Ontario junior team Thorold Blackhawks have deadline to change ‘discriminatory’ logo

Jared Clinton
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The Thorold Blackhawks have been a part of the Ontario junior hockey scene for more than two decades, but that’s about to come to an end. The franchise itself will be sticking around, but the logo — and possibly the name — will have to be changed.

According to the St. Catharines Standard, Thorold mayor Ted Luciani has given the team a deadline of June 1, 2017 to change the team’s crest after roughly three years of debate surrounding the logo. That order extends to the Thorold Amateau Athletic Association, which also makes use of the logo. Luciani added that once the deadline comes and goes, the logo will not be allowed inside Thorold’s arenas in any form.

“The City of Thorold, as represented by Council, shares the belief that the logo is discriminatory in nature,” Luciani wrote. “The city also believes that its continued use is a form of harassment.” Read more

San Jose Sharks reveal new logos and ‘Los Tiburones’ jersey

Ryan Kennedy
(Image courtesy of the San Jose Sharks)

It wasn’t so long ago that the San Jose Sharks updated their predatory logo, but the more the merrier, right? Coming off the franchise’s first-ever appearance in the Stanley Cup final, the Sharks have released new logos and a special ‘Los Tiburones’ jersey for 2016-17. As you can see above, it’s a pretty sweet jersey. ‘Los Tiburones’ is a local nickname for the team and, duh, means ‘Sharks’ in Spanish. I love the font used and it’s worth noting that the man who designed it, Terry Smith, also created the Sharks’ very first logo. As for the other marks, you’ll notice the shark is a lot more toothy:

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Jets will wear great throwback jerseys at Heritage Classic, alumni rosters unveiled

Jared Clinton
Winnipeg Jets Heritage Classic jersey (via Winnipeg Jets)

Fans in Winnipeg clamored for True North Sports and Entertainment to bring back their beloved Jets and the ownership came through by naming the league’s newest team after the club that departed Manitoba’s capital in the mid-1990s. But with the Heritage Classic coming to Winnipeg in October 2016, the ownership group has gone one step further by bringing the team back in name and style, at least for the outdoor event.

The Jets and Edmonton Oilers officially unveiled their jerseys for the Heritage Classic at an event held in downtown Winnipeg Friday, and the jerseys for both teams will harken back to the heyday of the rivalry between the Jets and Oilers in the 1980s. Read more

NWHL holds jersey vote for fans to pick teams’ 2016-17 designs

Matt Larkin

The National Women’s Hockey League is all systems go for its second season in 2016-17. Its sweaters, it turns out, were one-offs.

The league announced Thursday all four teams – The Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters – were retiring their inaugural jersey designs. Next up? A fan vote to choose each team’s new threads for 2016-17.

​”It has always been important to us for our fans to have a voice,” said NWHL commissioner Dani Rylan. “The NWHL’s inaugural jerseys were designed and voted on by fans, and we’re excited to commemorate their importance by retiring the historic set. Memories were made, miles were logged, and history began in those jerseys. It all started with our fans, and we’re excited to hear what they have to say for Round 2.”

Each voter will be faced with the following choices:


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This Anaheim Ducks/Angels mash-up gear is too sweet for words

Ryan Kennedy
The Angels' Ducks Night cap (photo courtesy of the L.A. Angels of Anaheim)

Anaheim’s hockey and baseball teams have come together and the sartorial results are spectacular.

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will wear special jerseys and caps during batting practice on Aug. 16, in honor of Ducks Night. The cap, seen above, mashes up the logos of the Angels and the Ducks, with awesome results. Here’s a shot of Ducks mascot Wild Wing rocking the jersey:


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Five NHL jerseys players should have refused to wear

Todd Bertuzzi. (Getty Images)

On Saturday, Chicago White Sox all-star pitcher Chris Sale was scratched from his start and sent home because he refused to wear the team’s throwback uniform. It went beyond that, of course. Sale reportedly went into the clubhouse and cut up his own jersey, along with those of his teammates.

Sale’s gripe? The collar on the jersey was uncomfortable and he was adamant that he would not wear it. Sale was eventually suspended for five games by the team.

It was a bizarre story, but one that could plausibly play out in any team sport. In the NBA, for instance, many players complained when the new sleeved jerseys were introduced.

In hockey, the basic design of the jersey has been largely the same for the past 100 years. There isn’t much that can be done that could throw a player into a fit of uncomfortable rage. The aesthetics of hockey jerseys on the other hand, they have at times been a cause for concern.

Here are five NHL jerseys players should have refused to wear.

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Las Vegas’ next step is choosing name and logo, but trademark issues slowing process

Jared Clinton
Bill Foley (left) and Gary Bettman (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

By the sounds of things, were it up to Las Vegas expansion franchise owner Bill Foley, the NHL’s 31st club would already have a name and logo, but the process has proven to be much more difficult than Foley could have imagined.

During Wednesday’s press conference to announce George McPhee as the franchise’s first GM, Foley was asked about naming the team and when fans in Las Vegas could expect to learn the identity of the expansion club. Foley said the plan is to have the logo in place as soon as possible.

“I didn’t realize how complicated it was, and it is complicated,” Foley said Wednesday. “We are working our way through the process right now, as we speak…We have a lot names in mind, but a lot of the ones I really liked are trademarked, so that is a little bit of an issue.” Read more