27 July 2013

HJC Post: Celebrity Shot

     Just so that you guys know, I didn't actually post yesterday and haven't been able to get a head start on my HJC posts the past few weeks. But a relative passed away earlier this week as I mentioned and I was left to have several schedule changes yesterday. DBro Alexander, our regular Wednesday columnist at HJC was kind enough to cover for me.

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Friday: Better Late Than Never

Hey guys, it's me Ricky, and welcome to.... nah just kidding. It's me, Your favorite Wednesday writer, Dylan A. We don't know where Ricky is so someone had to post for today, and seeing as how I've had my fair share of late days, it's only fair I chip in and post on Ricky's behalf.

We have one COTW vote and the Semi Finals for the HJC Open.....So don't forget to vote, and that's obvious...

COTW July 15-21 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
HJC Open Semi-Finals voting (ends Sunday @ 6pm Eastern)

And now onto the concepts!

Calgary Flames Concept - (Caleb F.)
Pretty simple design for the Flames from Caleb. After seeing some of the busy nonsense they've been wearing for awhile, I, and hopefully everyone else, is hoping a simple redesign, like this, is in their near future. It'd be nice to see the back of the jerseys and theTV numbers look odd. I'd put them in the normal spot down the arm.

Rating: 7/10

Seattle Metropolitans WIHL Concept - (Dylan W.) 
I like when our artists start series or fake leagues, and Mr. Wonka has a really good one going so far. I really like the work he's done with the logos. I'm not so sure about the wavy circles but still though, the hockey sticks going up into the needle is great! The jerseys are also very well done. I'm glad he stayed away from using the wavy lines in the jersey design.

Rating: 9/10 COTW NOM from one Dylan to another!

Montreal Canadiens Alternate Jersey Concept - (Frank C.)
Frank gives the Habs a blue jersey, something I wouldn't be opposed to seeing. It's different seeing the leaf on the front, which I would feel should be left off the front of the jersey unless it were red. Too close to the Leafs for my taste.

Rating: 7.5/10

Washington Capitals Concept - (Jack H.)
Jack gives the Caps a new set of jerseys sans vertical arm stripes. Actually now that I look at it, the jersey designs look to be based off of the current socks. The white stripe on the red should be thicker though. I'd rather the set look like the white jersey. The red jersey looks rather boring.

Rating: 7.5/10

Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL) Concept - (Jake88)
It appears that our friend Jake has moved out of Europe and moved onto the Q. It's interesting to see the horned template without its horns. The yoke is especially interesting. I can't say I like it though. The rest of the striping is good though, I'd leave the yoke blank.

Rating: 7/10

As it starts storming pretty good in my neck of the woods I need to get this post done quick so I can post it before my power goes out of something!

Ottawa 67's (OHL) Concept - (Kyle C.)
We have another juniors concept, but this time it's the 67's! Big and bold. That's what these jerseys are all about. The O in the logo is big and bold, so the striping is too! I really like it, especially the squared off yokes. It fits in well with the logo and it's angled on the corners. 


Buffalo Sabres New Alternate Concept - (Stephane S.)
Stephane has a guess as to what the new Sabres alternate will look like, or at least what he wants it to look like. It's definitely interesting with the white arm bands. The different colored collar and the yoke going under the collar are really interesting and something I'm looking forward to seeing.

Rating: 7/10

Ottawa Senators Concept - (Tyler G. - HJC.)
We'll end today's post with a concept from HJC's own, Tyler. Tyler returns the Sens to something very simple, and reminiscent of their early jerseys, something that would be nice to actually see happen. I love the use of the 2D logo and the "O" on the shoulders. It'd be nice if the "O" was white on the red jersey to stick out better. 

Rating: 8/10

23 July 2013

Very Brief, Indeed

I'm not getting anything ready for today as I have learned that a relative of mine has passed away. I will have content for tomorrow instead.


20 July 2013

HJC Post X

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Friday: Tomb of the Unknown Ricky

EDIT by Ricky: *Sorry for the slight delay of today's post, my Blogger account went haywire, fortunately it wasn't anything serious.

