Saturday, January 29, 2011

NHL All Star Jerseys


Happy NHL All Star weekend! The first ever Fantasy Draft was held yesterday. Captains picked their teams from the available players. Anyway, I put together a concept that fixes the uniforms. It keeps the same basic ideas, but simplifies things a bit.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Happy Birthday NHL 3rd Jersey!


That's right, today is the birthday of the NHL 3rd jersey program. The 15th birthday, to be exact. On January 27, 1996, the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Mighty Ducks played each other, each team wearing brand new 3rd jerseys. It had never been done before. Marketing in the NHL reached a whole new level. The Kings came out in the infamous "Burger King jerseys", while Anaheim wore their "Wild Wing jerseys". Both designs were radical and different.



Both jerseys did not last long, only being used that one season. The NHL 3rd program, however, did survive. It did more than just survive; today it is the cornerstone of marketing in hockey. Many teams have capitalized on a 3rd jersey, quite a few of which have gone on to become the primary home jersey for various teams.


Others, not so much. Several 3rde jerseys did not achieve the success the team had hoped for. A handful of 3rd jerseys have been considered failures, especially those that were rarely worn and quickly retired.


Today, most teams have a 3rd jersey. It is such a great marketing tool that teams cannot pass them up. Personally, I think the 3rd jersey program is one of the best things to ever happen to hockey jerseys. I own several 3rd jerseys myself. Be sure to check them out at Bmac's Jerseys.

When I was in Toronto I went to the Hockey Hall of Fame. I could not pass up an opportunity to get a pic with Wild Wing.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

NHL 2012: 2012 All Star Game

2012 All Star Game -Ottawa, Ontario

The logo is the same as the real one. The uniforms are inspired by Ottawa's barberpole theme.



NHL 2012: 2011 All Star Game

2011 All Star Game -Raleigh, North Carolina

The logo is the same as the real one. The uniforms are based off of the Hurricanes uniforms from this series. Stars replace the warning flag symbols.



NFL Predictions: Championship Weekend

Winners advance to Super Bowl XLV.


AFC:

Jets @ Steelers


NFC:

Packers @ Bears

Thursday, January 13, 2011

NFL Predictions: Divisional Playoffs


AFC:

Ravens @ Steelers
Jets @ Patriots

NFC:

Packers @ Falcons
Seahawks @ Bears

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

NHL 2012: Washington Capitals

Washington Capitals

2011: An alternate jersey is unveiled. It is navy, with the "weagle" logo as the crest. The shoulder patches are simply stars. An interesting stitching design is used on the nameplates, using red stitching on the navy nameplates.

2012: The Caps take the ice in new home and road uniforms. A somewhat modern design with stars is used, the logos remain the same. A red alternate jersey featuring the old eagle logo is also released, but not worn often.






All 30 teams have now been unveiled, stay tuned for bonus concepts, including the All Star Game and NHL Rivalry Series.

NHL 2012: Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver Canucks

2011: New home and road uniforms for the Canucks. The design is similar to that of the 3rd jersey, and the classic stick-in-rink logo takes over. Seeing as the 3rd jersey basically becomes the home jersey, a new alternate jersey is also introduced. It is navy, featuring the full-body Johnny Canuck logo. A plaid design is featured on the end of the sleeves and hem, resembling the flannel shirt worn by the old Johnny Canuck.

2012: A green alternate jersey is unveiled. It uses the same design as the team's early sweaters, and an old VC logo that was never used is featured as the crest.




Saturday, January 8, 2011

NHL 2012: Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs

2011: The home, road, and white alternate remain almost the same.

2012: An alternate jersey is released. It is a heritage jersey, taking an aspect from each of the eras.




NHL 2012: Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning

2011: The Lightning unveil new home and road uniforms. They are similar to their previous jerseys, with quite a few changes. The alternate logo is now used as the crest. A new alternate TB logo is the shoulder patch. A sublimated lightning bolt is on the back of both jerseys. Also, the "victory stripes" are used often.

2012: A new alternate jersey is released. It is blue and uses the alternate TB logo. The Lightning later break out an Edge-version of the team's Stanley Cup Champions jerseys.





Thursday, January 6, 2011

NFL Predictions: Wild-Card Weekend


AFC Wild-Card Round:

Jets @ Colts
Ravens @ Chiefs

NFC Wild-Card Round:

Saints @ Seahawks
Packers @ Eagles

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

NFL Predictions: Regular Season Recap

The NFL regular season is over, let's take a look back at my weekly predictions. I finished with a winning percentage, picking 156 games correctly, and 100 incorrectly. Yes, 100 is a lot, but 156 is more. It was a wild season in the NFL, many favorites under-performed. My best week was Week 6, when I went 12-2. My worst week came the week prior, Week 5, when I picked 6-8. Overall, I enjoyed picking the games this season. Stay tuned for my playoff picks!

Monday, January 3, 2011

No More Interim


Leslie Frazier has officially been hired as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. Frazier becomes the 8th head coach in Vikings history. Personally, I think this is the best move the Vikings could have made. Good luck Coach Frazier!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

NHL 2012: St. Louis Blues

St Louis Blues

2011: The Blues get new home and road jerseys. They follow the same theme as the team's pre-Edge jerseys. The old 90's trumpet logo returns, modified as a shoulder patch. The navy jersey remains the alternate.

2012: A new alternate jersey is introduced. It is blue, of course. It features the alternate logo as the crest and the blue note logo on the striping pattern. The design is inspired by the team's original jerseys.




NHL 2012: San Jose Sharks

San Jose Sharks

2011: New helmets and pants for all of the uniforms. The numbers on the black alternate jersey are adjusted.

2012: New alternate jersey. It is a throwback to the team's original jerseys.




Saturday, January 1, 2011

2013 NHL Winter Classic Concept

This also goes with my NHL 2012 project.

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2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic -January 1, 2013
Yankee Stadium, New York, New York

Logos:

The primary logo is supposed to give the feel of Yankee Stadium in winter. The alternate logo once again features the two logos in circles.




Uniforms:

The Rangers' uniforms are based off of their 1946-1947 uniforms. The Bruins are based off of their 1934-1936 uniforms.