January 25, 2015

Sunday: Much to Talk About

Hello everyone! I hope you're all holding up okay during the All-Star hockey break without being able to see your teams play this week. Then again, if you're an Oilers or Maple Leafs fan, maybe this week has provided some much-needed relief. Today's post features concepts for major NHL teams like the Ducks and Kings, more obscure minor league teams like the Port Huron Border Cats, and a concept for the upcoming Super Bowl hopeful Seattle Seahawks!

The last few weeks have seen a lot of hockey news, and not just in terms of the All-Star game. Of course, you've likely already heard about the revival of the World Cup of Hockey, but there were more outdoor games announced this week as well. You may not want my opinion on the matter, but I'm here to give it anyway. Let's dive into it.

On last night's All-Star game Skills Competition:

Ryan Johansen really knows how to work a crowd. In the Breakaway Competition, which was decided via Twitter vote, he did his first run in an Ohio State jersey. Then, he did his second run carrying a little kid down then ice, and started an All-Star "Flying V" on his third run. Appealing to the local crowd, people who like children, and people who like the Mighty Ducks movies covers basically everyone. The man is a genius. There was some really great talent on display last night, including Jonathan Druin's skating speed, and Getslaf's precision passing. The Pred's contingent made some waves as well with Shea Weber coming sooo close to matching Zdeno Chara's slapshot speed record of 108.5, and Filip Forsberg deking Carey Price out of the tri-state area. Honestly, I believe the skills competition is the best part of the All-Star weekend, and this one didn't disappoint.

On the World Cup format:

I think reviving the World Cup is a positive development for the game. The World Cup wouldn't necessarily interfere with the Olympics, as the games be offset, with two years between both tournaments. A World Cup competition will help promote the sport, and give athletes an opportunity to compete for their countries more than just once a year.

However, I do have a few issues with it. I don't think that someone from Switzerland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Lativa, Norway, and Germany should have to play on a conglomerate team that doesn't represent their national pride. Why should they not be given the same opportunities as someone born in Sweden or the United States? It is true that those countries would be less likely to be able to win the tournament, but why not at least give them the chance? Then there is the "Young Guns" team of North American players 23 and older. Why make young Americans and Canadians play together? In 2016, the Americans will be forced to play without Seth Jones and Jack Eichel, and the Canadians will have to play without Nathan Mackinnon or Aaron Ekblad, amongst others. It's just puzzling to me. 

On the recently announced outdoor games:

The Winter Classic features one team that we have already seen in the Winter Classic with the Boston Bruins and one we haven't with the Montreal Canadiens. I'm not thrilled about seeing Boston in the game again, or having to look at Milan Lucic, but the Canadiens/Boston rivalry should make for an excellent game. I am thoroughly excited to see what the Canadiens wear for the game. I'm hoping for a revival of the 1911-1912 sash jersey or the 1945-1946 white jersey.

The other games, I'm not as excited about, but could still be interesting. The Wild will host Chicago at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus, and the Avalanche will play the Red Wings at Coors Field in Denver.

I'm over watching the Blackhawks, Red Wings, and Bruins in outdoor games. At least the NHL had the good sense to put the Avalanche and Wild in the games. I just hope the league can get past their obsession with putting "Original Six" teams outdoors. When are the Jets finally going to get to host the Heritage Classic? When will the Blues finally get in? If the Blackhawks have to be in yet another outdoor game, why not put them up against the team that is first in the Central division and trails the league leader by three points with two games in hand? Don't feel sorry for us Tennesseans, though. The "traditional markets" may get the outdoor games, but having home ice advantage in the playoffs will drive that from my mind quickly. See ya'll then.

Competition entries for today: (you have an additional week to get them in!)

Curtis P.


Mario A.


Mario A.


Dylan N.


David P.



Before we get into today's concepts, here are your voting and competition reminders!

COTY Semi-Final votes (end Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTW Jan 18-24 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
World Cup entries (due February 6 @ 11:59pm Eastern)

Nashville Predators Concept - Jamie R.


Positives: The more concepts I see with the "NP" logo, the more I think it might have primary logo potential on an alternate jersey. Good template choice. I've been using this one lately, and I'm a big fan of how easy it is to work with it.

Negatives: A Preds jersey with Blackhawks-esque striping? The Blackhawks and Predators are division rivals. That would not be received well by either party. You can't have a Preds jersey without the Pred Head logo. Without it, the entire Predators brand is lost. The guitar pick and "NP" monogram are good alternate logos, but the Pred Head is the capstone of the brand. Also, Seth Jones is not an alternate captain. Our alternate captains are Mike Fisher and James Neal. There is no cuff stitching on the jersey. With this template, you have to add that detail.

