How to join the new IceHL Design Council!

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How to join the new IceHL Design Council!

Starting this season, the IceHL will experiment with a new judging format for design contests. Winners will no longer be decided by a simple popular vote. Instead, that vote will be only a part of the process.

Winners will be determined by the IceHL Design Council, comprised of six members:

  • the Icethetics community, who will continue to vote in public polls;
  • the IceHL Commissioner;
  • and 4 independent judges, including at least one current IceHL GM and one person with design credentials who has no previous connection to the league.

Each member of the Design Council will cast one vote. To avoid ties, the community will get a second vote (for a grand total of seven votes on the council). Should the winner of the public poll receive less than 55%, the community's two votes will be split between the opponents.

Two of the independent judges will be selected by a popular vote. The other two will be selected by the commissioner. A judge will relinquish his vote to the community if his work is included in a given poll — which will give the community three votes. (In such a case, a design must exceed 70% of the public poll to earn all three votes, otherwise the will be split 2-1.)

Judges will be asked to publicly defend their decisions with a brief explanation of why they voted the way they did in each poll.

Want to be a judge on the IceHL Design Council?

To apply for one of the four judge positions, email icethetics@gmail.com by Sat., Oct. 25 with "IceHL Design Council" in the subject line and containing the following:

  • Your first and last name
  • In under 60 words, explain why you should be a judge
  • An avatar (a photo of yourself or another image to represent you, 400x400 pixels)
  • Optional: A campaign graphic (960x480 pixels or 2:1 aspect ratio) that demonstrates either your own design work or your favorite design styles so the community can get a feel for your personal preferences

The community will be given the information you provide and will then select two judges in a popular vote. The other two judges will be selected by the IceHL Commissioner.

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IceHL announces ABC Cup logo and jersey design contest!

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IceHL announces ABC Cup logo and jersey design contest!

A month ago, the IceHL announced its 2014-15 season special events — including a unique Cup Series and Ice Classic Series. Now it's time to start designing!

The first event takes place in Week 6 (Nov. 10) — the 2014 IceHL ABC Cup benefiting Ronald McDonald House between the Philadelphia Aces and Baltimore Blue Crabs. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the charity, which was founded in Philadelphia.

To celebrate the occasion, the IceHL will be encouraging fans and teams to donate to their favorite charity during the month of November. For the game, the Aces will wear special fan-designed uniforms and both teams will sport ABC Cup jersey patches.

And that's where the contest begins!


ABC Cup Design Contest

There are two parts to this contest. You may submit artwork for one or both:

  • Design an ABC Cup logo (using Aces and Blue Crabs or neutral colors)
  • Design a red Ronald McDonald House theme jersey for the Aces (the Blue Crabs will wear their standard white jersey for the game)

THE LOGO

The official name of this event is 2014 IceHL ABC Cup benefiting Ronald McDonald House. It can be shortened to 2014 IceHL ABC Cup, but the RMH logo should be included.

The IceHL roundel must be included. The Aces and Blue Crabs logos may be included but are optional.

Ideally, the ABC Cup logo will be set on a base/shield that could be replicated and revised for our other two Cup games during the season — the Evergreen Cup and the Pacific Cup. This would be similar to the recent NHL Draft logos which are distinct but still share elements and styles from year to year that make them part of a set.

THE JERSEY

As for the Aces jersey, just have fun with it. Ronald McDonald is a clown, after all. We've seen some interesting McDonald's style hockey jerseys over the years. Try to make your design really stand out!

Keep in mind that while the design kit allows for the creation of socks and other equipment, only the sweater itself will be seen in the official graphics related to the event.

DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 29

You have two weeks to design and submit your ABC Cup logo and/or Aces jersey. Any questions? Ask in the comments or by email.

Voting will be held from Oct. 30 thru Nov. 7 with the winning designs revealed on the first day of Week 6 (Nov. 10).


IceHL Design Council

For this season's design contests, we will try out a new judging format. Winners will no longer be decided by a simple popular vote. Instead, that vote will be only a part of the process.

Winners will be determined by the IceHL Design Council, comprised of six members:

  • the Icethetics community, who will continue to vote in public polls;
  • the IceHL Commissioner;
  • and 4 independent judges, including at least one current IceHL GM and one person with design credentials who has no previous connection to the league.

