June 18, 2018

Updates (June 2018)

Just a quick update post today...

Firstly, I've finally added (to the Templates page) team templates for the seven specialty jerseys worn this past season.

Secondly, I hope to get back to posting some concepts soon, I just haven't had any ideas for concepts lately.

Thirdly, I'll likely continue to write a few non-concept posts as well (like the last two posts, Colours for Seattle and A Vintage Jersey Program).

That's all for now!

June 02, 2018

A Vintage Jersey Program

For one glorious season (2003-04), the NHL had a Vintage Jersey Program.  It was a small program (only the Bruins, Oilers, Kings, Canadiens, Rangers, Blues, and Canucks took part), and it had its flaws (some teams didn't bother with matching equipment), but it had the potential to be something great.

Unfortunately, the following season was lost to the 2004-05 lockout, and the Vintage Jersey Program wasn't brought back afterwards.

Image from GameWornAuctions.Net

I'd love to see the NHL re-introduce the Vintage Jersey Program, but this time it should be bigger and better than ever.  Here's what I'm thinking...

  • It would be introduced for the 2019-20 season, as third jerseys are being re-introduced this upcoming season.
  • Participation wouldn't be mandatory.  I'm picturing about 20 teams taking part.
  • Each vintage set would consist of a matching (from the same year) light and dark jersey.
  • The vintage jerseys would be worn about six times total (three each for the light and dark jersey).
  • When vintage jerseys are worn, both the home and road team would be in their vintage jerseys (as much as possible).
  • A jersey could be both a vintage jersey and a third jersey.  For example, the Capitals could use their throwback red jersey as a regular third, while also using it as their dark vintage jersey (along with the matching white jersey).
  • Teams wouldn't be able to switch to a different vintage set for a certain amount of years (about three to four years).  This would prevent teams from rotating vintage sets each year solely for jersey sale reasons.
  • During that time limit, teams could still scrap their vintage jerseys, or promote them (to become their primary jerseys, or a third).

And now here are my thoughts for each individual team...

Anaheim Ducks  (1993-2006)
The original eggplant and jade set is really the only option for the Ducks.

Arizona Coyotes  (1996-2003)
Likewise, the Coyotes have an obvious choice with their old Kachina-style jerseys.

Boston Bruins  (1967-74)
The Bruins have a lot of classic jerseys, but my pick would be their cup winning jerseys worn from 1967-74.

Buffalo Sabres  (1970-96)
Bringing back their royal blue set would be in order for the Sabres, hopefully followed by a promotion (to become their home and road set) soon after.

Calgary Flames  (1980-94)
The Flames won a cup during their red and yellow (without black) era, I can't see why they wouldn't want to bring these back.

Carolina Hurricanes  (1979-92 Hartford Whalers)
Tom Dundon (the Hurricanes new owner) has already brought up the idea of wearing throwback Whalers jerseys for a few select games.

Chicago Blackhawks  (Not Participating)

The Blackhawks are one of the teams I could see not participating in a Vintage Jersey Program.  With all the Winter Classics they play in, they might be getting tired of wearing throwback jerseys.

Colorado Avalanche  (Not Participating)

Colorado's current jerseys are too similar to their classic cup-winning set, and I doubt they'd bring back Nordiques jerseys, so I don't think they'd take part either.

Columbus Blue Jackets  (Not Participating)

The Blue Jackets could bring back their original jerseys as vintage jerseys, however that doesn't seem very likely to me.

Dallas Stars  (1993-97)
Dallas' 90's jerseys aren't really seen as classics, but I'm guessing the Stars would still choose to bring them back.

Detroit Red Wings  (Not Participating)

The Red Wings haven't changed their look much over the years, and they are a traditional franchise.  I think vintage jerseys would be too gimmicky for them.

Edmonton Oilers  (1979-96)
Now that the Oilers wear orange full-time, the path is clear for them to bring back their dynasty-era jerseys as a vintage set.

Florida Panthers  (1993-2007)
Why wouldn't the Panthers want to bring back their original jerseys for a few games a year?  I can't think of any reason why they wouldn't.

Los Angeles Kings  (1967-80)
The Kings have brought back (in separate seasons) both the purple and gold versions of their original design, I'm guessing those would be their choice here.

Minnesota Wild  (Not Participating)

I don't think it's time for the Wild to bring back their original jerseys yet.

Montreal Canadiens  (Not Participating)

The Canadiens could bring back their 1944-47 set as they did for the original Vintage Jersey Program, but I see them choosing not to participate this time.

