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2016-17 NHL Uniform and Logo Changes

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On 2/24/2017 at 11:46 AM, chcarlson23 said:

The Maple Leafs of Toronto... 

This...

 

and the frequent references to  Toronto St. Patricks. I guess I never considered this to be a precursor to the modern-day SENS jerseys, but this is pretty clear evidence. 

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3 hours ago, insert name said:

Why do the Capitals use the hockey stick for the T and not the L?

 

Probably for visual balance.

 

The hockey stick does looks more like an "L" but that would have resulted in a very lopsided design.

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4 hours ago, ImmortalChef said:

I don't  really think that the Caps unis are similar, but the Flyers one is pretty similar

 

I know the jerseys are not identical. But even Chris from Icethetics said it himself on the blog that the Capitals may have "burrowed" another artist's logo + bits and pieces from my concept to make the WC jersey, or that we were onto something basically. I even got a post from the Washington Capitals Facebook page themselves, when they take a look at concepts. Anyways, I know the final product has many differences, but I also know which elements from my work are used on the WC jersey, whether all the burrowing is a coincidence or whether they really used the internet for inspiration.

 

Whatever people's opinions are about this, it is what it is. But I don't make things up. It was still cool that I got a post from the Capitals Facebook.

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It's "borrowing," and the only similarity is that they both have two white stripes on the hem.

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1 hour ago, Sodboy13 said:

It's "borrowing," and the only similarity is that they both have two white stripes on the hem.

 

And 3 white stars on the front.

 

I said a few similarities, but I'm not denying there's many differences too. I didn't say they were 100% identical.

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1 hour ago, habsfan1 said:

 

And 3 white stars on the front.

 

I said a few similarities, but I'm not denying there's many differences too. I didn't say they were 100% identical.

 

I wonder where you got the idea for the 3 stars in the first place...

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Not sure if it's due to the switch to Adidas or a uni change but Lids currently has home and road Avalanche jerseys on sale for $30. 

 

Edit.. It's only the jerseys with the yetti shoulder patch

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4 hours ago, bowld said:

Not sure if it's due to the switch to Adidas or a uni change but Lids currently has home and road Avalanche jerseys on sale for $30. 

 

Edit.. It's only the jerseys with the yetti shoulder patch

 

The Avalanche had a charity floor hockey game recently and used very generic jerseys for the event.

 

The logo on both the navy and the white jersey were the Mountain C.   No sign of the normal A anywhere; and that is pretty much the norm for all marketing and merchandise for them this year.  I think its pretty safe to say the Avs are going to the C logo full time next year.

 

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If they go through with that they'll be the owners of one of the worst logos in professional sports. 

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Between their on-ice performance this season and the (apparent) transition to the new (and painfully generic/unimaginative) C-logo I think we can safely say that this is what it looks like when an organization just gives up. Maybe daddy Kroenke can move them to LA too.

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Funny how the look of the team and the on-ice product have had such a perfect correlation over the years.  This teams fall from grace has reached biblical proportions.

 

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So they're ditching an iconic, synonymous-with-winning logo for a bland shoulder patch that was the primary logo of the failure of a team that was in Denver before them? Ok....

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I know this has been brought up before, but I was talking about this with a friend the other day, and now that it's come up again, I guess I should ask...

Why are the Avalanche even bothering to remember the Hockey Rockies, anyways? What legacy is there that's worth paying tribute to with a stylized alternate/possible new home jersey? 

Like, let's really dive into this: the Hockey Rockies existed for 6 seasons, and they stunk in all 6 of 'em - the most wins they ever had in a season was 22, and the best average attendance they had was 9,788 (in an arena built for 16,399, and one the Avs had no problems selling out, BTW). Don't forget, they were the same franchise that Gretzky decried as a "Mickey Mouse organisation"; one that, between Kansas City, Denver & New Jersey, missed the playoffs in 12 of their first 13 seasons. In that one playoff season, 1976-77, they somehow finished 2nd in their division despite only managing 19 wins & a team record 59 points before getting swept 2-0 by the Flyers. Arguably their most famous player - Lanny McDonald - was only there 'cause he was exiled out of Toronto, and even then Denver was just a stopover before moving on to Calgary. Their most famous coach - Don Cherry - proved past his prime in the only year he was there; and their one lasting legacy, the widespread use of their goal song, doesn't even matter anymore 'cause its singer turned out to be a pedophile! And on top of all that, they're not even the most famous sports team to be called the Colorado Rockies!

 

Seriously, the Avalanche's own 21-season history blows the Hockey Rockies' out of the water, with 2 Stanley Cups and 9 division titles compared to absolute bupkis. It's a little like the NY Mets' new stadium paying more attention to the NY Giants & Brooklyn Dodgers' histories than their own - except the Giants & Dodgers actually had histories worth remembering. Admittedly the Rockies' identity was the only thing they had going for them - their logo was quite clever and fit the team's name, and I personally love red-blue-yellow colour schemes - but even then the Avs are half-assing it; the logo's been simplified from "Colorado Flag Carved Into A Mountain" to "C Inside A Frost-Tipped Triangle" and their muted colours don't work as well with it, in my opinion at least. Hell, if the Avs straight up stole the Rockies' away jersey and made it a vintage alternate, I think I would've liked that better.

But then again... a pale, inferior imitation of something that was already done much better in the past... maybe that really does suit the Avalanche right now! :P

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19 minutes ago, mcj882000 said:

Why are the Avalanche even bothering to remember the Hockey Rockies, anyways? What legacy is there that's worth paying tribute to with a stylized alternate/possible new home jersey? 

 

It's called bandwagon jumping.  Any excuse to ditch a unique identity to play O6 dress-up and haplessly invent a history that isn't there.  It happened to the Lightning, Hurricanes and recently, the Panthers.  None of those teams look better for it and I can't imagine the Avalanche will either.

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4 hours ago, McCarthy said:

If they go through with that they'll be the owners of one of the worst logos in professional sports. 

 

Unpopular opinion, but that'll still be an upgrade from where they are now. 

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1 hour ago, Morgo said:

 

It's called bandwagon jumping.  Any excuse to ditch a unique identity to play O6 dress-up and haplessly invent a history that isn't there.  It happened to the Lightning, Hurricanes and recently, the Panthers.  None of those teams look better for it and I can't imagine the Avalanche will either.

IMO the lightning needed to strip their logo down, the Av's not so much.

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1 hour ago, mcj882000 said:

Why are the Avalanche even bothering to remember the Hockey Rockies, anyways? What legacy is there that's worth paying tribute to with a stylized alternate/possible new home jersey? 

Colorado state flag merch is hot right now.

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10 minutes ago, Gothamite said:

 

Unpopular opinion, but that'll still be an upgrade from where they are now. 

Agreed. The Avs' current logo has never looked good, and the pre-Edge mountain range sweaters are overrated.

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