Naturally, the ECHL doesn’t have as deep a history as the NHL or AHL, but that doesn’t mean the league can’t churn out some cool emblems. In fact, because many of the teams reside in “non-traditional hockey markets,” the ECHL boasts many unique team names and logos which are fun for fans who may be getting into the game for the first time.
A modern look runs through most of the league’s crests, though there still manages to be a lot of creativity. From Idaho’s mountain range to Wheeling’s scary mask, the ECHL has it all, including, unfortunately, a lot of bear mascots. All in all, however, there’s a lot to choose from here.
The Toledo Walleye was not included since the team will not play until the 2009-10 season.
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The play on words is clever, the gator is solid and he even has skate laces on his snout.
It might just be lettering, but you can’t argue with the way this one pops.
A big upgrade from the silly stingray of old, this two-tone entry is very slick.
The serial-killer motif is cool, and the mask and nails is simple enough for young fans to draw, a key element of fun.
Bold, aggressive and it looks good on either a jersey or a hat.
The dragon and shield combo proves to be a great start for this expansion team.
A condor is a great name for a team and having it perched on a stick is a nice touch.
Similar to Augusta, Elmira comes in with a nice modern mascot rendering.
Slightly goofy, yes, but this logo is completely original and fun.
Simplicity can sometimes win the day and the arrowhead does it for us.
Golf pun aside, the Lynx do it without lettering and have a nice original mascot (but what’s up with the eyes? There are no pupils!).
Fiercest of the legion of bears out there, you wouldn’t want to tangle with this grizzly.
Points for having the wrangler riding a bull while brandishing a stick.
Yeah, it’s just a mountain range, but there’s something powerful about this simple design.
Too many bears in this league.
Another example of a standard sports motif; it’s a good falcon, but not a great one.
The template for ECHL logos, there’s nothing wrong with it, but nothing spectacular, either.
A sharp re-working of the team’s old cartoony mascot, it still falls into the generic bear trap.
The lettering really sinks this cyclone, which is middling to begin with.
Has a little bear to him. Either way, a little too fuzzy for our tastes.
The poor man’s Manchester Monarchs. And ironically, not even the prime affiliate of the L.A. Kings anymore.
Sure, roadrunners are naturally skinny, but can’t you make him somewhat intimidating?
We know New Jersey made you change your name from the Titans, but not even having your own logo is tough.
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