March 07, 2016
The NHL has some great teams with some great logos. I mean nothing is quite as timeless as Detroit's Winged Wheel or Montreal's classic C/H. However, NHL franchises seem to be a little more conscious of not coming across too gaudy with their names and logos. Minnesota and Anaheim push the envelope a little bit, but most NHL logos are pretty tame and classy for the most part.
When it comes to junior hockey though and even minor league hockey, teams get a little more creative. This weeks I decided to feature a few of my favorites, because sure....we all love a classy design, but let's be honest.....sometimes it's nice to have a little fun.
The Albany River Rats (AHL)
The old New Jersey Devil's affiliates have since become the "Charlotte Checkers", but their name and logo are unforgettable. Whether that's for better or for worse is up to you.
The Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
Who needs the whole moose right? The Halifax Mooseheads actually got their name from the brewery (Moosehead Brewery) who backed them as the first Maritime team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
The Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
Originally the Mississauga IceDogs, the Niagara IceDogs have given us NHL'ers such as Andrew Shaw and Dougie Hamilton, as well as a cartoon depiction of what an IceDog actually is.
The Kootenay Ice (WHL)
Who doesn't love a yeti, am I right? The Kootenay Ice were originally located in Edmonton before they moved to Cranbrook, B.C. in 1998. The Ice won their only Memorial Cup Championship in 2002.
The Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL)
The ECHL has given us many crazy team names, but the Orlando Solar Bears has to be the best. Named after what was originally an IHL team (International Hockey League), the Solar Bears were originally affiliates of the Minnesota Wild in their inaugural season (2012), but have been affiliated with the Maple Leafs since 2013.
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