September 3, 2015

Thursday: Rush Hour

Hello again everyone and welcome back to another Thursday post!

So I'm going to keep the intro short as I only have an hour to do this post because of a few things that have happened and have delayed my writing so let's get on with it now.

Only one vote this week and that's the usual COTW vote. Just click a few times and it's as simple as that. If you want to help the blog run the way it has for a long time (way longer before I began reading it even) then go do those few clicks and vote!
COTW Aug 23-29 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

 Onto the concepts already!


Brooks F. - Chesapeake Icebreakers
+Very unique design
+Fits well for an ECHL Team
+The font works well with this concept
+I like the way the vertical stripe things form a nameplate at the top
+I think black equipment was a good choice here but it's debatable for purple as well
-I'm not digging the sock design. It might look better on the actual sock but I'm not liking the way it looks here. I would keep the stripe straight
-The Reebok logo on the purple jersey should be white

Overall: Solid design (8/10)


Taylor R. - Toronto Drakes Raptors
+Unique design that works well with their basketball identity
+I like the inclusion of the "motto tag" as I'll call it on the bottom of the jersey
+I like the way the font looks
-The pants design is exactly their new design, but I don't like it. I'd have gone with something that's more of a vertical flip of the design
-I see no need to use the virtually same logo on the shoulders, the one with the three claws and the basketball would work just fine

Overall: I know I didn't have too much to say on the good side but I still really like this concept (8.5/10)


Mike S. - New York Rangers
First off the file name for this concept says this is your simple series finale so congratulations on finishing it! It's very hard to complete a series, especially such a large one like an NHL redesign. I myself have been working on an NHL redesign series since the beginning of June and I've restarted the series twice (only losing one concept in the process though) and have only really done about 4/5 concepts in total. So it's tough to see it through. Anyways..
+As is the goal of this, this concept is very simple, and very good looking as well.
+I really like bringing the yoke stripes over the the blue jersey as well. Great design choice
+Keeping the same red pants is also a good choice
-Helmet and pants logos are missing
-The names on both jerseys look a bit blurry

Overall: Going out with a bang (9/10)


 Dylan T. - New York Fishsticks Islanders
+FISHSTICKS
+Simple and solid design
+I like the use of teal sparingly
+I really like the font you used
-I like the font but I'm not sure I like it as much for the name. It's not too bad though
-The edge of the uniform on the background looks very pixelated

Overall: Solid uniform for the Fishsticks Islanders (8.5/10)


J3 - Colorado Avalanche
+I really like the new logos you designed
+Solid design thats reminiscent of a mountain, but not the same type of mountain design you usually see on Avs concepts
+I really like the victory stripe mountains
+I like the mountain numbers as well too
+I love the C that was made in the roundel logo
-I would make the hem and cuffs on the blue jersey in the maroon color, the jersey looks plain as it is like that
-I would make the Colorado flag C in the primary logo larger
-It's a shame to lose the Avalanche's amazing logo, but knowing Colorado, I wouldn't be surprised if it actually happened

Overall: Really great redesign for the Avalanche (8.5/10) and a COTW Nomination!


Well that's all for today guys. Keeping the outro short as well so I hope you enjoyed this post, thanks for reading, and I'll see you all again next week!

September 2, 2015

Wednesday: Outdoor Games!

Hey Hey and Howdy! Happy Wednesday everyone and welcome back to HJC!

Little bit of AHL news today, not as much news overall as last week's Wednesday post, but this should lead to some fun new concepts on the site. The AHL today announced an outdoor game between 2 of the league's newest teams.

Image - The AHL
With this news I expect to see some Stockton and Bakersfield concepts coming through HJC over the next few months. The game is actually being played in Sacramento, which is around an hour outside of Stockton. Seems like the league is going to try very hard to make these new teams last, so much so that they'll put a couple of them outside in their first season.

Speaking of things that people want... we want you to vote. Easy week. No competitions, no looking through 30 concepts to vote... just your basic COTW vote!

COTW Aug 23-29 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

So now that that's all out of the way, let's get to the concepts!


2016 Winter Classic Concept - Boston vs. Montreal - Jarrett T.
Jarrett elects to have Boston in brown, which I like, but there's too much black for my liking. Personally, I just hate black and brown together. For it to really work for me it has to be mostly black with a little bit of brown. The striping resembles the Bruins from the 60's and fits the bill for a Winter Classic game, although, the Bruins have only ever had like one jersey that wouldn't really fit in a Classic.

