La LNH a besoin d'un changement d'apparence. De nombreuses équipes ne retrouvent pas l'héritage de leur franchise dans leur design et certaines nouvelles concessions se cherchent à ce niveau également.
Cette section représente la vision que j'ai sur l'apparence idéale pour toutes les équipes de la LNH. Certaines équipes n'ont pas de changements majeurs à orchestrer, alors que d'autres auront
des changements drastiques apportés à leur apparence.
Vous pouvez cliquer sur l'image d'une équipe pour avoir un plus grand aperçu. La version française de l'explication sera disponible lorsque toutes les équipes seront terminées.
The NHL needs a rebranding. Many teams don't go in their historic past in terms of their design while many new teams are out of their minds when it comes to their design. This section represents the vision
that I have in terms of branding and design of the NHL teams. While some teams won't have many changes, others will have a complete redesign.
You can click on a preview of a team to have a bigger picture.
Toronto Maple Leafs
With their rich history, the Maple Leafs have everything to success. I went in the past to reband the Leafs. The home and away jerseys are based on the jerseys they wore from 1963 to 1967.
During these years, they won 3 Stanley Cups, including their last one to date in 1967. Not only that, but I also believe it's the best looking jerseys they ever wore.
For the 3rd, I went even further in the past. It's based on the blue jersey they wore between 1927 and 1930. They also wore that jersey in the early 1990's as a throwback jersey. In my opinion,
this jersey should only be wear on special occasions. For exemple, when they face other Original Six teams or when they honour past players.
As for the logos, I never liked their new logo. It's too "corporate" for my own taste. I compare it to the old Penguins logo. In my opinion, they should go back to the logo they had in the 1960's and
use it as their primary mark. For te logo they had between 1927 to 1938, they should use it as a secondary logo, especielly when they try to put emphasis on their rich history.
I went in the history of the Sabres to do the jerseys. The home jersey is the jersey who many would like to see making a comeback. The actual home jersey this year uses a darker shade of blue and
also has silver piping in it. In my opinion, the classic one is much better. The jersey smells history and hockey. What else can we ask for? I didn't put shoulder patches because the first
Buffalo Sabres didn't have them, during the glory years of the French connection. You can also notice the yellow lace which is also a nod to these years.
The away jersey goes in the same direction as well. For the 3rd jersey, I went way off history by incorporing a brand new logo and jersey. The Buffalo Sabres management has come with many changes during
the years to try to sell jerseys, and I believe that's a jersey they would be willing to try and sell for the younger fans. Besides the classic blue, yellow and white, there's also a very dark blue
shade since that's where they seem to want to go with their true jerseys.
San Jose Sharks
The color scheme has been changed because the orange is pretty useless in my opinion. By deleting the orange, the color scheme is more fluid. I also changed the colors in the logos, because the shark head
shouldn't have teal in it. I believe it's more aggressive and realistic without the teal in the shark.
The home and away jersey are based on the same design. The new San Jose Sharks jerseys are too simple for such a young franchise. They look more like the jerseys they had in 1998, but with a newer feel.
The 3rd jersey is based on the very first jersey they had in 1991. However, I kept the new logos to make it distinctive. Notice however the triangle which is white on the 3rd jersey as well as the eye,
just like it was when they first entered the league. Also, I kept the darker teal that they have right now instead of the lighter one they had in 1991.
One thing that I hate about today's NHL is the lack of colors. Black is used way too often. The Pittsburgh Penguins had a very distinctive color scheme when they first entered the league. Powder blue,
navy blue, white and a bit of yellow in their logo. They changed it to match the colors of other professionnal sports teams in Pittsburgh. Today, they're way better than the Pirates and they can easily
be compared to the Steelers in term of success. It's time to them to have a distinctive color scheme and identity instead of copying a color schme used in other sports.
The home jersey is like the 3rd jersey they use right now and which was introduce in the Winter Classic. When they launched it, it was a major success, so why change a sure thing especielly since
it's unique and has full of historic background? The away jersey is the white jersey they used in the years they had the powder blue one. It matches the design of the home jersey and
would be an instant seller in my opinion.
