Monday: Cup Final Dozen

Welcome to a very large Monday post here on HJC.

Today marks the beginning of a very colourful Stanley Cup Final between two teams who you'd expect would be here more often but are only meeting for the first time. The jerseys are already set but one funny thing I noticed is what happened to San Jose's 25th Anniversary patch come Cup Finals time. It's no longer on the jersey!

Image from Coolhockey.com
Given this image used by a very accurate and trustworthy jersey store, it's fair to assume the Finals patch will replace the diamond patch we saw through the season. Honestly, I thought it would have been dumped come playoff time since the season was over. I'm sure this is standard protocol for teams that have anniversary/ASG patches but I can't remember the last team to wear a patch on a jersey all season/playoffs and have to replace it when they made it to the Cup Finals.

Don't forget to vote for COTW! Jordan needs to know which of his 3 concepts are best, help the guy out and let him know which of his already amazing concepts is the superior!

Also don't forget to vote in the Atlanta Thrashers competition Entries can be found by clicking the Thrashers tab above this post! 

Finally, the HJC Open logo competition has opened. There's a set of rules on the contest page you need to follow and a list of the previous logos since 2011. My personal favourites were last year and 2013's logos; the bigger the trophy, the better! You have until NEXT Friday; June 10th! 

COTW vote May 20-26 (ends Friday @ noon Eastern)
ATL Thrashers Top 5 vote (ends Friday @ noon Eastern)
HJC OPEN 2016 Logo Competition Entry Phase: (Ends June 10 @ noon Eastern) 


Buffalo Sabres Concepts (By: Josiah B.)

+ Love the old alternate script in darker blue and darker yellow; looks beautiful 
+ Striping pattern is really nice; It's a nice throwback to the 80s Sabres and it improves on the white jersey 
+ The free range buffalo patch looks great as a shoulder patch
+ Good execution

- Don't forget the helmet logo
- One thing I've change on the jersey is the numbers. I'd have added a small yellow outline around the numbers

Rating: 9/10

Atlanta Thrashers Concepts (By: Ryan C.)

+ While I'm not a fan of the overhead Thrashers logo, it looks a lot better without maroon
+ Despite Ryan using what I think is the least liked Cookie Cutter Template, I think it works. The colours are balanced nicely and the logo works with the template, at least better than Pittsburgh & Ottawa 
+ Good execution 

- I would have used the swooshing Thrashers head as a shoulder patch instead of the primary logo
- The lower sides where the hem would be on both jerseys need some colour, maybe a yellow stripe on the side panels 
- I'd have also gone white white numbers on the arms of the blue jersey

Rating: 8.25/10

Tampa Bay Lightning Concepts (By: Jordan R.)

+ I like how the home and road are a mix of every jersey the lignite have ever had, including the mixing of eras in logos. It looks really good and shows how Tampa can make their look better with minor changes
+ Alternate reminds me of those old mid 2000s Leafs WalMart Kids jerseys (which I personally thought were good looking and I knew at least a dozen people who had them way back when), which I think actually works really well for the Lightning, a nice dark jersey with a lot of throwback elements
+ The South Florida alternate, whilst it being off to see the Lightning in green, I think this really works for a civic pride jersey and tying the team to South Florida University
+ Great execution

- NOB on the green jersey is too small from a distance
- Blue jersey could use a shoulder patch to brighten up the shoulders a tad

Rating: 9.25/10

Montréal Canadiens Concepts (By: Ryan C.)

+ I really like the striping on this jersey, especially on the white jersey; I get a vibe of their 1911/12 jersey with the diagonal sash and Olde English C, but for the modern man
+ The hem is a good addition, reminds me of their original white jersey to clash with the Red Wings
+ Good execution 

- The striping on the red jersey is a little too Walmart Kids jersey for my taste, coloured cuffs would fix that
- The only major flaw with the white jersey is using the blue yoke instead of a red one. The jersey would be perfect otherwise as an alternate 

Rating: 8.25/10 

Ottawa Senators Concepts (By: Chase C.)

+ Home and road are nothing too new, a good mix of the original jerseys and current logos/numbers. Sweet and simple
+ The C & A patches are a nice touch on the alternate jersey 
+ The alternate jersey I'm assuming is to instil Civic pride with the Peace Tower logo, and while it's eccentric, it's not too far out there to be impossible to use

- Don't forget a logo/striping on the pants
- Instead of just leaving the hem/cuffs black on the white jersey, I'd have swapped the white and black
- On the alternate, making all the jersey under the hem striping white would add some much needed white to the jersey 

Rating: 8/10

Florida Panthers Concepts (By: Phil B.)

+ Remember that Montréal 1911/12 jersey I was talking about...Phil went and made a Panthers version of that, and it works, it matches the Florida state flag as well, which is what I'm guessing Phil was going for.
+ Colours are really well balanced considering Florida doesn't like to use a lot of blue outside of gear
+ The shoulder patch, while likely not what we're going to see, works pretty well; I could see that as a nice T-shirt logo
+ Good execution

- While I understand why Phil didn't include it, adding the custom font the team is going to use would make the back more interesting and add some realism
- The pants/gloves need white on them

Rating: 8.5/10

Colorado Avalanche Concepts (By: Josiah B.)