It's been unbearably hot and humid in Buffalo, the second hottest city in the month of July so far. Boston is the only hotter city with 10 days (at least) over 90 degrees and Buffalo with four. Anyway, I'm back to share more concepts with you and maybe we'll see Sabres third concepts rolling in. While my hometown team is changing things up, it appears there isn't too much else going on. In that case, today's concepts will hold some significance to the off-season for me. Before we get to them though, the HJC Open is at full steam - go check it out!


The regular feature of reminders are available for you below.

2nd Quarter Vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTW July 8-14 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
HJC Open Round 2 voting (ends Sunday @ 6pm Eastern)


Team USA (Coby S.)

Coby takes a different and more simple approach to American hockey. I'm not 100% on it, but I don't hate it if appropriate stitching were shown and fixing the pixelation issues, this can show more potential than it already has has. I like the effort in the idea, but a 5 out of 10.

Adler Mannheim (Jake88)

Jake has moved onto a DEL series for the German hockey clubs. The Blue Jay-esqu number font is what first caught my attention. It matches the striping quite well to the logo. I feel like something is missing but it isn't really. A 9 out of 10.

Pheonix Coyotes (Kyle C.)

Though they won't be renamed the Arizona Coyotes until 2014/15, that would be a good time to sort of re-brand the club a little. This would be a great way to do so. The large stripe could maybe use a design, but beggars can't be choosers. An 8.5 out of 10.

Mississauga Steelheads (Brandon C.)

This one is really intriguing to me, it appears as though this design could belong to anyone with those colors - the Syracuse Crunch in particular. But I do like it. Maybe an accompanying kit would be nice. Nothing much to say, it's an 8.5 out of 10.

Dusseldorfer EG (Jake88)

These look as if though they were inspired by old team Germany jerseys.But the yellow is a good fit to add some accenture, I feel it helps this color scheme. These series of Jake 88's make everything so ordinary but likable. An 8 out of 10.

Toronto Maple Leafs (Kyle N)

First things first, I hate this logo with a passion and bad logos are the Leafs specialty before 1966 with me. Despite some of the jersey features, it does somewhat appear to be a somewhat classic jersey and would be Winter Classic/Outdoor Series acceptable. But change the logo and I'm good to go! An 8 out of 10.

Colorado Avalanche (Charles W.)

The striping's good and the script is good, but I would like to sees pace between the number and it's outline on the white with a double outline on the color uniform. My distaste of this template hasn't changed, but this concept suits it a little better than usual. A 7.5 out of 10.

 Carleton Place Canadians (JCR Graphix)

This provides an interesting distribution of these particular colors. I don't think any of the provided logos are strong enough as primary logos, I'm afraid. Else-wise, It's a solid concept that differentiates itself from other teams with this exact or similar color schemes. A 9 out of 10.


That's it for me this week. Looking forward to the next time we discuss more hockey jersey concepts. Bye for now!


13 July 2013


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Friday: Festivals in Buffalo, Hockey Everywhere Else

This week there are several festivals in my neck of the woods, but that doesn't mean that we're not following hockey news with the major off-season dates behind us. Tell that to Ilya Kovalchuck who is retiring from the NHL supposedly to go to home Russia to be with family. Anyway, 'tis the season of the HJC Open. All reminders, as necessary, have been placed below.


COTY-June vote (ends tonight @ 11:59pm Eastern)
COTW July 1-7 vote (ends tonight @ 11:59pm Eastern)
HJC Open Round 1 voting (ends Sunday @ 6pm Eastern)

*HJC Open votes will be cast on the contest page


Chicago Blackhawks (Dylan W.)
     {These are two separate Winter Classic concepts}

I'm going to look at these together, but will still earn separate reviews. I can't like any of it as I cannot associate the Hawks without any placement of red. Also I don't think these would pass as Winter Classic jerseys either. However, I do see good "Black Ice" merchandise, but the whites have no place in anything for me. The difference in the two concepts is the striping pattern. I prefer the chest stripes since there are too many on the hem and sleeve striping for such a classic (original) team.The one on top has a value of a 5.5 out of 10 and the one below it a 7 out of 10.

