Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Official Rangers EDGE Photos

One other thing I meant to mention with regard to Reebok's new EDGE uniform web site that I wrote about earlier is that it's offering us our first official photos of the new sweaters for the New York Rangers.

Not even the NHL.com Shop has photos of the jerseys. In fact, the Rangers are the only team without official photos on that site. But regardless, I just wanted to make mention of that.

That's all I've got for today. Expect loads more stuff tomorrow!

Concepts From The Coast

My concept art posts are making their glorious return this week with all the Rbk EDGE jerseys finally released. Today we're taking a trip out West.

This one was interesting. It's a hybrid of the old logo with the new. I think it would be millions of times better if they just dropped the "ucks." How many times have I said that?

I mean consider how the wordmark logo actually looks on the jerseys. It's even got fewer letters than "capitals" yet it still seems smaller across the chest. I was really hoping for a change this year. Let them get the whole Ducks rebranding thing out of the way last season and then try something real this season.

I guess we can only ask for so much.

Here's something I don't love but thought it was an interesting idea. It's the current jersey with the old Mighty Ducks colors. Probably not a winner.

And then going all the way back we've got a simple recoloring of the old jersey and logo. Once again, it's not awful, but it just doesn't seem to fit.

Here's the winner.

I think if it were orange, that third jersey would just kill. The Ducks could be among the best-looking teams in the league if they wanted to. But the NHL doesn't hire designers like this. That would be too much to hope for.

So let's move along to Los Angeles. A while back I'd written a post suggesting using the old King head third jersey logo with some modern-day recoloring. The purple beard blended in too much on the dark jersey so I wondered what it would look like in silver. And I got my answer.

I'm sorry, but why isn't that the primary Kings logo anyway? That says "kings" to me! (Not that a crown necessarily doesn't.) Oh and as a personal aside to the designer, what's the deal with stealing the Lightning's armpit stripes?

Anyway, let's head up the coast to San Jose and check out some other Lightning-related designs. One Sharks fans created these concepts based off Tampa Bay's Reebok jersey design, replacing the blue with teal.

Actually, I'm a big fan of the one on the left. The full shark makes for a much fiercer logo if you ask me — not that you were. As for the shield logo, I don't feel it makes a very good crest. It's a little much. I think it looks great on the pants and might even look nice on the shoulder — maybe for a third jersey one day.

The other thing I like is the diamond fin logo found on the shoulders of these designs. I'm a little surprised and disappointed it was left out of the actual uniform design.

What do you guys think of these? And remember, if you've made an concepts or seen any around that I haven't already posted, feel free to send them along. You can email me at nhllogos@gmail.com.

Comparing The Old With The New

I got an interesting email a couple days ago from a reader who just bought a new Toronto Maple Leafs Rbk EDGE jersey. Matt compared the old sweater with the new one the old-fashioned way — laying one on top of the other. His pictures offer a great look at the differences between the two uniforms.

This shot shows the overall difference in the cut of the sweater itself. The biggest differences are shapes of the sleeves and the hem line across the waist.

Both are authentic jerseys. More photos can be found in the Rbk EDGE gallery.

EDGE Unis Get Official Web Site

Reebok has relaunched their Rbk EDGE Uniform System web site to now feature photos of all 60 new NHL sweaters alongside renderings from EA Sports' NHL 08.

You can visit the site by going to www.rbkedgeuniform.com. And that spells the official end of the Rbk EDGE releases. I hope you all will continue to visit the site for the logo tournaments as well as the concept art which is returning in full force this week.

That reminds me. Remember the "Just To Freak You Out" series I ran for a short time that you all seemed to enjoy so much. It's coming back as a weekly feature starting this Friday — assuming we have enough content to warrant it every week.

Anyway, enjoy that site and keep checking my Rbk EDGE photo gallery for new pictures of these uniforms in action during the preseason.

Poll: Oilers vs Blues

St. Louis

Place your vote and then feel free to leave a comment as to how you came to your decision. Tell all your friends to drop in and vote! The more voices heard, the more accurate the results!

Poll opening date
Sep 18 @ 4:37 AM
Poll closing date
Sep 25 @ 11:59 PM


Result: Blues vs Canucks

St. Louis

51% 15,286 votes


49% 14,719 votes

30,005 total votes

St. Louis Blues
Advancing to face Edmonton Oilers

Vancouver Canucks

Poll opening date
Sep 10 @ 4:10 AM
Poll closing date
Sep 17 @ 11:59 PM