Welcome to the "Re-Imagining The NHL" project created by Cole Jones. Cole has been great enough to allow Days of Y'Orr to post his idea on different teams with his spin on them. You can follow Cole on Twitter. Please feel free to comment on the team below. Feel free to read the official announcement of the project here. The Dallas Stars is Cole's home team and he'll tell you so in his comments. He's a HUGE Stars fan, but we like to get the opinion of others so today we were lucky enough to get Luther Xue from Stars of Big D.
If you haven't checked out our other teams, visit the Re-Imagining the NHL team page
. The team page will be updated daily with every team we update. So before we take a look at the uniforms, lets take a look at Cole's comments on his squad, the Dallas Stars. Cole's comments:
I present you with my concept for the greatest hockey team known to man. My Dallas Stars.
This concept took a lot of thought and a lot of effort. A lot of scrapped ideas. I've always found it incredibly difficult to make a concept for my favorite teams... simply because every look in team history has a bit of nostalgia for me, so it's hard to decide which elements I'd like to put together in my own design. I know what I don't like about every Stars jersey ever, but I'm not sure I know what I do like about them all, other than that they're Stars jerseys.
With this concept, I made a few noticeable tweaks. The first thing you'll probably notice is the shade of green I used. It's not exactly the same shade of Kelly green that the North Stars and 1993 Dallas Stars used, but it's pretty much halfway between that shade and the current green used by the Stars and Wild. I actually really like the overall look of the Stars white sweaters right now. The level of green and gold on there is perfect, and looks like modern day version of the North Stars, without biting any of their former designs in the process. It's far from perfect however, with the curved arm stripes and minimal waist stripes... I like the general look enough to use it as a base for my home and road, with an emphasis on green and gold, and black dropped to a tertiary (or even quaternary?) color. Basically, I drew inspiration from Team Canada in the Vancouver Olympics, with their solid red and white uniforms with black equipment. I think it's a way for Dallas to really stake claim as THE green team of the NHL, without going full-out head-to-toe green, which can look overwhelming in some cases (especially with brighter greens like the shade I chose). I also drew inspiration from the now-defunct Iowa Stars, who used gold numbers on their green sweater, rather than the customary white.
The alternate jersey was inspired by the old London Knights black sweaters (Tavares-era) which were in-turn inspired by the 91-Cup-Run era Stars jerseys. The logo on this sweater was actually designed by my good friend Ken Chernoff
(Editor's note: Seriously, go check out his stuff, it's fantastic)
. I made a few color tweaks and alterations to it, but the genesis of the entire logo design came from that man's mind. It's basically a Dallas version of the classic North Stars N-Star, with a D for Dallas. Rather than having the Star in the "northern" part of the logo, it's in the southwest corner of the D, also giving the logo a subtle boot-and-spur shape. It's pretty ingenious, so I made sure to ask him for permission so I could include it in my concept. Interestingly enough, I showed that very logo to Brett Hull about a year ago during a conversation about the Stars up-coming alternate jersey that he has had a hand in designing, and he was intrigued. He said that our future alternate jersey would be green and inspired by the North Stars aesthetic, but I haven't heard any word on what he plans to use as the logo... Ken said that he hasn't heard anything back from Brett on the design in a year, so we're hoping it's not going to turn into a Baltimore Ravens situation. Regardless, I think it's genius, and that's why I'm rambling on.
Without further ado, here is my concept for the Dallas Stars, in all their Kelly-Green-Glory.After the jump, the Kelly-Green Dallas Stars...