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  1. That's a beauty of a set there Sparky! To be honest with you I preferred the first Predators logo, but the other two evolved magnificently. My only complaint is that the Preds alt kind of looks Sabre-ish. It's different enough though that it's still pretty killer.
  2. Don't worry! It will be phased out soon enough. If you look at the Stanley Cup though they had equally asinine methods of determining the winners back in the day.
  3. The first IHA season was a great success, but it wasn't without its troubles. The Portland Victorias were hemorrhaging money due to the cost of traveling, and were on the brink of collapse. After playing two games of the 1893-94 season, they were sold to a wealthy business owner in London, Ontario, who moved the team. The Victorias kept their name though and began play as the London Victorias. After the Toronto Athletes won the 1893 championship trophy, it was decided by the league that the champions would defend their title against the first place club at the end of the season. The Buffalo Hockey Club had a stellar year thanks to the dominant goaltending of player-owner Eugene McCreary, and the scoring of G.W. Helmer who led the league in scoring. During the regular season, the Buffalo club only lost one game, to the Hamilton Snappers. The Royal Canadian Dragoons had an excellent season as well finishing second to Buffalo thanks in part to brothers Harland and Joseph Collette who played on each wing. The final standings in the 1893-94 season were as follows: 1. Buffalo Hockey Club - 9-1-0 2. Royal Canadian Dragoons - 7-2-1 3. Toronto Athletes - 5-3-2 4. Hamilton Snappers - 3-6-1 5. Kingston Mercuries - 2-7-1 6. Portland Victorias/London Victorias - 2-7-1 The second IHA championship was played in Toronto, the home of the reigning champions. The Athletes had no chance against Buffalo, and were trounced 9-2. After the game, Buffalo goaltender Eugene McCreary was named both MVP and the league's best goalie. In uniform news, the Victorias added sock stripes and changed their logo when they moved to London. The Kingston Mercuries changed their socks and added stripes on their sleeves. This look would stick for a very long time.
  4. There will be plenty expansions, contratctions, rebrandings, and relocations over the next 125 years. Stay tuned!
  5. In 1892, a group of six hockey club owners in Ontario, New Brunswick, Quebec and New York met behind closed doors in Toronto. This meeting was originally called to plan a one-time ice hockey tournament, but what resulted was the formation of the world's first professional hockey league, the International Hockey Association. The chairman of the meeting, Hiram Jameson was named the first president of the league. Each team would play a total of 10 games after which the top two teams would face each other to compete for the still unnamed championship trophy. At the time, the game of ice hockey was significantly different than it is now. At the time, there were six skaters and a goaltender on each side: left wing, center, right wing, rover, point, and coverpoint. Nets were not introduced yet, and the goals were just two posts guarded by a goaltender who wore no special equipment. The goalie was not allowed to leave their feet for any reason during play. The first IHA season had 6 teams facing off. The Buffalo Hockey Club was the league's first American club. Wearing Blue and Orange, the Buffalo Hockey Club was lead by player/owner Eugene McCreary who served as the club's goaltender. Since they were the only American club thus far, local business owners helped the team pay for the best players they could hire to represent the States the best they could. Across the border in Hamilton, Ontario, the Hamilton Hockey Club, nicknamed the Snappers, were also funded by some deep pockets in the hope of winning the championship. Up the road in Toronto, tryouts were held offering full-time employment for any hockey players talented enough to make the team. The team was known at the Toronto Athletes and they wore a thunderbolt logo on their sweater to show off their incredible speed. In Kingston, a relatively smaller club, the Mercuries was formed. Though they lacked the raw talent of some of the other clubs, they made up for it with hard work and a violent streak. Representing the province of New Brunswick, the Portland Victorias wearing red and white stripes took to the ice with the league's most prolific scorer, Lemuel Payne. Despite his abilities, the club did not do well financially, and the league threatened to suspend the club's operations. Finally, a group of veterans and Soldiers of the Royal Canadian Dragoons started a hockey club in Quebec City representing the regiment. The club only hired players that were current or former members of the regiment. The final standings in the 1892-93 season were as follows: 1. Hamilton Snappers - 8-2-0 2. Toronto Athletes - 6-3-1 3. Buffalo Hockey Club - 6-4-0 4. Kingston Mercuries - 4-5-1 5. Royal Canadian Dragoons - 4-6-0 6. Portland Victorias - 2-7-0 The first ever IHA championship was played in Mississauga, halfway between Toronto and Hamilton. Despite a coming out and scoring the first 3 goals, the Snappers couldn't handle the speed of the Athletes, who rallied to win 6-5. After the game, the league announced that the Toronto Athletes' center Myles Lewden was the league's most valuable player for the 1892-93 season. Portland's Lemuel Payne led the league in scoring with 14 goals, and Buffalo's goaltender Eugene McCreary was named best goaltender.