Overall: In a vacuum, with no knowledge of the history of the team and it's rivals, this is a pretty solid jersey. With that knowledge, it just doesn't work for me. (7/10)


Port Huron Border Cats Concept - Ryan C.


Positives: The striping isn't bad. I prefer the light jersey over the dark. I have a thing about yellow and red touching, and that jersey keeps them separated, satiating my pet peeves. 

Negatives: Ryan's jerseys as a whole are feeling stagnant. There's not a great deal of difference between the teams, all with horizontal striping, and almost the exact same fonts. This is why I would advise anyone making jerseys to not make them all at once, then send them in. Send them in maybe two at a time, get critique, and make the series better as you progress. Try using a different template. Use different software. I use Paint.net for my jerseys, and it's always served me well. I think it's a very easy program to use.

Overall: I'm ready to see Ryan take his next step. Let's see something new. (6.75/10)


Windsor Spitfires Concept (OHL) - David P.


Positives: That font is slick. Thin fonts are underutilized in sports, and I think that's going to be a growing trend in the coming years. Thin fonts have been the trend in design for some years now, and it's only a matter of time before that trend spreads its way to athletics. The striping looks great, and is a nice tribute to the tail striping on a WWII Spitfire. Execution and presentation is good. Windsor really could have one of the best identities in major junior if they used something like this.

Negatives: It's so solid, but if it lacks anything, it's a some detail that takes it to the next level. The jerseys look great, but it's a simple design. I would like to see some sort of detail, maybe some sublimation; an additional reference to the Spitfire, something. This is a really good design, but it's those small details that separate a really good design from COTY candidate.

Overall: Make it happen, Windsor. (8.75/10) COTW nomination from me!


Anaheim Ducks Concept - Taylor R.


Positives: The colors are balance perfectly here. Striping pattern looks good. I like Anaheim's colors better when there is more separation between the orange and gold, which Taylor has done. I have no complaints with execution or presentation. I'm almost always on board with bringing back Anaheim's old logos.

Negatives: Saying that this is based on the Wild Wing jersey at all is a huge stretch. If Taylor hadn't put that on his concept, I don't think many people would have made that connection. I know I wouldn't have. That's like saying the design of a washing machine is based on a dishwasher. Yes, the both rinse cycles and use soap, but that's as far as it goes. 

Overall: I like the design. It would make a great alternate. Were this to get made, it would be the only Anaheim jersey I would care to own in the last decade. (8.75/10)


Los Angeles Kings Stadium Series Concept - John E.

Positives: I like the striping pattern. I wouldn't have thought to pair the "Burger King" logo with this kind of striping, but it actually doesn't look that bad. 

Negatives: Recoloring the BK logo is a murky business. The purple beard never made sense, but a white crown doesn't make sense, either. Rocks, hard places, etc. I hate the brown equipment. That was a mistake. The Stadium Series is meant for more progressive designs, but this doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. It has modern logos (because LA is a modern-era team), but the jersey is very traditional and the pants/gloves are even more antiquated. 

Overall: There is some good stuff here, but it doesn't fit the Stadium Series. Those pants... (6/10)


Seattle Seahawks Concept (NFL) - Josiah B.


Positives: I really like the chest striping/logo. That's a clever design that looks great on a hockey jersey.

Negatives: Where's the green? That shade of green is what sets the Seahawks apart in the NFL, and the white and navy jersey need more of it. The striping effect isn't as successful on the navy blue jersey. The jerseys are very top-heavy, with chest striping and yokes, but not much at the hem. I'm not a fan of the "vintage white" third. Using gray there would have been more successful, especially since it played a more prominent role in their old jerseys.

Overall: There are some good ideas here. It just needs more refinement. (6.75/10)


That's all for today! Let us know your thoughts on the NHL's recent announcements, and especially today's artwork in the comments section! See you all later.

January 24, 2015

Saturday: The Final Four

The winner of the 4th Quarter Vote was Christian L!


Full Results
Christian L. - 14
Dylan N. - 5
CPM - 2

Christian's concept joins the other concepts that won their Quarterly Votes, and now we have our four semi finalists. You can see the match-ups by clicking the silver banner on the side of the page. Or you can go to the COTY 2014 tab. Or I could show you the match-ups now.

