Houston Blue

Chris Fortier resurrects the Houston Aeros with colors inspired by the city's former NFL franchise, the Houston Oilers.


The WHA Collection

Dallas Kirkpatrick has something special for us today. He writes:

I've been working on a project for a while now, recreating WHA jerseys. I decided to create 14 sets in total. My idea is that this might be what the jerseys looked like if the league were rebooted today — and I've purposely left out Quebec, Hartford, Edmonton, and Winnipeg as I've already done multiple concepts for these teams
I used all original logos (or variations thereof), and have stayed pretty close to the original color schemes in most cases. While I want to be creative, I wanted them all to be believable and based on something from the past.  A few of these designs have bold or outlandish design traits that probably wouldn't be used in real life, but hey, it's the WHA.

WHA Resurrection, Part 1

Colin Magee kicks off a three-week Sunday series taking a look at what the teams of the WHA might look like if they were resurrected today. They're positively gorgeous.

WHA Revival, Part 1

The talented Nick Burton is always good for a special concept series. While not strictly a minor league, he's tackling a WHA Revival as Minor League Week winds down. This four-part series will play out over the coming Thursdays and we begin with the Houston Aeros.

Nick's take on the Vancouver Blazers feels like a mashup between the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Millionaires, but it's a pretty solid set.

We wrap up Part 1 with one of the teams that made the transition to the NHL when the WHA shut down in 1979. If the team were still around today, perhaps they'd look something like this.

Next week we'll see Nick's take on another trio of WHA franchises.

0445: A Neat WHA Trio

Let's blow up WHA Week with not just one or two concepts but three from the prolific Bryan Dyck! Today, he shares his take on the Ottawa Nationals...

...the Houston Aeros (before the AHL team assumed the name)...

...and the Toronto Toros (or Birmingham Bulls depending on the year), who used to be the Nationals. Full circle. Bryan actually did more than just these teams in his own WHA series, but I thought three was enough for today. Tomorrow we get another taste of this — a prolific concept artist with a trio of WHA jerseys.