In getting down to the lower minors, we encounter the question of how to rate teams in leagues with so few teams.
After all, technically they’re all top 10, because there’s only six of them. Are the Knoxville Ice Bears really that different from the Huntsville Havoc? The margins become much thinner here, but rank them we must.
As for the United States League, with 12 teams in the circuit, the top 10 becomes so crucial. Is it fair only two teams get the boot? Based on our judgment, it had to be done.
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 USHL and SPHL logos as part of our tournament to discover the fans' choice for the top logo in hockey.
A brand-new logo that just came in under the wire. The bobcat is a reference to an earlier Green Bay team, plus he has an ace up his sleeve (well, glove)!
The original art style of the Stampede logo makes this one a winner.
Bright colors and a good-looking knight will take you far here.
There really aren’t enough solid yetis in hockey.
Bold colors, good rendering of the horse mascot and a cool name.
Gained steam as the panel debated once we noticed there is a musketeer quietly hiding in the green ‘M.’
It’s an original-looking star and the stick is a nice touch.
Some panelists thought it looked a bit like a penguin, but this hawk wins points for not trying to be too trendy.
True, it’s basically lettering, but the steel font looks cool.
Just squeaks into the top 10, more on the failings of others than anything else.
As much as we love pirates, this is simply too generic.
For an expansion team, this certainly leaves something to be desired.
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It’s an original name and the stick on fire is a nice touch.
This is one mean-looking red wolf and would definitely look good on hats and shirts.
The ‘R’ on the pirate’s hat was the logo of a previous incarnation of the team.
Beware the fangs of Columbus. Neat colors, too.
Perhaps the best cyclone/hurricane out there, but still a hard look to pull off.
It’s a burly bear, for sure, but certainly falls into a template.
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