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  1. It wasn't intentional but I can see it too now that you mention it. The jerseys sort of have a similar vibe. I think it's the stars.
  2. After reading some of the feedback, I've made a few tweaks to two of the logos. For Toronto's primary, I've changed the center circle to more of a triangular shape and I've shrunk the R a little bit to try to fix the "inner tube" look. For LA, I adjusted the map of California to make it look more like a map and less like, well...
  3. Yeah Edmonton's look is pretty crazy, typical of a team that introduced neon to the league I guess haha. For Milwaukee, I doubt the new logo would become the new primary. I think it works as an alternate but I think their regular logo is still stronger. The Wizards are purple but its borderline between blue/purple (forum blue?). On some screens it does appear blue. I also think Toronto's look could last even until now. As for the third jerseys, I think some of the more over-the-top ones will probably only last a year or two. The uniforms in general will start becoming slightly more tame as we move into the late 90s. Toronto for sure, Edmonton will probably make some changes in about a decade, though the logo could last a while. I agree about the alts, Miami's will probably last the longest of the three. Haha yeah pretty much. Lots of "black for black's sake" in this decade. I felt it was appropriate for Edmonton to go over the top, especially with their unusual name and colors, They'll probably tone it down by the 2000s.
  4. 1995 Uniform Changes Teams continued to make changes to their identities in 1995, this time it was LA, Edmonton, and Toronto who unveiled new looks. The LA Wizards new identity even came with a slight name change, changing the official name to the Los Angeles Wizards. LA Wizards would still be used as an abbreviated name. The new primary Wizards logo features a full-body wizard holding a hockey stick above his head in celebration. the secondary logo, which will be found on the shoulders, features a hockey stick doubling as a magic wand crossed over map of California, while a tertiary logo, which is basically an updated version of the classic Wizards logo will be used on the front of the pants as well as in some promotional materials. The updated color scheme features a new shade of purple, closer to blue than the old shade, a new, redder shade of orange, and black, which is the base color for the road jersey. The jerseys feature a sublimated design at the bottom. "It's an exciting time for our franchise and I believe the new uniforms and logo reflect that" said owner Ron Nichol. Elsewhere, the Edmonton Northern Lights also came out with a new look. The Northern Lights' primary logo features a bear paw with a tundra-like landscape and Northern Lights contained within it in the new team colors of purple, black, blue, and a much brighter shade of neon green. The home uniform is white, while the road uniform is now purple with a gradient pattern at the waist. "I like them, I think they look cool" said veteran defenseman Dwight Ingram. The final team to make an update to their uniforms was the Toronto Racers. Toronto retains the classic steering wheel logo used since the 1950s, but with some modern tweaks. A new alternate logo has been added as well, featuring the initials "TO" with the O stylized to look like a tire. The uniforms have a more classic feel than the previous uniforms, the vertical striping down the arms gives way to horizontal stripes at the waist, reminiscent of the old Racers uniforms from the 1950s and 60s. The colors have been updated as both shades of blue have been darkened. The jerseys also feature an italicized number font to invoke speed. "I love the uniforms" said veteran winger Scott Whitmore, a Toronto native and lifelong Racers fan before joining the team. "I love that we're going back to a more classic look." In addition to the changes in Los Angeles, Edmonton, and Toronto, the league also entered the second year of their third jersey program. Calgary, Miami, and Milwaukee. The Stingrays will wear a black alternate with a wave pattern at the waist, Milwaukee will wear orange alternates with a flame design on the bottom, while Calgary will wear brown jerseys styled to look like a cowboy vest.
