Monday: New Jersey Mania!!!

Hello there one and all! I'm sure you've noticed but these last few weeks has been full of new NHL jerseys for us all to judge and be picky about!!! So I'm going to go over them! But first....

Vote... there is no excuse this week. There is ONE thing to vote for and that is nothing. It will take next to no time... I promise. Do it and make Ryan and the rest of us writers happy. Please......

COTW Sept 22-28 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

Ok so, new jerseys... So Pittsburgh came out and revealed their new alternate jersey, which most likely will take over as new home jersey down the road... I think it's a nice throwback to a historic look in the franchise and overall, the yellow looks a hell of a lot better than the vegas gold.
Photo from NHL Shop
Rating: 8.5/10

Next the Flyers revealed a "new" jersey. They brought back their last Winter Classic jersey. It's a great look. The missing black stripe from the hem has always bugged me though....Really nothing else to say about it. 
Photo from NHL Shop
Rating: 8/10

Next, the Capitals unveiled their new Winter Classic jersey and went against what almost everyone thought they were going to do and go with a red version of their original jerseys. Instead they celebrate DC's hockey past with neat shoulder stripes and a nod to the Washington Monument.
Photo from NHL Shop
Rating: 9/10

And lastly... the Lightning revealed their new black jersey that they had been teasing recently. I believe the jersey was way over hyped for what it was. The striping is boring and there's practically no blue anywhere on the jersey. And the BOLTS nickname on the jersey isn't going anywhere apparently... so that sucks... The one neat thing about the jersey is the number font. The little silver spikes in it are neat.
Photo from NHL Shop
Rating: 5/10

So let's get past the real thing and see if anyone came up with something better than these...

Columbus Blue Jackets Alternate Jersey Concept - Nathan K.
Nathan suggests a light jersey featuring the current alternate jersey theme. The arms have a very Blackhawks look to them. It's not unique but I'll be damned if I don't say it looks pretty good. The hem is meh, but it can't really match the arms otherwise we have a beige/blue Blackhawks jersey. The font doesn't fit the throwback vibe of the rest of the jersey and the number is practically invisible and also very large. Make the numbers blue and put some on the arms. The old Reebok vector is on the back of the jersey as opposed to the wordmark they use now. Also, equipment would be nice to see as well as your name on the concept.

Rating: 5/10

Tampa Bay Lightning Concept - Colin M.
The Lightning have themselves a new alternate jersey and Colin suggests a new set of primaries. He keeps the white/blue scheme and adds silver as a big part of the jerseys. It's interesting to see the chest piping, or "Bettman Stripes" being replaced with lightning bolts. I'm not sure how that would look being worn though. I think the bolt striping on the arms is too thin as well. I'd keep the silver as a trim on the blue jersey and move all the arm striping down on the arms if you want to keep it thin as it is. It'd be nice to see the equipment with the jerseys as well.

Rating: 6/10

Colorado Avalanche Concept - Michael G.
Michael gives the Avalanche the IceBorn treatment. The shoulder logos/stripes are pretty great. The rest of the jersey is pretty basic. I'm not totally sold on the blue yoke and mostly burgundy striping on the white jersey.

Rating: 7/10

Dallas Stars Concept - Michael G.
Michael wants to see the Stars go the black/gold route. Honestly, it doesn't look bad. I'm glad the Stars went with the victory green but this wouldn't have looked half bad. It definitely has a western feel to it. The only thing I'm not feeling is the white yoke on the black jersey.

Rating: 7.5/10

Tampa Bay Lightning Alternate Jersey Concept  - Tristan M.
Well Tampa revealed their very underwhelming third jersey over the weekend. Tristan's concept is very close to what they went with but less boring and better overall. The addition of blue and silver helps so much. The blue arms is definitely what they should have went with and the hem stripe just helps the jersey look complete. The Captain's C also looks very tiny.

Rating: 8/10

JYP Akatemia (Mestis - Finland Tier 2) Concept  - Taylor R.
Very dark look for this team. The absence of white for gray/silver help keep it dark. Makes this team look intimidating. I think the arm striping is well done and the hem is nice. I like how the hem keeps with the rest of the jersey without overdoing it and looking like the arms. I don't care for the square yoke though. It's blocky and doesn't fit with the curvy nature of the rest of the jersey. I'd probably just leave the yoke off.

Rating: 8/10

Keuruun Pallo - HT (Mestis - Finland Tier 2) Concept - Taylor R.
The square yoke works with these jerseys better than JYP's. I'd give the yoke only one color outline though. The striping is interesting and works well with the logo. The number font is very nice paired with the logo. They are both pointy and curvy. Overall this set has a very New York Rangers-y feel to it.

Rating: 8.5/10

And there you have it. Overall a pretty good start to the week. What do you guys think of the new NHL jerseys? What about the concepts? Get at us!
Monday: New Jersey Mania!!! Reviewed by DBro Alexander on September 29, 2014 Rating: 5


Phil B. said...

I have to disagree on the Washington WC jersey: Having stripes is fine, but having stripes just for the sake of having stripes is not fine, and I think that may be the case here on the shoulders. The use of the Stadium Series template is bothersome too.

But my biggest complaint is the logo. Yes it's cool that they included the monument in the logo, but at the same time, it looks like they took the logo of the Washington Senators baseball team and threw "Capitals" on it as if it were the back of a jersey's nameplate. Looking at the pant logo, it looks so much better in white than blue (especially since the wordmark is gone). I'm ok with creating a classic look out of elements from old jerseys, but completely inventing something is not OK for a Winter Classic.

Mario Ardais said...

all are good except for that hideous Tampa Bay alternate. expect a better version from me soon.

Unknown said...

CPM's Tamba Bay concept for COTW

DBro Alexander said...

Phil, I initially felt that inventing a new jersey for a Winter Classic was a dumb idea, but some really fantastic jerseys have come out of it, so for some teams, specifically those who don't have a long history to play with or haven't had many rebrands in their day, I'm totally ok with it.

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