In its near 100 years of existence, the National Hockey League has seen its fair share of teams. With all the relocated and defunct franchises, there have been nearly 50 different teams. Some lasted under a decade, while others actually outdate the league itself.
With dozens of different teams came dozens of different mascots and emblems. With so many creations over the span of a century, there is absolutely no way that they were all good. Some stood the test of time, like the Montreal Canadiens' logo, which is essentially the same design since 1917, with a few minor tweaks. The same goes for teams like the Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings and others. Other franchises weren't as lucky with their design crews though.
The logo is supposed to be the first thing that comes to mind when we think of a franchise. It is what gives it its identity and sets it apart from all the others. But when the first thing that comes to your mind is an ugly mess that is painful to look at, it's hard for the fans to wear their team's jersey proudly.
This list contains the absolute worst of the worst when it comes to NHL logos. The different emblems can date as far back as 1921 and can range from mostly forgotten franchises such as the Hamilton Tigers to Original 6 powerhouses. Some lasted only a season while others, sadly for the fans, went decades unchanged. So prepare your eyes, because the ugliest NHL logos of all times are sure to make them hurt.
16 Pittsburgh Penguins 1967-68
15 Washington Capitals 2002-03 to 2006-07
14 Colorado Rockies 1976-77 to 1981-82
The first of many logos from now-defunct teams to be featured on this list, the Colorado Rockies have the burden to open the vault and unleash the horrors of logos past. This team moved to Colorado from Kansas City in 1976, where they were known as the Scouts. The Rockies then moved to New Jersey in 1982, where they became the Devils we know today. The concept behind the logo is good, with the state flag represented inside of a mountain that obviously symbolizes the nearby Rocky Mountains. Despite the good idea, it just feels like it was lazily executed. I can imagine the design crew's meetings:
Random Employee #1: Oh man we forgot about the logo we had to do for that Colorado team!
Boss: Oh sh**! Anybody have ideas of what could represent a Colorado team? We need this quick!
Random employee #2: Uhh... Their flag?
Random Employee #1: Yeah, and uhh... the Rockies?
13 Denver Spurs 1975-76
12 Quebec Nordiques 1972-73 to 1994-95
11 Boston Bruins 1924-25 to 1925-26
Right off the bat (or the stick?), this is way too much brown. Brown is just not a menacing color. When I think of brown, I think of mud, dirt or fecal matter. Is that what you want your team to be associated with? I don't think so. The Bruins made a wise decision to listen to Wiz Khalifa and go for black and yellow to start the 1934 season.
10 Buffalo Sabres 2006-07 to 2009-10
9 Winnipeg Jets 1979-80 to 1989-90
8 Columbus Blue Jackets 2000-01 to 2006-07
7 Vancouver Canucks 1978-79 to 1996-97
6 California Golden Seals 1970-71 to 1973-74
5 Phoenix Coyotes 1996-97 to 2002-03
4 New York Islanders 1995-96 to 1996-97
3 Vancouver Canucks 1970-71 to 1977-78
2 Hamilton Tigers 1921-22 to 1922-23
I just don't get this one. Some logos have the excuse that they are old, so that's why the art isn't very good looking, but this has to be the ugliest tiger drawing I have ever seen. His head literally looks like a thumb and his legs have no paws. A tiger is usually menacing, with big fangs and ferocious claws. However, this is nowhere to be seen here. This tiger looks like the kids version of scissors, with rounded points and non cutting edge to be safer. Even worse, their previous logo, even if it was pretty ugly itself, looked more menacing, with its open mouth and pointy fangs. Even by 1920s standards, I don't understand how someone chose and approved this logo. Even when I factor in its age and its short lifespan, this is the absolute worst NHL logo of all time, hands down.
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