+ Excellent colour balancing right off the bat
+ Striping is a good call back to the original jerseys, but unique with a good chevron shape and the use of black on the jerseys in a visible manner
+ Simplified numbers look great and fit the trend the NHL is going towards
+ Good logo choices
+ Good execution

- The yokes seem a little bit unnecessary, not bad by any means, but I think the jerseys ould look better without them
- Again, don't forget helmet logos

Rating: 9/10

New York Islanders Concepts (By: Jordan R.)

+ Jordan makes the one correction I'd make to the current Islanders home/road jersey and straightens the arms, good move
+ The 3rd jersey proves yet again that it's time for the return of the Fisherman in prime to return with minor adjustments, such as proper numbers and a more clean upper body
+ The black jersey is improved greatly with the stripes on the number and classic collar
+ Perfect execution aside from one minor thing

- Same point with the numbers on the helmet

Rating: 9.75/10 COTW nom from me

Anaheim Ducks Concepts (By: Lucas D.)

+ While the Ducks have always been traditionally a darker team, having big bright orange and white jersey could be an open change
+ The Mighty Ducks striping is just begging to come back, and Lucas does a good job balancing the colours that the Ducks have never really been able to without making one very small
+ Good execution

- The biggest flaw with this jersey is the bare shoulders, the Ducks have had quite a few shoulder patches in their history, pick one and make it work because it likely will
- The orange numbers might be a little too bright, and extra outline would fix that

Rating: 8.75/10

Las Vegas Flash RHI Concepts (By: Brooks F.)

+ The jerseys perfectly fit the RHI theme: big and bold. The...I guess it isn't gradient, but rather spray paint marks look really good
+ Good custom shoulder patch, matches the theme perfectly, as does the cross through the 7 on the numbers
+ The pants remind me of an 80s glam metal singer....which is a good thing considering the rest of the jersey
+ Great execution

- With the black helmet, I'd think pants would look better win black, but I do get that Brooks wanted the jerseys and pants to match. My solution would be a purple helmet, but I understand if some think that's too much purple
- TV numbers are too small

Rating: 9/10

New York Riveters NWHL Concepts (By:Fernando M.)

+ The jerseys are a good mix between the Rangers Winter Classic and the Rangers away jersey, and it really works to tie the Rangers to the Riveters and NY hockey history
+ The reworked logo to match the Rangers Lady Liberty logo also works a lot better than the original Riveter logo with this look
+ Colours are well balanced, aside from the lack of off white on the blue jersey which isn't too bad
+ Great execution

- I would have added some off white to the blue jersey, as it helps the other logos stand out
- I'm not sure if the pant stripes being cut off is NWHL regulation or a template thing, but full stripes would look better

Rating: 9.25/10

Tucson Rattlers AHL Concepts (By: Brooks F.)

+ Custom logos look great, the R on the Arizona flag pattern looks excellent
+ The striping is really simple, but since 2004 the 'Yotes haven't really had anything too unique, and having the black under arms adds something to the Northwest striping
+ Good font choice
+ Good execution

- NOB is too close to the number on the back and yoke
- Sock striping is too large

Rating: 9/10


That's the post!
Do not forget to vote for COTW and top 5 Thrashers!
Also don't forget to get working on those HJC Open logos!
Have a great week
Go Jets, Moose, Mooseheads & Sharks! 
Monday: Cup Final Dozen Reviewed by winnipegjets96 on May 30, 2016 Rating: 5


Unknown said...

While I appreciate how nice Jordan presents his concepts I feel most of them are basically jerseys that the teams already wear or have worn in the past... is it really a concept if you just put minor tweaks to jerseys already being worn?

Ben Shaffer said...

Josiah B's Buffalo Sabres for COTW.

Unknown said...

COTW nom to Lucas' Ducks concept.

Lucas D. said...

@Ryan: He was doing a series on the CCSLC about his ideal NHL primaries and alts, and challenged himself by doing something completely different (colour-scheme-wise) on the fourths. The real "concepts" are the third and fourths for most of these sets.

Unknown said...

@Lucas, could you link me to his thread?

Lucas D. said...

@Dylan: Here you go.


Unknown said...

@Lucas I appreciate it.

Lucas D. said...

Ummmmmm... ^ That's not me.... Anyway, that was it.

Lucas D. said...

@Dylan: No problemo.

Lucas D. said...

"Lucas D. said...
@Dylan: No problemo."

that either

Lucas D. said...

I'll nominate Phil B. for COTW

Caz said...

Two Lucases?! Looks like we're going to have ask some questions that only the real Lucas D would know....

Unknown said...

I wasn't going for the Florida flag look. I was going for the idea that the new logo looks like a Major League Soccer logo, so have a soccer style jersey with the sash. But it does fit either way.

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