Our Top Five NHL Logos From Teams Who No Longer Exist

July 08, 2016

Thanks to hipsters and hashtags like #TBT, this generation seems to have a real love for nostalgia. Hockey fans aren't so different, it's not all that shocking to see someone still rocking a Hartford Whalers cap or a Quebec Nordiques shirt. 

I decided that this week I would rank my Top 5 logos of old to get the conversation going. Now it's time to give your opinion as well!


5. Quebec Nordiques


As I mentioned above, this logo is still sported by many hockey fans as it is certainly one of the classics. I get the feeling we may see a new incarnation within the next few years, but only time will tell. 


4. California Golden Seals



Before the Sharks, the Bay Area had the Golden Seals owned at one point by Charles O'Finley who also owned the Oakland Athletics. The Golden Seals were in the NHL for a little over a decade before becoming the Cleveland Barons who would then fold and merge with the Minnesota North Stars. Although the team definitely had a rough go, it's hard not to love that vintage logo. 

3. Colorado Rockies

It's worth noting that the Golden Seals, Colorado Rockies and the upcoming number 2 team all have some ties to each other in one way or the other. Many of these teams seemed to struggle with growing pains for hockey in the USA, but like I said, left us with some pretty sweet logos. Colorado's first attempt at an NHL franchise featured an homage to the state that's hard not to love.


2. Kansas City Scouts



It's a shame that the Kansas City Scouts never took off as this logo is simply fantastic. Originally the team was supposed to be called the "Mohawks", but was asked to change the name as it sounded to similar to the Black Hawks. The scouts inevitably were sold and became the Colorado Rockies.


1. Hartford Whalers

I mentioned the Hartford Whalers earlier and for good reason. There are many people who would love to see the Whalers return to the NHL and many who still rep the logo as if they already are back. It's crazy to think the city of Hartford is still without a professional sports team after the Whalers became the Carolina Hurricanes. Hopefully it's only time before that changes. 




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