Monday, October 20, 2008

IceHL: Central Preview

Over the weekend, logo submissions for the Central Division ended. Again, we've got another impressive set overall. However, this batch is much smaller. This time, only 23 eligible logo sets were submitted in total. And just like last week I'm going to give you a sneak peek at all of them.

Below are the primary logos from each set. When the ratings begin, you will see the entire set of logos in full detail along with the artist's credit.

CHICAGO HITMEN (5 eligible logos)

DETROIT MOTORHEADS (5 eligible logos)

MILWAUKEE LAGERS (4 eligible logos)

MINNESOTA MAMMOTHS (4 eligible logos)

ST. LOUIS ARCHERS (5 eligible logos)

The Motorheads and Hitmen certainly have a running theme. I was a little disappointed by the drop off in submissions for this division. I hope we can get the numbers back up for the next one.

If you do not see your logo here, one of two things happened. Either your submission was ineligible based on one or more of the reasons I outlined when I began taking submissions — or your email failed to get to me. I will entertain questions via email.

Icethetics Wants You!

I've been making mention of this here and there, but I've got some big plans in the works for Icethetics. But first, I need to get some input from you. Do me a favor and vote in the poll to the right to start with.

Now, here's the thing. I've put together a 10-question survey asking for your thoughts about Icethetics and its future direction. One of the things I ask about in the survey is the possibility of introducing a paid membership that, for a small fee, would offer users access to exclusive content and news coverage. I want to know what you guys think about this idea and others.


Big things are on the horizon. A new web site is coming that will make Icethetics more than just a blog. A ton of new features will be introduced without losing the ones you've come to know and love. All in time. But for now, let me know what you think by taking the survey. Thanks guys!

UPDATE (10/20 6:04 PM): Just wanted to clarify some things. I do not actually plan to require payment for anything related to Icethetics ever. I simply wanted to gauge interest. In other words, how much do people like this site? Enough that they'd pay for it? Not to worry though, that won't happen so you don't have to get preemptively angry with me.

At best, I'll offer a donation option simply to cover the costs of the new site. The ads on Icethetics have finally started to warrant putting some money back into it and I believe it will be for the better.

The good news is that part of the new site will be a FREE membership option. However, I currently have no plans to introduce a message board or anything like that, as some have asked. Discussions will remain a part of the comments area of blog posts.

Anyway, I'm still putting ideas together but I should be ready to make an announcement about the new site in a few weeks.

AHL Third Jersey Update, Part 4

Part 1 · Part 2 · Part 3

More AHL third jersey news to share tonight, beginning with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. They've apparently got new white third jerseys with the orange tiger on the front.

And I have a picture.

For reference, Bridgeport's regular home jersey is orange while their road sweater is blue.

The other team I'm reporting on is the Chicago Wolves. But they're kind of an enigma. From the photos I found, it looks like they've been using this white third jersey since last season.

If any Wolves fans are reading, maybe you can fill us in. Were the Wolves actually the first to sport a third jersey in the Rbk EDGE era?

And what's all this with white third jerseys? The regular white jersey for Chicago has the primary logo on the front instead of the text.

As always, if you've got a tip on AHL third jerseys, email me and I'll be happy to post it.