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SHARP DRESSED MEN


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids artists Brian Oesch and Chad B. Stilson have been chosen as the winners of the Grand Rapids Griffins’ jersey design contest, conducted earlier this summer through Puckdrawn.com.

Oesch’s classic design and Stilson’s fierce interpretation of Griff, the team’s mascot, were selected from more than 50 entries that were received prior to the July 1 deadline.

“Overall, the entries we received were excellent, ranging from the absurd to some very high-quality work,” said Rich Meyers, the Griffins’ director of game operations. “It was neat to see submissions from people across the United States and Canada, and it was really tough to pick out a winner. A lot of people within various levels of our organization, from account executives to ownership, were involved in the decision process.”

Oesch, owner of Brian Oesch Graphic Design and Illustration, has created logos for a number of local and national sports teams, including several Griffins community relations logos and the primary logo for the West Michigan Whitecaps. “Brian’s is obviously a throwback design with the string tie in front,” said Meyers. “It is somewhat modeled after the St. Louis Blues’ alternate jersey from last year, but he put a nice twist on it. It looks simple but sharp with the famous Griffins logo, a blend of old and new that captured what we were looking for.

“On the opposite end, Chad’s design was a completely unique and fresh approach to our logo, a little edgier, angrier Griffin on a jersey that maintains clean lines and adapts our traditional colors.

“We’re happy to give some additional exposure to these local artists and look forward to seeing our players wear their designs this season,” added Meyers.

Stilson’s jersey will be worn by the Griffins on Dec. 31 and Oesch’s on Jan. 30, with each set being auctioned to the public after its game. The New Year’s Eve auction will support Grand Valley State University’s club roller hockey team, while the January auction will benefit the Griffins Youth Foundation.

In addition to the public recognition, each artist will receive a customized jersey of his winning design.

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