It’s time to recap the B-League. In the Reno Ice Adult League there are three divisions. These divisions are like levels in baseball. The divisions are commonly referred to as leagues. The highest level is A-League. The middle level is B-League. The lowest level is C-League.
Quick recap on the season format, each team plays 12 regular season games over four months. For B-League, teams play 6 division games and 6 non division games. The postseason, is divided into 4 single game elimination tournaments. The winners of the semi-final games move on to the league championship or tournament finals. The teams that lost in the semi-finals play in bowl games. All of this of course only exists in this concept.
In the Nevada Div. are Blue Moon, Coors Banquet, Coors Light and Hop Valley. In the Reno Div. are Doughboys, Q&D Construction, Reno Pond Hockey, and Reno Sriracha. In the Sparks Div. are Desert Dogs, Hot Shots, Murder Hornets, and Slappy Gilmores. In the Tahoe Div. are Cruz Construction, Mid-Ice Crisis, Tahoe Dawgs and Tahoe Storm.
All of the teams in the Nevada Div. are sponsored by Revision Brewery. They are free agent teams named after beer sold by Revision Brewery.
In the Reno Div. the Doughboys are the Reno Police team and sponsored by Doughboys Donuts. For Q&D Construction all of their players work for the company. Reno Pond Hockey is a local hockey organization that decided to have a team in the RIAL. Reno Sriracha is named after a hot sauce.
In the Sparks Div. the Desert Dogs are partially owned and operated by Bardown Hockey Shop. The Hot Shots were started and financially supported by a bar by the same name in Sparks, but has since become independent. The Murder Hornets are an expansion team founded in 2021. The Slappy Gilmores are the bad boys of this concept.
In the Tahoe Div. Cruz Construction is a construction company. Mid-Ice Crisis are a team made up of middle aged athletes. The Tahoe Dawgs are an adult multi-sport club in the Reno/Tahoe area. The Tahoe Storm is a team made up of former Tahoe League players.
Blue Moon, Coors Banquet, Coors Light, and Hop Valleys primary logos are the same as their beer counterparts.
The Doughboys from the team sponsor. Their logo is a circle with multiple rings. It has the team name and the Doughboys Donuts logo on it. The Q&D Construction logo comes from their company logo. The Reno Pond Hockey colors and branding are inspired by the Reno city flag. The Reno Sriracha colors and primary logo are inspired by Huy Fong Foods (the company that makes sriracha).
The Desert Dogs primary logo is a coyote head with the team name underneath it. The Hot Shots primary logo is a circle, with the team name, a flaming shot glass, mountains and the league name. The Murder Hornets primary logo has a hornet in front of a hexagon behind the team name and Roman numerals with teams founding year. The Slappy Gilmors primary logo is an alligator head with the team name below it.
Cruz Construction has a double C monogram as their primary logo. Mid-Ice Crisis have a fox head as their primary logo. The Tahoe Dawgs have a Saint Bernard as a primary logo. The Tahoe Storm primary logo is a wordmark logo inspired by greeting cards.
Quick jersey recap, in the RIAL concept there are no home and away jerseys. Dark and Light jerseys are interchangeable home and away jerseys. 3rd jerseys are alt jerseys. City jerseys connect the team to the community. Retro jerseys are 90’s or 2000’s. Surge jerseys are color rush jerseys. All jerseys can be used for any game as they are not the same primary color. The home team gets first choice on jerseys.
There are a lot of jerseys here. Sixteen teams with six jerseys each. Thats 96 jerseys. Thats a lot of combinations. Coors Banquet being navy and Coors Light being red was done on purpose to emphasize their rivalry. It is common in sports for rival teams to be red vs blue. Reno Sriracha are the only team in the RIAL concept not to use their primary logo in any of their jerseys. I wanted these to be different and stand out not only from each other but also in the world of hockey concepts. I think I accomplished that.
The Dark jerseys establish most of these teams visual identities pretty well. Green and navy are tied for most for the primary jersey colors at 4. Red comes in third with 3 jerseys. There 2 black jerseys. Light blue, orange and burgundy all have one jersey. Seven of the Dark jerseys use the teams primary logo. Three teams use secondary logos. Six teams use alternate logos. Ten teams use shoulder logos on their Dark jerseys. Hot Shots are the only team to move the number placement on their jerseys.
Eleven of the sixteen B-League Light jerseys are white. Cream, light grey, tan, yellow and wheat make up the primary colors of the non white Light jerseys. Thirteen teams use same template as their Dark jerseys. Eight of the Light jerseys use their teams primary logo. Three of the Light jerseys use their teams secondary logos. Five of the Light jerseys use alternate logos. Nine of the Light jerseys have shoulder logos. Again Hot Shots are the only team to move the number placement.
Only three of the 3RD jerseys are not dark jerseys. Only Coors Light uses the same template as their Dark and Light jerseys. Dough Boys have a modified version of their Dark and Light template. The Desert Dogs and Tahoe Storm use their alternate colors for their 3RD jerseys. While Hop Valley does not have alternate colors they are the only other team to not have their 3RD jersey in their main colors. The reason Hop Valley does this is because their 3RD jersey is inspired by one of their beers. Coors Light is the only team to use their primary logo on their 3RD jersey. Cruz Construction and Tahoe Dawgs use secondary logos on their 3RD jerseys. Everyone else uses alternate logos. Eight teams have shoulder logos on their 3RD jerseys.
Nine of the B-League City jerseys are in their teams normal colors. Four of the City jerseys are inspired by flags. The Blue Moon City jersey represent the Nevada desert, lakes, rivers, and mountains through the colors. The Coors Banquet jersey is rodeo themed after the Reno Rodeo and Coors Rodeo. The Coors light jersey is in the University of Nevada Reno colors and is inspired by the original Nevada flag. The Hop Valley jersey is themed after the Hop Valley Aceball Ale. The Aceball Ale is beer made in collaboration with the Reno Aces.
The Doughboys jersey is inspired by the Reno Police. The Q&D Construction jersey just says Reno across the front. The Reno Pond Hockey jersey is inspired by the Reno city flag. The Reno Sriracha jersey is inspired by Sriracha heritage. It says Reno in Chinese characters on the front.
The Desert Dogs jersey is inspired by Burning Man. The Hot Shots jersey is inspired by the Sparks Nevada flag. The Murder Hornets jersey is inspired by Interstate 80. The Slappy Gilmores jersey is inspired by the Masters Tournament.
The Cruz jersey is inspired by the Nevada state motto “Battle Born”. The Mid-Ice Crisis jersey is inspired by a mural from downtown Reno. The Tahoe Dawgs one just says Tahoe. The Tahoe Storm jersey is inspired by the South Lake Tahoe flag.
Only two of the B-League Retro jerseys are light jerseys. Hope Valley, Reno Pond Hockey, Murder Hornets and Tahoe Storm Retro jerseys were designed for the first season of the RIAL concept series. In this concept those teams are too new to have 90’s or early 2000’s jerseys. The rest of the B-League Retro jerseys would have seen use in the 90’s or early 2000’s.
Most of the Surge jerseys use alternate logos made just for the Surge jersey. Some use alternate logos not specific to their Surge jerseys. Only the Murder Hornets Surge jerseys has shoulder logos. I was trying to keep these jerseys under one theme and I was able to accomplish that. All of these jerseys stand out to the rest of the jerseys in B-League.