  6. Finally we have two capital area teams, the Pyongyang Generals and the Turu-Som Islanders who face off in the Capital Cup.
  7. Up next are the Nampo Tigers and the Sariwon Bats who face off in the Wild Western Shootout. The Tigers are obviously based on the Oilers, but I've always felt that template would look better in black and orange. The Bats have a more modern look with bold striping.
  8. Not bad. I actually went to UAH, and although we've been pretty garbage for a while, we have 2 DII national championships, and Cam Talbot played there. I'm not a huge fan of the logo as it seems a little cartoonish, but the uniforms are pretty cool.
  9. I've been out of the concept game for a few days to create some oil paintings that will turn into beer labels for my new job (my Army career will be officially over in less than 90 days!) as the Lead Artist for a brewery in Michigan, but I'm back! Up next we have the Kaechon Mountaineers and the Sunchon Express who face off in the Yonphung-ho Pond Hockey Classic.
  10. Criticism is not only allowed, but greatly appreciated. Feedback is the reason for posting on here. It helps you grow as an artist. That being said, I addressed this. This is just for fun for me to work on some different techniquesand whatnot. This is not a realistic North Korean hockey league and shouldn't be viewed as such.
  11. Up next are the Kaesong Pines and the Sinuiju Lumberjacks who play each other in the Woodland Challenge. For the Pines, I went with a fairly classic look with a Rangers-esque wordmark. For the Lumberjacks, I went old-school using vintage colors and a retro-inspired logo. For the Woodland Challenge, the Pines are going all green with their logo replacing the text while the Lumberjacks wear flannel inspired uniforms.
  12. Although I would normally agree, the tiger shark stripes are meant to be almost hidden. They're not a major important detail on the logo, but more of something you catch on second glance. I really appreciate the input though!
  13. Up next are the Hamhung Sharks and the Tanchon Krakens who compete for the Coastal Cup.
  14. I might do a Korean night concept for each team with the names in hangul and very plain logos, but for now, I'm going with more western styled logos. Up next are the Pyongsong Atoms and the Wonsan Cruisers. The Pyongsong Atoms feature a modern color scheme and look. The logo is meant to represent both a letter A from Atoms, a nuclear reactor cooling tower, and the radioactive sign. The Wonsan Cruisers feature a red white and blue color scheme with light red added as a tertiary color. They will face off in the Nuclear Bowl in Pyongsong.
  15. Before starting this project (or any project) I do quite a bit of research. North Korean sports clubs such as the Pyongyang SC (soccer, basketball), 4.25 Football Club, and their IIHF teams all wear uniforms similar to the rest of the world which is why I used standard designs for this project. Although the Capitals are obviously inspired by the NHL Capitals, they feature North Korean symbols. Yes, the colors and stars are shared by both countries, but the circled star and the juche symbol (with hockey sticks) are uniquely North Korean. Furthermore, this is a fantasy design. North Korea clearly couldn't support a legit hockey league, nor would use English, but this is just a fun opportunity to create designs. You have to suspend some disbelief for this.