As for Montreal, the jersey seems more like a Stadium Series jersey with a throwback logo. The jersey itself could just be a 'fauxback' since the Canadiens have barely changed their jersey design in almost 100 years. The white pants is too far though.

Rating: 6.5/10


San Jose Sharks Concept - Matt G.
Matt ditches the darker teal for San Jose and replaces it with a bright blue. I don't dislike it but I think makes the team look too bright. Plus I miss orange. #OrangeForever. The striping is interesting. Seems like it would fit a team with a some sort of futuristic branding, again, I don't dislike it, but it doesn't seem to fit the Sharks, in my opinion.

Rating: 7/10


Ontario Reign Alternate Jersey Concept - Mollie G.
Mollie would like to see the purple and yellow make its way into Ontario's look. I'm not opposed to that either. It looks good. The new logo Mollie made looks really good too. Overall, this is a nice overall update to a classic look, which really fits a minor league team. I think the white rectangle in the new logo could use the same strokes that the rest of the logo has.

Rating: 8.5/10


2016 Winter Classic Concept - Boston vs. Montreal - Ryan H.
Our fearless leader Ryan tackles the upcoming Winter Classic. I think that this is a very realistic guess as to what we can see on the ice come January. Honestly, I'm just excited to see this concept now so that we can see them being counterfeited in the upcoming months!

Although there's barely any changes to the Montreal jersey it sets itself apart from their primary enough. Although, if you're trying to mimic their first jersey, the collar should be all blue (and a turtleneck) The Boston jersey is a nice updated version of their first jersey. Again, I'm not a fan of brown+black but there's not a lot of black so I'd be a little ok with it. The shoulder patches are a nice touch.

Rating: 8.5/10 - Let's hope the real jersey matchup is similar to this!


Memphis Grizzlies NBA Concept - Taylor R.
Pretty straightforward set here. The actual Grizzlies jerseys don't have any extra bells and whistles and neither do these. I like the color balance, though I'd like to see a version of the white jersey with the dark and lighter blues swapped. I like that the collar inserts are yellow, like on their actual jerseys. The one little detail I would change is I would swap out the little secondary logo on the back of the jersey for a wordmark. It's where the Reebok or Adidas wordmark would go, and the way it is now is the same logo, three across, on the back. Could use some mixing up.

Rating: 8.75


Well no more Wednesday posts.... until next Wednesday that is......

September 1, 2015

Tuesday: Schooling

First week of school for me. As surprising as it might sound though I actually have more free time since it started up. Work absolutely killed me this summer. Whatever though, hopefully my schedule is a lot lighter on me than it has been. Missed working on concepts and just design in general. Any jersey news? Not really. Any logo news? Not really. Getting down and closer to the actual season, still a few teams left to officially unveil things but for the most part we know what's coming our way.


We only have one voting reminder this week. It's on the side of this very page that you're reading. So just take a millisecond and click on the concept you like the most. You won't hurt anyone, I promise.

COTW Aug 23-29 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)




St. Louis Blues Concept - Chris W.
St. Louis Blues now have one of my favorite jersey sets in the league. I used to like their alternate, but it's slowly dying on me. This set to me would be a slight downgrade in primary uniforms but I really like that alternate. No real complaints on the alternate. Kind of sad gold is eliminated, but I think it simply looks great. I think the primaries have a nice modern throwback touch. I think the white could use a yoke or something to bulk it up a little more. Just a simple plain squared off lighter blue yoke I think would look nice.  

Rating: 8.1/10




San Jose Sharks 25th Anniversary Concept - Jarrett T.
How would I feel if the Sharks wore their original uniforms as an alternate for this year? I would love it. However, mixing eras to me doesn't fit with this. To me it doesn't. Seeing that original logo on there would be the ace for this, but at that time it would just be a throwback, not a concept. Conceptually, sure it could work but obviously people would want the old logo. Or at least having the triangle there to perfectly mix the eras. 

