NHL Players Weekend

This weekend, the MLB has been taken over by nicknames, colourful uniforms and all kinds of gear. It's a great opportunity to see the personalities of the players on the field. With that in mind, why doesn't the NHL consider such a thing?

The games would take place on October 7th, in which there are 15 games with 30/31 teams playing. The Canadiens/Rangers game on October 8th would also use these uniforms, as it's the lone game of the day and it could carry over the campaign. Lastly, the Avalanche/Bruins game on Columbus Day Monday, October 9th,  would be sporting these uniforms, as the Bruins would want to get in on all of the fun too (they are the lone team not playing on the weekend)

This series differs from the MLB series, in that they aren't using bright colours and only a handful of colours for all the teams. Instead, they all use the same template but are given the opportunity to use throwback logos, alternate logos, or just use their regular primary logo. 

Some matchups worked colour on colour (my preference) but others needed a white counterpart. The home team was given the choice, and the away team would be designed after.

With that in mind, here are the uniforms!

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In addition to the uniforms, taking a page out of the MLB, the players will have the opportunity to thank the people in their lives. There's a patch on each shoulder for them to thank whoever they want.

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Hope you enjoyed!

Concept: 50 Years of Seals Hockey

As we have entered the second half of the 2015-16 season, festivities and the like are being announced to celebrate the biggest year in NHL history, 2016-17. It just so happens that it's the 100th Anniversary of the NHL and the Toronto Maple Leafs, as well as the 50th anniversary of the first NHL expansion in 1967. Los Angeles, has already been announced as the host of the All-Star Game next year. It looks like Pittsburgh and Philadelphia will play each other in an outdoor game, with St. Louis hosting another game (possibly the Winter Classic). The Minnesota North Stars franchise moved to Dallas early in the 90's so they are excluded for most events. That leaves one team, the forgotten team in all of this. The short-tenured Oakland Seals..err.. California Seals...err.. California Golden Seals franchise. 

But what if they never went away? 

The Anaheim Mighty Ducks still happened, due to the success of the Kings and Seals in their respective California markets, but the San Jose Sharks were an afterthought, four teams in California would kill the league all together.

 

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After finally deciding to change their name to the Golden State Seals midway through the 1980's, they built around the first identity that they could grasp onto. They didn't change much of their uniforms until the 90's where they experimented with a few things, including being included in the 1996-97 Third Jersey Campaign, where gradients were king. The Seals claimed it was a "Sunrise" design, but perhaps they should have seen it more as a "Sunset" as they only lasted 4 games, after being widely panned by everyone. As you'll see below there is an artist's rendering of the uniform, because all photography of it was burned immediately after.

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As the Seals moved into the 21st Century, they knew they had to do something to update their uniforms. The only real change they had made since the 70's was putting the logo on the front of the uniform instead of the "Seals" wordmark. They were afraid to change their identity, in fear that people would not recognize them as well in California, and hurt their brand. However, they decided to take a page out of their co-arena tenants, the Golden State Warriors and change their colours to blue/yellow to create a brand for the Oakland/San Francisco area to share in. Hence, the new branding with the blue and yellow was born. The Golden State Warriors would follow two years later.

The anniversary logo was added to the shoulders of the uniform.

The new branding in 2006, was just the home/away uniforms. The "alternate" was added in 2017 to pay tribute to 50 years of Seals hockey.

Concept: Hockey Day In Canada 2017

To commemorate the centennial anniversary of the National Hockey League, the NHL stages four games across four outdoor stadiums in Canada, in conjunction Hockey Day In Canada.

The games include: 

Vancouver vs. Winnipeg at Investors Group Field, the appetizer for the day. Winnipeg has widely been known as a expert passionate fan base, which has been proven since their return to the NHL. No better way then to start off the day with the young Canucks taking on the Winnipeg Jets.

Montreal vs. Quebec at Parc Jean-Drapeau, a rivalry renewed. The NHL returned to Quebec in 2017, by way of expansion, and the first match-up between the revived Nordiques and the rival Canadiens. Parc Jean-Drapeau is used as the canvas, former home of the Expo ‘67.

Toronto vs. Ottawa at Parliament Hill, the marquee game of the day. Staged outside the Canadian Parliament Buildings, the game uses the iconic images to create a beautiful game in the nation’s capital. 

Edmonton vs. Calgary at McMahon Stadium, the final chapter to a storybook day. The only game at a returning site, one of the NHL’s feistiest rivalries soars to new heights, the first outdoor match-up of the Battle of Alberta. The high flying Flames lead by Sean Monahan take on the superstar that is Connor McDavid.

Each team debuts new uniforms for the occasion, some tie to old uniforms, such as the Jets or Leafs, while others utilize a new design, like the Canucks or Senators. 

Concept: The 2021 NHL All-Star Game in Vancouver

I recently wrote a post for CanucksArmy about why the All-Star game should be coming to the Pacific Northwest in 2021 and part of it was designing a logo just the fun of it. That eventually turned into designing nine logos, which include homages to Canada Place, the Steam Clock in Gastown, the lights in Gastown and the trees of the Pacific Northwest. 

As you can see, the colour scheme is strongly based off the current Canucks one. The logos include the two main ones for the All-Star Weekend and the sponsored version by Honda. Also included are logos for the Skills Competition, Fan Fair, Mascot Showdown and the Fan Vote, as well as a few supplementary marks.

The 2015 NFL Christmas Sweater Wallpapers

It’s that time of the year again, and this year I did a little revamp on the sweater wallpapers from last year!  Here's the NFL version of them! They work the best on the iPhone 6, with the sweater having the clock built into it! They work on other devices too, though! Give it a try!

To download on your phone: Open the link in Safari, and click until you find the team you're looking for. Hold down and save image! 

The 2015 NHL Christmas Sweater Wallpapers!

It’s that time of the year again, and this year I did a little revamp on the sweater wallpapers from last year!  They work the best on the iPhone 6, with the sweater having the clock built into it! They work on other devices too, though! Give it a try!

 

To download on your phone: Open the link in Safari, and click until you find the team you're looking for. Hold down and save image!