By Phil Hecken, with Tim E. O’Brien
Back again with our NHL tweaker/concepter-extraodinaire, Tim E. O’Brien, who has some grandiose NHL concepts that we’ve already seen, and has a few more in the bag. Previously, he basically created a ‘pro combat’ template for hockey, did up some nifty concepts for a good number of NHL teams, and resurrected some “defunct” clubs (and I’m hoping I can talk him into concepting some more defunct teams as well as some national teams for the 2014 Winter Olympics). But for today, he pretty much concludes the NHL. I especially like that he (and a concepter, which follows this article) have attempted to right the wrong that is the new Islanders third uni. So, you know the set up — here’s Tim:
These unis are a combo of throwback and current designs. All the unis feature some black but the main striping patterns come from the era of the Flames singular Cup win.
For the captaincy patch, I use the Calgary Flaming C logo and for the alternate captains, I use the Atlanta Flames Flaming A logo.
A more mountainous feel on the unis (and pants) that evokes earlier, happier times in Colorado. I also removed the black helmet and pants and eliminated gray except for on the crest.
The third is inverted Home colors, which some have said is almost indistinguishable from the Home uni, but I say, what’s so wrong with that?
No change, home or road. The Third is a ‘heritage’ design that honors elements of past uniforms while incorporating some modern and all new elements.
I’ve always really enjoyed the Red Wing’s wordmarks, so I tried to highlight them in the Third jersey.
The Devils don’t need too many changes. I did very minor stuff on the home and road, but I bring back the old green jersey from Jersey’s first 11 seasons and bring it back as the permanent third. It’s classic uni that deserves to be seen at least a few times a year.
Well, the Islanders decided to shit all over good design with their third jersey so I decided it was time to work on the Isles.
With the home and road, I return the look that won four Stanley Cups, a classic and simple uni.
Well, that’s it for now, until next time, happy tweaking.
Thanks Tim. And I know for a fact that Mr. O’Brien is hard at work on those Olympics & Defunct unis, so we’ll be seeing those down the road. Readers? What say you?
Au revoir, Gofair…
It was only a matter of time — the Minnesota Golden Gophers have gotten the new combat treatment from the swoosh. Or, as Nike puts it, “The fully-integrated uniform system incorporates the latest in performance innovation and design. The redesigned base layer facilitates the uniform’s overall innovation, delivering the ultimate in lightweight protection for maximum speed. Strategically placed seams, pads and cooling zones also help minimize distraction and optimize protective coverage.” We’ve heard this all before, but perhaps now that the Gophers have finally gotten “space age” uniforms, their on-field performance will improve. Or, perhaps not.
Let’s go to the video tape…
OK — that’s actually not too bad. And by “not too bad” I mean, “in comparison to last years uniforms.” The new uniforms will have some funky fonts, but other than that, they are relatively spartan (no offense, Michigan State fans). And it looks like they’ll have the full nine combinations available. In fact, about the splashiest thing about these uniforms is the rather odd, seemingly superfluous “bricklike” striping pattern on the numbers. But I happen to like them (so far). The bold gold meshes well with the muted maroon (ooh, I rhymed and alliterated in the same sentence). About the only downside appears to be a creeping in of some black on the helmet in the form of the facemask and rear bumper. I would have preferred a gray facemask, but the black isn’t overwhelming — as long as other parts of the uniform don’t contain any BFBS.
But are those fonts just some randomly computer-generated thing swooshie came up with? And what about the brick pattern? Is there any rhyme or reason? Why, yes. Once again, Nike’s
spin-meister press guy supplies our answers: “Brick patterns and texture are also prominent in some of the design elements. Jersey numbering and lettering on the white and gold jerseys will be printed with a brick pattern, which was taken directly from one of the walls of Memorial Stadium, which is on display at the McNamara Alumni Center. Meanwhile, the finish of the new helmets was designed to simulate the look of brick.” OK. No, really, I kind of think these are a nice touch. And what about that gold jersey? That’s for special games, like homecoming. Just don’t schedule the North Dakota State Bison for that one.
Wanna see more? OK here ya go:
by Rick Pearson
A reprise (because it’s USPHC Weekend)…
And, of course, the full-size.
We have another new set of tweaks, er…concepts today. After discussion with a number of readers, it’s probably more apropos to call most of the reader submissions “concepts” rather than tweaks. So that’s that.
So if you’ve concept for any sport, or just a tweak or wholesale revision, send them my way.
Please do try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per image — if you have three uniform concepts in one image, then obviously, you can go a little over, but no novels, OK? OK!. You guys have usually been good with keeping the descriptions pretty short, and I thank you for that.
And so, lets begin:
We start with Charles Molgat, who has a tweak for the Jets crest:
Chuck Molgat here in Toronto. Finally got around to crafting the non-military version of the new Winnipeg Jets logo that’s been bouncing around in my head for awhile. And just in time for Christmas. Ha! Anyway, please let me know what you think when you get a chance. I like the fact it ends up looking like a peace symbol, which wasn’t the original idea but fits with the whole idea of Jets fans being unhappy with the militarization of the team’s uniforms. The jet on this one is taken from the old WHA crest from 1973 that made the jump to the NHL and then was replaced in 1990.
Love the site. All the best,
Next up is Shane Bua, who has a new Canucks concept:
I was talking with friends the other day about the V sweaters that the Nucks wore in the 80s, and decided to modernize the look a little. First time ever using gimp, but I don’t think it came out too bad.
I haven’t been able to decide on a sleeve logo. I can’t stand the orca, and stick-in-rink just doesn’t scream sleeves to me.
And we close with Walter Helfer, who has a new concept for the Islanders:
Obviously the Isles need all the help they can get, designwise. I’m unsure how vital an orange jersey is to their interests, since their enemies, the Flyers, already have one. But it *did* create the opportunity to furnish an orange helmet, which would be unique. The block “I” on the nautical flag is a theme I’ve kicked around; the aim was to find a suitable Islander identity without adding baroque and excessive detail.
And that’s it for today. Back next time with more.
OK folks, that’s it for today. Tomorrow is the real great day in sports — the NFL conference championship games (one of the greatest days on the sports calendar — and way better than Super Bowl Sunday). I’ll be off the boards for a large part of today, so all you guys play nice, OK?
“Most design sucks, most art sucks, most music sucks, most movies suck, most food sucks, most books suck, most TV sucks. Hell, most people suck. That’s part of why good things are so special.” — Paul Lukas