The 3rd jersey is based on the first jersey they used when they entered the league in 1967. A couple of minor changes were done, especially in the arm area because in 1967, the numbers were too high
on the jersey for today's standards. The script on the front of the jersey was also used in 1992 but in yellow and black and guys like Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr wore it with pride.
The fact that it's powder blue is an advantage to use it on the road since powder blue can many times be use even if the other team has a colorful jersey. More colors in the NHL would only make it
The Minnesota Wild are one of the newest franchises in the NHL. However, it doesn't mean they can't use Minnesota's rich history in hockey. They seem to want to play the historic aspect of Minnesota's
"State of Hockey" catchphrase. Yet, they use vintage white on their home and 3rd jersey, but they still use a modern design for their away jersey.
In my opinion, you have to use Minnesota's history when in comes to hockey, and use it proudly. That's why I used only two colors for the Wild: green and vintage white.
The home jersey is based on their current 3rd, except for a couple of differences. First, I deleted the shoulder piping. I also changed the text script they use to have their logo instead.
I added a shoulder logo using Minnesota's territory as a base and adding a wild background just like they use in their main logo. I also added a double outline for their numbers and names.
The away jersey is like the home jersey with inversed colors.
The 3rd jersey goes way back in Minnesota's history. The St. Paul Athletic Club was the first Minnesota club to play at the highest level of hockey at that time. They won the MacNaughton Cup twice,
in 1916 and 1920. The 3rd jersey is based on the 1920 jersey they had. The fact that the Wild plays in St. Paul only adds to the relevance of having this throwback uniform. A couple of differences
are obvious tought: the black has been replaced with the Wild's green and the jersey has been altered to have names and numbers easily readable at the back. The Wild should use that jersey on special
vintage nights and against teams with a big history.
The Nashville Predators are too young to have classic jerseys. On the other end, it's no reason to have busy jerseys with a bad color scheme. Since they seem to want to get rid of yellow in real
life, I also deleted that color from their scheme, replacing it with a brighter blue. I also gave gray a bigger role in their color scheme. Since their logo is already one of the best in NHL,
I only changed the colors in it to keep the flow with that color scheme. I also took their old 3rd jersey logo with that new color set.
I did the same design for their home, away and 3rd uniforms. I added a triangle behind the logo on their away jersey to have more contrast between the logo and the jersey. On the 3rd jersey,
I inverted the main logo and the shoulder patch to make it more unique. I also used gray as the main color on the 3rd jersey since it's not a color used by any other teams in the NHL
and therefore it makes that 3rd jersey unique without getting over the edge since gray is already in their color scheme.
I did the design using the lines of the RBK Edge uniforms. The result gives the Predators a contemporary design.
The Dallas Stars have a unique color scheme to establish the look of their franchise. However, their logo seems pretty old and I don't like professionnal teams who need to use text in their logos. In 2003,
the Stars added a 3rd jersey with a weird logo that looked like a uterus. I used this logo, but by changing that obvious mistake. I turned the horns upside down, I deleted the
constellation in the logo and I also deleted the red that they had. I also added a star using the same shape as their original logo in the forehead of the bull. If you look closely,
you'll also see the shape of Texas in the left part of the bull's nose. In my opinion, that logo gives the Stars a more professional look. As a secondary mark, I kept the stars that they
have in their real-life logo, but I added some effect in it to have more details in the star itself.
In 1999, the Stars won the Stanley Cup and they had very good jerseys. The jerseys had a star shape in it. However, since the RBK Edge era took form, they had to get rid of them. Since the jerseys were
very good, I used that idea in my uniforms, but adjusting it to the RBK Edge standards. Having a bull as a logo for the Stars is maybe odd, but since the jerseys themselves have a star in it,
I think it can do the trick.
In my opinion, a 3rd jersey has two options to be great: having a historic feel to it or being unique. For the Stars, I took the latter. No team in the NHL uses copper as a base for a jersey.
The arched "Dallas" as a logo wasn't that popular when it was introduce. However, the idea ain't bad if it ain't use on two many occasions. That's why I also took that idea for the 3rd jersey.
The overall look of that jersey won't please everybody, but that's probably the case for any 3rd jersey anyway.
Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning has a great color scheme, but in real life, they don't use the blue enough. I've kept the same color scheme, but I added importance to the blue. Also, the Lightning
logos over the past has been quite disapointing in my opinion. I believe it's because there's not many options to make a good logo based on the name "Lightning" itself. I went over the
edge with having Zeus as the main figure of the Lightning. Zeus is the King of God as well as the god of sky and thunder in Greek mythology. For the secondary logo, I kept the one they
had before but with changes in the circle behing the bolt and by deleting the word "Tampa Bay" in it. I believe a logo should speak for itself and having the team name or city in a logo ain't
going to cut it in profesionnal sports.
For the jersey, I used the same template for all three of them. The Lightning always used a black jersey since their very first begining so I had to have a black jersey in the package. For the third
jersey, I switched logos to make it more unique. I kept a feature that I love about the Lightning jerseys: the "victory stripes". That's a tradition for the Lightning to have these stripes below the
arms and they're symbolizing victory. The idea is that they can been seen clearly when the players have their arms in the air to celebrate a goal. Overall, I had to give the Lightning a
contemporary look since they're a new franchise in the NHL and in a market without a huge history in terms of hockey.
The Phoenix Coyotes had a very good idea by changing their look in 2003. Before that year, they had way too much colors and a logo not worthy of such a name. However, they went with a classic jersey and in
my opinion that was an error since there's no history of hockey in Phoenix and their name ain't classic either. I took the base of a great redesign by keeping the colors (minus the sand color) and logos.
I switched their 3rd jersey logo with their main logo since I believe it's more beautiful that way and did some very minus changes to the main logo itself. The moon was already use by the team since their
arrival in the NHL so I kept it, but only using it as a shoulder patch on the jerseys.
I used the same design for all three jerseys. The 3rd uses the second logo. I think the result give the Coyotes a distinctive look with the burgundy and with a modern design for the jerseys. Maybe
I'll have to redo this NHL Redesign in a couple of months by doing a revamp of the Winnipeg Jets ;)
The Boston Bruins have a grat identity. In their history, they've establish themselves as one of the greatest looking team around the NHL. Therefore, I tried to keep the basics of their look and I
only tweaked little things. I did not touch their main logo. I also kwpt their actual secondary logos which are based on their very firstl ogo they had more than 80 years ago. I added a brown B as a
secondary mark to be used on historic nights and promotional items.
For the jerseys, I went in past Bruins jersey to base mine. The changes are subtle and are mainly done to fit the RBK Edge template. I did not change many things on the home jersey. However, mine is
based mainly on the 1969-1974 black jersey they had. In that span, they won 2 Stanley Cups and it was the Bobby Orr era, so it's hard to make a mistake with it. Like the jersey they had in that era,
I started the bottom stripes from the very bottom of the jersey. Another obvious change from their actual jersey is the collar, which is yellow like it was when the Bruins won their last Stanley Cup.
The Bruins used many yellow jerseys in their history. That's why I made a yellow away jersey like the Swedish National Team. The design I used for that jersey is pretty much the one they used in 1958.
I also inverted their main logo because the Bruins used that strategy many times during their history. There's no lace on the yellow jersey since they never used laces on their yellow
jerseys in the past.
The 3rd jersey goes way back in history. It's based on the jersey they had in 1932. I did it white so if their yellow away jersey can't match the other team home jersey colors, thay can use their
3rd jersey as a replacement. That 3rd jersey should also be used on special nights.
The Anaheim Ducks did a major redesign in 2006 when they dropped the "Mighty" out of their name. In my opinion, they missed a big opportunity to establish a distinctive look in the NHL. Instead of
going with unique colors, they chose black as their main one. In my redesign, I chose distinctive colors (dark green, lime and light yellow) and changed their main logo with a duck instead of text
like they have in real life. I did the logo to have a double way to see it: you can see it as a duck on water or with his wing open. When you see the logo both ways, it can really be interesting. I
kept the foot that they use right now as a shoulder logo since I believe it's suited for that role.
The home and away jerseys use a unique design. The result gives the Ducks a modern look and establish themselves as a unique franchise. The 3rd jersey is based on the very first jersey they
used, back when they were still "Mighty". Obviously, I kept the actual color scheme intact and the logos as well to keep a flow with the redesign. Nonetheless, it gives a wink to the fans
who follow the team since the very begining.
