THN.com's NHL Logo Rankings

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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.

Click HERE to go to THN's Logo Rankings Central page and click HERE to vote for your top NHL logo.

RK.

LOGO

TEAM

THE SCOOP

1

Chicago
Blackhawks

Proud, traditional and iconic.

2

Detroit

Red Wings

Winged wheel now synonymous with winning.

3

Montreal

Canadiens

The ‘H’ in the ‘C’ is legendary.

4

Boston

Bruins

The most imitated logo in all of hockey.

5

St. Louis

Blues

Bluenote so classic, it stands by itself.

6

Philadelphia

Flyers

Flying ‘P’ is an automatic.

7

Minnesota

Wild

Leaders of the new school.

8

San Jose

Sharks

Tweaked their original instant classic without losing what worked.

9

Pittsburgh

Penguins

Set the standard for animals with sticks.

10

Toronto

Maple Leafs

Simple, clean, known immediately throughout hockey.

11

New York

Islanders

Solid all around, plus bonus points for the outline of Long Island.

12

Calgary

Flames

Tough to argue with the flaming ‘C.’

13

Phoenix

Coyotes

Rising from the worst logo of all-time, the new coyote is clean, simple and refreshing.

14

Nashville

Predators

Those are some serious fangs. Remnants of an ancient sabertooth tiger were found in downtown Nashville a few years ago, hence the mascot.

15

Edmonton

Oilers

A drop of oil is the only art, but Edmonton gets points for a nice font.

16

New York

Rangers

If this was a jersey contest, the Blueshirts would be much higher, but it’s not.

17

Vancouver

Canucks

Still trying to find their iconic Canadian logo, Canucks are sporting a nice compromise.

18

Florida

Panthers

As far as realistic logos go, this is a pretty solid panther.

19

Colorado

Avalanche

Much like New Jersey, it’s fairly right-on-the-nose; it’s an Avalanche coming down an ‘A.’

20

New Jersey

Devils

This one dropped a lot in our meeting, but the stylized ‘N’ does have some good features.

21

Atlanta

Thrashers

This one made a big move up in our meeting; the thrasher is the state bird.

22

Washington

Capitals

Love the uniform, love the secondary eagle logo, but we need more than words for the primary.

23

Dallas

Stars

It’s a big star and it says ‘Stars.’

24

Columbus

Blue Jackets

A marked improvement from the original ‘cribbage board’ design.

25

Los Angeles
Kings

Call us when you go back to either of your first two logos.

26

Ottawa

Senators

The original senator was much better than his current 3-D cousin.

27

Tampa Bay

Lightning

Bolts are great, but Tampa still hasn’t found a font that works.

28

Buffalo

Sabres

When your own fans hate it, how are we supposed to disagree?

29

Carolina

Hurricanes

One THN staffer said it looked like a toilet flushing. Ironically, the Canes have a great secondary logo with the flags.

30

Anaheim

Ducks

It’s barely a logo; more like a font. Not that the Mighty Ducks were any better.

Over the next two months, THN.com will leave the voting on the best logos up to you, the reader. To vote for your favorite, click HERE.

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