The American League boasts an interesting mixture of illustrious and new-school franchises, which means the logos are all over the map.
Since this is the second-best league in North America (perhaps the world), looking sharp is obviously a priority and the teams that had the freedom to sport unique names (Rivermen, Rampage) were able to pull off some nice crests.
Teams which sidle up to their NHL parent clubs are more hamstrung, which is why the Baby Penguins and P-Bruins find themselves further down the rankings; it’s hard to find originality in a conscripted name.
Nonetheless, there are some real gems in the AHL, many of which rival the NHL in terms of impact and cool factor.
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The minor league classic. Red, white and blue, stars and stripes, it all works perfectly.
An upgrade to the uninspired original bull, the new Rampage logo is original and crisp.
Never mind that the black and light blue color scheme is awesome, Milwaukee’s ship is captained by a skeleton.
The Aeros used to go with a modern jet fighter, but the new retro bomber is a good fit as well.
The jagged tiger has a nice color to it and looks fantastic on a jersey or hat.
This is a competitive league for admirals, but using the ship that fires pucks is pretty neat.
He’s steering the ship, looking mean and chewing on a puck; now that’s a riverman.
A sharp falcon with an original look to it. The Iron Maiden-esque font helps, too.
Some might say it’s even better than the current Maple Leafs logo – certainly has more dynamics to it.
A good-looking griffin with a simple logo scheme puts Grand Rapids in the vaunted top 10.
Better than the original cartoonish moose, the new guy looks sharp.
The full devil with the pitchfork/hockey stick is a nice accompaniment to the New Jersey-inspired ‘L.’
Trading on the team’s lake monster theme, this emerging creature definitely wins creativity points.
There’s a lot of bulldogs out there. Hamilton’s is inoffensive enough.
The name is ridiculous, but the logo works because it’s simple and forceful.
It’s fun and cartoony, but is it even the best pig in the ‘A’?
There’s a pretty high standard for pirate logos around here. Portland passes, but doesn’t dazzle.
Better known for their old jerseys, the Bears’ logo is middle-of-the-road.
Following the Kings’ lead, the Monarchs have a “King of the Jungle” motif. Not bad, but not great.
I know it’s a phantom, but this thing needs some more facial features.
Much like Binghamton, the WB penguin looks like he’s on steroids.
Can’t go wrong with the spoked circle, but it’s not going to win any originality points.
Aggressive, yes. But this wolf is just a little too off-putting for our tastes.
An OK wolf as wolves go, but when do wolves ever go near water?
Love the name, but the drawing itself is a little amateurish.
It’s just the old Sharks logo.
Too much chin on that Sen. Plus, he looks tougher than the Ottawa senator. You can’t be showing up your boss.
Our THN panel just wasn’t feelin’ the albino gorilla.
A flaming ‘Q’ would have sufficed; adding on a flaming ‘C’ is just weird looking.
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