  5. Thanks! It still remains to be seen how long the Sound will last in New Orleans. If they do last until now I can picture them trying some kind of "fauxback" look in the 2010s, like the lightning or hurricanes, but I think this logo will last for a while anyway. I think you'll enjoy the present-day uniforms when they come. I'm hoping the 2010s will be the best decade for jerseys. The 2000s unfortunately will be a not-so-great decade for uniforms. dark and muted colors, and of course everyone's favorite, piping. By the end of the 00s though you'll start to see some retro unis and things will start to look a little better. Thanks! It means a lot to know my work is improving. I agree with the "kill it with fire" sentiment haha. Sometimes the most fun uniforms to design are the ugly ones (one of my other favorites was the original orange "tracksuit" uniforms that the Concordes wore). Like I said above I think the uniforms for all the teams will look a lot better as we get closer to present-day. The Coyotes were part of the inspiration for this team, as well as the Hurricanes with the storm flags lining the bottom. The logo was very loosely inspired by the old St. Louis Blues shoulder patch, which also featured a trumpet. As awkward as it sounds, I think the team will stay in the Northeast just until the Ottawa situation is figured out. If the Beavers relocate, there could be a fairly significant realignment so the league would probably rather wait and see what happens there. There's still more crazy uniforms coming up, LA and Edmonton are making big changes. Toronto's new unis are pretty tame, just a much-needed update. I hope to have those up early in the week.
  6. New Orleans Sound Unveil Identity At the conclusion of the 1995 Lewis Cup playoffs, the newly relocated New Orleans Sound finally unveiled their much-anticipated logo and uniforms. The primary logo is a trumpet featuring the team name in the team colors of gold, purple, and green. The secondary logo features a stylized treble clef on a music staff, while the tertiary logo, which will be used on the shoulders of the uniforms, simply features the treble clef on its own. The home jersey is white trimmed in purple, gold, and green, while the road jersey is purple, trimmed in gold and green. Both jerseys feature a waist stripe stylized to look like a music staff. "Overall, I'm happy with the look" said owner Sam Bendt. "The delay in the move gave us a lot more time than we had anticipated to come up with the right identity and we're happy with how it turned out."
  7. The number three pick was New York Civics captain Aaron Duplacy, who is also a perennial all-star. The 1986 draft, as predicted, is definitely one of the strongest drafts in league history, probably second only to the 1968 draft. Several current franchise players were pick in '86.
  8. No problem guys! Just finishing up New Orleans, hoping to have them ready by tomorrow. In the meantime, here are the new All-Star jerseys for the upcoming season;
  9. Here's the sigs for Long Island and Detroit, as requested. I have two options for the Concordes, one features a shadow of their old logo in the background, the other simply features as shadow of the new one.
  10. I'll probably post New Orleans sometime over the weekend. LA and Edmonton are completely overhauling their looks this year, and Toronto is also getting an update. There are also three new alternates coming out, but I'll leave those teams as a surprise.
  11. 1995 Lewis Cup Finals After an epic seven-game showdown in ’94, the Montreal Royale and Chicago Shamrocks prepared for round two of their new championship rivalry. As the teams prepared for game one in Chicago, the city threw its support behind the Samrocks. The John Hancock Center flew a giant “Let’s go Shamrocks” banner that could be seen from everywhere in the city, while local radio station, Rock 103-5, called for everyone to wear green throughout the finals, whether they were attending the games or not. The overwhelming fan support seemed to work in game one, as the Shamrocks skated to a 5-1 win thanks to a 2-goal performance from Vladimir Kozakov. In game two, Montreal goaltender Ari Hannula, acquired from LA in November, played one of his best games in years, stopping 51 Chicago shots in a 3-1 Montreal win. Tied 1-1, the teams would head to Montreal, where enthusiasm from the fans matched, if not surpassed, that of the Chicago fans. The Colisée Expo was shaking from the fan noise starting around 5 PM. Vincent Ducharme and Sylvain Landry each scored while Hannula was spectacular once again as Montreal won the game 2-0 to take a 2-1 series lead. Despite being down in the series, the Shamrocks remained confident. “We went down 2-1 last year too” said forward Kevin Trainor. “Things turned out OK for us last year, there’s still a lot of hockey left to be played.” Game four would