The 1st Quarter Winner, Dylan A. goes up against the 3rd Quarter Winner Jake88 (Washington)

The other Semi-Final has 2nd Quarter Winner, Jake88 (Charlotte), going up against 4th Quarter Winner, Christian L.

When you vote for the COTY Semi-Finals, you should be placing TWO votes. One for the winner of the 1st QTR vs 3rd QTR match-up. Then you also pick the winner of the 2nd QTR vs 4th QTR match-up. This will lead us to the COTY Final Vote next week.

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The winner of the COTW vote for January 11-17 was TG's 3rd jersey for the Fort Wayne Comets!


Full Results
TG - 6
Dylan N. (PHX) - 5
Dylan N. (WSH) - 5
Taylor R. - 3
Bpoe96 - 0

The new COTW nominees for the week of January 18-24 have been listed on the side of the page in the black banner. Click on that banner to see the nominated concepts, or go to the CONCEPT OF THE WEEK tab. Get your votes in by Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern.

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I've extended the deadline for jersey entries into the World Cup Competition. Now everyone has plenty of time to get an entry in for all of the teams (if they choose to). The main reason for the deadline extension is because I don't want any other votes going on next week while the Concept of the Year vote is happening. Even the regular COTW vote will be delayed a week.





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The Grand Rapids Griffins will be wearing the first jersey, from the fan designed jersey competition they held through HJC this summer, tonight against the Iowa Wild.
Regardless of what you think about the jersey, I believe it's always fun to see the initial concept and the final product. Congrats again to Mark.

I supposed if the Griffins are playing the Iowa Wild they wouldn't want to use the other winner of the jersey design competition. That would be awkward!

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Yesterday I got a great promotion at work! It was a huge life changing event. Pension, benefits, great salary. I owe it all to the Concept of the Week voting. That's right! I bet you didn't know that voting for COTW and COTY spreads good luck and fortune. Don't believe me? Give it a try and cast your vote this week! Feelin' really lucky? Join the COTW Mailing List to having voting reminders emailed to you!

COTY Semi-Final votes (end Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTW Jan 18-24 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
World Cup entries (due February 6 @ 11:59pm Eastern)

January 23, 2015

Friday: All Star Dropouts

TGIF!

I would brag about how well the Jets are doing right now, but at this point, I don't want karma to bite be in the rear or count my chickens before they hatch

All Star Weekend is upon us, and what I consider to be the most fun part of the new All Star format, the Draft is tonight. Dustin Byfuglien will represent the Jets (surprising not to see Michael Hutchinson in the rookie showcase), and several other great players will be there. Others will not. There are many people who get mad when star players like Crosby & Malkin drop out of the game because of injuries. If you are a Crosby fan, then yes, I'd be mad but don't get mad at the player

I don't see Caz freaking out because Pekka Rinne had to drop out because of his injury. Sure Rinne was injured long before, but there's a representative from every team and these star players need to remember that after this game the playoff push begins. To some it may seem the game is meaningless if big name players are not playing, but...hockey happen, and there's still loads of talent to watch.

Like Johnny Gadreau, you know the Johnny (insert sport name here) that actually plays well....Maybe people are just cranky over the crappy jerseys...

The World Cup of Hockey contest; remember to get your entries in before the deadline and READ THE RULES & FOLLOW HJC'S LOGO USE POLICY!

Here are some of the entries that have come in since last post:

David P.


Josiah B.





Curtis P.


Taylor R.




Voting is also super important, and it drives the force of this blog (if the blog knew the force). It's the 4th quarter vote, the last vote before the COTY Semi-Finals and Finals!

4th Quarter Vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTW Jan 11-17 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
World Cup - Jersey Phase (ends January 30 @ 11:59pm Eastern)

On to the concepts!

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Flint Generals Concepts (By: Ryan C.)


+ This incarnation of the Flint Generals had nice jerseys but a dated colour scheme, and using the brighter yellow and blue look much better
+ The jerseys resemble the 80s Blues, but don't rip them off
+ Good colour balancing

- I'm of the belief that a template shouldn't make a concept good/bad, and yes, Ryan does use the Athletic Knit custom jersey creator as his template which isn't bad in itself, it does limit the creativity of the jerseys but the execution is what I will focus on 
- The name & numbers on the back stick out since they were put on after, and aren't centred on the white jersey
- The tv numbers look like they say 44 rather than 4
- Boring font

6.75/10- Ryan, your ideas are good but using another template system would give you more creativity in your concept making and make your execution. Check out the template page and I look forward to seeing you improve! 