The Washington Capitals have had two major makeovers in their history. I believe that the red, white and blue color scheme best suits their name. I combined some elements from their
present and past designs. The main logo is based on the one they had from 1995 to 2002, but with their current colors. The secondary logo is the secondary logo they have right now and
which is very popular. The 3rd logo is the main logo they have right now.
For the designs, I did a blue away jersey since their 3rd is red. I tried to do a modern design for their home and away jerseys. The 3rd jersey is based on the very first jersey they had when they
entered the league in 1974. However, I put the current red and blue, which are darker, and I used the modernized logo on the front. The result give a historic jersey with a new vide.
The Vancouver Canucks had many changes of look during their tenure in the NHL. Did you know however that the Canucks orignally were in the WHL? Their name is a nod to Johnny Canuck, a
Canadian superhero and our own version of Uncle Sam. The logo I did for the Canucks is a revision of the logo the orignal Canucks had and which the Canucks revisited in 2006 (trhey' don't use it as of now).
However, I changed the colors and kept the original face which is more detailed and historically accurate.
As a secondary logo, I used the stick in the rink logo they used since their arrival in the NHL. the one I used is the updated version that the Canucks introduced in 2007. for the home and away jerseys,
I kept their original design but by adding a touch of modern design in them. The home jersey uses Johnny Canuck as a main figure and the away jersey keeps their original logo.
For the 3rd jersey, I went further in the past. It's based on the Vancouver Millionaires jersey. The Millionaires were a professional hockey team between 1911 and 1926. They won 6 championships in the
PCHA and they also won the Stanley Cup once in 1915. In 2010 the Vancouver Canucks purchased the use of the Millionaires so it's only a question of time before the Canucks use it more often.
In my opinion, it gives the Canucks a great historic feel and a nod to the first Vancouver team to have ever won the Sanley Cup.
The Atlanta Thrashers use 6 colors in their scheme. I wanted to prove with that redesign that a simplification of a color scheme can do wonders. I recolored their actual
logos with that new color scheme and switched their main logo with their secondary. I believe that the "T" is a better logo since it's more simple, just like the color scheme,
and has a double meaning (that's an overview of a thrasher flying as well as a "T" for the first letter of their name).
By only using navy blue, baby blue and white, the Thrashers now have a simplier look, yet making them very distinctive nonetheless. A simple color scheme doesn't equal a simple jersey either as you can see.
For the 3rd jersey, instead of keeping the template of the home and away jersey, I went with a classic look. It's the same design the Atlanta Flames used in the NHL minus the logo and the color scheme.
The Atlanta Flames were the frst NHL team in Atlanta before moving to Calgary in the eighties.
New York Islanders
In 1995 the New York Islanders did one of the biggest mistake in their history ditching their traditionnal look to replace it with a weird design and a logo with no significance. They corrected their error
since then and went back to their original design. I couldn't agree more and my redesign for them goes back to their entry in the league in 1972. You can't go wrong with that design for the Islanders.
I added the four lines on their shoulder which represent their four Stanley Cups. They added these lines in 1998 but kept them off their redesign this year.
As a secondary logo, I used the lighthouse they had as a secondary logo during their redesign of 1995. I changed some things to it to make it more appealling and to keep their current color scheme.
Since they have traditionnal uniforms for the home and away jerseys, I decided to have a more modern look for their 3rd jersey. I used that secondary logo on it.
Columbus Blue Jackets
When the Blue Jackets entered the league, it wasn't clear for all people where they were going with their design. Their main logo was only letters forming their name and their secondary logo
was a bug. The Blue Jackets name represent Civil War soldiers. Ohio and Columbus were a huge part in the victory. That's why I simply created a soldier during that time as their main logo.
As a secondary logo, I kept the Civil War hat that they use as a shoulder patch right now, but with deleting the extra all around the logo. As a third logo, I kept their current main one since it
represents the State of Ohio quite well.