be a much higher-scoring affair. Vladimir Gaganov opened the scoring with two quick goals to give Chicago a 2-0 lead entering the second period. Midway through the second, Ducharme and JC Girard each scored to tie the game. Late in the second period, Ted MacDougall was given a cross-checking penalty and the Royale took advantage, with Ducharme scoring on the powerplay to give them the lead. Knowing his team was in trouble, Don Saleski called a timeout. After regrouping following the go-ahead-goal, the Shamrocks came out much stronger in the third period, but Hannula once again was incredible in net. finally, with eight minutes to go in the game, Martin Vannier took a crisp pass from Vladimir Kozakov in the slot and flipped it into the top corner of the net to tie the game. Both goaltenders played very well as the game went into overtime. Just 48 seconds into the extra frame, Kevin Trainor was sprung on a breakway. He deked Hannula and beat him, giving Chicago the win to tie the series. The teams headed back to the Windy City for what was now a best-of-three. Montreal received some bad news upon arrival in Chicago. Ari Hannula, who had been incredible for the Royale so far, had gotten food poisoning and would miss game five. 20-year-old Jonathan Bouret would get his first career playoff start. Bouret was tested early by the Shamrocks but met every challenge. Meanwhile, Sergei Vetrov opened the scoring for Montreal before Vannier made it 2-0. A goal early in the second period from Ducharme made it 3-0 and it looked like the Royale would head home with a chance to claim the Cup. Chicago finally responded early in the third, when a Theo Sprouse point shot found its way through traffic and into the net. Just 29 seconds later, Ted MacDougall brought the Shamrocks to within one. Bouret, who had looked so good at the beginning of the contest, was getting shaky. Throughout the third period, Chicago pushed hard for the tying goal, but Bouret stepped up, stopping everything until defenseman Hannes Rehnquist, likely playing in one of his final games, sealed the win with an empty net goal. The Montreal Royale were now just one win away from avenging the previous years’ loss on home ice. Jonathan Bouret was lauded for his efforts in game five, but Don Shelburne decided to go back to a now-healthy Ari Hannula for game six, where the Lewis Cup was in the building. After a scoreless first period, JC Girard opened the scoring for Montreal before Gaganov tied it just seconds later. Towards the end of the second period, Ducharme once again put the Royale ahead. The 2-1 Montreal lead lasted until halfway through the third period, when Vannier, who was having the most memorable playoff of his career, tied it once again. It appeared overtime was inevitable, as both teams played a more conservative game through the second half of the third period. Finally, the Royale caught Chicago on a bad line change. Sergei Vetrov passed the puck ahead to Sylvain Landry, sending him on a breakaway. Landry opted to shoot and made no mistake, beating John Gage over his glove. The Colisée erupted. With just four minutes to go, the Royale now held the lead. Chicago called a timeout, then pushed desperately for the tying goal, but Hannula stood tall, holding on until the last second. As the buzzer sounded, the Royale players piled off the bench and mobbed their goaltender. Vincent Ducharme was named playoff MVP with an incredible 39 points in the post-season. With their second Lewis Cup of the decade in their fourth finals appearance, Montreal was beginning to emerge as the team of the 1990s.
  12. Oh yeah, I remember that now. Yeah black is definitely much more prominent now (though Denver is actually navy and Winnipeg is dark brown). I think Boston could go red at this point, the biggest issue would be that their entire history is in black, including their most recent championship, which they won in the black jerseys. I think even if they do make the switch, they'll be back in black eventually.
  13. The blog started just prior to the 1970-71 season. I'm planning to add all the previous seasons but it will take some time. There is a history section that talks about both the formation of the PHL and the GHL. The Bulldogs' red jerseys were extremely popular with the fans so the team decided to wear them throughout the playoffs (which turned out to be only one round). There is a strong possibility that they could make a switch to red full time in the next couple of seasons. I don't remember the Bulldogs saying they didn't want to use the Redshirts' colour but if they did it was probably around the time of the 1953 rebrand as that was really the only other time in franchise history that they strongly considered a switch to red. In that case, it probably doesn't matter to them now, since there isn't really anyone from back then still associated with the team.