Each member of the Design Council will cast one vote. To avoid ties, the community will get a second vote (for a grand total of seven votes on the council). Should the winner of the public poll receive less than 55%, the community's two votes will be split between the opponents.

Two of the independent judges will be selected by a popular vote. The other two will be selected by the commissioner. A judge will relinquish his vote to the community if his work is included in a given poll — which will give the community three votes. (In such a case, a design must exceed 70% of the public poll to earn all three votes, otherwise the will be split 2-1.)

Judges will be asked to publicly defend their decisions with a brief explanation of why they voted the way they did in each poll.

Want to be a judge on the IceHL Design Council?

To apply for one of the four judge positions, email icethetics@gmail.com with "IceHL Design Council" in the subject line and containing the following:

  • Your first and last name
  • In under 60 words, explain why you should be a judge
  • An avatar (a photo of yourself or another image to represent you, 400x400 pixels)
  • Optional: A campaign graphic (960x480 pixels or 2:1 aspect ratio) that demonstrates either your own design work or your favorite design styles so the community can get a feel for your personal preferences

The community will be given the information you provide and will then select two judges in a popular vote. The other two judges will be selected by the IceHL Commissioner.

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Final IceHL World jerseys unveiled!

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Final IceHL World jerseys unveiled!

The IceHL's summer 2014 design contests officially end today with the unveiling of winning jersey designs from the final four brackets. Let's take a look!

Representing the Crete Minotaurs is this gorgeous and subtle set of jerseys from the talented Nick Burton. Nick currently holds the honor of being the most frequently featured artist on the Icethetics Concepts page. But believe it or not, this is his first ever winning IceHL jersey.

Simple yet superb, the Geneva Mountaineers get their uniforms from Christian Legault. This is Christian's second IceHL contest victory after creating the new look of the Quebec Armada earlier this summer.

Dylan Alexander also picks up his second win of the summer with this pair of sweaters for the Gold Coast Rush. You may recall Dylan previously created the Moscow Cosmonauts jerseys.

And finally, it's the Cinderella story that keeps on giving. Matt McElroy continues to make his distinctive mark on the IceHL as he becomes the first artist to design the winning logos and uniforms for, not one, but two franchises with the fan-voted look for the Royal London H.C. He accomplished the same feat last summer with the Philadelphia Aces.

Given his amazing contributions to the league, I was pleased to offer Matt the job of GM of the Crete Minotaurs, which he happily accepted — though I think he might've preferred London seeing as how the team's branding turned out! You can follow the Matt and the Minotaurs on Twitter at @IceHLMinotaurs.

Congratulations to everyone who entered artwork for all of the design contests held this summer. It takes guts to submit yourself to the judgement of a community like Icethetics.

We'll be back next summer in some form to do it all over again!

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IceHL announces special events for 2014-15 season

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IceHL announces special events for 2014-15 season

The league that put a new spin on fantasy hockey is doing it again!

As the world's only crowd-sourced fantasy league enters its fifth season, the IceHL will introduce special events during the regular season — including three "outdoor" games and much more. That means that the jersey and logo contests once reserved for the summer months will continue into the regular season.

Let's take a look at all the cool stuff coming to the IceHL in 2014-15!

Division Realignment

First, let's review the new divisional alignment for this season.

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Our 40 teams are now split into 10 divisions of four. This new format will intensify rivalries as teams now face their divisional opponents at least three times a year. While the divisions continue to be based on geographical regions, they are no longer named for boring compass directions, allowing for more creative designations.

Due to restrictions on the number of teams allowed in an ESPN fantasy league, the IceHL's three conferences will be separated into their own fantasy leagues. So while all 40 teams co-exist in the IceHL universe, there will be no cross-conference play this season.

Special Events

But you're not here for division names and whatnot. You want to know about this season's special events. Here's a week-by-week summary. Scroll past for details on each event.

WEEK 2 · The IceHL Celebrates 100 Weeks!

When we began the first IceHL fantasy season, I can't say I ever imagined reaching this milestone — the 100th week of IceHL hockey! But that's exactly what's happening.

If marketing has taught us anything, it's that no big sports milestone is complete without a logo. So get ready for the unveiling of the special IceHL100 logo during the first week of the season!

