Monday: Adidas Alternate Perspective

Welcome to another HJC Monday post!

Of course the Adidas jerseys have generated quite a bit of thought about which teams nailed it and which teams failed it. Colorado, Carolina and Minnesota are in the former category, while Nashville, New Jersey and Ottawa are in the later. We have yet to see the away jerseys, but unless there's another Carolina or Minnesota away, they'll be similar to the home, with the exception of Vegas.

By now you've likely heard the HJC Podcast regarding the Adidas jerseys, reviewing  all of them, and you know my thoughts on them. However, a good friend of mine, who is an HJC reader as well as jersey collector and hockey aesthetic aficionado, has his own list. I decided to enlist his help for this, as while we agree on a lot of jerseys, there are certain ones we agree to disagree on or have opposite opinions of. Usually he's able to find the good in jerseys I don't like, or the flaws in jerseys I like to help further my opinions and more nuance. With that said, here's Corey's take on the 31+ Adidas jerseys unveiled.

Anaheim Ducks - Nothing new to see here. I was hoping that they would fix the striping on the white jersey so that they don't have identical striping on the home and away. The phantom yoke is still on the home jersey, but they still look good overall. 6.5/10
Arizona Coyotes - Nothing new with these jerseys either and I don't think they needed to. Nice jerseys and the black on them is growing on me 6.5/10
Boston Bruins - Only minor change to the jerseys are that they eliminated black from their numbers on the home jersey and will now use the same colours as they did on their first alternate under Reebok. The yellow numbers with a white outline works much better. 7/10
Buffalo Sabres - Buffalo has eliminated the piping but kept the grey border on the stripes. Eliminating the grey striping would have bumped up the rating of these, especially the away jersey where the grey is hardly visible. They get points for looking better but still slightly underwhelming 5.5/10
Calgary Flames - I still don't know why they keep the Alberta and Canada flags on the shoulder. Yes, I understand that they play in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Having said that, Calgary is not the capital of Alberta or Canada. It's just a city. The mountain logo shoulder patch from the script alternate would have been much better. They did follow the trend of removing the piping so it is an improvement. 5/10
Carolina Hurricanes - Wow! These jerseys are beautiful. The black on the hem is fantastic. One criticism of Carolina since day one is that their uniforms look like pyjamas. The black gives a nice break from the red. And we see the return of the warning flags (they were on the alternate jersey so they never really left, but I digress). The way they executed the warning flags covers all their bases. Fans of the warning flags are happy to see them back and people who think they're tacky are happy that they're not prominent. Overall great job. 9/10
Chicago Blackhawks - When you already have the best jerseys in the league, there is no need to make any changes. 9.5/10
Colorado Avalanche - When you have a season as bad as they did, what better thing to do than to go back to the look when the team achieved its most success? That exactly what Colorado did here. Now I know some people were looking for the alternates to become the primary home jersey, but this appeases traditional fans. The Colorado Rockies logo doesn't work as a primary logo either, as the only connection with the clubs is that they played in the same city. They are different franchises and should have separate identities. Keep the Rockies logo as an alternate down the line. 7/10
Columbus Blue Jackets - Just one minor change here. A new font. The jersey still looks fine. No cannon logo as the primary logo, but fingers crossed for that to happen soon. 6/10
Dallas Stars - Now one Dallas is one of my favourite jerseys in the league. Having said that, it would have been nice to see matching striping on the home and away. Instead it's exactly the same as before. One minor addition is the words "Victory Green" inside the collar. 6.5/10
Detroit Red Wings - Detroit looks how Detroit always looks. It's a classic design and should remain that way. Well that is until they put a Little Caesars add on their jersey...that thought makes me very sad. For now let's just enjoy them as they are. 7.5/10
Edmonton Oilers - While I like that they darkened the blue, I am not a fan of the thin stripes. I was hoping for the exact same design with the darker blue. As of this writing I have not seen the away uniform, but where I was expecting a white version of the Orange they wore up until last season I'm now expecting to see the aways look very similar to what they wore last season. Also disappointing to see the numbers back on the arm as I was a fan of them being on the shoulder. Overall I'm let down by these. 5/10

