The Logocast Presents NHL Power Rankings

These are the official NHL Visual Power Rankings, as done by the official podcast of sportslogos.net, The Logocast.  Obviously, this is our list of their visual identities, and NOT of their play on the ice. Let us know what you think of our averaged rankings. The total score, as well as each host’s individual rankings, are listed in the chart. We have also included some thoughts as to why we voted the teams where they are.

RANK TEAM POINTS MIKE W MIKE T GREG

1

81

3

1

8

MIKE T: Best in the league in my opinion. The striping is perfect, and the alternate logo is great. I hate the team, but I can admit I love their look.

RANK TEAM POINTS MIKE W MIKE T GREG

1

81

2

4

6

MIKE W: The Maple Leafs combine classic striping, a clean logo, and one of the best alternates in sports for a great overall identity.

RANK TEAM POINTS MIKE W MIKE T GREG

3

74

12

2

5

GREG: One of my favorite road uniforms in the NHL. The fact that the red and blue fight with each other on their home jerseys is all that keeps them from a higher ranking. They really need to bring back the 40’s alternate that they wore in ’03-’04 and ’05-06.

RANK TEAM POINTS MIKE W MIKE T GREG

4

73

6

13

1

GREG: Admittedly a homer pick. Their road jersey is simply the best in the NHL. The colors really pop off the white with the red pants and the stripes are perfect. A fantastic third and the fact that I’m a Rangers fan puts them at #1 for me.

RANK TEAM POINTS MIKE W MIKE T GREG

5

71

1

3

18

MIKE W: The Blackhawks were the #1 team on my list. In my opinion, no team balances color better, and you combine that with an excellent logo set, striping that just looks timeless and amazing, and you have the league’s best looking team.

RANK TEAM POINTS MIKE W MIKE T GREG

6

68

7

11

7

MIKE T: Classic original six look. The thing that sets them apart from the Habs is that their logo could use a refreshing, but other than that a good look.

RANK TEAM POINTS MIKE W MIKE T GREG

6

68

15

8

2

GREG: I love their logo and their colors work well. The logo doesn’t try to look “fierce” or “show motion”, it simply represents the name of the team – and it does it very well. Why they ever abandoned this look for the red & black and then the Buffaslug is an enduring mystery.

RANK TEAM POINTS MIKE W MIKE T GREG

8

66

11

7

9

MIKE T: The newest logo is the best in franchise history, and this comes from a Lightning fan. The alt is still out of place, but the simplicity of the regulars makes the set.

RANK TEAM POINTS MIKE W MIKE T GREG

9

63

5

21

4

MIKE W: After a step in the wrong direction, playing with a navy, red, and copper that was altogether too dark and muddled, the Oilers re-embraced the look they won five Stanley Cups in, and now they look great.

RANK TEAM POINTS MIKE W MIKE T GREG

10

62

16

5

10

MIKE T: Their home is absolutely perfect. If they had consistency over their 3 jerseys, and added red to the alternate it would be higher.

RANK TEAM POINTS MIKE W MIKE T GREG

11

58

9

14

12

GREG: My favorite thing about the Flyers look is the name plates. Especially the black nameplate on the road jerseys. Overall, they have a clean, classic look.

RANK TEAM POINTS MIKE W MIKE T GREG

12

55

4

18

16

MIKE W: Although a relatively new team, the Devils absolutely got their logo right the first time, and in their entire history, have only changed the green they original wore to their current black. There’s a reason for that, and that’s there’s no need to change.

RANK TEAM POINTS MIKE W MIKE T GREG

13

54

8

9

22

MIKE W: One of the few teams that really benefitted from the RBK Edge redesign. The orange really pops in the jersey, and the logo was updated brilliantly.

RANK TEAM POINTS MIKE W MIKE T GREG

14

47

19

12

15

GREG: A decent attempt at updating their old look and a major improvement over the old blue, black and gold. Go to the third jersey full time and we’ve got a winner. Not bad, but could be so much better.

RANK TEAM POINTS MIKE W MIKE T GREG

15

46

20

6

21

MIKE T: I LOVE the yellow home uniforms. I think one of the best rebrands in league history was ditching the old set for the updated Nashville theme

RANK TEAM POINTS MIKE W MIKE T GREG

16

43

13

10

27

MIKE T: The blue and green is a great look. I don’t mind the script as much as the whale/rink logos on the chest. Give me some Johnny Canuck!

RANK TEAM POINTS MIKE W MIKE T GREG

17

40

21

19

13

GREG: Great primary logo. Awesome third jersey. They need to lose the piping on the primaries.

RANK TEAM POINTS MIKE W MIKE T GREG

18

38

14

17

24

MIKE W: While they may not be long for the Copper State, the Coyotes have a clean primary uniform set, with the brick and cream really looking beautiful together. A third jersey that tries a little too hard moves them down a little in the rankings.

