May 27, 2020

Hockey & Space

Welcome back folks!  Here's a quick space themed post!

Team SpaceX:
This SpaceX concept is based off of the launch suits worn by astronauts in the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft.

Team NASA:
I made a NASA concept a few years ago, this is the same concept just on a different template.  The design is inspired by NASA's white spacesuits and blue flight-suits.

AstroRad Vest:
Image from nasa.gov
Moving on, you'll notice the Tampa Bay Lightning's logo on the AstroRad Vest in the above photo (taken inside the cupola of the International Space Station).  The context is that the Lightning's owner Jeff Vinik invested in the company that made the AstroRad Vest.

Nashville Predators Jersey in Space:
Last but not least, here's a video from 2014 in which NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore was wearing a Nashville Predators during his stay up at the International Space Station (ISS)!

Later this afternoon (at 4:33 pm EDT), NASA and SpaceX will be launching astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley up to the ISS (if the weather cooperates, if not there are back up dates on the 30th and 31st).  The coverage has already begun, so go check that out!

March 23, 2020

Double Jets

Hello folks!  I hope you're all doing okay.

My Ideal Winnipeg Jets:
I'm still not entirely sure what my ideal look for the Jets would be, but I like the idea of them embracing aviator blue, so I went in that direction here.  The striping pattern is based off of their current arm stripes, and the number font is a straightened version of their current font.

I actually made a very similar concept back in 2012.

New Look Winnipeg Jets:
Another old Jets concept of mine used a chevron pattern on the sleeve, and I burrowed that idea for this "New Look" concept.  The names and numbers are in a stencil font, the shade of red is brighter, and I removed the shading from the maple leaf in the logos.

Thanks for visiting, and stay safe!

January 24, 2020

Goalie Gear Part 3 - January 2020

The 2019-2020 NHL Season has reached it's All-Star break, so I thought it would be a good time for another goalie gear post (previous posts here and here).  Below are some NHL goalies whose gear have caught my eye this season, either for using a non-white base colour or interesting graphics.

Note: Some goalies used the exact same design as last year at some this season (like Petr Mrazek or Jimmy Howard), so those pads aren't included in this post.

Darcy Kuemper (Third Jersey set)
Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images
Black, with brick red and hunter green accents, and the Coyotes "kachina" pattern along the edge.  Are these better than his set from last year?

Antti Raanta (Third Jersey set)
Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images
A throwback design for a throwback jersey.  It makes sense, and it works!

Linus Ullmark (50th Anniversary set)
Photo by Sara Schmidle/NHLI via Getty Images
White, with Buffalo's "golden anniversary" logo and a gold sabre.  Not a conventional look, but it is unique and I quite like it.

David Rittich (Heritage Classic set)
Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images
Faux-leather, with red accents.  Perfect for an outdoor game!

Cam Talbot (Heritage Classic set)
Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images
White, with a flame motif.  Possibly my favourite set of pads this season.

Petr Mrazek
Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images
Black, with white and red accents.  The addition of white is an improvement over his pads from last season (a design he's switched back to).

Corey Crawford
Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images
Black, with red accents.  One of two sets of pads he's worn this season.

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Black, with red and white accents.  These pads only made a brief appearance, but the glove and blocker have stuck around.

Robin Lehner
Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images
A colourful design.  Works great with Chicago's colourful logo.

Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images
Black, with red and white accents (and yellow and also green).  Less colourful, but looks just as good.

Elvis Merzlikins
Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images
White, with a skyline, the Ohio flag, and some red (there's also a hidden cannon logo at the top of the pads).  A very well designed set!

Ben Bishop (Winter Classic set)
Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
Faux-leather, with victory green accents.  Good, but Rittich's Heritage Classic set executed this concept better.

Jimmy Howard
Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images
Red, with white accents.  Sharper looking than his set from last year (which he wore well into this season).

Mike Smith
Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images
Navy blue, with orange accents.  Looks great no matter which jersey the Oilers are wearing!

Juuse Saros
Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images
Yellow, my favourite colour for goalie pads.  Different than his yellow pads from 2018-19, but not by much.

Louis Domingue
Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images
Red, with black accents.  Coloured goalie pads are always better than white goalie pads.

Henrik Lundqvist
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
White, with a blue and white lady-liberty, a blue skyline, and some diagonal streaks.  A good evolution of his design introduced last season.

Marcus Hogberg
Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images
Black, with red and white accents.  Looking good!

Anders Nilsson
Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images
"Beast" graphics, using white with black and red accents.  A colour swapped version of the pads he wore last year.

Carter Hart
Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images
Black, with orange accents.  Only worn for a few games near the start of the season (I think), which is a shame.

Jordan Binnington (Throwback Jersey set)
Photo by Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images
Blue, with red and yellow accents.  The jersey is fun, this gear looks great, and the "CuJo" mask is awesome!

Aaron Dell (Third Jersey set)
Photo by Brandon Magnus/NHLI via Getty Images
Black, with an amazing shark design.  These top Talbot's Heritage Classic pads to become my favourite set of goalie gear this season!

Curtis McElhinney (Third Jersey set)
Photo by Scott Audette /NHLI via Getty Images
Black, with silver accents.  Completes the stealth look of Tampa Bay's third jersey.

Andrei Vasilevskiy (Third Jersey set)
Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images
Black, with silver accents.  More silver than his partner in crime, but both these sets look nice.

Thatcher Demko (Throwback Jersey set)
Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images
White, with diagonal black and yellow and red stripes.  The pads look nice, but the flying-V sweaters look amazing!  The Canucks need to wear these in a game sometime soon.

Garret Sparks
Photo by Zak Krill/NHLI via Getty Images
White, with jagged grey and gold and black and red accents. He's mostly been in the AHL which is too bad, I want to see these pads more often!

So those are the NHL goalies whose gear have impressed me so far this season.  Let me know in the comments if there are any other goalies I should include on this list.

Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy All-Star weekend!

August 11, 2019

Leaked Oilers Third

Edmonton Oilers:
Just a quick post today with my take on the Oilers leaked third jersey.  I added back some white to the logo and numbers, and I also added an oil-drop to the sleeve stripes.

July 31, 2019

Double Stars

Hello all!

My Ideal Dallas Stars:
I like the Stars current jerseys but I think they'd benefit from some changes.  I made the equipment green, used their Texas-shaped logo on the shoulders, added an outline to the numbers, changed the collars, tweaked the shape of the yoke, and raised the home jersey's hem stripe.

New Look Dallas Stars:
The equipment is also green for this next concept, but that's because I ditched black all together.  I used a simple/minimalist striping pattern, promoted their Texas-shaped logo to the primary logo, and brought back the "DALLAS" script on the pants.


Unrelated to this post, but on my secondary blog (Snapshots with Steven) I recently posted some photos of my family's dog Luc.  He passed away earlier this month at the age of ten, so I'm sharing my favourite photos of him as a way to celebrate his life.

Thanks for visiting, and enjoy the rest of your week!