Florida Panthers - Despite rumours that they were going to have changed to their uniforms, the jersey has remained in tact from the jerseys unveiled for last season. I'm happy that they didn't change anything as I'm a fan of the new look. Switching the patch to the arm and numbers to the shoulder is unique and makes the jerseys stand out. 7/10
Los Angeles Kings - Much of the same from the Kings. Being that I absolutely love their alternate jersey from last year I would've like to see a grey jersey, but a certain new team that happens to be in the same division has apparently cornered the market for grey. Still a decent jersey. 6.5/10
Minnesota Wild - They finally decided which logo to use on their jerseys, and it's their original logo. From what I've seen, the away jersey will remain the same. Their new home jersey is equally as beautiful as their away. The wheat colour with that shade of green work really well and the chest stripe is a nice touch. The red stripe on the arms looked weird at first, but I guess they needed to put more red somewhere. 8/10
Montreal Canadiens - Again, we knew we wouldn't see a major departure from the traditional Habs jerseys. I'm not sure how I feel yet about the laces on that collar, but I'll give it a chance. Being a Canadiens fan, the only change I would like to see is if they got rid of the white border on their numbers on the away jerseys. I think reverting back to the blue numbers with a red border would freshen things up a bit and bring back memories of when the team was a Cup contender. They added part of the team motto to the inside of that collar, which is a excerpt of "In Flander's Field" in French. 7.5/10
Nashville Predators - I never thought I'd say a team should keep their piping, but Nashville should have kept the piping. This jersey is just way too plain for my liking. The space between the logo and the hem is way too big and having less blue is a downgrade. Although I will say that the back of the jersey looks fine. They kept the guitar strings on the numbers and the blue numbers help it look, well...less gold. 4.5/10
New Jersey Devils - Finally something new from the Devils. Coming from a franchise that a few seasons ago wouldn't even change their design for the Stadium Series game (they simply used the retro jersey in the Edge cut), it's a change that I think is overdue. It's a bit plain, but I'm a fan. The yoke no longer extends into the shoulder and the hem is now have added a green hanger effect commentating their 3 Stanley Cup wins. 7/10
New York Islanders - I am probably in the minority when I say I will miss the black "Brooklyn" jerseys, but since they won't be playing in Brooklyn it had to go. The blue trim around the logo on the away jerseys is a small detail that makes a big difference. Would've been nice to see the stripes that represent their Stanley Cup victories (even inside the collar would be fine), but it's a minor complaint. 6.5/10
New York Rangers - They put grey around the collar of their away jerseys why? It's a head scratcher for sure, but it's such a minor detail that I'll let it slide. "New York" in the font style of their alternate jerseys can be found inside the collar. It's still a great jersey, no matter how much useless grey is on the collar. 7.5/10
Ottawa Senators - If there was any team that needed a new look it was the Sens. Instead they squared off the white and black on the sleeves and side panels and got rid of the stylized numbers and letters. If they were going to keep the centurion logo, then keep the same font. They managed to take an outdated and ugly jersey, and make it worse. 2/10
Philadelphia Flyers - The retro look isn't a bad look, but the Flyers are capable of doing something new. Their last 2 alternates and their Stadium Series jerseys are proof of that. Ideally, they should ditch the vintage design and opt for something new. Keep the inverse coloured name bars if it's that important, but a change would be welcomed. 6/10
Pittsburgh Penguins - The defending Stanley Cup Champions will retain the same look and boy is it a good look. Those white jerseys are a thing of beauty. 8/10
San Jose Sharks - Not what I had hoped for but I am excited for the future. The alternate logos revealed (although not used) last year are finally here. The design is the same but with new shoulder patches it looks like we may see a logo change down the line which would be an upgrade. Teal jerseys will always score some extra points whether the jerseys are good or bad. 7/10
St. Louis Blues - I am of the opinion that St. Louis had one of the top 5 jerseys in the league last year. I think these prove that to be a fact rather than an opinion. The design is the same, but they have white numbers on their home jerseys and do they ever look great. The St. Louis city flag was placed inside the collar so extra credit for that detail. 8.5/10
Tampa Bay Lightning - They still look like the Leafs. Please add some black. 4/10
Toronto Maple Leafs - The Leafs just changed their jerseys last season so there was no changes made. It's a nice, clean looking jersey. 7.5/10
Vancouver Canucks - ...They did nothing. They kept the jerseys exactly the same. Huge missed opportunity here. The orca logo just doesn't work anymore. The script above the logo looks out of place. If you've had the same jersey since the last rebranding then why wouldn't you change something? It's not a classic design like Chicago, Detroit or Montreal. After a decade of people buying this exact jersey do they think people will shell out money for something they likely already have at a higher cost than before? That being said, I'm a fan of the striping and colours. 3/10
Vegas Golden Knights - Well we all expected it and we got it. A grey home jersey. This jersey looks great. They used the perfect amount of red, as I think they would be very plain without it. The textured design in the gold is a nice touch. The home jersey looks like a suit of armour which was definitely the goal. The white gloves are a bit weird, but this is a jersey review so I won't let that factor in here. I can't wait to see them hit the ice in these. 8/10
Washington Capitals - This is the only team I will not fault for leaving things unchanged. The logo still looks modern but the striping is a bit dated. It gets a pass because the look is still fairly popular. 6.5/10
Winnipeg Jets - I'm not going to say that it's time for something new from Winnipeg, but it's awfully close to being time for something new. I'm a fan of the current look and I expected it to stay pretty much the same. With that being said, I hope it doesn't stay the same for much longer. I don't think they should go old-school Jets (although they should wear the 2016 Heritage Classic as a throwback), but maybe start with an original design as an alternate a few years down the line and see where things go. For now, I'm fine with them sticking to the design they've had since relocating from Atlanta. 7/10

Do you agree? Disagree? Tell me in the comments and I'll pass it along to Corey!

Have you voted for COTW? I'm up for this week's so you totally should. I'm kidding of course, as we have 3 solid concepts that were the best of last week. Remember to vote by Friday as usual.

The HJC Open is in full swing with the round robin. 16 spots are available, pick your favourite 5 and by Friday, we'll see which artists move on to the round of 16 next week. Votes are due Friday at noon.

