The winners of the NWHL’s jersey design contest have been announced, and four of the league’s fans have had their picked by a fan vote. The winning jerseys will be the league’s teams for 2015-16.
In a release Wednesday, the league announced that jerseys designed by Tabitha Hummel, Emily Scherer, Brooks Freeman and Gabrielle Schofield have been selected. The original pool of jerseys, which the NWHL said was over 1,000, was whittled down to eight choices for the fan vote in mid July. "We started this jersey design contest in order to give the fans a chance to have a say in our historical inaugural season. The response we received was far and beyond what we ever expected," said NWHL commissioner and New York Riveters GM Dani Rylan
in a release. "There was a lot of love put into these jersey designs and we appreciated seeing every design that was submitted."
The concept art will be turned into actual jerseys, which will then be awarded to each of the contest’s winners. “I’m currently studying graphic design at RISD and lately have begun exploring what opportunities are out there for designers in the sports industry. I’ve been following the development of the NWHL and entering the jersey design contest seemed like no question,” Scherer, who designed the winning Boston Pride jersey,
told the NWHL. “To have something I’ve had a hand in creating be part of this fantastic movement for women’s hockey and female athletes seemed like an incredible opportunity.” Freeman, whose Riveters design won the competition, also had a hand in designing a jersey for the Connecticut Whale. Freeman’s Whale design lost out to Hummel’s wavy creation, however. “This league will inspire young girls everywhere, and it just gives them one more thing to shoot for. This is a wonderful initiative and I am absolutely ecstatic to be a part of it,” Hummel
told the NWHL. The winning Buffalo Beauts design was created by Schofield, who entered the competition because she, “had nothing to lose if (she) didn't get chosen. “But if I did get chosen I would get to see players actually wearing what I designed," said Schofield. As a competition winner, she will, indeed, get to see the team take the ice in her design Oct. 11, when the NWHL season kicks off.