Philadelphia Flyers Concept (By: Connor J.)


+ Using the Flyers' tail flairs on a jersey
+ Orange Flyers logo looks surprising good
+ The front hem of the jersey looks great

- The back of the jersey is boring! The flairs would look better as side panels and having no back hem stripe, especially one that thick
- The NOB are too small and the name it too big
- The arm band is templatey and doesn't match the Flyers theme, more like a Blue Jackets' style choice 

6/10- Keep up the unique ideas, but work on the execution 

Calgary Flames Concept (By: Caz W.)


+ This certainly is different, especially for a team that hasn't worn a black jersey in almost 10 years
+ The grey to black gradient is done very well
+ Amazing execution, as expected by Caz
+ Normally, I'm not a fan of jerseys with no white, but this works really well

- The numbers could use an outline, and aren't very visible 
-  I'm such a big fan of the Flames' current alternate logo, it'd be a shame not to use it, without it, the jersey looks a little bare

8.5/10- It's a shrubbery of a concept! 

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Concept (By: John E.)


+ Improvement over what they currently wear
+ Using bright yellow and black over navy or vegas gold
+ Awesome striping pattern, and a gorgeous chest stripe
+ Good execution 

- The name and captain's C don't match the numbers or GT logo without an outline
- More preference but I wish the wasp was holding a hockey stick
- The stitching should stop at the hem stripe, not continue down

8.75/10- Great concept! 

New York City FC Concept (By: Daniel L.)


+ The jersey looks like a very slick Adidas Jacket
+ Good execution
+ Again, not a huge fan of the lack of white, but it doesn't hurt the concept
+ It's a solid crossover, looking like a soccer jersey on a hockey template but still plausibly being a hockey jersey
+ Bright orange and blue standout very well on the jersey

- The numbers don't really match the NYC in the logo
- If you want to ditch white completely, ditch it in the logo
- The bottom of the jersey looks boring without a stripe

7.75/10- I wanna see an orange jersey!

Spartak Moscow KHL Concepts (By: Taylor R.)


+ Damn these jerseys look good
+ Solid execution, as expected in Taylor R.'s recent reign of amazing concepts
+ Having the arm striping match the C logo 
+ Using the roundel logo as the primary
+ Unique shoulder shape

- Zherdev is a stupid head
- The C logo doesn't show up well on the red shoulders, pants and red helmet, making and inverted version of the logo would fix that

9/10- Keep it up! 

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That's the post, everyone!
Remember to vote and get your World Cup of Hockey entries in 
Go Jets Go!
Enjoy All Star Weekend!

January 22, 2015

Thursday: A Team Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand

See that, I paraphrased Abraham Lincoln. Things are about to get real.

Nothing is confirmed yet, but it's being widely speculated that there will indeed be a World Cup of Hockey tournament, and it will have 6 core countries (Canada, USA, Russia, Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland), as well as two "All-Star" teams: a European team made up of players from smaller hockey countries (Switzerland, Slovakia, Germany, Denmark, etc.), and a team of North Americans under the age of 23.

That's right, Canadians and Americans on the same team.

I get what the NHL would be trying to do (assuming that these rumours are true).  The NHL wants to promote itself as much as it can with this event, so a team that isn't fully composed of NHLers is sacrificed for one that is, even if it means mashing two rival countries together.

But it just feels so wrong.  I remember a hockey tournament I was in during my playing days, where all of the players from 8 teams were "mashed up" into new teams.  It was a novel experience, but felt extremely awkward. The sense of team pride wasn't there, and teams were divided into little cliques of familiar individuals.

Granted, we're only dealing with 2 teams, not 8.  But still, the team would surely feel divided, and the politics of the team's personnel would drag away the spotlight from where it should be. 

And since these are the best North American NHLers under 23 (and there are a lot of them), you definitely couldn't count them out from being a contender.  So how motivated would a "junior" Canadian get if it was Canada vs North America?  Sure, players will find a way to get motivated like every other game, but the fire fueled by national pride won't be there. 

More relevant to us as designers, how is this team going to look? Red and white? Then they're Team Canada.  Add blue? Now they're American.  You'd have to go with a neutral colour scheme (black and neon green, anyone?), which would look gimmicky and tarnish the prestige of the World Cup.

I have the same issues with the European mixed team, but I understand why that team must exist.  I'd personally rather see two individual countries, and maybe a "World Cup Qualifier" event, but being an NHL event, I see the issues in that.

