers taking more risks, and stretch the current looks to the point of making something new with them. Awesome work, hopefully it keeps up.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the playoffs!