  14. It's all good, honestly I appreciate the reminder. So much goes into a rebrand that sometimes I can be slow to update those, especially now when up to three teams a year are making changes. And yes there are similarities to the real-life NBA finals from the last few years, the difference being it's unlikely these two will meet a third time. Chicago is aging and this may be their last real chance to win another title for a while.
  15. 1995 Playoffs The 1990s had yet to see a back-to-back Lewis Cup winner but the Chicago Shamrocks entered the post-season confident that they would be the first one. Facing the 76-point Denver Bulls in the first round, The Shamrocks were almost unanimously picked to win the series with many predicting a sweep. Game one would be a shocker, as vintage Ron Buckner showed up in the Denver goal, earning a shutout in a 3-0 Bulls win. Game two was tight but seemed to be going Chicago’s way until Chris Falkner tied the game for Denver with just seconds left before Kaino Rippola won it for the Bulls just 31 seconds into overtime. In Denver, the Shamrocks won game three out of sheer desperation, but dropped game four when they once again struggled to solve Buckner. The defending champions were now down three games to one and facing elimination. Head coach Don Saleski altered his lines for game five, splitting up the Russian Connection line and placing Vladimir Kozakov on Martin Vannier’s line. It seemed to work, as Vannier and Kozakov combined for four points in a 5-2 win. After a hard-fought win on the road the Shamrocks managed to force a game seven at home. The Bulls opened the scoring on a goal from Oleg Markov, but the floodgates opened for Chicago after that. Gaganov, Kozakov, Ted MacDougall and Kavin Trainor all found the back of the net. As the Shamrocks and Bulls shook hands, Chicago fans breathed a huge sigh of relief as the Shamrocks advanced to the second round. Chicago wasn’t the only contending team to survive a first-round scare. The Minnesota Lumberjacks continuously found themselves falling behind in their first-round series with Kansas City, eventually facing elimination in game six. With an opportunity to advance at home, Kansas City took an early 3-0 lead. But Minnesota came charging back in the second period, reducing the lead to 3-2 on goals from Jason Crowley and Greg Willis. Simon Brassard tied the game with four minutes left in the third period to send it to overtime. The first OT was scoreless, as goaltenders Christian Grayson for Minnesota and Jason Lind for Kansas City made save after save. Finally, just two minutes into the second OT, Pavel Vana beat Lind to force the series to a seventh game. The Lumberjacks completed the comeback with a 3-1 win in game seven. In other Western Conference action the Calgary Wranglers swept the California Nuggets, while Edmonton pulled off the biggest upset of the first round, taking out LA in six games. The Eastern Conference playoffs saw many of the same matchups from the previous year, as Toronto repeated their victory over Washington in five games, while Montreal once again won the battle of Quebec also in five. In the only new matchup, the New York Civics took six games to end Miami’s first playoff appearance. In another rematch from ’94, the Boston Bulldogs met their longtime bitter rivals, the Philadelphia Redshirts. Boston got off to a strong start, winning game one 5-2, but went on to drop the next two as Philadelphia took a surprising 2-1 series lead. In game four, an overtime goal from captain Craig Bush tied the series, restoring home-ice advantage for the Bulldogs. Back home for a pivotal game five, the Bulldogs were confident they could take the lead in the series and give themselves an opportunity to advance. They found themselves down early when Jonathan Stafford and Brendan Carnes each scored to give the Redshirts a 2-0 lead. However, Boston battled back in the third period, with Kyle Boone and Jason Luna each scoring to bring the game to a 2-2 tie. The game would eventually go into overtime, where disaster struck for Boston. Veteran defenseman Dale Knight attempted to clear the puck from behind the net, but deflected it off the stanchion separating the glass and right onto the stick of Redshirts forward Owen Betts, who beat Kevin Washer for the win to give Philly a 3-2 series lead heading home. Game six at the PhillyDome was close, tied at 2-2 until midway through the third period, when Brendan Carnes gave the Redshirts the lead. Jeff Waters sealed the win with an empty-net goal and the Redshirts completed the upset and moved on to the second round. The Redshirts reward for their upset over Boston was a second-round date