Rating: 7.8/10




Peru State Bobcats Concept - Mario A.
Tried looking up existing jerseys that this team wears. Unfortunately, no hockey program there. Mario gives that imaginary hockey club some jerseys to rep for there games that they don't play. I like the yoke design. My complaint on it would be the back where the Reebok wordmark would go. Since you took off the wordmark in general I don't see a point in coloring that space blue, just keep the design going. And if you would keep the work mark on, instead of coloring it in, just have a small blue rectangle around the script. Striping goes along with the yoke and I think would look very nice during a game. Two things I have against this though. On the blue jersey, the blue logo almost gets lost. I say either have a thicker outline, or simply have the Bobcat white or grey. Also, eliminate the piping. It does nothing to the design except add in a distraction. Execution wise. Just bring the logos up a tad. Same with the numbers. Also, a grey outline on the numbers would help a lot tying it up with the rest of the design. Nothing else really here. The Bobcats should give you a call. 

Rating: 8.1/10




Florida Panthers Concept - Matt G.
The perfect Florida redesign in my eyes is them going back to their originals.  This concept however is getting very close to overtaking that though. To me the only thing missing is the white jersey. Sometimes I love the whiteness of some jerseys. It looks very sharp and sleek. Sometimes it's a little too blank though and I'm really torn on this. I could see a nice red yoke on it, but at the same time, like the Chicago Blackhawks Winter Classic jersey, it's just so sharp. Side note, I actually like that half pants stripe. Modern, but staying classy. The alternate is the only thing I'm really not a fan of. I've never really been a fan of Florida in blue though. Maybe a sweet yellow alternate. Or maybe none for this set, yet. 

Rating: 8.6/10




Los Angeles Lakers Concept - Taylor R.
T-Roy gives my favorite basketball team a hockey jersey. They're only my favorite team because when I was 5 I turned on ESPN and they won the NBA championship 20 seconds later. I didn't know basketball or any team so I decided to become a fan of them. They were winners. I really don't watch basketball though as it is. When they do well though, I jump back on the bandwagon. 

Anyway, this fits the Lakers very well. Classy striping. Classy colors, everything you would want from a Lakers hockey uniform. To be perfectly honest I have nothing to say to this. It's what I expect the lakers to wear in a hockey scenario. That does not mean it's perfect. Like for instance is this the LA Lakers playing like a hockey tournament against fans? Or is this a new hockey team called the LA Lakers with a basketball logo on the jersey? When I used to do crossover series, I always did the first. Like an imaginary off-season charity tournament where teams play a different sport against each other. Might be a cool and fun thing to watch. 

Rating: 8.5/10

Today, I simply want to nominate something. Give people more fame. So this week I'll give it to Matt G and his Florida concept! Let's see what you all think in the comments though. Nominate one of these concepts! Or simply state why you think some designs don't work. As always, stay constructive! 

See you all next week!

August 31, 2015

Monday: Old School...Or Whatever the Thrashers Are

Hello everyone, welcome to the last day of August and another Monday post!

We got some jersey news, this time out of the WHL. The Tri-City Americans have ditched their Thrashers template jerseys for new jerseys...or are they really new? They are more of a "new to them" vibe. Don't believe me? Let's take a look:

(Photo from: amhockey.com)

Yes they are Columbus Blue Jackets jerseys with new logos and shoulder patches. There are stars about 2/3rds down the arms, which is slightly higher than on the Jackets jerseys. Honestly, this look works a lot better for the Amerks than the Jackets imo. Call me crazy but they really look good with the primary logo. If it were the Eagle logo I'd disagree, however, the Star logo matches nicely. Maybe with a larger hem stripe these jerseys could be unique, but this is not the worst case of templating by far.

Rating: 7.25/10

No contest this week, so there's no excuse for not voting for COTW....not that their was any before hand but now there's less than 0...which is like Less Than Jake, only not a 2000's pop/punk band that had a song in NHL 2004. And you wondered how I could connect NHL 2004 & COTW voting.

COTW Aug 23-29 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

On to today's 5 concepts:

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Stockton Heat Concepts (By: Alan H.)


+ Breaking the S out of its roundel looks much better than the contained one
+ I'm always in favour of the Flames...or...Heat in this case use more yellow and red but don't go full 1980's with black, I dig it
+ I'd expect a crazier design from Alan, but with such a simple logo, it makes sense why not to
+ Good execution, minus one thing

- Helmet logos, never forget them
- One problem the mid 90's Flames jerseys had was the black helmets stood out like a sore thumb, red helmets would look much better

Rating: 8/10

Atlanta Thrashers Concepts (By: Taylor R.)


