Category Archives: NHL
This was commissioned by Mark C. for his DIY project: a replica of the Detroit Red Wings jersey seen in the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. It was a fun and quick design project, and I’m allowed to share it here with you.
After the jump a lot of boring analysis of the Red Wings jersey seen in the film. Read the rest of this entry
Another NHL/geek mashup today, this time the Ottawa Senators get a Marvin the Martian makeover. This one is a no-brainer, as the franchise logo has often been compared to the Looney Tunes character*. Even longtime Sens goalie Patrick Lalime had Marvin prominently featured on his goalie mask.
I had to Ottawa-ify the Mars flag, because in the cartoon it looked essentially the same as Japan’s national flag (red circle on white backdrop). Not that there is anything wrong with Japan’s flag, I just want to avoid confusion. This version of the flag mimics the Sens’ shoulder patches (those feature a black ‘O’ instead of the red planet).
*And for better or worse the Trojan condoms logo.
Note: The use of the NHL logo is to keep this design team-neutral. The rampant use of the Budweiser logo is to hopefully land me some free beer (the best-tasting kind).
Taking a break from jersey designs today, I thought I’d share my ideal “Hockey Pad”, a place to watch hockey, play hockey video games, and just hang out in general.
The theme of this room is to replicate an NHL Arena. It would feature a score board entertainment unit, a zamboni fridge, and a few other fun details.
Starting off with the boring stuff: I’ll be honest, I would want a couple of fancy reclining chairs for my pad. But for fun, I designed this “goal net” futon set. The curved metal bars of this old futon set always reminded me of a hockey net, so I thought a coat of red paint and some netting would make for the perfect hockey furniture.
The centerpiece of the room is an entertainment unit based on the scoreboard you would find in an NHL arena. This one was inspired by the one at Rogers Arena. It would be anchored into the wall a few feet above ground. With a crowd mural on the wall, the scoreboard would appear to float in mid-air. It would be flanked by speakers suspended from the ceiling, as well as a fleet of banners to compliment the illusion of being at the game.
Instead of enlisting a bunch of smaller LCD displays to flank the TV, I decided to make the signage section of the entertainment unit a place for storage. Cabinet drawers and sliding panels reveal ample room for electronics and media. This configuration has 4 sliding panels above the TV, and 3 below it.
The Zamboni fridge! I initially thought an ice cooler shaped like a Zamboni would be neat, instead I decided to make it a fridge, which is a more ideal (and permanent) fixture for a hockey pad. This fridge on wheels would also be a neat place to park a beer keg, seeing as a lot of Zambonis have similar-looking canisters at the rear of the vehicle.
I designed this fridge to open just like a Zamboni would when emptying its cache of ice, a nice touch but not practical. I imagine a real-life Zamboni fridge would open like a deep freezer.
Other details in the room include an NHL rink carpet, that neat Budweiser red light gadget (on the ceiling, top image), and a side table that is just like the one the Stanley Cup sits on when presented. There is a ton of other stuff I’d like to throw in this room, like a tabletop hockey game, one of those neat coffee tables made of hockey sticks, not to mention all my Calgary Flames paraphernalia.
So there’s my dream hockey pad! If you’re looking for more furniture ideas please head to my other blog.
Now that the NHL lockout is over, the league, its individual teams, and all the players are doing their best to win back scorned fans. Some teams are offering free food, others are offering cheaper tickets, many are offering discounted merchandise. These initiatives will help heal the wounds inflicted on fans by the lockout. Read the rest of this entry
My biggest frustration with the impending NHL lockout is that both parties were really slow in getting to the bargaining table. I mean, they only had 7 years to avert this, but for whatever reason didn’t start CBA talks until 3 months before today’s (Sept 15) deadline. Inexcusable, considering what happened last time. The fans deserve a lot more urgency from both the NHL and NHLPA, especially after what happened with the cancelled season of 2004-05.
That cuff-to-cuff shoulder stripe the Blue Jackets have on their jerseys always reminds me of the 80′s, when the Maple Leafs and Jets sported them (only the Flyers carry the look well). So given the opportunity I would apply a basic stripe pattern for this team.
I also eliminated most of the red (save for their logo), to put more emphasis on the blue. I think grey works as a great secondary color, providing this team a unique color scheme within the NHL.
And I know I’m a sucker for the block numbers, but all the top-rated teams (in terms of design polls) use them; they just have a timeless look. Whereas the current font the Jackets use is more at home on a Campbell’s soup can.