EHC Black Wings Linz (Jake88)

Jake88 returns this week with a new series covering the Austrian League. This is something I would really like to see it on a jersey in the NHL where it applies . . . not necessarily this particular stitching pattern, but that would work too. Maybe a thin black/white stripe to separate the two other stripes on the socks belonging to the appropriate jersey. A solid 8.5 out of 10.

HC TWK Innsbruck (Jake88)

I really appreciate the fact that Jake 88 has taken time to cover European hockey regardless of how they've turned out. this is no different I see a lot of different teams this one could used for but it still has its own sort of identity I'm not sure how to explain that notion. I'd like to see the yoke a different shape, but that is a minor thing in this case. A 9 out of 10 and a CotW nomination from me.

Buffalo Sabres (Michael G.)

Striping's good, yokes are good (if outlines are added), equipment except for gloves are good. Crest logo is passable but would prefer the 40th anniversary script. Name should be solid darker color on road white, kill the slug an replace it with the "sabre in a  B," and the gloves should be one solid color. Not bad overall, but not necessarily preferred - an 8 out of 10.

Toronto Maple Leafs (Charles)

I like what's trying to be done, but it reminds me of those 90s MLB futuristic jerseys. I also believe that this isn't the right template to do them on. Else-wise we have a good looking uniform for an 8 out of 10.

Dallas Stars (Randall)

Has anyone's opinion on the new look changed now that there has been time to let it sink in? This one seems similar to many of the concepts I have seen but paying close attention, it is on a very basic template. I like that green and not black is the focus of the home green. Unfortunately nothing stands out I think maybe a change in striping pattern may help with that. A 7.5 out of 10.

Utica Comets (Justin S.)

Appropriate considering the affiliate, however, this isn't overdone so much that it screams Canucks at you. The only thing is that I cannot figure how to change the top portion of the sleeve towards the cuffs. I feel like it needs something. Maybe green? I really haven't the faintest idea. An 8.5 out of 10.


I am still figuring out how to get my creativity going with the mix and match downloadable. I have been having a lot of fun with it though. Don't be afraid to give it a try it could be the next step to making improved concepts, I know it's helped me. Keep sending us your stuff. That's why I'm writing - to be amazed by your masterpieces and of course it's okay if you don't. But regardless my critique there will always be someone to be in awe of your imagination! Have a wonderful weekend!


06 July 2013


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Friday: Trades, Free Agency, and the Rumor Mull

Howdy all you HJC readers, hope our American friends enjoyed their Independence Day celebrations. Today is the real start of the offseason for me as it directly impacts the following season. So what about this Peverley/Seguin (et al) for Eriksson (et al) trade or about Alfredsson testing the FA market? Interesting(, eh?) for yesterday and earlier today among other things. This is a very favorable scenario for my home town club in Buffalo to perhaps provide slightly easier competition and my beloved Ducks benefit because the realignment now takes the Stars out of our division. However, I sit here still wishing the Ducks had Bobby Ryan. No matter it's only just begun, just as this post which needs to now be moving along.


There is only one reminder from me this week, and you can find that below.

COTW June 24-30 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)


Stadium Series (Dylan W.)

     One bit of inside info for this one. There was a group of people from the Twin Cities area at a Buffalo Bisons game a few years ago that were big on the North Stars. They all made me aware that they and the city wants nothing to do with and don't speak of that franchise (North Stars) anymore and that's why they embrace the Wild in the manner that they do. For that, I don't think they'd like to see this jersey even though there is a team in Minnesota again.
     While I don't like the jersey anyway because all I see is a modified Wild logo on a North Stars jersey, I never liked that the North Stars used gold, green, then black rather than green, gold, then black. The Blackhawks jersey is fine and have no issues with it. Just one question - why is the retro template being used when the Winter Classic Alumni jerseys use a modern template? I thought I remember seeing that in the games. A 7.5 out of 10.

Everett Silvertips (Dylan W.)