+ We don't see a lot of Thrashers concepts, so it's good someone is trying to tackle what is not an easy team to design for
+ While I liked the baby blue on the jerseys, going with navy and the varying shades of yellow to maroon
+ Taylors edits to the logo make it more manageable to work with
+ Like the original Thrashers, the way navy and white go together on the cuffs look awesome
+ Great execution

- The shoulder patch look better with baby blue, it's not bad but it's a small step down

Rating: 9.25/10 COTW Nom from me

Stadium Series Concept (By: Adam R.)


+ I really like what I've seen so far from this year's Stadium Series, and Adam does a good job visualizing what has been all but confirmed at this point
+ The Blue Jackets alternate numbers look great on these jerseys, they stand out, but they don't affect either of the team's classic looks
+ The chest sash is nice, but the logos actually look decent on them
+ Great execution

- I'm indifferent on the namebars, and it's the least offensive thing the SS jerseys could have, but a solid single stripe on the arms would connect it to the name bars
- Don't forget the helmet logos

Rating: 9.25/10

Boston Bruins Concept (Jack S.)


*Welcome to HJC, Jack! It's always great to get designs from new artists
+ The idea here is one I've seen in different forms, but never like this, the B logo on a chest stripe would look good
+ Glad to see you've already gotten putting numbers on the back of the jersey and arms down already

- The jersey is a fill job, which does make it look a bit like a bee jersey, but practicing arm striping will fix that, start simple and then work towards something that matches the feel you're going for
- The NOB (name on back) is off centre and a little too high
- The inside edge of the jersey and inside the collar should be yellow to match the otherside
- The white spots inside the logo should be black to match what would be underneath it

Rating: 4.5/10- this number will quickly rise with practice. Keep the concepts coming, Jack, I wanna see more!

Nashville Predators Fauxback Concept (By: Brian B.)


+ By now it's kinda decently well known Nashville has a minor league hockey history, and it'd be nice to do something to honour that, whether a Dixie Flyers throwback or something like this
+ While yellow and white doesn't usually go together, on a fauxback it can blend decently, and Brian uses a lot of blue to add more colour
+ The hem striping matches the logo and gear perfectly
+ Good execution

- The gold helmet I'm indifferent on, but a blue one would look better
- The arm stripes are kind a mess, they use the original Manchester Monarchs crown like things, which I get are supposed to be fangs, but then they go a white cuff, which isn't on the hem and it looks out of place, getting rid of the cuffs and making them like the hem stripe would fix that
- Missing helmet logo and shoulder patches

Rating: 7.5/10

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August 30, 2015

Sunday: Trying To Be Open Minded

Hello everyone and welcome to another Sunday post!

First off, before I get to my rant, congratulations to Christian on another impressive COTW win, to Avi and Scott for their competition victories, and again to Colin who received his 2015 HJC Open banner!

Now on to current jersey happenings. First off, we have the Utica Comets unveiling a new 3rd jersey.  You can check out a full gallery of the set here.

Green is a terribly underused colour in hockey, and this set looks extremely sharp. The logo looks great, the stripes are classy and nicely designed, and they managed to pull of the white yoke. Are we going to see a reversal and witness Vancouver copy their farm club's design? I doubt it, but if they used a Johnny Canuck logo, or a recoloured Millionaires logo, I think I'd be okay with it. 9/10

Now we go from an awesome design to ... well... this:

Swamp Rabbits eh? First off, its not as crazy as it sounds. There is a lot of community and historical significance with the name, linking it to the railway history there. I love when names actually mean something, and its not like Road Warriors was a great name either, but its still a long, somewhat cheesey name that I expect for a minor league baseball team.

But today, I'm going to try to be open-minded.  So...

Experimentation and creativity should be encouraged, especially at this level of pro hockey, so I'm actually excited for the name change. And the logos are fun and interesting as well. The swamp puddle with "SR" on it is a little lazy, but the other logos are well done.

One problem though: those jerseys don't fit the identity at all.  Blue and white jerseys are boring, and only work for teams with very significant history (Tampa Bay isn't worthy yet either).  Orange and blue jerseys are basically non-existent, but why not start now? If the aim is to be original and unique, the jersey design has failed.

I know I usually stick with traditional and old school designs, but this is a fun reinvention of a team that stopped short from being awesome and memorable.  7.4/10

And with that out of the way, lets get to some concepts!


COTW Aug 23-29 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)


Finn Balor - Brian B.


First up today is Brian and his concept for WWE's Finn Balor.  I'm somewhat getting back into WWE, but I haven't been following Finn Balor much.  I do know that his warpaint (which this concept is based on) is absolutely wicked.

