Thursday: I am...

See y’all don’t understand me. My plan B is to win your hearts before I win a COTW.....hopefully at least someone gets that reference. Anyways hello fellow jersey conceptualizers and enthusiasts! It's Bpoe96, and I’m of course the new Thursday writer for the blog, otherwise I’m not really sure why I would be writing this. I’m not going to bore you with my life story or anything but here are a few things about myself:

Location: Pittsburgh
Favorite team: Penguins, 2nd Oilers
Favorite Players: Olli Maatta and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Favorite current NHL jerseys: This is most likely biased but the Oilers' set and the Pens’ new alternate
Besides concepts I also like to do “edits” of hockey players which is basically just editing photos of the player. My most recent one is below, and all of the ones I have made before were on my phone, as I am just starting to learn how to make them on my computer. Outside of hockey my only other interest really is music, and my favorite artist is Kendrick Lamar.
Original photo from russianmachineneverbreaks.com
Anyways, I’ve said enough about myself at this point so let’s get on with the rest of the post.
The 2015 pairs competition is coming up soon, and if you have a partner one of you should probably email Ryan about it so he can see how many pairs there are. I will be entering with my friend Connor, and I remember we entered last year but we never ended up submitting anything because we were both beginners at the time, and I guess we didn't have the motivation to do it. Also don't forget to place your votes for COTW and for the Video Game competition! As far as I'm aware neither of the artists in the vote this week have won COTW yet so it will be cool to see someone new win.

COTW Mar 15-21 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)
Video Game Comp vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern)

Caleb F. - Buffalo Sabres
Our first concept for the day puts the Sabres in yellow. I think the Sabres could look good in a yellow alternate jersey...well one that can't (or at least shouldn't) be confused as a blue jersey. I like the overall design of this concept, it is a simple concept that's unique to the Sabres and it works well. The colors are balanced nicely too, and I like the use of the Buffalo inside their logo as the main logo. The TV number and number on the back both look a tad small however, and a few areas on the jersey are pixelated and rough, namely the IceBorn wordmark on the back and the "A" patch. The hem striping also looks a bit low. It would also be nice to see the equipment to complete the look.

Overall: Simple yet effective design that gets the job done (7.5/10)

Christian L. - Arizona Coyotes

Our next concept of the day is for the Coyotes, who definitely could use a redesign. The striping looks great, as does the Kachina pattern on the yoke. I also really like the sublimated pattern on the front, it's subtle yet stands out, if that makes sense like it did in my head. The TV numbers look just a little too small, and while this doesn't affect the concept, Ekman-Larsson's name has a hyphen in it.

Overall: Great looking and unique design for the Coyotes that I would love to see on the ice (9/10)

Daniel L. - Team USA
I like the inspiration for this concept and the uniqueness of it. I don't think this would look good for a main set but it would look great as an alternate. Like I mentioned I like the uniqueness of the sash design however along with numerous other concepts that use this design the sash ends awkwardly on the back, but I really don't know what else to do for it either. I think it's just one of those things that you have to deal with. I would also separate the red and blue on the number a little with white, the colors start to blend with each other.
Overall: Unique and pretty solid design overall (8/10)

Mike S. - Chicago Blackhawks
This set is not much different than what the Hawks currently wear, and I don't think the changes are beneficial to the look. The main difference is moving down the shoulder patch to the arms like the Winter Classic jerseys did, and while it isn't a bad design feature it leaves the shoulders empty. There are also reverse laces on the jersey, which don't really fit in on a more traditional design. The helmets also need logos on them, and I'm pretty sure this is just a mistake but the box where your ID usually is is just empty, so make sure you have ID so they aren't stolen.

Overall: While it is a good looking design it just isn't creative enough nor are the changes beneficial enough for me to give this a higher rating as a concept (5/10)

Phil B. - Team USA
Phil gives us a patriotic set for team USA for the 2016 World Cup. The jerseys definitely give off an American vibe, and I'm not sure if this was intentional or not but there are 13 stripes on each jersey, including both the red and white ones, and I like it. I also like how you put the World Cup logo in the collar insert. The logo doesn't look all that great though the way it is though, I would go with either one or the other (the star or USA wordmark) or even have one of them on one jersey and the other one on the other jersey. 

