Coolest Logo in Every NHL Team's History
Logos are so important to NHL teams because not only are they most often the image we get when we think of a certain club, they make or break the jersey the team wears as well.
Sometimes teams for no good reason change their logos so often and do not have any consistency, while teams such as the Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings, and Toronto Maple Leafs all have had close to the same design that they use now for quite some time.
Let's look at the coolest logo in the history of each NHL team.
I personally liked the Anaheim Ducks better when they were the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, and this logo certainly reminds me the days of Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne excelling together.
The traditional 8-spoked "B" was the obvious choice for the Boston Bruins. Not much has changed for the Bruins over the years in terms of logos, but that's fine, there is no need to get fancy.
The Buffalo Sabres used this as their primary logo from 1996-97 until 2005-06, and wore it during the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals when they lost to the Dallas Stars.
The Calgary Flames have excellent primary and alternate logos, and this one is the coolest in my opinion. It was used from 1981 until 1994, and was the logo used when the Flames won the franchise's only Stanley Cup in 1989.
Even when the NHL moves franchise from Hartford to Carolina, the Whalers logo still was a popular logo on NHL shirts and hats.
This is certainly one of the cooler logos in the history of the NHL. I live in the Boston area, and in the sports stores there's almost as much Whalers memorabilia as Bruins, people love this logo.
One of the best designed logos in sports is the logo the Chicago Blackhawks have used since the 1964-65 season. If there's nothing wrong with it, why fix it? Thankfully the Blackhawks agree, this logo is just awesome.
Bring back the Nordiques! This is the best vintage NHL logo and hopefully if they bring the Nordiques back to Quebec, they will keep this logo, and not to what the new Winnipeg Jets did and make a new logo when the old one was perfect.
Columbus Blue Jackets
The Columbus Blue Jackets have had just two primary logos in their short history, and in my estimation, this one seems to be the coolest of the two. The star in the middle is nice.
It was good to see the Minnesota Wild join the NHL because the state really needed a franchise after the departure of the Minnesota North Stars to Dallas.
The Dallas logos have been pretty weak in my opinion, so this one from Minnesota is the clear choice.
Detroit Red Wings
Another historic logo is the Detroit Red Wings design, which has been used since the 1948-49 season. When you think Red Wings, you think of this awesome logo, or Gordie Howe, or maybe even Steve Yzerman.
The jerseys the Edmonton Oilers wore in the 1980s when they won the Stanley Cup a number of times were simply awesome, and this is the logo that went on those sweaters.
The Florida Panthers are in first place in the Southeast division, yes, you heard me right. This logo from 1993-94 is by far the coolest the Panthers have ever had.
Los Angeles Kings
You might not agree with my choice here, but there is just something about this Los Angeles Kings logo I really like. It's a simple design that just works.
This is the only primary logo the Minnesota Wild have had in their brief history, but I think it is a really nice one. The color scheme and design really work well.
The Montreal Canadiens logo is simply, well designed, and full of tremendous history. This is the coolest one in my opinion, and it has been used since the 1950s.
This was the first of two primary logos that the Nashville Predators have had in their history since they began in 1999.
This one is much cooler than the one the team uses now.
New Jersey Devils
The New Jersey Devils' best logo was the red white and green one that kind of reminds you of Christmas. This is certainly cooler than the red, black, and white design they use now.
New York Islanders
You may think this logo is hideous, but would it be fair to say it is actually pretty cool? I think so, even if this New York Islanders logo looks like the Gorton's fisherman.
New York Rangers
This one of the alternate logos of the New York Rangers, and the Statue of Liberty design really makes this logo pretty cool.
The Ottawa Senators have had three primary logos in their existence, and this happens to be their first. I think it is much cooler than the one they have no, which in my opinion is one of the worst logos in the entire NHL.
The Philadelphia Flyers have had very few logos in their history, probably because this primary one is so iconic of the franchise.
The Phoenix Coyotes have had some nice logos but none of them come close to being as cool as the old vintage Winnipeg Jets logos the franchise had before it was in Arizona.
This Pittsburgh Penguins logo was used from 1971 until the 1992 season when the franchise just completed a successful defense of their 1991 Stanley Cup championship. I like this shade of yellow better than what the current logo uses.
San Jose Sharks
This alternate logo was used by the San Jose Sharks just during the 2007-08 season, but I think it is the coolest they have ever had.
I like that the team name is in the logo, and the overall design is just well done.
St. Louis Blues
The St. Louis Blues have had only a few primary logos in their history and they have used this one since the 1998-99 season. I was so glad when they got the color red out of the logo, it just did not fit.
Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning ditched this primary logo this season for a new one that is much worse. The three previous logos to the current one were pretty similar, and the team unwisely made too bold of a change.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The logo the Toronto Maple Leafs use now is cool, but I really like this vintage logo from the 1960s. The Maple Leafs' blue and white colors go really well with any Leaf design I think.
The Vancouver Canucks logo they wore in the early to mid 1990s was just plain ugly, and this was a nice improvement. The Canucks in their history have had some interesting logos and jerseys, both some terrible ones as well as some awesome designs.
The Washington Capitals used this logo during their only season in which they made the Stanley Cup Final (1997-98), and I prefer this one to the red, white, and blue designs.
I am not a fan of the new Winnipeg Jets logos but the old Atlanta Thrashers ones were even worse. This new Jets franchise is young so there is time to think of more designs. This one is not terrible by any means, but it could have been done better.