RANK TEAM POINTS MIKE W MIKE T GREG

18

38

18

20

17

MIKE W: While the Hurricanes will never look as good as the team they replaced, the franchise formerly known as the Whalers has a fine color scheme and ingeniously uses the storm warning flag as striping.

RANK TEAM POINTS MIKE W MIKE T GREG

20

35

17

15

26

MIKE T: The best logo set in the league, brought down slightly by the modern edge template, but the alternate still rocks.

RANK TEAM POINTS MIKE W MIKE T GREG

21

34

22

23

14

GREG: Love the logo. Like their third. Hate the gold on the primaries. Bring back the old yellow and this one shoots right into the top ten.

RANK TEAM POINTS MIKE W MIKE T GREG

22

33

27

22

11

GREG: Great primary logo. Their third jersey is one of the best in the NHL.

RANK TEAM POINTS MIKE W MIKE T GREG

23

32

26

16

19

MIKE W: The people of Winnipeg waited 15 years for the a team to return to the city and take the mantle, they deserved more than double blue, a clipart jet over an overdesigned maple leaf, and road uniforms stripes in every possible direction.

RANK TEAM POINTS MIKE W MIKE T GREG

24

30

30

30

3

MIKE T: Like the Oilers, the choice to throw back to old colors is a downgrade. The blue is too bright, the logo sucks, and the alternate is the worst in the league

RANK TEAM POINTS MIKE W MIKE T GREG

25

29

10

25

29

MIKE W: A hemstripe away from being one of the best looks in hockey, the Kings absolutely upgraded over their prior black, purple, and silver mess.

RANK TEAM POINTS MIKE W MIKE T GREG

26

19

24

27

23

MIKE T:  too busy. The Flaming C is a great logo, but random piping and design brings it down. No problem with the black, they just need to make sense of their sweater.

RANK TEAM POINTS MIKE W MIKE T GREG

26

19

28

26

20

GREG: Good color scheme but their logo looks like something that belongs on a drink cup at a truck stop.

RANK TEAM POINTS MIKE W MIKE T GREG

28

16

23

29

25

MIKE T: In my opinion, the Navy sweater they replaced with the red was better. The logo screams outdated and from the 90s, and the alternate matches nothing.

RANK TEAM POINTS MIKE W MIKE T GREG

29

12

29

24

28

MIKE W: Ugly color scheme, a wordmark in lieu of a logo, the Ducks set out to destroy any remnants of their Disney owned days with this redesign, but there was no Phoenix to arise from that fire, just one of the ugliest looks in all of hockey. With a shoulder patch on their thirds, the team has already backed off of their complete disavowing of the Disney era, and we can only hope this look is not long for this world.

RANK TEAM POINTS MIKE W MIKE T GREG

30

10

25

28

30

GREG: You can’t do any better than throwing Dallas on the front of your jerseys and calling it a day?

Agree with our list? Disagree? Let us know! Respond here on sportslogos.net! Send us an email to podcast@thelogocast.com! Tweet to us at @thelogocast! Write a note on our facebook!

Next week, on the show, we will talk about our rankings and the feedback, and we will be reading samples by fans like you on the air!

To wrap things up, here is an awesome infographic done by Mike T. Tumble this, shoot it around via email, whether you like or loathe it, let’s talk about it!

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4 Responses to The Logocast Presents NHL Power Rankings

  1. Tom O'Grady says:

    Greg, Blackhawks #18? I think you might want to consider working with Lukas and calling it a day. Somehow you found 17 other NHL team identities better than arguably (and easily so) the best uniform kit in North American pro sports. Okay— to each their own…

  2. Greg says:

    Ah, my nemesis returns. Where ya been, Tom? Anyway… Listen to the show. I explain why the Blackhawks are 18th on my list. And I’d be happy to work with Paul Lukas.

  3. Tom O'Grady says:

    I don’t mean to come across as a nemesis Greg. You guys have been very fair to me. Well not really but whatever. Your view is your view. But PENALIZING the Blackhawks to the 18 hole because it’s a native American depiction is ridiculous. Greg, is it a good design or is it not? The designer of the Blackhawks crest didn’t choose the name — they just came up with a fabulous timeless design (emphasis on the timeless) that is maybe the best in ALL of pro sports. Is the Indian crest logo offensive in ANY way to you? Then judge it on the merit of the artwork not on the political correctness of the idea. Neither you nor Paul have any formal design training thus I take both your comments with a grain of salt. Doesn’t matter at all.

  4. Greg says:

    OK, first off, how have we been unfair to you? We’ve had you on our show. We’ve never said a single negative thing about you or your company. So how about you explain “well not really?” Anyway… To say that since I’m not a designer, my opinion is less valid is as absurd as me telling you that since you aren’t a TV producer, your opinion of Mad Men should not be taken seriously. Frankly, I don’t give a damn about how you take my opinion on anything. I’ll judge something by whatever criteria I see fit. Period. And to answer your question, as someone who is half “Indian”, yes, I do find the crest to be something that has outlived it’s usefulness and acceptance. Excuse the hell out of me for not bowing at the altar of O’Grady.

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