For the jerseys, I used the same design for all of the uniforms. I changed the logo in all of them and the color to make them unique but by keeping the flow of the overall design. The design is
modern and I think it's the way to go for them since they entered the league in 2000. The logos speak the history behind their names while the uniforms speak for a modern franchise.
St. Louis Blues
In their history, the Blues have had four different main logos. Each time, they went with a little modernization. I did the same thing with their main logo this time, updating it a little bit. I
also added a secondary logo, which takes the trumpet from their secondary logo in the mid 1990s and I added to it the Gateway Arch which represents quite well the city of St. Louis.
The Blues are one of the very few teams who had a great redesign of their look in the RBK Edge era. Therefore, I kept the basic ideas of that design to do the home and away jerseys. I did minor changes tought, the most notables ones are the switch of the two shades of blue for the home jersey, the addition of the secondary logo as a shoulder logo for both jerseys and a new contemporary font.
I believe going with the darker shade of blue for the logo and the home jersey gives the Blues a good modernization without going overboard.
For the 3rd jersey, I went in the Blues' past. It's based on the jersey they had at the start of the 1980s with some minor changes for that jersey as well. They could use it on throwback nighs or
when facing older teams.
Los Angeles Kings
I had a hard time deciding between doing a complete redesign for the Kings or going back to their past. I decided to do a redesign, but I'll probably do the other option once every team are
completed. I kept the same color scheme that they use right now, but by not adding any white for their logos and regular jerseys. I did not include white to give the Kings a distinctive look
but as well as a tribute to their first years in the NHL where they did not use white on any jerseys. I chose purple as a main color for the home jersey for the same reasons. Since purple is
a color associated with royalty, it only adds to the relevance of doing so.
The main logo is a lion, for obvious reasons since the lion is the king of the animal kingdom. I kept it simple since the Kings never used much details in their past logos.
For the secondary logo, I used the crown that the Kings had in their very first main logo and I changed to colors. Like many other things in this redesign, it's a wink to the Kings' past.
For the 3rd jersey, I used the Gretzky era jersey. I believe you can't go wrong with that choice since that era was the most successful for the Kings, going to the Stanley Cup finals in 1993 with this look.
New Jersey Devils
The New Jersey Devils always have been very conservatives with their look. When teams chose to do redesign of their look in the new RBK Edge era, the Devils did little fanfare and kept their old look.
I believe it takes conservatives team to have a great balance of designs in the league. Therefore, my redesign of the Devils is the look I think they should have taken in the new RBK
Edge era and is not a complete redesign but more of a modernization. For the main logo, I kept their old one, while doing slight changes to it to modernize it, just like the Detroit Lions in the NFL.
The result keeps the tradition of their old logo while making a statement for a modern look.
For the jerseys, once again I did not make any drastic change. It keeps the elements of their old look while adding a touch of modernity to it. At first glance, you can see that it's a new design,
but you can as well see where it comes from. For the 3rd jersey, I went in the Devils first season as it's based on the very first red jersey they had in their history. Since the Devils are very
conservatives with their look, I believe that's one of the very few options they would accept as a 3rd jersey. You'll notice a "PB" patch in front of the three jerseys: it's obviously a tribute to
the late great Pat Burns who won the Stanley Cup with the Devils in 2003. The Devils do use that patch in real life for the 2010-2011 season.
For the Calgary Flames, I kept the same color scheme that they have in the real NHL since I believe it suits their name quite well. For the logo, I did a modernization of the logo they have since
their very begining. The result ain't a complete makeover and you can see many elements of the original "C" in it. I added a flame within the interior of the "C" to have a double effect of flames
(in the interior and in the exterior).
For the home and away jerseys, I changed completely the design to have new jerseys that have never been done before. Since the Flames had many audacious redesigns in their past,
that's something they could potentially go for. I kept their current font and the black numbers on their home jersey since I think it's unique in the league because other
teams usually go for white number on their home jerseys. For both the home and away uniforms, I used the flaming horse that
they had in the past. I think it's a great looking shoulder patch and the only error the Flames did with this logo is the fact that it was used as a main logo on a jersey for a couple of years.