That's my rant for today.  Maybe I'm just over-thinking it, and maybe it's a better idea than I give it credit for, and maybe this wont be the case at all.  But it still bothers me and gets me slightly less excited for the event.  But I'd like to know your thoughts on it, so let me know what you think by commenting on the post.

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Do you like blue? Then you're going to love the extremely-important COTY 4th Quarter vote.  3 teams, 3 very skilled designers, 3 awesome blue concepts. Only one of these concepts will win this vote, and be the 4th and final semi-finalist for COTY.  To summarize, this vote is huge! Do your civil duty and send in your votes! While you're doing that, you should also send in your weekly COTW vote, and your World Cup jersey designs if you've finished them.  Lots of time left for the competition, but entries are already starting to pile in.
 
4th Quarter Vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTW Jan 11-17 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
World Cup - Jersey Phase (ends January 30 @ 11:59pm Eastern)

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Today's World Cup of Hockey entries:
 
Connor J

Curtis P.

Jack D.

 Vaughn R.
 
 
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Buffalo Sabres - Dylan N.


Yay: We start with a Buffalo Sabres alternate from Dylan.  The style is kind of similar to the Buffa-slug and Buffa-goat jerseys, but with bolder arm and side designs and a unique grey background.  The Buffa-slug logo is reintroduced, sadly, but at least it fits with the team's colour scheme, and looks decent enough for an alternate logo.  Execution is sharp and the design is original, cool, and fairly believable.

Nay:  I feel like the design would suit the Nashville Predators more.  It works for the Sabres, and they desperately need a new alternate, but to me this design would be perfect for the Preds.  The logo looks like it should be moved down a little bit, so it gives the "C" and the front number some breathing room and balances the jersey's "whitespace" a little better.

Overall:  Really interesting design.  I'm not a huge fan of it, but I respect what it's doing and would definitely take this over their current alternate.  8.3/10




Seattle Metropolitans - Eric T.



Yay:  Next up is a Seattle Metropolitans concept from Eric.  He goes for a simplified version of their PCHL jerseys, using chest stripes instead of the barber-poles, and removing the "Seattle" from the "S".  I think if an NHL team comes to Seattle, a simplified version of the old Mets jerseys would be the way to go.

Nay: This concept has been done to death (including by me, one of my first ever concepts), and most of the other designs are better executed than this.  The name and back number are too small, the "S" could be lowered so it looks centered on the stripes, the yoke outline on the green jersey is unnecessary, and the red TV numbers on the green jersey are a little hard on the eyes, beige would be better.

Overall:  It's a good, simple version of a beautiful jersey, but it could be executed better. 7.1/10



Pittsburgh Penguins - Justin C.



Yay:  Now we get to see Justin's Penguins alternate.  I love this logo, and it's a shame it hasn't been used more.  I think the combination of the wordmark and logo look good in this case.  The striping looks traditional but is unique to the Penguins' previous designs.  Very sharp looking design that I'd love to see be made into a real uniform.

Nay:  My only real complaint is the font of the numbers.  The 3D text looks way too cheesy and minor-league for a jersey that has "classic" potential.  I also don't like how wide the wordmark goes on the front of the jersey.

Overall:  It's not quite perfect, but with some font changes it could be a great alternate for the Penguins. 7.7/10



 Tampa Bay Lightning - Mario A.



Yay: Next up is Mario's Tampa Bay blast-from-the-past alternate.  The 90's did some weird things to hockey jerseys, but I actually kind of liked this alternate.  Mario updates it by removing the grey yoke, making the jersey primarily black, adding some lightning on the sides, and puts the new logo on.

Nay:  The "waves" and the sea can't be the same colour, because then all you see is the weird wave-shadow design, which looks awful by itself.  The blue on the arms comes out of nowhere and really doesn't look great.  If the "waves" were blue, it would act as the hem, and the arm design would make more sense. But personally I'd rather see the opposite: blue jersey, black waves and arms (so similar to the original, and this logo with black instead of blue.  The "rain" effect is really sloppy and looks very amateurish compared to the original, which was a bad idea to begin with.

Overall: I like the approach, but I'd rather have what we got in the 90's. 6/10



 Flint Spirits - Ryan C.



Yay: Wait, a hockey team from Flint not named the Generals? When owners moved the team, a new team came to Flint and went by the "Spirits", before moving and Flint receiving another new team, again called the Generals.  The jersey isn't exciting, but suits this 80's team just fine without looking like a Hartford Whalers knock-off.  This jersey is classic, but looks sharp enough that it could be used today.