I would've held a contest to let you guys design one, but we sort of ran out of time with the creation of the IceHL World this summer. I hope you'll be satisfied with what I've created.

WEEK 4 · 17 Teams, 7 GMs Celebrate 100 Games!

The IceHL100 logo will also be used by teams across the league who as each plays its 100th franchise game. An astounding 17 teams will mark that milestone in Week 4. And seven of our GMs will also reach 100 games. That's a lot of fantasy hockey, folks!

Alaska, Boston, Calgary, California, Chicago, Edmonton, Hamilton, Houston, Montreal, Philadelphia (formerly Regina), Quebec, Salt Lake City, Saskatchewan, Seattle, St. Louis, Washington, and Winnipeg will all have special IceHL100 patches for their jerseys that week.

Meanwhile, these GMs will be offered special IceHL100 logos to use on their Twitter profiles:

  • Simon Cable, Sentinels
  • Kyle Grossman, Scorpions
  • Ryan Laden, Archers
  • James Leggett, Hellcats
  • Ed Power, Kodiaks
  • Daniel Raposo, Winterhawks/Steelcats
  • Jon Wold, Wave

Two more GMs will hit 100 games later in the season. I'm thrilled to see so many of these guys have stuck with the league since Day 1.

WEEK 5 · 3 Teams Celebrate 100 Games!

Due to bye weeks during one of our past seasons, a few teams will mark their IceHL100 milestone a week later. Milwaukee, Portland and Vancouver will get their patches in Week 5.

WEEK 6 · ABC Cup benefiting Ronald McDonald House · Philadelphia

This is by far my favorite event of the season, so it only makes sense we lead off with it.

The IceHL's first-ever special event game will take place in Philadelphia as a one-of-a-kind charity event. I doubt any fantasy hockey league has done anything quite like it.

The ABC Cup name has a dual meaning. It is a reference both to the children helped every year by Ronald McDonald House Charities as well as the teams participating in the game — the Philadelphia Aces and Baltimore Blue Crabs. (Get it? Aces and Blue Crabs.)

This fall marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia in 1974, so it's fitting for the Aces to honor them in this way. Throughout the week, the IceHL will encourage fans and teams to make a small donation to this or any other charity of their choice. I hope this will be a tradition we can continue in the seasons to come.

The Aces will wear special fan-designed jerseys for the ABC Cup game and both teams will have an ABC Cup patch for their uniforms. I'm sure our talented artists can come up with a tasteful Ronald McDonald-inspired sweater. After all, it's for a great cause!

(For the record, Ronald McDonald House has no involvement in this project whatsoever. But I'm sure they won't object to us invoking their name to get them a few extra donations.)

WEEK 10 · Evergreen Cup · Seattle

It's been going on unofficially for a few seasons, but now the Evergreen Cup goes legit! After years as division rivals, the Seattle Aviators and Vancouver Lumberjacks will be separated this season, so we're going to make sure their only regular season meeting is a memorable one!

Since both teams already wear green, there's no need to design special sweaters, but both teams will wear an Evergreen Cup patch for the week. Meanwhile, @theIceHL will spend the week live tweeting from landmarks in the host city of Seattle!

The Evergreen Cup will be hosted by Vancouver in 2015-16.

WEEK 13 · 2015 Ice Classic Series

The most exciting week on the IceHL calendar promises to be the 2015 Ice Classic Series! While the rest of the hockey world will be watching the NHL Winter Classic, we'll be holding three stadium games of our own!

Montreal, Portland and Stockholm will host games in the Ice Classic Series so that we'll have one in each conference. Here are the locations and opponents for each game:

MONTREAL

Olympic Stadium

Montreal Olympiques
vs. New York Guardians 

PORTLAND

Providence Park

Portland Pioneers
vs. Winnipeg Winterhawks

STOCKHOLM

Friends Arena

Stockholm Hammers
vs. Moscow Cosmonauts

Each team will wear fan-designed "fauxback" jerseys. The IceHL is only six years old so they won't be real throwbacks, of course. But it'll be fun imagine what these teams might have worn if they had existed 50 or even 100 years ago. I expect some cool sweater designs!

We'll also design Ice Classic Series logos that will be used on the jerseys.

The Ice Classic Series will be back for another round in 2016!

WEEK 16 · 2 GMs Celebrate 100 Games!

Two more longtime GMs will mark their IceHL100 during Week 16. Curtis Lanton (Armada) and Steve Sonricker (Huskies) have both been with the league since the beginning, but employed AGMs to handle their AHL rosters during the NHL lockout season, hence the delay.

WEEK 18 · Pacific Cup · Sydney

The Gold Coast Rush will make the short jaunt south to Sydney where they will host the Osaka Samurai in the first annual Pacific Cup game! The idea is to showcase the league in non-IceHL cities around the Pacific rim.

The Rush will wear special jerseys for the game. The fan-designed sweaters will feature artwork inspired by Australian culture.

Among the cities hoping to host the Pacific Cup in 2016 are Kuala Lumpur, Beijing and Seoul.

WEEK 21 · Retro Week

Do you ever find yourself longing for IceHL jerseys of days gone by? Not to worry, Retro Week will wrap up our series of special events on the 2014-15 schedule.

In the IceHL East, the Montreal Olympiques will host the Hamilton Steelcats with both teams donning their original threads. And for this special week, the Detroit Chargers once again become the Motorheads as they host the Halifax Dragons, who go back to being the Atlanta Arsenal.

In the IceHL West, look for the Texas Outlaws to once again don their Dallas duds as they host the Gators. Meanwhile, the Saskatchewan Snipers resurrect their Saskatoon Sharpshooter sweaters against the Huskies. And in the IceHL World, the Quebec Armada will show off their original threads as they face the Rush.

WEEK 24/25 · IceHL Playoffs Begin

Since the IceHL World is a smaller conference and therefore requires a shorter playoff schedule, the East and West will start their playoff push a week earlier.

The top two teams from each division will advance to the divisional playoffs. This first round of playoffs will determine the division champions. In the World, the winners will advance to compete for the first IceHL World Championship.

In the East and West, the division champs will advance to the Semifinals. These winners will then compete for their championships in the final week of the season.

WEEK 26 · IceHL Championship Week

The final week of the IceHL's 2014-15 season will be special not just because of the three championship games we'll all be watching, but because eight more teams and four more GMs will celebrate their 100th games!

Baltimore, Detroit, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Tampa Bay, Boulder and New Orleans will don their IceHL100 patches as the season comes to a close. And if one of them could nab a championship, the storybook ending practically writes itself.

Here are the GMs who will reach 100 games during championship week:

  • Brendan Anderson, Nighthawks
  • Mike Kelly, Chargers
  • Rich Lunghino, Guardians
  • Rob Brown, Beasts

As IceHL commissioner, I cannot begin to describe how excited I am for the IceHL's fifth season — and I'm not even a GM anymore. But as you can see, I simply wouldn't have time for it given all of these special events. So much to do and so little time.

My hope is that these events will spur ideas for more events in the coming seasons and that there will come a year when we have something cool going on almost every week!

Tell us what you think of these events and feel free to suggest others for future seasons.

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Royal HC Jersey Voting: Round 4

The polls continue! We continue to Round 4 of the Royal London HC jersey bracket. Congrats to Craig Fritz, Dylan Alexander, Matt McElroy, and Austin Ell for moving on!

See the remaining entries then vote below.

Jersey Submissions

These polls end Tuesday night. Happy voting!



Check back Wednesday for the final vote!

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Rush Jersey Voting: Round 4

The polls continue! We pick up with Round 4 of the Gold Coast Rush jersey bracket. Congrats to Dylan Alexander, Kyle Rubin, Matt McElroy, and Taylor Roy on advancing! See the remaining entries then vote below.

Jersey Submissions

These polls end Monday night. Happy voting!



Check back Tuesday for the final poll!

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Royal HC Jersey Voting: Round 3

The polls continue! We pick up with Round 3 of the Royal London HC jersey bracket. Congrats to Craig Fritz, John Elbertson, Jake Miller, Dylan Alexander, Brendan Anderson, Matt McElroy, Austin Ell, and Justin Nahhas for moving on!

See the remaining entries then vote below.

Jersey Submissions

These polls end Sunday night. Happy voting!



Check back Monday for the next round of polls!

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