This one I like much more of the tow submissions from Dylan today. Switching to this alternate logo as primary is the main focus as it appears to be the cause for the mountainous hem. However it is also very reminiscent of Mount St. Mary's of (NCAA Division I) and the NBA's Denver Nuggets in some fashion. Regardless, this is the best color scheme it goes with between those teams and the Silvertips, nice work. A 9 out of 10 overall.

Regina Pats (Caleb)

I've realized that it is this particular shade of blue that is visually deceiving me as it pertains to the Regina Pats. The most interesting about this one to me is the cut-off of the yoke outline and thus isn't a full outline. If not for the striping, it probably wouldn't fit many other uniforms. The number on the colored uniform is slightly too large with good TV numbers but the home white has a good primary number with too small TV numbers. But hey, at least they're there. Overall an 8 out of 10.

Lethbridge Hurricanes (Coby)

Okay, Coby has seen some improvements with this concept. But there will still be some things that he can pick up that can really bring out his style of sport graphic design. The logo is well over-sized, but I like where it is going. You can see that it was taken from the current Carolina alternate as visible by the pixelated outline to the lower left. He also uses it as a basis for their hem stripe pattern. I'm curious as to the significance of that random red bar. The number and NOB are good too, but just as the logo are over-sized.  I'd like to see the stitch marks where applicable, particularly in regards to the collar which is partially covered. Also the next tutorial I would give a look at would be TV numbers, but Coby is taking it one step at a time and makes me look forward to his progress. A storm warning shows a 5 out of 10, but it is strengthening.

PSG Zlin (Jake88)

Since last we met, Jake88 was working on the Finnish SM-liiga, but has finished that and moved onto the Czech Extraliga. I know why it was done but I don't think I agree on the sock and pant stripe choice, I would try to give a five stripe pattern to match the striping closest to but not including the collar. Else-wise, stellar job - an 8.5 out of 10.

HC Verva Litvinov (Jake88)

There is one team in particular this reminds me of Borussia Dortmund of soccer's German Bundesliga. The only difference other than sport and country is that Verva's logo has much more color balance. That significantly helps the concept. The only thing I'd like to see change is to transport the striping from the pants to everything else, even the shoulders (despite being curved) as opposed to the single stripe on everything. A 9 out of 10 for this one.

Portland Rosebuds (Bobby P.)

For-though this team would play at the Rose Garden (presumably), I'm not so sure about the baby blue. That color has significance to the city, but I would try green as both colors come from the city's flag. Christmas colors aren't very typical and wound up in disfavor among the Devils organization who trashed that scheme in the 90s. The biggest thing is not that, however, the "P" to me looks like an asymmetrical letter "T" instead. Every rose has it's thorn, a 7.5 out of 10.

2014 Stadium Series (Derek)

I thought of turning this particular Canucks logo into the same color scheme a long time ago, but i have never actually put it onto a jersey. But to match the logo, I'd like to see two green stripes. Next, an Ottawa logo - in vintage white? Sounds crazy, but it actually appears to be a rustic gold to me. The logo can sneak away with it but not the name and NOB. Perhaps we could use the sock arrangement as vertical striping for the pants then copy it to replace the sock as is now. An 8.5 out of 10.

Lethbridge Hurricanes (William B.)

Whenever this style hem stripe is applied, I can't resist my head shake of disapproval. If this kind of striping is used, I prefer the rest of the hem remain the same color as the jersey. However, there is also the matter of mismatching striping, which is also a peeve of mine. Also if you are going to have a yoke outline, i'd prefer it not to blend in like this one and go white instead of navy.  This storm warning indicates a 7 out of 10.

Brampton Beast (Ryan-HJC)

El Capitan rounds up our daily concepts ant this one I'm undecided on. That is primarily because of the sleeves. Maybe I would turn the yoke to red, as I'd like to see more of it in both sweaters. |Everything else is where it needs to be for my liking. Even with the red, it wouldn't change very much. An 8 out of 10, plain and simple (sort of).


Now the only thing I have to do left is continue to prepare my opening round concept for the HJC Open. Enjoy the weekend and happy FA Frenzy!

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