A closed-minded William would complain about how unconventional the size of the front logo is. But Finn's paint is unconventional, and a logo this big looks nice and intimidating.
The stripe patterns are edgy but not over-complicated.
Colours are well balanced.
The gradients work well and look subtle but give awesome depth to this jersey.

Everything here is unconventional and edgy, besides the socks. The socks look alright on their own, but if we're throwing out the jersey rulebook for the rest of the set, you might as well include socks too.
I get why the name is on the back, and why its not the standard nameplate, but it looks really awkward as it is.

Overall: A closed-minded William would hate this, but open-minded William sees the awesome intensity this jersey brings. Not flawless on execution, but very cool anyways.  7.9/10



Montreal Canadiens vs Boston Bruins - Lucas D.


Next is Lucas' set for the upcoming Winter Classic for Montreal and Boston.

The Canadiens jersey is nothing new and exciting. Its the 1922 jersey. But why mess with perfection?
Actually, having white collars and laces are different, but those are changes I can live with.
Boston's jersey is something new and original that borrows from past jerseys. 
The brown arms come from the original jersey, but I wasn't really excited for a red vs brown matchup. Despite my usual feelings on contrasting arms,  I think this is a great compromise.
Montreal's jersey is definitely believable. Boston's is a bit of a stretch, but they'll probably wear something similar.

The names on the back are a little small.
The back number on Boston's jersey needs more outline.

Overall: I would not be disapointed in the slightest if this is the jersey matchup we get. 8.6/10



Daniel Bryan - Phil B.


For some reason, the Islanders fans adopted Daniel Bryan's "YES" chant as their own. It'll even be included in NHL16. So maybe the logical next step is a Daniel Bryan-themed jersey?

Definitely looks like an Islanders jersey, but with striping they've never used. I like it.
The logo is awkward to work with, but the sizing looks about right.
The set is well executed.
Definitely better than a B+ design.




There is no need for any of the black stripes on the jersey
Sadly I doubt we'd see a NHL/WWE merchandising crossover, so I can't say this is believable. That sucks, because I'm sure these jersey would sell like hotcakes.

Overall: YES! YES! YES! YES! 8.5/10



Los Angeles Clippers - Taylor R.


Last up today is Taylor, who has been dishing out some radical NBA designs lately, and this concept for the Clippers is no exception.

Hooray for not using their new logo.
This is adapted from their previous uniforms, and while I don't get the shape they use, it looks really cool and original on a hockey jersey.

Colours are well balanced.
Execution is solid.

Wish the numbers didn't go over the arm stripe, but not much can be done about that with this design.

I like the "LAC" logo on the neck, but maybe the NBA logo should go there, and the LAC should be on the shoulders.

Overall: Really awesome work! 9/10




Any of today's jerseys could be my COTW nominee, but I'll go with Taylor R's Los Angeles Clippers concept!

Don't forget to vote for this week's COTW vote, which includes another NBA concept by Taylor as well as work from Christian L. and Matt G.

That's it for me today. Thanks for reading and see you next week!

August 29, 2015

Saturday: HJC Open Banner

The winner of the COTW vote for August 16-22 was Christian L. and his Saskatchewan Whitetails concept!


Full Results
Christian L. - 11
Chris W. - 9
Taylor R. - 7

Well done Christian on another COTW win. Tired of seeing Christian winning all of these COTW votes? You have two options. First, you can put a butt load of time into one concept in an effort to take him out. Or, you can vote for someone else if you're not placing your vote every week. Voting is super easy as it's now on the side of the page.

The new COTW nominees for August 23-29 have been listed in the black poll on the side of the page. This is the final vote for August. Be sure to vote before Friday at 11:59pm Eastern. You'll need some form of Google account to vote.

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The winner of the Jerseys Division in the Colorado Avalanche ReDesign was Avi S! His second of two jersey entries got the job done!



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The winner of the Logo Division in the same competition was Scott M!


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Avi and Scott can now find their winning entries enshrined on the Past Competition Winners page!

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Remember all the way back to July when we had the HJC Open tournament? The winner of that tournament was CPM, or Colin as he is otherwise known. Not only was Colin's name etched in history on the Concept Cup, which only exists in the digital universe, but he also received an actual HJC Open Championship banner!

I thought you guys might like to see it. I think these championship banners are great prizes for winning the tournament, so expect it to continue.

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COTW Aug 23-29 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)