with the first-place Toronto Racers. Heavily favoured to win the Eastern Conference title, the Racers appeared to be in control of the series. Despite dropping game two at home, Toronto dominated the Redshirts at both ends of the ice throughout the first three games, taking a 2-1 series lead. In game four they ran into trouble, giving up a 2-0 lead in the third period as Philly took the game 3-2. Game five went to overtime and Randy Fernandez ended it just 28 seconds in with a booming shot from the point, giving the Racers a chance to take the series in game six. In game six in Philadelphia, the Redshirts never let Toronto into the game. Waters and Carnes each scored while Stafford scored twice in a 4-1 Philly win. Game seven was close, going into overtime with the two teams tied 1-1. Both goaltenders, Tom Branson and Antero Parvainen were spectacular as one overtime turned into two. Finally, with one minute to go in the second overtime, Redshirts defenseman Brett Swift beat Branson with a hard shot to send the redshirts to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they would face the Montreal Royale, who were coming off a five-game victory over New York. In the Western Conference, Chicago got another good scare when the Edmonton Northern Lights took a 2-1 series lead. Beginning in game four, however, Vladimir Gaganov took the team on his back, scoring two goals in game four, a goal and an assist in game five, and two more goals in a 4-0 win in game six to send Chicago back to the conference final. Meanwhile, the Calgary Wranglers were beginning to earn a reputation as a team that couldn’t get it done in the playoffs. The Wranglers were determined to erase this reputation as they faced the Minnesota Lumberjacks. Game one was decisive, as Calgary won 6-1. Minnesota clung to a 2-1 lead in game two until late in the second period when Shannon Michaels tied it before Jay Lydon scored the eventual game-winner just minutes later. In Minnesota, game three would go to overtime, where Jason Crowley hit the post twice for the Lumberjacks before Sergei Krayev ended it for Calgary, giving them a commanding 3-0 series lead. Minnesota managed to avoid a sweep with a 4-1 win in game four, but it was too little too late as Calgary advanced to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since their championship season in 1981. Facing the defending champion Chicago Shamrocks for the right to play for the Lewis Cup would be no easy task, and Chicago stifled Calgary immediately, shutting them out in the first two games. Calgary would finally find the back of the net in game three, finally arriving for the series with a 3-2 win, but the Shamrocks stormed back with a 4-2 victory in game four to take a commanding 3-1 lead. After making some adjustments in their lineup, the Wranglers staved off elimination with a big 3-1 road win. Calgary now had Chicago on their heels, as the Shamrocks now needed to close out the series on the road to avoid a decisive game seven. In game six, Sergei Krayev turned in one of the best performances of his career, scoring a hat-trick and assisting on a goal from Roni Laukkanen as the Wranglers forced game seven in Chicago. Game seven would be a classic. The Shamrocks led 3-1 through most of the game until Shannon Michaels finally brought the Wranglers within one with a goal early in the third period. In the dying seconds, Calgary pulled Ron Tatum in a desperate attempt to tie the game. Chicago cleared the puck with just five seconds left and it looked like the game was over until Jay Lydon picked up the puck, crossed the blueline and just whipped it at the net. The puck dipped and beat John Gage, crossing the goal line as the horn sounded. A video review confirmed that the puck did indeed cross the line just .3 seconds before the buzzer went off and the game went into overtime. After scoring the tying goal, Lydon nearly won it for Calgary just seconds into the extra frame but John Gage made a huge glove save to keep the Shamrocks alive. Just two minutes after the save, Martin Vannier was sprung on a breakaway. Vannier made no mistake, deking Tatum and sliding the puck under his pad to win the game and series for Chicago. The Shamrocks would have an opportunity to defend their title against a familiar foe. The Montreal Royale never allowed the Philadelphia Redshirts into the Eastern Conference Finals, defeating them in five games, including an 8-0 blowout in game three. Vincent Ducharme turned in one of the best single-series performances in PHL history, scoring seven goals and eleven points in only five games. For the first time since 1962, the Lewis Cup Finals would be a rematch of the previous year.