Manitoba Moose returning to Winnipeg as Jets’ AHL affiliate

Jared Clinton
The Manitoba Moose are back in the AHL in 2015-16. (via JetsTV)

The Manitoba Moose, the AHL team responsible for the NHL’s return to Winnipeg, are heading back to the MTS Centre.

In a press conference Monday afternoon, True North Sports and Entertainment, the group that owns the Winnipeg Jets, announced the return of the Moose, including the unveiling of the updated logo, jerseys and ticket and pricing packages for the club that will begin play this upcoming AHL season.

“The opportunity to bring the American League team home, back to Winnipeg, is certainly something that I’m very proud to be a part of,” said Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff. “I want to thank our ownership group, True North Sports and Entertainment, for the vision to be able to allow us to get to this point.” Read more

AHL’s Condors unveil new and improved logo; Blues to wear Cardinals jerseys

Jared Clinton
Bakersfield Condors' new logo (via Bakersfield Condors)

Thursday afternoon, the Bakersfield Condors, the 2015-16 affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, became the final team from the AHL’s new Pacific Division to officially unveil their logo for the upcoming season.

The Condors, who have a long history of being one of the most creative and hilarious teams in minor professional sports, tried to pull one over on April Fool’s Day by releasing a fake logo, but revealed their actual crest the next day. While the logo isn’t a major departure from the Condors logo that has been worn for the past several seasons, there are some updates connecting next year’s team to the Edmonton Oilers. Read more

San Jose Barracuda: great name, but how do the jersey and logo look?

Matt Larkin
San Jose Barracuda.

The San Jose Sharks are all but Shark fin soup in the Western Conference playoff race. The organization should thus seek enjoyment elsewhere. That’s why Thursday was an ideal moment to announce the Sharks’ new AHL affiliate, the Barracuda, which will play in the freshly designed Pacific Division starting next season. More on that here.

Great name, great division setup, great travel situation for parent and child clubs. But do the new logo and jersey sink or swim? Let’s have a look.

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Bakersfield Condors unveil worst logo ever in awesome April Fool’s prank

Matt Larkin
CondorFakeLogo

Clap, clap, clap.

The Bakersfield Condors continue to set the standard for comedy and creativity among pro hockey franchises. Their wacky promotions this season have included everything from Star Wars jersey night to a Hairiest Back contest. Seriously. Last week a guy named Eric Oldes won $75 gift card to a burger joint and four seats at the glass for another game thanks to his man mane. His daughter and fiancee submitted him. A clip from the 2014 contest, to give you an idea of what it entails:

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Artist creates eye-catching new Game of Thrones-style banners for former NHL teams

Adam Proteau
NHL banners (images courtesy Rachel L. Cohen)

Last April, Washington-based illustrator Rachel L. Cohen created Game of Thrones-style banners for all 30 NHL teams, and the result proved such a hit with hockey fans, she’s back nearly a year later with more – only this time, Cohen has made banners for now-defunct or relocated franchises.

Cohen, who has the banners up for sale, turned her artistic attentions to eight former NHL teams, including the Atlanta Thrashers, California Golden Seals, and Colorado Rockies:

Atlanta Thrashers, California Golden Seals, Colorado Rockies banners (images courtesy Rachel L. Cohen)

Atlanta Thrashers, California Golden Seals, Colorado Rockies banners (images courtesy Rachel L. Cohen)

Next up for Cohen – banners for the Hartford Whalers and Kansas City Scouts: Read more

Ontario Reign unveil jerseys they’ll wear when they make jump to AHL next season

Adam Proteau
The new Ontario Reign logo (image courtesy of L.A. Kings)

The ECHL’s Ontario Reign is part of the groundbreaking new American League Pacific division – and Wednesday, the L.A. Kings affiliate unveiled their new jerseys and logo when they make the jump to the AHL next season.

The Reign, who’ve won four ECHL Pacific Divsion championships, were aiming for a new look that establishes a connection with their parent team in Los Angeles – and they can pat themselves on the back knowing the mission was accomplished. When you look at the logo and jersey, you can’t help but think Kings, and not simply because of the colors. Speaking of: Their new home jerseys are white with black and gray stripes along the waist and elbows, and a black stripe runs along the shoulders and sleeve of the jersey; and their road jerseys are black with white and grey stripes along the waist and elbows. But the logo is unmistakably reminiscent of the Kings’: Read more