For my first blog post, I thought I’d start with one of my favorite logos and jerseys – the Vancouver Canucks “Flying Skate.”
I drew inspiration for this jersey design from several eras and designs throughout Canucks history, the most obvious being the usage of the Flying Skate logo. Used by the team from 1979 through 1997, the Flying Skate is one of those logos that, in my opinion, aged very well over time. Or maybe it’s just because everything that is seen as “retro” is very very in right now. In any case, I was very fortunate to recently acquire a black FS jersey and it looks really sharp.
In addition to the Flying Skate, I also wanted to use the Canucks’ Skate-In-Rink logo. Used before the team switched to the Flying Skate, I’ve also loved how simple and clean it is. I recolored this logo to match the Flying Skate and thought it would look perfect as shoulder patches for the design.
The diagonal stripes that carry across the left sleeve, torso, and pants are an homage to arguably one of the wildest jerseys in NHL history, the Canucks’ V-Striped jersey.
For the home design, Black was the easy choice. The original Flying Skate jerseys look great in black, so it was an obvious jumping off point. Small touches of yellow and red were used on the neckline, gloves, skates, and in the helmet to give nice accents to the otherwise very dark design. Yellow numbers with a red trim also create a nice dynamic with the rest of the jersey.
The main difference on the white jersey, besides the main color change, is the changed stripe pattern to be red-yellow-black. The same color accents are carried over from the black design. Numbers are changed to black with gold trim.
The alternate uses the red from the skate logo as the primary. The same accents are carried over again, with the exception of the colors of the stick-in-rink logo which were changed to better match the dominant red. This carries over the black numbers with gold trim from the white design.
I’m really happy with how this came out and am excited to start posting new designs! Enjoy these glamor shots: