April 21, 2016
A few weeks ago we shared some of the more unique logos from minor league and major junior hockey. Like I said in that article, there seems to be a little more room for artistic expression once you get outside of the NHL and that can be seen around the world as well. This week we share a few more of our favorites abroad.
Ak Bars Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League:
Based out of Kazan, Russia, the KHL's Ak Bars Kazan feature some unique designs two of them shown here.
The team's name, Ak Bars, is taken from the official symbol of Tatarstan, translated as "Snow Leopard", a traditional symbol which has its origins with the Barsil, one of the Tatar tribes.
Malmo Redhawks of the Swedish Hockey League
When you take a look at the Swedish Hockey League, the Malmo Redhawks are one of the few teams who provide a nickname. Although they've had their ups and downs post 90's, they are still one of the relatively recognizable teams in Europe.
Lahti Pelicans of Liiga (Finnish Elite League)
Hailing from Lahti, Finland and partially owned by retired NHL goalie, Pasi Nurminen, the Lahti Pelicans definitely stand out with their logo. After several rough years, the Pelicans did make it to the playoffs this past season led by former NHL player, Ryan Potulny. They were eventually knocked out in the secon round.
Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers (Nurnberg) of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga
Sometimes the best way to create a hockey nickname is just to add "ice" before something awesome right? The Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers did just that. Formerly known as the Nurnberg Ice Tigers, the team's name was changed during the 2008-09 season when money became a dire issue for the Ice Tigers. To ensure the team would be able to compete in the following season, an investment group led by jeweler, Thomas Sabo intervened. Ever since they've been known as the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers.
Melbourne Mustangs of the Australian Ice Hockey League
Yes Australia has a semi-pro hockey league and the Melbourne Mustangs are one of the eight teams that make up this unique league.
The Mustangs were AIHL Champions in 2014 and currently feature two Americans on their roster including a player by the name of Patrick O'Kane....crazy right?
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