January 15, 2014

Wednesday: Day Hockey

Happy Wednesday everyone! I don't know how your day's been going but I just got home from a rare Wednesday matinee in Rockford. My Rockford Icehogs had an 11 Am game against the Abbotsford Heat that many schools from the Rockford School District attended as a field trip. I gotta say, quite a different experience than a normal game as there were thousands of middle schoolers in attendance and most of the normal ticket holders not attending due to work or whatever.

Most of the kids had to leave midway through the third period for some dumb reason so the last few minutes, including the OT period were watched by maybe 100 or so people, which, after 15 years of watching Icehogs hockey, I've never seen the building so empty for any part of a game. Sadly, they lost but it was still fun to start my day with hockey. How do you guys feel about early day games for the pros? Big fan or too big of a hastle to be able to watch?

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4th Quarter Vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
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AHL Stadium Series Entries (Due Friday, January 17, 2014 @ 11:59pm Eastern)

Speaking of the AHL Stadium Series..... more entries today!

Stephen T.

Scott M.

Matt Mc.

Wings98

And as always your daily concepts


Philadelphia Third Jersey Concept - Brian B.
Here we go, here's something we haven't seen yet, and I'm quite surprised we haven't. Now before I go on, I'm told this was intentionally meant to look like this. So I'm assuming Brian is just showing off that it's just a bad jersey design. I'm not 100% sure, but yep, still looks bad. However, I feel that maybe the white "cape" fits Philadelphia's branding. It kind of resembles their current jerseys' arm yokes in a way. I'm not condoning it, I'm just saying. I think a black "cape" would look better and wouldn't be mixing "dark" with "light"

Rating: 6/10 - bad looking, BUT..... interesting


Calgary Flames Third Jersey Concept - David P. 
Here's an interesting concept. I think that it may have been done on the site before, just maybe not exactly like this. The way this is now, I'm not a fan. Too busy, plus the flames come up way too high for my liking. I'd get rid of all the hem striping and side panels and just have the flames coming up to about normal hem stripe height. No shoulder patches might be a plus on this specific jersey though. Numbers would be nice too.

Rating: 6/10


New York Stadium Series Concept - Ricky M.
Ricky offers us his versions of the New York Stadium Series. This has many of the same problems I saw with his Stadium Series concept yesterday. I'm not big on the under arms, except I don't mind them on the Islanders jersey to be honest. Not a huge fan of a green devil's jersey. I'd swap the green and red. And I still don't like the helmets. Red vs. Orange would be a mess, so the Rangers or Islanders need light jersey instead. I do like how all the jerseys have a different striping pattern though

Rating: 6.5/10


2016 Heritage Classic Concept - Justin S.
Justin has an idea for the 2016 Heritage Classic. I'm ok with the Canucks using this era for a one off, I don't prefer it but, meh. As for the Jets, there's nothing "Classic" here except the striping pattern. I'm sure they could get permission to use the old Jets logo if it was a one off so I'd rather see that, or some sort of fauxback that resembles it.

Rating: 7/10


Los Angeles Kings Third Jersey Concept - Avi S.
Avi takes the Kings' Stadium Series jersey and applies it to a more traditional jersey cut. I honestly think this would be the best option for a Kings third jersey that doesn't bring purple back. The only thing I would change is replacing the shoulder patches here with the new "LA" monogram logo that's on their Stadium Series jerseys.

Rating: 7/10 - Not much of a concept, more or less their Stadium jersey, just less "Stadium Series-y" but it's just so clean and nice looking.


Charlottetown Islanders Concept - Robb C.
Rob offers up an IceBorn'd version of the Charlottetown Islanders of the QMJHL. Well, actually he has the jerseys branded as Reebok (incorrectly as I might add as Reebok doesn't put the vector logo on the jerseys, but instead their workmark) So this looks like the Stadium Series cut jerseys with the angled hems. Personally, I like the jersey design itself, I think it's a decent fit with the logo. Something about the color balance seems off on the light jersey. Maybe more black around the gold. 