Nashville Predators  (Not Participating)

I would love to see the Predators original jerseys make the occasional appearance, but I think Nashville has moved on with their current yellow-infused set.

New Jersey Devils  (1982-92)
The Devils' vintage red jersey seems to be popular whenever they break it out, I'm sure the white jersey would be as well.

New York Islanders  (Not Participating)

The Islanders are already wearing a throwback set as their primary jerseys, so it doesn't make sense for them to take part in a Vintage Jersey Program.

New York Rangers  (Not Participating)

They participated in the original Vintage Jersey Program, but I don't think the Rangers would bring back their 1976-78 set again, and their other options are all quite similar to their current jerseys.

Ottawa Senators  (1993-95)
I'm guessing the Senators would break out their original jerseys.  I went with the 1993-95 variation (black jersey has white numbers, but no white in the stripes).

Philadelphia Flyers  (Not Participating)

Since the Flyers are already using vintage primary jerseys, I can't see them being a part of this program.

Pittsburgh Penguins  (1967-68)
The Penguins are back in their classic cup winning set, but they have lots of other options from before then, including their inaugural jerseys.

St. Louis Blues  (1979-84)
During the original Vintage Jersey Program the Blues went with their 1979-84 set.  I think they'd go in the same direction this time around.

San Jose Sharks  (1991-97)
If the Sharks were to take part (which I think they would), they'd go back to their original jersey design.

Tampa Bay Lightning  (1992-2001)
The Lightning also have an easy choice with their original set, but the question is which version?  I went with the 1995-2001 option (Hawaiian blue and paint brush numbers).

Toronto Maple Leafs  (1970-92)
There are quite a few options for the Maple Leafs to choose from.  I decided on their Ballard-era jerseys (1970-92), since they're the least similar to their current jerseys.

Vancouver Canucks  (1989-97)
The most fun option for the Canucks would be their "Flying-V" jerseys, but a more realistic option would be their 1990's skate-on-a-plate set.

Vegas Golden Knights  (Not Participating)

The Vegas Golden Knights have no vintage jerseys, so they obviously wouldn't be participating.

Washington Capitals  (1974-95)
The Capitals would surely take part though, resurrecting their classic 1974-95 jerseys once again.

Winnipeg Jets  (Not Participating)

Winnipeg is a bit tricky since the original Jets now reside in Arizona.  The easiest solution would be for the Jets not to participate (but that wouldn't be a popular decision).

What do you think, should the NHL bring back the Vintage Jersey Program?  And if so, what jerseys would you like to see brought back?

April 28, 2018

Colours For Seattle

It's likely that Seattle will join the NHL in 2020 as the league's 32nd franchise, but there's still a lot of work to do before then.  The biggest thing is the renovation of KeyArena, but they'll also need to create an identity for their team.  That includes choosing a name, creating a logo, and designing jerseys.

They'll also need to decide upon a colour scheme, and that's what this post will focus on.  Below are 20 colour schemes that the Seattle ownership group could consider, starting with a few different green options (Seattle is called the Emerald City after all).

Note:  Seattle HC (Hockey Club) is just a placeholder name.  That's not what I think they should be called or anything.

Green, White
For me, the simplest solution is to use green, white, and nothing else.  Detroit is the red and white team, Toronto is the blue and white team, and Seattle could be the green and white team.  Plus it's a colour scheme that hasn't been used in the NHL since 1927 (Toronto St. Pats).

Light Green, Dark Green, White
Another option would be to use two shades of green, a lighter kelly green and a dark forest green.  No NHL team has ever used a double green colour scheme before.

Light Green, Dark Green, Gold, White
If that's not enough, why not add a third colour, maybe gold?  This colour scheme could also be seen as an evolution of the Supersonics green and yellow look, without being a direct copy.

Although, maybe they should directly copy the colour scheme of another Seattle sports team.  It wouldn't be the first time that teams in a city shared a colour scheme (Pittsburgh is probably the best example).  Here are a few options if they want to go that route.

Green, Blue, Silver, White (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Seattle's current hockey team, the Thunderbirds, use a colour scheme which is very similar to the Vancouver Canucks (the nearest NHL team to Seattle).  But they could differentiate themselves by making green the primary colour.

Navy, Bright Green, Silver, White (Seattle Seahawks - 2012 through Present)
Next up is the navy, bright green, and silver colour scheme of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks.  If they wanted to go with blue and green while avoiding the Canucks comparisons, then this would be a good option.

Blue, Navy, Bright Green, White (Seattle Seahawks - 2002 through 2011)
They could also use the Seahawks' previous colour scheme of double blue and bright green.  I don't think they will, but they could.

