Eric Westhaver

NHL, 1917. (9-10/32 - NY Isles/Predators added 07-21, new hockey cards!)

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Here, I'll guess what all 31 NHL teams and Seattle would have looked like if they hit the ice on the league's first day.

It'll be pretty easy for a few (since... you know, they were there) but there's still plenty of room for creative licence if you ask me.

 

All of the jerseys are old-school, knit sweater style. I've gone over thousands of archive photographs of teams from that time to make the jerseys and the logos as authentic to the time period as possible. That said, I've tried to keep the colours consistent with what the times either wore around that time or what they wear now.

 

Here's the first - we'll start alphabetically, do every other team, then swing back and grab the ones we missed.

 

Up first are your Anaheim Ducks.

 

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Then, following that are the Boston Bruins - sporting their traditional brown and gold from around that time period.

 

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C&C is welcome. The next teams up are the Flames and the Black Hawks.

 

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These are incredibly well done. The Ducks are great, and I really like the uniqueness of that sweater. 

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Continuing on with Calgary and Chicago.

 

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And here's the next one, Chicago.

 

Some notes on this one first: first, the team would be called the Black Hawks (with the space, since they used that spelling for 60 years). Second, since the famed Native head logo came from a WWI army unit and the war wasn't over yet, the logo is an actual black hawk.

 

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Columbus and Detroit are up next.

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Now this is an awesome template. Looking forward to seeing the rest of this series

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Two more teams, coming right up: Columbus and Detroit.

 

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and here's the Red Wings:

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The Panthers and Wild are the next two teams up.

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4 hours ago, Eric Westhaver said:

Two more teams, coming right up: Columbus and Detroit.

 

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Eric, I really like the look of this uniform. It fits the era. However, the cannon logo (which I didn't know was a canon until I looked at who the team was) looks 1970s in its style. The first thing I thought of was a somewhat abstract logo for a Canadian team (like the Canadiens). It also reminds me a little of this Montreal logo:

 

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Perhaps a more rudimentary drawing of a cannon as a logo/crest would convey the 1910s/1920s feel you're going for.

 

Again, I think it's a solid logo, especially if you were doing what the Bluejackets would look like in the 70's. It just doesn't come across like an early 20th century logo on an otherwise era-appropriate uniform.

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17 hours ago, Ted Cunningham said:

Eric, I really like the look of this uniform. It fits the era. However, the cannon logo (which I didn't know was a canon until I looked at who the team was) looks 1970s in its style. The first thing I thought of was a somewhat abstract logo for a Canadian team (like the Canadiens). It also reminds me a little of this Montreal logo:

 

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Perhaps a more rudimentary drawing of a cannon as a logo/crest would convey the 1910s/1920s feel you're going for.

 

Again, I think it's a solid logo, especially if you were doing what the Bluejackets would look like in the 70's. It just doesn't come across like an early 20th century logo on an otherwise era-appropriate uniform.

 

Second this. The uniforms are period appropriate for sure but the logo is straight out of the 70s. The thick white outline especially contrasts with the dull jersey colors.

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I like the double green for the Wild, but red seems like it would fit the time period better, as well as match the team colors...

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Continuing with a couple of navy teams - the Isles and Preds.

 

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I've also added another aspect to this project. I found an old hockey card of the immortal Georges Vezina from around 1917 and I'm putting these designs down in vintage hockey card form.

 

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23 minutes ago, Eric Westhaver said:

Any comments before we move on?

I think Columbus got better, but I personally feel like it could do without the cannon. But then it makes me think that they would get confused with Montreal, unless you have something different planned for them?

 

Also, what is the significance of the multi-colored circle for Chicago? I have no idea what it represents so that makes me think it could look better if removed. Then again, any clarification may sway my opinion towards keeping it...

 

Besides that, these are awesome and the card presentation is a perfect way to showcase these. Can’t wait to see the entire set!!!

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On 7/21/2019 at 2:15 PM, Eric Westhaver said:

 

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Hi, Sorry, but the logo for Predators did't look like 1910s-y.Try studying vintage lion/tiger/whatever cat logos for take inspiration to Predators. here's are good examples of: 

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