Naturally, the NHL was the most contested of our ultimate logo debate, but there were certain emblems we knew would crack the top 10.
The first four, you’ll notice, are Original Six franchises, but we didn’t want to trade entirely on sentiment, which is why newer teams such as Minnesota and San Jose were rewarded for their unique design.
The most important distinction is that we are judging logos, not jerseys. This is why the New York Rangers fell out of the top 10; when you think of the Blueshirts, you think of the diagonal lettering on their jerseys before you think of the crest. Teams that have improved their looks in recent times were rewarded (ie. Phoenix), while those who took a step back in our opinion (Ottawa, Buffalo) were punished.
Proud, traditional and iconic.
Winged wheel now synonymous with winning.
The ‘H’ in the ‘C’ is legendary.
The most imitated logo in all of hockey.
Bluenote so classic, it stands by itself.
Flying ‘P’ is an automatic.
Leaders of the new school.
Tweaked their original instant classic without losing what worked.
Set the standard for animals with sticks.
Simple, clean, known immediately throughout hockey.
Solid all around, plus bonus points for the outline of Long Island.
Tough to argue with the flaming ‘C.’
Rising from the worst logo of all-time, the new coyote is clean, simple and refreshing.
Those are some serious fangs. Remnants of an ancient sabertooth tiger were found in downtown Nashville a few years ago, hence the mascot.
A drop of oil is the only art, but Edmonton gets points for a nice font.
If this was a jersey contest, the Blueshirts would be much higher, but it’s not.
Still trying to find their iconic Canadian logo, Canucks are sporting a nice compromise.
As far as realistic logos go, this is a pretty solid panther.
Much like New Jersey, it’s fairly right-on-the-nose; it’s an Avalanche coming down an ‘A.’
This one dropped a lot in our meeting, but the stylized ‘N’ does have some good features.
This one made a big move up in our meeting; the thrasher is the state bird.
Love the uniform, love the secondary eagle logo, but we need more than words for the primary.
It’s a big star and it says ‘Stars.’
A marked improvement from the original ‘cribbage board’ design.
Call us when you go back to either of your first two logos.
The original senator was much better than his current 3-D cousin.
Bolts are great, but Tampa still hasn’t found a font that works.
When your own fans hate it, how are we supposed to disagree?
One THN staffer said it looked like a toilet flushing. Ironically, the Canes have a great secondary logo with the flags.
It’s barely a logo; more like a font. Not that the Mighty Ducks were any better.
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