Worst Logo in Every NHL Team's History
For the 2011-12 NHL season, four teams adopted a new primary logo.
The Nashville Predators simplified theirs, and the Tampa Bay Lightning even more so. The Los Angeles Kings switched their alternate logo to their main logo.
The relocated Atlanta Thrashers took on a new look when becoming the Winnipeg Jets.
The Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs adopted new logos for their alternate uniforms.
This marks yet another season in the ever-changing revolution of NHL identities. Over the years, the creativity of certain teams resulted in the ridicule of hockey fans and followers.
Read on to see the worst logo in every NHL team's history.
Anaheim has used six different logos in franchise history.
The team's alternate jersey from 2003 to 2006 used a baseball-like script similar to the Minnesota Wild's current green jersey.
As much as fans may dislike "Ducks" being spelled out on the jersey, nothing was more ridiculous than the Wild Wing logo used on the alternate jersey from the 1995-96 season.
The Boston Bruins' logo history consists of many variations of the team's popular spoked-B design. Some older logos consist of simply a "B," and the team even used the word "Bruins" on the 1940 to 1944 jerseys.
It is more reminiscent of Little Bear than anything that should ever be on a hockey jersey.
After using their current logo for the first 26 years of the franchise's existence, the Buffalo Sabres inexplicably changed their team logo and colors. After a 14-year battle, the team decided to go back to its original logo for the 2010-11 season.
But none of this happened without one of the worst logos in NHL history, a banana-slug replica that made watching Danny Briere's 95-point season in 2006-07 unbearable.
Since moving to Calgary from Atlanta for the 1980-81 season, the Flames have used the same flaming "C" for more than 30 years, with a variety of red, orange, yellow and black color schemes.
Unfortunately, the team also made an attempt at originality by using this flaming horse logo for eight seasons. It was exclusively the team's dark jersey from 2000 to 2003.
Aside from the "eye of the storm" logo the Hurricanes use regularly, the alternate logo is their only other logo.
Chicago has not used many different logos despite their long history. The team has always had a man's head as part of the logo.
It previously featured a circular text wrapping much like the team's Winter Classic uniforms did.
Of all the variations of the head, this has to be the worst. Used for two seasons from 1935 to 1937, it featured an overwhelmingly red face with tan hair.
If any human actually looked like that, it would be a cause for concern.
Colorado has really only had one actual logo in the team's history. The recognizable "A" crest comes with a yeti's foot as the shoulder patch. Neither logo is bad looking.
The team has, however, used a diagonal "Colorado" on two alternate jerseys.
Columbus Blue Jackets
In the franchise's short history, Columbus has already showed the NHL three logos.
Aside from the team's star and flag look, the Blue Jackets have used their current alternate emblem in addition to this, the inaugural team identity.
The current logos are an improvement.
Dallas' most popular star logo is unfortunately joined by two terrible uniform crests.
As bad as the team's current "DALLAS" wordmark looks, nothing is more terrible than the Taurus/ovary logo the team used for two seasons.
Detroit Red Wings
Since the Detroit hockey club named themselves the Red Wings before the 1932-33 season, the logo has essentially never changed.
The team has used two throwback logos based on jerseys worn by the team when they were known as the Cougars, the franchise's nickname from 1926 to 1930.
The first was used in the 1991-92 season and featured nothing more than "DETROIT" plainly written on the chest. Both that crest (if it can even be called that) and the team's Winter Classic logo were terrible.
The Panthers have really only had one logo aside from the crest used for their current blue alternate jersey.
It "wins" by having lack of competition.
Los Angeles Kings
Amidst a collection of crowns and royalty-fitting logos was the small logo used with the team's alternate jersey in the 1995-96 season.
Minnesota's short history of logos and uniforms has actually been quite visually attractive.
Picking the worst of them is almost wrong, because the worst crest the team has used is featured on the team's best-looking uniform.
Did you know the Montreal Canadiens' inaugural uniform was blue, with white detail?
It was, for the 1909-10 season only. This bland "C" was the logo.
The Nashville Predators should be commended for the work they've done on their appearance prior to this season.
The team simplified its detailed saber-toothed logo and made a bold statement by being the first team to regularly use a yellow uniform since the Vancouver Canucks used one in the 1988-89 season.
It is not the first time the team has used yellow; the team used an ugly shade from 2001 to 2007, featuring a three-quarters-facing-forward version of their normal logo that contained way too much detail for a hockey logo.
New Jersey Devils
The Devils have only used one logo since the Colorado Rockies moved to New Jersey in 1982.
However, that logo was based on this unused design made by owner John McMullen's wife.
New York Islanders
The New York Islanders have used two different logos in franchise history. This resemblance of the Gorton's seafood company's logo was so atrocious it lasted just two seasons.
What should be noted is that when the Islanders changed their jerseys after the 1997-98 season, the logo is all that was changed. The franchise was just that eager to rid themselves of it.
New York Rangers
This logo likely does not look familiar to non-Rangers fans.
The modernized version of New York's traditional logo was used as a shoulder patch on the team's "Lady Liberty" alternates.
Thankfully for Flyers fans, the team has kept the same logo throughout franchise history. The only alteration to it was the 2002-07 orange alternate uniform.
Silver detailing made the logo appear three-dimensional.
The Coyotes' old logo simply had way too much going on.
Shades of white, brown, red, green and purple were all included in this cartoonish logo.
An interesting note: the sweater this Coyote is wearing matches that of their new uniforms, except for the logo of course.
The "Robopenguin" was a strange adaptation of the popular Penguins logo the team currently uses.
Fresh off back-to-back Stanley Cup-winning seasons, the Penguins changed their jerseys for the 1992-93 season, utilizing this logo.
St. Louis Blues
The Blues have only had one logo in their history, with minor stylistic alterations throughout the franchise's history.
It is the blue musical note, which appears to be a 1/64 note judging by the amount of flags on it.
This jersey was actually going to be used by St. Louis before Mike Keenan refused to allow it. What exactly counts as the logo on this is unclear. Whatever it is, is awful.
San Jose Sharks
San Jose has used two very similar logos in its history: the original logo (shown here) and the current one, which is a three-dimensional and fiercer version of the shark.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay's recent simplification of the bolt logo is the third version of the franchise's icon.
Though their third jersey's "BOLTS" crest is questionable, their initial logo is bad enough to take the title of "worst."
The scribbled "Tampa Bay" made it seem like a minor league logo aimed at attracting children.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Conn Smythe purchased the Toronto St. Pats in 1927. He renamed them the Maple Leafs but did not change the team's color to blue until the next season.
So, there you have it. A green Maple Leafs logo.
Considering the team adopted this logo after years of wearing the ugliest uniform in NHL history, Canucks fans really could not complain much.
Still, the logo looked more like something that belonged in a roller-skating dance club than on a hockey uniform.
This vibrant mix of red and yellow is, whether you see it or not, supposed to be a skate.
None of the Capitals' logos have been particularly bad, but this is probably the worst of the bunch.
There is simply too much going on in this. Additionally, the color scheme is inappropriate for a team named after the United States' capital city.
The current Winnipeg Jets have only had one logo, so picking it as the worst is a bit redundant.
So instead, take a look at the first installment of the team, and this logo can be found.
It was apparently the logo of the team during its first two seasons as a member of the WHA in 1972-74.
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