Bakersfield Condors unveil AHL jerseys, awesome secondary logo

Jared Clinton
The Bakersfield Condors' new jerseys take after their NHL affiliate, the Edmonton Oilers, with a crisp blue and orange. (via Bakersfield Condors)

In the move from the ECHL to the AHL, the Bakersfield Condors kept their name, but after a slight alteration to the logo comes a brand new set of threads for next season and the Condors nailed it.

As with many AHL clubs, the Condors jerseys for the 2015-16 season will reflect their parent club’s jerseys, as Bakersfield will be wearing jerseys resembling those of the Edmonton Oilers. Much like Edmonton’s jerseys, the blue, white and orange combination pops, but where the Condors’ new sweater really stands out is on the shoulders. Read more

Minor league baseball team to host ‘Miracle on Ice’ night, wears 1980s jerseys

Jared Clinton
(via Rochester Red Wings)

It has officially been 35 years since the ‘Miracle on Ice’ in Lake Placid, N.Y., wherein an upstart squad of U.S.-born hockey players defeated a mighty Soviet Union team that was seen as gold medal favorites at the 1980 Olympics. To pay tribute to one of the most incredible Olympic sports stories and one of the most iconic hockey moments, the AAA Rochester Red Wings, a minor league affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, are hosting a ‘Miracle on Ice’ night on Aug. 1.

The evening, of course, will include brand new threads for both Rochester and their opponents, the Syracuse Chiefs. Rochester, the home team for evening, will wear the classic white jerseys that the American team wore during their defeat of the Soviets, while Syracuse will suit up in the blue visitors sweaters. And what hockey-themed night would be complete without the umpires wearing referee jerseys? Read more

AHL’s Texas Stars go Victory Green, unveil sleek new logo

Jared Clinton
(via AHL)

The season of change in the AHL continues to roll on, but this time the new isn’t change of location, affiliation or staff. No, this change is purely aesthetic as the Texas Stars have unveiled their new logo for the 2015-16 campaign.

The Stars – who at this time in 2013-14 were playing in the Calder Cup final, a series they would go on to win in five games – announced Thursday that they’ll be changing their primary and secondary marks for the upcoming season. The new logo, which does away with the previous gold color that was used by Dallas’ AHL club, is similar to the color scheme the NHL’s Stars use, which likely means similar changes are coming to the uniform.

“The colors and themes have worked so well in Dallas and they’ve become synonymous with Stars Hockey,” said owner Tom Gaglardi. “It’s exciting for us to have the Texas Stars represented in the same Victory Green that we take great pride in.” Read more

University of North Dakota trims nickname list to 15, North Stars makes the cut

Jared Clinton
Connor Gaarder of Univeristy of North Dakota celebrates a goal at the Frozen Four. (Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

You can cross Flickertails off the list of potential nicknames for the University of North Dakota’s teams. The school, which has been undergoing the search for a new moniker after a state vote put a stop to the Fighting Sioux name, has cut a list that began with close to 1,200 names down to a select 15.

The Flickertails name was one the school had used prior to becoming the Fighting Sioux, but it appears the school will not revert back to its past. Instead, WDAZ reported the University of North Dakota naming committee is pushing ahead with North Dakota, Blaze, Cavalry, Explorers, Fighting Green, Fighting Hawks, Force, Green Hawks, Nodaks, North Stars, Pride, Roughriders, Spirit, Sundogs and Thunderhawks. Read more

AHL’s IceCaps unveil logo, go bleu, blanc et rouge as Canadiens’ new affiliate

Jared Clinton
The St. John's IceCaps' new logo (via St. John's IceCaps)

After four seasons as the Winnipeg Jets top affiliate, the St. John’s IceCaps are set to become the AHL club for the Montreal Canadiens next season. As such, the team was going to need a new logo and they unveiled their latest crest at a press conference Thursday.

The new logo – which, aside from the color scheme, hasn’t changed – features the primary colors of the Canadiens, the famous blue, white and red that Montreal has worn throughout the club’s existence. Read more

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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