Overall: A patriotic look for the Americans (8/10)

Ryan C. - Denver Cutthroats
Ryan has been improving a lot lately and I've been really liking his concepts, this one included. Based on a quick Google search the Cutthroats wore very templatey looking jerseys when they last played, and this set is an immense improvement. The striping pattern and yokes look great, and the colors are balanced well. The only thing I would really change is to add some white to the yoke stripes on the green jersey. Also the TV numbers look slightly too large.

Overall: Great looking set and an improvement on what they last wore (8.5/10)

Ryan C. - Kalamazoo Wings
With our last concept for the day Ryan again impresses me with this set for the KWings. The striping pattern is simple yet works really well. I also normally don't like diagonal wordmarks like that but it works here because of the unique striping. There are a few issues though. The main one is that the red and blue in the stripes on the the white jersey should switch, or they should switch on the dark jersey, in order to balance out the colors better. There is also no need to have the same logo on the shoulders that you already have on the front in the case of the white jersey. The TV number also looks slightly large again.

Overall- Another solid set (8.5/10)

Well that's all I have for today. I'm going to give my COTW nomination to Christian's Coyotes concept, but there were a few others I think are COTW worthy so if you like them comment and nominate them! I hope you guys enjoyed the post, thanks for reading, and I'll see you guys next Thursday.

Thursday: I am... Reviewed by Unknown on March 26, 2015 Rating: 5


Anonymous said...

Glad to have great writing 7 days of the week again.

Unknown said...

2nd Christian's yotes concept for COTW.

Unknown said...

Kendrick Lamar reference nice

Anonymous said...

2 things: 1) to the anonymous coward, who takes a shot at one of the writers who had left, I personally think he did a fantastic job writing for the blog. As far as I remember, I've never seen a bad writer here, except maybe me, but I'm a harsh critic on my works. Your comment is out of place and inappropriate here, and without your name on it, it's hard for people to take you seriously. Take your keyboard and go home. Or if you are home, like most keyboard warriors are, open the blinds, go outside and get some fresh air and sunshine.

2) Well written post for your first time writing Bpoe96. Happy you got the gig. You're going to have a great time here. It's nice to have a platform to share your opinion about things, especially hockey art. So congratulations and sorry about burying the lede with this coward.

Anonymous said...

Any chance you'll make videos on how to do those player edits?

Unknown said...

@Anonymous Assuming this is the same coward as before, someone like you doesn't deserve to treated with such gratitude to have someone do that for you. We don't need you here.

Unknown said...

My favorite team is the Penguins, 2nd is Sabers. Favorite players are Mario Lemieux, Egenevi Malking, Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane, and Dominik Hasek. Nice post!

Unknown said...

Also, Coyotes one for COTW!

Anonymous said...

Sorry for using anonymity to speak the truth. If Caden is so good, why did he just up and quit? Phil you where/are a good writer, solid 8.5/10.

DBro Alexander said...

Hey Anon....

It's "were"

Tyler Gross said...

Welcome, Bpoe96! As a former Thursday writer, you're gonna love it here. Also, Kendrick Lamar? I like you already. I cannot stop listening to his new album. Anyway, looking forward to more posts from you!

(Ryan's Kalamazoo Wings for COTW)

winnipegjets96 said...

Welcome to the team Bpoe, looking forward to reading more! Great work on the hockey art. Would you be willing to make a Pavelec one?

@Anon, Seriously? Seriously!? You're offering nothing to the blog aside from trying to stir up drama. No one respond to this person from here on out, it's not worth it & as Taylor put it, HJC doesn't need people like that being given attention.

Anonymous said...

For the record, Caden left because he's busy working for the Evansville Icemen as an assistant equipment manager.

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