April 26, 2015

Sunday: Big Three

Hello everyone, welcome to another Sunday post.

Wow! As disappointed as I was for seeing as few Pairs Competition entries as there were, I am greatly impressed by the overall quality by all groups. Well done everyone!

So now is the time where we decide which batch of concepts reigns supreme. Click on the big banner above to get to the Pairs Competition page, and send in a comment saying which logo and jersey set is your favourite. 

Also deserving of a "Wow"? The playoffs. The all-Canadian series' have been really intense, and there has been highlights and extremely good hockey from every series. And then there's the White Out in Winnipeg... I'm sad that they got swept, but it's so awesome to see playoff hockey in Winnipeg again.

The amount of concepts we've had this week also deserves a "wow", but not in a good way. It's been really slow concept-wise lately, but hopefully that will change soon! Irregardless, we have some concepts lined up for today, so let's get to those!

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

Boston Bruins - Brooks F.

Yay: First up is this Boston Bruins concept from Brooks. Boston has stuck with a traditional look for their main set for their entire history, but what if they decided to modernize? By taking the edgy stripes from their old alternate (and straightening them), and adding the logo from their current alternate, we have a successful modern set for the Bruins.

Nay: On their previous alternates where this stripe style came from, it was used as a cuff and hem, so the skinny end "stripes" were only on one side. I think that would be a better look, as the stripes now look too busy and not as "grizzly. You could then lower the hem a bit, and give the logo some much needed breathing space.

Overall: I like the idea, but for a pro set, its not quite bear-able yet. Ah? 7.5/10

Toronto Maple Leafs - Frensch

Yay: While we're on the theme of totally dismantling classic identities... here's Frensch's take on a modernized Maple Leafs set. The logo is an interesting twist, and could possibly work with a little bit of tinkering. The single arm stripe gives this set a good classic look while still feeling like a modern set.

Nay: The "T", "L", and "1917" don't stand out enough to help the logo be identifiable. Instead, it looks clunky and busy.  The number outline is way too thick, and looks kind of silly. There's really no reason to have dark numbers on a dark jersey anyway. The contrasting bar behind the name and captain patch just looks ridiculous. 

Overall: This looks like a minor hockey or rec league jersey, which isn't bad. But it definitely doesn't belong on such a classic and well-known franchise.  6.7/10

Washington Capitals - Jarrett T.

Yay: The last concept of the day belongs to Jarrett for his Washington Capitals Winter Classic do-over. I'm totally sold on this. The blue version of this jersey as seen here looks much better than the red version we got to see.  The colours pop out better, everything is easier to see, and you now have the ability to have stripes of different colours, not just white.

Nay: This is mostly a recolour job, and while the original wasn't bad, I think there was some room for improvement that you could have used here.  I think the hem stripes should be thicker, or add a couple more stripes. I'd also take whatever changes you do with the hem and make the sock stripes match. I'm also not really a fan of the shoulder stripes, but they look better here in alternating colours than before, so I'll give that a pass.

Overall: I really didn't like the original design for this jersey, and while I'm still not entirely conviced by this redo, I think this looks way better than the original. Well done! 8.6/10, and my COTW nomination.

So don't forget to vote for the Pairs Competition and for our COTW.  Your votes and participation really helps to make the HJC community as awesome as it is. Also, don't forget to check out the updating standings in the HJC Playoff Pool.

That's all for me today. Thanks for reading, and see you next Sunday!

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!