Nay: Having the primary logo as your shoulder patch is kind of redundant and lazy.  The collar on the blue jersey should have white between the green parts. The green outline doesn't contrast very well with the dark blue number.

Overall:  It's not flashy, but it's a cool, old-school concept, my favourite kind. 7.5/10



 Florida Panthers -  Trent D.


Yay: The last concept for today is Trent's Florida Panthers alternate.  Florida has used blue as a primary colour before, but never with yellow as the main-secondary colour, so it looks new and better suits the logo and team identity.  It's a solid design that can work in pretty much any era for the Panthers.

Nay: It can't be said enough how important it is to put your name or some ID on all of your concepts.  The name seems a little too close to the top, and the back number should be bigger and lower.  The logo should be larger as well.  The collar looks quite busy.  

Overall:  I have a weird soft-spot for Panthers jerseys, especially the old ones.  This jersey gives me 90's flashbacks, but is fresh and unique at the same time.  Well done!  7.8/10



 Even though it's a jersey I'd probably never buy, I'm going to give Dylan N's Buffalo Sabres concept my COTW nomination.

That's all I got for today.  Remember to vote, especially for the big 4th QTR vote, this week, and keep sending in your World Cup jerseys!

Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!

January 21, 2015

Wednesday: Starting to see this competition shape up!

Hello everyone! We've got a great competition going on right now... so if you haven't already go check the banner at the top of the page. I'm really excited to see what everyone comes up with for this competition. Why not check out what we have up to now!


Josiah B: 
                                       


 Vaughn R:

 Connor J:

Ryan C:





Coby S:


Jared L:

Taylor R:


Wow! That's a lot of entries, but there is still times to send some more! Let's get as many entries as possible for this competition so we can choose only the best concepts. You still have lots of time! Also why not choose the best concept of the week and the VERY IMPORTANT fourth quarter of the year vote! SEND ASAP.

4th Quarter Vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTW Jan 11-17 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)




Anthony W - Toronto Toros
+ That yoke looks very sharp. I like it. 
+ I haven't reviewed one of your concepts before, so if you're new... Welcome! Your concept and presentation remind me of Mario A's concepts. 

- The logo shows its date. It's just not a pretty logo. It could also use a thicker outline on the blue jersey. I'td be cool to see a modernized version of it... Someone? Anyone?
- The numbers are too low, and the NOB is too high. 
- Striping is a bit bland.

Overall: (6.5/10)



Christian C. - NY Islanders


+ A new alternate for the Islanders. I'm not to fond of the current stadium series one.
+ Simple striping along with the elongated yoke.
+ Crisp and simple colours. None overpower each other.
+ Execution and presentation are great... but...

-The reebok word mark on the back should be blue.
-I can't say I'm a fan of that logo. It's not awful but it could be better.
-I'd make the collar orange.

Overall: (8/10)

Derek K - Springdale Dynamos

+ Presentation is top notch. As well as execution. 
+ You can never go wrong with a diagonal script on a college hockey jersey. 
+ Pinstripes look pretty cool.
+ Colour balance is great. Not too much orange that it hurts your eyes.

- I really don't like that shoulder logo. Anyone else agree?

Overall: (8.5/10)


Ryan C - Cleveland Lumberjacks


+ Great colour scheme, with a great junior logo. Yes, it's only good for a minor team.
+ All the elements to a simple, yet great jersey are there.

- The concept seems fuzzy. The colours... especially the black are too light compared to the logo's colours. Almost as if the jersey was created on a sports equipment website. Try exploring different templates to further your abilities as a artist. 

Overall design-wise: 7.5/10

TG - Hershey Bears


+ Simple striping. Classic, that will almost always look good. 
+ Now this is what I call a colour scheme. Both shades of brown show up really well on white. 
+ You just can't go wrong with anything on this jersey. If I lived in hershey I'd buy this in a second.
+ The logo choice. I absolutely love that logo. So simple yet so fierce. 

- Shoulders are bare, you could put the primary logo on the yoke.

Overall : 9/10


Trent D - Columbus Blue Jackets

+ Canon logo always looks great on an alternate
+ Screams 'MURICA
+ Striping that mimics the Ohio Flag

- No TV numbers
- No NOB
- I like the stars on the cuffs, but not on the yoke.
- I'd like to see a bit more silver in the design. I think it could give you something sharp.

Overall : 7.75/10



That's all I have for you. But that shouldn't worry you too much since you'll be busy voting and making entries for the competition. Or maybe living your life and such. Wow my conclusions are awful aren't they? Anyways stay classy everyone!