Finally, for the 3rd jersey, I went with the very first jersey they had when they switched from Atlanta to Calgary. They do use that jersey as a 3rd one in the NHL, but the stripping pattern at the bottom
is incorrect in their real life version. Aslo, I did not put white in the collar just like the way it was in 1980. That collar was only use for one year and I think it's a nice little wink
to the true hardcore fans who notice these kind of details.
New York Rangers
As an Original Six team, the New York Rangers must be treated with respect. However, minor changes could get done to their design without changing their rich history. Since their
arrival in the NHL, the Rangers have had 6 different shields. In 1996, they introduced another one used as a shoulder patch on their 3rd jersey. That's the one I
used as their main logo, but with their current colors and without the unecessery silver in it. Since the Rangers don't use their main logo on their jerseys, it could
easily get done without altering their ingame design. As a secondary logo, I decided to have the popular Lady Liberty logo that they had for a couple of years. I put it on
their shoulder, pretty much like the Bruins did when they added a new shoulder patch at the begining of the RBK Edge era.
For their home and away jerseys, I did not change many things besides the addition of that shoulder logo. I decided to go with the "New York" script on their home jersey like they first used in 1978.
I believe it distinguishes the home and away jersey. The stripping pattern on the home jersey is also based on that era since the 3rd jersey takes the classic stripping
pattern at the bottom. The Rangers never used laces with the "New York" script, but I thought it was a great idea to have it to combine two historic designs into one.
The 3rd jersey is based on the jersey the Rangers had when they won their first Stanley Cup in 1928. The shade of blue was lighter at that time and the contrast between the red and blue was not very clear
since white was not use as an outline. I added names at the back and numbers on the sleeves since the design could very well have those even tought it wasn't the case in 1928.
In the new RBK Edge era, the Ottawa Senators redesigned their logos. I think that's the only part they got right since their jerseys are not orignal and are not good enought for a canadian team.
I kept the main logo exactly the same while I used their secondary mark that they introduced in 2007 but that they don't use in their team design right now. That secondary logo is a modern version of the
logo they had in their second run in the NHL. I also used the original "O" that they have right now for their third jersey, minus the two horizontal bars behind it.
As for the home and away jerseys, I got the inspiration from their pretty much loved 3rd jersey that they had between 2000 and 2007. I changed the main color from black to red and I did a white version of it.
I added some lines to contrast the colors. I think it's a good looking result since it's a classic design while adding a touch of originality with the addition of the bronze color. The arrows keep with the flow
of the overall design since they're also in the two main logos.
For the 3rd jersey, I went in the original Ottawa Senators of the early 1900's. That franchise was very good since they won numerous Stanley Cups. The barber pole jersey smells Ottawa. It can be use against
teams with a rich history or against arch rivals. I think it describes best the purpose of a 3rd jersey: representing the team in a different way and being unique.
Detroit Red Wings
I did not have to do many changes to the Detroit Red wings. You can't mess with that historic design that they have right now. I basically kept the whole design except for very minor changes.
The most notable one is the logo on the white jersey. The colors are inverted like it was until 1986.
For the 3rd jersey, I went back in the days where the Red Wings were known as the Detroit Cougars. That uniform was also used by the Wings in the 2009 Winter Classic.
The Montreal Canadiens are the most decorated franchise in NHL history. Beside that fact, they also have one of the most distinctive brand in all sports.
That's with that mentality that I had to have my take on their design.
With 3 jerseys, I wanted to have an era represented with each of them. They already have a very good base for their home jersey so I tweaked it
just a little bit. I did some tiny curves on their lines and added a white outline to their main crest. I also added a white outline to their numbers
and did the same effect on the name of the player. The result is a small evolution and not a revolution of their already great home jersey.
For their away jersey, I wanted to represent the Maurice Richard era. I went with an older logo for the look. I added laces and went back to a more classic look for the
numbers and name on the jersey. Finally, for their 3rd jersey, I wanted to give the Canadiens a choice for special occasions. They could use that jersey against
older teams, in a winter's classic, when they honour their past and on other special occasions. The vintage white, the more classic lines and the old logo makes it quite
different from their home jersey. As a subtle touch, I've incorporated their championship logo from their 1924 Stanley Cup. It was a very bold move at that time and I think,
as the best franchise in the NHL, they can use it without hesitation on that very classic design.