Posted by: puckdrawn | April 19, 2009

Quick Hits

Reminder: PuckDrawn’s NHL Logo Redesign Competition is on!

Played a couple of local shows this weekend and tomorrow is the start of the Meatmen tour! Like I said, updates may be hard to pull off unless I can somehow get an internet signal from my asshole in our van. Maybe one of the many Days Inn hotels will have free wi-fi!

Anyway, a semi-interesting piece over at about trademarks. Here’s the section about the NHL.


Everyone knows the NHL’s current logo, and the old logo, but here’s a logo that also floated around in the 1990’s — I don’t recall them ever officially adopting it, but it showed up on merchandise from time to time. And another oddball logo — the application says it was for “electronic transmission of news, data, graphics and audio from a central server via modem to computer terminals”. My guess is that someone thought it looked pretty cool and high-tech at the time. Here’s some more NHL logos you probably never knew existed:

St. Louis Blues

Boston Bruins

Washington Capitals

Los Angeles Kings -– I know everyone has seen this goofball, but I can’t believe he got his own trademark.

The first, unused logo of the Ottawa Senators

Here’s an odd Pittsburgh Penguins logo. I’d love to know the story behind this one. This logo isn’t an unfamiliar logo, its now part of the the Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins logo. But what’s interesting is that the Pittsburgh Penguins registered this logo in 1989, ten years before the WBS Penguins were founded. Perhaps the Pittsburgh Penguins were considering it for themselves, registered it, then put it on the shelf and then brought it out ten years later for their minor league affiliate?



  1. There are reasons those logos have stayed buried. I say, everybody grab a shovel, we’re putting them back from where they came.

  2. I dunno, I really like that caps logo.

  3. “My guess is that someone thought it looked pretty cool and high-tech at the time.”

    I don’t think its that someone thought it looked high-tech. It was used because of the low resolution that fax machines and similar technology of the day could reproduce. No one thought that looked so cool that it just had to be used for everything digital.

  4. Some info.

    The blues logo was used for event flyers in the early 90’s.

    The Bruins one was a logo from the 20’s that is now on the current 3rd.

    The Capitals one is from a cancelled jersey redesign in 99/00.

    Kings, obvious.

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