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THN.com's NHL Logo Rankings

The Chicago Blackhawks top our list as having the NHL's best logo.

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The Chicago Blackhawks top our list as having the NHL's best logo.

Naturally, the NHL was the most contested of our ultimate logo debate, but there were certain emblems we knew would crack the top 10.

The first four, you’ll notice, are Original Six franchises, but we didn’t want to trade entirely on sentiment, which is why newer teams such as Minnesota and San Jose were rewarded for their unique design.

The most important distinction is that we are judging logos, not jerseys. This is why the New York Rangers fell out of the top 10; when you think of the Blueshirts, you think of the diagonal lettering on their jerseys before you think of the crest. Teams that have improved their looks in recent times were rewarded (ie. Phoenix), while those who took a step back in our opinion (Ottawa, Buffalo) were punished.

Click HERE to go to THN's Logo Rankings Central page and click HERE to vote for your top NHL logo.

THE HOCKEY NEWS NATIONAL LEAGUE LOGO RANKINGS
RK.
LOGO
TEAM
THE SCOOP
1

Chicago
Blackhawks

Proud, traditional and iconic.
2
Detroit
Red Wings
Winged wheel now synonymous with winning.
3
Montreal
Canadiens
The ‘H’ in the ‘C’ is legendary.
4
Boston
Bruins
The most imitated logo in all of hockey.
5
St. Louis
Blues
Bluenote so classic, it stands by itself.
6
Philadelphia
Flyers
Flying ‘P’ is an automatic.
7
Minnesota
Wild
Leaders of the new school.
8
San Jose
Sharks
Tweaked their original instant classic without losing what worked.
9
Pittsburgh
Penguins
Set the standard for animals with sticks.
10
Toronto
Maple Leafs
Simple, clean, known immediately throughout hockey.
11
New York
Islanders
Solid all around, plus bonus points for the outline of Long Island.
12
Calgary
Flames
Tough to argue with the flaming ‘C.’
13
Phoenix
Coyotes
Rising from the worst logo of all-time, the new coyote is clean, simple and refreshing.
14
Nashville
Predators
Those are some serious fangs. Remnants of an ancient sabertooth tiger were found in downtown Nashville a few years ago, hence the mascot.
15
Edmonton
Oilers
A drop of oil is the only art, but Edmonton gets points for a nice font.
16
New York
Rangers
If this was a jersey contest, the Blueshirts would be much higher, but it’s not.
17
Vancouver
Canucks
Still trying to find their iconic Canadian logo, Canucks are sporting a nice compromise.
18
Florida
Panthers
As far as realistic logos go, this is a pretty solid panther.
19
Colorado
Avalanche
Much like New Jersey, it’s fairly right-on-the-nose; it’s an Avalanche coming down an ‘A.’
20
New Jersey
Devils
This one dropped a lot in our meeting, but the stylized ‘N’ does have some good features.
21
Atlanta
Thrashers
This one made a big move up in our meeting; the thrasher is the state bird.
22
Washington
Capitals
Love the uniform, love the secondary eagle logo, but we need more than words for the primary.
23
Dallas
Stars
It’s a big star and it says ‘Stars.’
24
Columbus
Blue Jackets
A marked improvement from the original ‘cribbage board’ design.
25

Los Angeles
Kings

Call us when you go back to either of your first two logos.
26
Ottawa
Senators
The original senator was much better than his current 3-D cousin.
27
Tampa Bay
Lightning
Bolts are great, but Tampa still hasn’t found a font that works.
28
Buffalo
Sabres
When your own fans hate it, how are we supposed to disagree?
29
Carolina
Hurricanes
One THN staffer said it looked like a toilet flushing. Ironically, the Canes have a great secondary logo with the flags.
30
Anaheim
Ducks
It’s barely a logo; more like a font. Not that the Mighty Ducks were any better.

Over the next two months, THN.com will leave the voting on the best logos up to you, the reader. To vote for your favorite, click HERE.

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