Thursday: The Tradition

It's almost October, and almost time to begin my yearly tradition to celebrate the beginning of the NHL season.

It started in 8th grade. I think that started after I wore jerseys for a week straight, and then a conversation that went kind of like this:
"You know what you should do, you should just wear a jersey every single day"
"..alright sure!"
After that, I wore a different jersey from my collection to school every day, starting in mid or late October and ending after (American) Thanksgiving, because I had to end at some point.

The next year I decided to turn this thing into a yearly tradition, to celebrate the NHL season starting. Since it starts in October, naturally I do it during the month of October. Last year I even made a schedule as to when to wear a certain jersey and I will be again; I go all out with this thing. For those of you who don't know, I'm a senior in high school, so this will be my last time there, but I know I'll be continuing it when I go away to college and maybe even later.

To some degree, the reason I tell you this is so that way if you like the idea, join me! It's just another way to let the world know that we have a strange obsession with these things.


This week, we have the COTW vote like always, and a redesign competition for a team that really needs one. The Sens have some boring, templated jerseys, and no matter how many good concepts are made for them they just don't seem to get the idea. So let's see what you can come up with! Get your entries and votes in for tomorrow before it's too late.

COTW Sept 16-22 vote (ends Friday @ noon Eastern)
Ottawa Senators ReDesign entries (due by Friday @ noon Eastern)


Danny R.

Tomas V.
Domenic T.
Cole W.


Alan H. - Montreal Wanderers

+The new color scheme is a great look, and unique. If this was theoretically an NHL expansion concept, it would be important to differentiate from the Canadiens as well.
-The orange and gray bleed together a lot, keep them separated whenever possible.
+The logo is a great historical callback while adding something new.
-The primary has way too many outlines though. 
+The design overall has a traditional vibe while being very modern. The yoke stripes look great, and perfect typeface choice.
Overall: 9/10 and my COTW nomination

Lucas D. - Los Angeles Kings

+The historical callbacks on this one are a nice touch too.
+Good logo choice, and I think the font fits well too.
-Maybe this is fitting for a de-edge, but this design looks very dated, especially in the CCM cut. Something to give it a bit more of a modern look would help greatly.
-The colors look really bland too. A color change may also improve the dated look to the design.
Overall: 7.5/10

Lucas D. - San Jose Sharks

+Good use of that new logo, and good logo choice in general.
+Hem stripes. Something the Sharks need to learn.
+I'm all for the removal of orange on the Sharks' jerseys (not counting the eye).
+Nice, simple stripes.
-Make at least the top stripe bolder, if not all of them.
Overall: 8.5/10

Phil B. - New York Riveters

-Similar to what was mentioned a few days ago, add some more ID. At least you have the nameplate, but I wouldn't say that's enough.
+This design wouldn't work well for an NHL team especially because of the rivets in the stripes, but it works great for NWHL.
+The stripes really pop too.
+I really like the logo. A rivet inside a rivet along with the NYR. Great idea.
+Good color balance.
Overall: 8.5/10

Phil B. - San Jose Sharks

+Surprisingly I don't think I've seen many concepts like this for the Sharks. I think a modern direction would work much better for the Sharks than it would for other teams.
-Not a fan of the yoke stripes. They look out of place on a design like this.
+I do like the idea of a curved yoke like that.
+Good color balance on here. I like how the orange is used sparingly.
-I'm not saying that I personally care about this, but if this were to be an actual jersey, the Sharks would be called Pens or Ducks copycats most likely
Overall: 8/10


And that's the post. I hope you enjoyed the post, thanks for reading, and I'll see you all again next week!
Thursday: The Tradition Reviewed by Bpoe on September 29, 2016 Rating: 5


Unknown said...

While the yoke striping on my Sharks concept may look out of place, let me put them into place: The yoke stripes as well as the striping on the sides of the jersey and the arms are supposed to mimic that of the Sharks logo's outline.

Bpoe said...



I didn't even notice that. I like the idea but I still don't think it fits together too well.

Richard Mazella said...

BPoe, I've been doing that for ages, but with no rhyme or reason to wear my collection and across multiple sports, not just hockey. But I stick to the colder months with my sweaters and other uniforms until I can break out my Hawai'ian shirts. That's not to say that I don't wear the occasional jersey over the summer.

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