The Stretch Drive Begins

I can't believe we are already this far into the season, but tonight the stretch drive begins. Those lower seeded teams will have to fight to keep their playoff positioning and the teams on the outside will have to fight even harder to get in. From no until the end of June is the best hockey all season!

Vote reminders;
Concept of the Year 2011 (ends Thursday @ 11:59pm EST)
COTW Jan 23-29 (ends Thursday @ 11:59pm EST)

As promised, here are the full voting results from the 3rd Jersey Competition Part II.

Here are some of the entries that have come in for the All Star Game Comp. You have until Thursday @ 11:59pm EST to get your entry in. Details on the ASG COMP page.

ASG Entry (by Avi)
ASG Entry (by Chris Z.)
ASG Entry (by Kevin)
ASG Entry (by Shaun)
ASG Entry (by Thomas)


Boston Bruins concepts (by Cody)
Cody has used the pre-Edge numbers on these Edge concepts along with removing the collar laces and the shoulder patches in favour of retro logos. He has also added a yellow 3rdm which I like. Nice choice on the shoulder patches on that one. I think the changes on the home and road are not for the better. Also, the TV numbers are too big and too far apart. They would appear as (7     3), but they should appear as (73). Click the "TUTORIALS" link on the side of the page for the TV numbers tutorial.

Elmira Jackals concepts (by Elias)
I like the idea of home and road alternates. The jerseys are decent, but again there are vertical stitching issues. I won't mention that again until I post a tutorial. I think the player numbers on the back are too spaced out and need an outline or some more character. Also, the NHL logo shouldn't be in the collar insert, as this is an ECHL team.

Boston Bruins concept (by Tex)
I like where this jersey could go, but at times the yellow gets lost in the vintage white. I think if a small amount of brown trim appeared between each colour then this would be a winner. I'd also say here that the player numbers appear too spaced apart.

Philadelphia Flyers concept (by Mason H.)
Now this looks vintage.I think it's well executed and a nice match to the old Ramblers' sweater, but the style is probably more appropriate for an AHL team's specialty jersey, in my opinion. Still a good concept though.

Calgary Flames concepts (by Brendan A.)
I really love the home and road jerseys here. I think the Flames should do what the Sabres did and go "retro inspired" not full on retro. These jersey do just that. My only note would be to have the black in the stripes be thicker and connect the outside and inside stripes together, instead of just being a trim. I'm going to give this a COTW nomination.

Florida Panthers concept (by Brandon C.)
Pretty straight forward design, but I think it could work as a Panthers alternate. I like the Brandon used that circle logo for this concept. Pretty well executed too.

Hamilton concepts (by Matt M.)
These are great looking vintage concepts. I really like the green numbers on the green sweater, as it really helps with the vintage look. Sorry Matt, I can't remember if you named this team or not, or if there was a back story with it.

Winter Classic concepts (by Avi)
I think the Detroit concept is perfect, I am actually working on something very similar myself. The Leafs concept is good too. It might have been intentional for Avi to use the '67 leaf as the shoulder patch, but if this jersey is trying to replicate that of the 70's and 80's, then that shoulder patch should just be the silhouette of the current leaf. Solid concepts regardless though Avi.

Buffalo Sabres concept (by Ross)
We've probably all seen the 90's logo turned blue and yellow, but not like this before. I like how Ross has made the Buffalo peer out from behind the sabres. I also really like how the crossed sabres are placed below the TV numbers, nice touch. I'm not a fan of the white arm and hem stripes though. Same goes for the white in the collar.
The Stretch Drive Begins Reviewed by Ryan on January 31, 2012 Rating: 5


Joni said...

Does the ASG contest entry have to be a NHL ASG? Can it be KHL or SM-liiga ASG?

Ryan said...

It does not have to be NHL. It HAS to be some sort of league, but it doesn't have to be NHL.

Matt Marczel said...

@Ryan - The name of the concept vintage NHL team I created is the Hamilton Clover Leafs. A concept team I envisioned would rival the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL.

Ryan said...

Sorry Matt. I wish I had remembered that.

Matt Marczel said...

@Ryan - That's alright, thanks for posting my concepts.

Matt Marczel said...

For those who'd like a closer look at my Hamilton Clover Leafs vintage concepts you can view a larger scale image at the link below.


Ryan said...

Hey Matt, I don't know about anyone else, but I get an Error 403 when I try them.

DCamp said...

@ Matt M, where did you get the vintage template?

Matt Marczel said...

@Ryan - that's odd, I don't know why it would do that. Try this link below.


Matt Marczel said...

@DCamp - I created the template myself. I have several different vintage templates that I created.

Ryan said...

@ Matt, that works.

Matt Marczel said...

@Ryan - I had to make the link to file public, that's what I forgot to do in the first place.

stlsnake1985 said...

Ross's Sabres jersey for COTW from me! Absolutely love it! The buffalo looks so sneaky! And I love the swords on the sleeves too! BTW The Hamilton logo is the same as the 4-H Clubs logo. Would make a good St. Patty's day alternate for a team or even a 4-H promo night jersey for a farm team! LOL! ; )

winnipegjets96 said...

second Ross's buffalo concept for COTW, love the sabres under the numbers

@Cody, your concepts are looking alot better and this is some of your best, just take ryan's advice on the #'s, the third jersey is also really cool and deffinatly a good concept

@Elias, i like where you Coyotes concept is going but i'd add more gray to the concept.

@Tex, i'm personally not a fan of brown jerseys but its a very close to being the first brown jersey i like, i'd remove the brown altogather.

@Mason H. I can see why people would like your concept but it looks alot like the islanders 3rd from this year and for what it is, its pretty good, but its not for me

@Brendan A. nice concepts, but i don't like the home concept with the red pants, black pants in my opinion would look better.

@Brandon C. good concept, a good idea for the panthers to use in the....PLAYOFFS!

@Matt M. This would be perfect for the bulldogs to use as a specialty jersey. or idf it was edgeified, it could be a good idea for a expansion club

@Avi perfect for next years winter classic

Alan John Herbert said...

Avi got COTW vote from me.

Anonymous said...

Matt's logo is a direct rip-off of the 4-H logo.


Richard Mazella said...

Ross' Sabres concept is seconded (nominated by stlsnake1985)

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