Bright Green, Shale, Blue, White (Seattle Sounders FC)
Another option that includes bright green is the Seattle Sounders colour scheme.  This colour scheme seems a bit too specific too directly copy (if that makes sense), but I could see the hockey team considering some sort of variation.

Blueish-Green, Navy, Silver, White (Seattle Mariners)
The Mariners are a rare example of a Seattle sports team that doesn't use a true green, they instead opt for a very blueish-green (or greenish-blue?).  That's probably the reason I don't think this would be a good option for the Seattle NHL team.

Dark Green, Yellow, White (Seattle Supersonics)
Last but not least is the green and yellow colour of the old Seattle Supersonics.  These colours have been used in the NHL in the past (North Stars and Golden Seals), but not for 30 years or so.

Moving on from existing (or pre-existing) Seattle colour schemes, let's try a few red based options (I doubt red will be their main colour, but the Seattle ownership group has been using red for some promotional stuff).

Red, Green, White
A red and green colour scheme would have historical ties to Seattle, as the Seattle Metropolitans won the Stanley Cup in 1917 while wearing red and green barberpole jerseys.  The only problem is the similarity to the Wild's colour scheme (and the 1982-92 Devils), but they could differentiate themselves (like by using head-to-toe red uniforms, with green just as an accent colour).

Red, Black, Turquoise, White
Red, black, and turquoise are common colours used in Coast Salish artwork.  It's also a unique colour scheme, the only team (I can think of) that used anything similar were the NBA's Vancouver Grizzlies.

Red, Brown, Sand, White
Brown isn't used very often in pro-sports, so I thought I'd try it in a few colour schemes including this red, brown, and sand option.  I get a lumberjack vibe from these colours, I don't know if that works for Seattle or not.

Okay that's enough red for now, let's get back to some more green colour schemes.

Green, Brown, White
I also tried brown as a secondary colour paired up with green.  This colour scheme could work if they went with the name Evergreens (or maybe Totems).

Dark Green, Burnt Orange, White
I've always thought green and orange looked great together, so I thought I'd throw this dark green and burnt orange colour scheme into the mix as well.

Dark Green, Light Blue, White
The Canucks use a darker blue with kelly green, maybe Seattle could use a darker green along with a light blue.

Green, Navy, Light Blue, White
Another option for a green and blue colour scheme would be to add an accent colour.  Maybe a light blue, which would create a green and double blue scheme.

Green, Navy, Red, White
They could also use red as an accent with the green and blue.  It would have ties to the Metropolitans with the red (and green), while the green and blue connects them to current Seattle sports teams.

We'll finish off with a couple of brown options, and one black choice.  I'd be very surprised if they did go with brown as their primary colour, and I hope black isn't, but I thought I'd include them anyways.

Brown, Dark Brown, Light Blue, White
This double brown and light blue colour scheme is entirely based off of Ross Hettinger's fantastic Seattle SeaLions concept.  I really liked how unique these colours were, and I thought they'd work well in Seattle.

Brown, Dark Brown, Bright Green, White
Another variation would be to use a bright green instead of the light blue.  It wouldn't work as well for aquatic names (SeaLions, Seals), but it be could be a fit for a name like the Totems.

Black, Bright Green, White
Black would be a boring choice for a primary colour, but I figured I should include at least one such colour scheme, so here's a black and bright green option.

So what do you think of these 20 colour schemes?  Do you have a favourite, or is there another option I should have included?  Leave your feedback in the comments.

December 01, 2017

Double Senators

Hello again!

My Ideal Ottawa Senators:
For my ideal concept, I returned the Senators to a black home jersey, used their updated 2D logo as the primary, and put two sets of stripes on the sleeves (and socks).

New Look Ottawa Senators:
I also had this idea for a modern barber-pole pattern, using red and fading black stripes.  Those stripes are limited to a sleeve-length yoke on the white jersey, and I used the same logos as the previous concept (updated 2D logo on the front and the old peace tower logo on the shoulders).

Thanks for stopping by!

November 24, 2017

Double Bruins

Hey, happy Black Friday everybody!

My Ideal Boston Bruins:
My favourite Bruins jerseys are their 1967-74 set, which this concept is mostly based off of.  I did make a few small changes though, including adding serifs to the logo, and using their current name and number font.

New Look Boston Bruins:
I then wanted to try a concept using brown and gold (not yellow), so I made this.  For the primary logo I used their B on its own, and I kept the striping pattern fairly simple.

Have a nice weekend!