COTW June 16-22 vote (ends Friday @ noon ET)
HJC Open Round Robin vote (ends Friday @ noon ET)

On with today's concepts

Ottawa Senators Concepts (By: Dino W.)

+ Nice arm striping, goes well with the yoke colour wise
+ I'm not totally against the idea of using the Arizona 3rd jersey side panels on a more classic jersey, like Dino has chosen here, and with a couple changes it'd really work
+ Good execution

- The side panels need an outline to help with colour balancing. Having that outline will add white to the sides of the black jersey, and allow for you to make the side panels black on the white jersey and have it match the yoke
- Shoulder patches are an odd choice considering you've chosen the centurion head for the logo. The O logo looks decent, but because of the vintage white in the shield patch, it stands out
- Would have liked some red in the numbers

Rating: 6.75/10

Vancouver Canucks Concept (By: BurkusCircus)

+ I've seen this idea attempted a couple of times before with the side panel Vs, and it works well here as it doesn't conflict with the Vs in the arm 
+ Excellent logo choices
+ One thing that really helps the jersey stand out against Vancouver's other jerseys is the big green yoke, I really like that
+ Small detail, but the 3 stripes on the back of the collar looks really good!

- The NOB is very blurry, and the 97 Player makes me thing you got it from Sportslogos.net, which is okay but you could always use the templates page to find all the fonts you need. If it's simply a resizing issue then that's different 
- Would like to see the socks have a V in them 

Rating: 7.5/10 

Team Cambodia ASEAN Concepts (By: FC Macbeth)

+ The home (I think it's home anyways) jersey looks pretty good, with a couple execution changes I'd really like it
+ Logo chosen is pretty good as well
+ Execution wise this concept isn't bad

- The biggest issue with this concept is some of the design choices. Why is there a Legend of Zelda style tri-force on the helmets? Why does the away jersey have light blue, lavender and yellow on it? At first I thought the FIFA team did this and if was a call to them, but they have a red and black clash. If there's any significance to it it'd be nice to but as is, I have no idea why. The fun fact section would be the perfect place for that, instead of what Cambodia called itself 40 year ago. 
- Execution wise, the Captain's C/A is too small, the NOB is too low on the jersey, and there are no TV numbers where that patch of colour is on the yoke bands
- The arched script might look better if the temple logo was smaller, but as is it looks blocky and stretched out 

Rating: 5/10

Tampa Bay Lightning Concepts (By: Anthony C.)

+ Call me crazy, but I love this pattern with Tampa's logo> I think it's the big white arms with the white logo and even the use of piping as a break between the arm striping and the arm band
+ Good logo choices and colour balancing 
+ Decent execution

- Big missed opportunity to add black back into the colour scheme on the pants, piping and numbers
- NOB is too close to the numbers and those numbers are too small 
- No helmet logos
- This template does not work well with a tie down 

Rating: 6.5/10 

Toronto Maple Leafs Concepts (By: Lucas D.)

+ Love the idea of a negative space T with the Leaf, while we'd never see it on a jersey in reality, it'd look great on a T shirt
+ The font chose for the numbers looks really good with that modern leaf
+ Also good job making the Vegas shield logo shape work decently with the Leafs, never would have expected that
+ Good execution

- Big problem with the striping- too similar to Tampa Bay, especially with the extra grey added to it 
- Shoulder patch is desperately needed, something similar to Vegas's shoulder patch with the CN tower or something would look amazing 

Rating: 7/10

Philadelphia Flyers Concept (By: Anthony C.)

+ Solid colour layout on both jerseys
+ Most of the Flyers look is intact while basing them more so on their previous alternates another rival team's jerseys 
+ I will say the white jersey is one of the better Flyers non-traditional look I've seen
+ Good execution

- Yeah, no beating around the bush, the Flyers should never wear something similar to the Pens, no matter how good the white jersey is, I know BPoe and Steven would never allow it
- Still no helmet logos 
- If you want to make this jersey more for the Flyers, adding a Keystone patch would help massively 

Rating: 7.25/10

Tampa Bay Lightning Concept (By: BurkCirk)

+ Previous shoulder patch looks great with grey as the main jersey colour
+ Decent striping pattern
+ Better than that are those awesome bolts on the arms
+ Decent execution 

- The Stars/Blackhawks WC numbers need an outline if they are to work on grey 
- Not sure why the shoulder patch was chosen as the primary logo when the usual primary logo would honestly look better

Rating: 7/10

Sherbrooke Phoenix QMJHL Concepts (By: Stéphane S.)

+ Beautiful altered logo that makes it look much cleaner than the current logo
+ Excellent use of the Chicago 16 SS jersey template, with its own twist 
+ Fantastic colour balancing
+ Perfect execution 

- One small gripe is with the shading on the white jersey being slightly too dark, but that's way more a personal preference thing 

Rating: 10/10 COTW Nom from me! 


Monday: Adidas Alternate Perspective Reviewed by winnipegjets96 on June 26, 2017 Rating: 5

1 comment:

Lucas D. said...

I'll second Stéphane for COTW.

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