There are still a few classic crests in the Ontario League, but like all major junior circuits, expansion, franchise movements and wholesale makeovers have eliminated many of them. Some of the new creations are quite fetching; others are a dog’s breakfast. No surprise, however, that our top three is composed of teams who found a good thing and stuck with it.
Many animals can be found in the OHL, which makes sense for a game marketed to families more so than other leagues. When done right, we liked the cartoony critters. Others tested our patience and didn’t fare so well.
Over the month of August, THN will rank the logos of 16 North American leagues. Click HERE to go to THN's Logo Rankings Central page and click HERE to vote for your top OHL logo as part of our tournament to discover the fans' choice for the top logo in hockey.
The brash knight’s helmet and green and gold motif radiate success.
Sault Ste. Marie
The greyhound is realistic, the backer is subtle. It just works.
A hockey logo that uses negative space and simplicity? Now we’ve seen everything!
The Gens go way back in history and the red, white and blue lettering gets it done every time.
Modern eagle gets a little help from a streaking Old Glory.
Another lettering-only classic, the Petes own that font and the maroon and white color scheme.
The horseshoe and heavy breath vault Barrie’s colt over a lot of other animal mascots.
Cartoonish, yes, but the puck shooting out of the blowhole is a genius stroke.
Dangerous-looking bee wields a big stick.
An oldy, but a goody, the lip-smacking wolf is a major junior staple.
This surly fellow just missed the top 10.
Definitely new-school, very unique.
That’s one serious bear, but we miss the Platers.
Lettering is non-offensive enough, but not striking.
Definitely better than the first incarnation, but still needs work.
Not bad, but not original, either.
Big step back from the original realistic bull.
Why would a funnel cloud have fangs?
Otters are cute and all, but cartoony mascots generally don’t rank high.
Replacing a classic with an angry puck? Not a favorite around here.
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