Rating: 7/10


Buffalo Sabres Third Jersey Concept - Avi S.
Avi gives us his rendition of a yellow Sabres' alternate that I, as I'm sure everyone else will, like this jersey a lot better than the actual product. It's really not too "out there" and that's what I like about it. It's got 2 elements that could be considered "out there", the shoulder captains patch, and the silver...things... on the shoulders, which I kind of like.

Rating: 8/10


Winnipeg Jets 1920's Concept - Dylan W.
Another interesting concept today. Dylan takes a stab at what the Jets would have looked like 90 years ago. I feel like it's an accurate representation as to what this team would have looked like. He explains that the jerseys are meant to give the retro feel using the current logo, but I want to see this concept go all out. Granted, I'm pretty sure the first "jet" was made in maybe the 30's, or 40's, (Does anyone know for sure?) I would have liked to see a total retro logo. I want to see the pants and socks as well!

The one potential problem here for me is that the jerseys seem to both be dark and light, so maybe make that stand  out on each jersey a little more. Still a good concept.

Rating: 8/10 - Color balance and the lack of equipment hurt this concept to me. 8's still good though even without that stuff.

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As for the Reebok branded IceBorn template, I don't want to make a big deal out of anything here, but I'd leave it branded as Iceborn if I was going to include a brand on the jersey. I know it's not an "accurate" concept since IceBorn isn't a "real" manufacturer or whatever and we tend to push a certain level of accuracy on the concepts we critique here, but I'm sure it wasn't made to have Reebok, or Bauer, or whoever's brand slapped on it. 

IceBorn has shown itself to be a pretty unique and versatile template that opens itself to several design possibilities, plus it's really easy to manipulate and create your own jersey cuts and stitching patterns. I like to think I'm becoming good buddies with Matt McElroy, and I don't know HIS stance on seeing his template rebranded, but If I spent a lot of time making my own template to share with everyone that was unique and my own thing, I'd want to see that name and that name only on it. 
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So guys, what's your take on today's post? You like any concepts? Any COTW-worthy? Talk it out!

5 comments:

Scott Markiewicz said...

I completely agree with putting different company logos on the Iceborn template! I only put Reebok on my contest entry to add authentic look..

Robb Clarke said...

After the feedback from yesterday (my first ever submission) about not having the Iceborn logo on the jerseys, I resubmitted everything that I had sent in previously. My guess is that the updated the designs never made it out to the writers in time.

Justin said...

Avi's Sabres for COTW!

Tom V. said...

I think this whole iceborn template shouldn't be a big deal. As soon as you offer up a template to the public, you're kind of forced to come to terms with people cutting and manipulating everything about it, I think if anything at all, just a simple credit line should suffice. After all, we all tend to try and gear towards the authentic route, so getting rid of the iceborn on the back shouldn't be a big deal, you can't really pick and choose when it's acceptable or not.
What about the people that created the rest of the templates everyone uses?... Why is it only an issue with the iceborn all of a sudden? Not a single concept in this post gives credit to the template (designer, artist, url, company etc.) Except of course Matt's contest entry.

DBro Alexander said...

@Tom - you raise some good points. I don't want it to be a big deal. I know for more concepts people like the authentic route, but I like to think of IceBorn as a concept on its own.

As for those older templates, I've seen people swap the manufacturer logos on them, Reebok on Nike and vice versa and I've pointed it out, and I know others have too.

The problem there is also authenticity. I've seen a lot of Reebok templates with Nike's logo on it. We all, for the most part, know the difference between the two companys' jerseys, there's a few big differences so seeing a logo where it doesn't belong kind of screws up the concept.

So that's how I'm looking at the Iceborn. I know an Iceborn jersey when I see it. It's made as it's own jersey and isn't a Reebok, Nike, CCM, etc.

Thanks for bringing that up too