Saturday, July 26, 2008

Center Ice Tournament

It's been a long time since we've had a full-fledged logo tournament underway here or on NHLToL. In fact, in the 26 days Icethetics has been up and running, we haven't had a single one aside from finishing up the CHL tournament. So today I'm announcing the first tournament here on Icethetics — it's the Center Ice Tournament.

Your vote will help determine which NHL arena has the best center ice design. The criteria you use to cast your vote is entirely up to you. You just have to pick which one you like better for whatever reason you choose.

There are 30 teams and each one will be included in the tournament. This means two teams will get first-round byes. They have been randomly selected as has the bracket which you will get a peek at tomorrow. But all 30 graphics are ready to go and in no particular order, here they are.






The original ice graphics were created by CanuckFanatic92 at hockeydownloads.com.

They are as close to accurate as I could find. They generally reflect last year's designs so this is what you'll be voting on regardless of whether anything has changed for next season. I recognize that teams celebrating special anniversary or hosting the all-star game tend to use special designs but I'm going with just the standard looks here. If you notice any major inaccuracies, best to point it out right away, though I can't say for sure whether I'll be able to make any changes.

BRACKET You'll get your first look at the new bracket tomorrow and the tournament will begin on Monday. It's going to run basically the same as any other tournament we've done in the past. I think it's been a fairly effective system and you guys already know how it works so what's the sense in changing it?

POLL LENGTH The only major adjustment will be to the number of days a poll remains open. It was previously five days but I'm now cutting that to four. The majority of the votes are cast within the first two or three days anyway.

SCHEDULING A new poll will be posted every day in the first round. For later rounds, polls will be scheduled so that they can be posted on consecutive days. We will have a few days off between rounds as the tournament progresses, but I prefer not to have days off within rounds, if possible.

LAYOUT The individual polls will also have a new layout. If you've voted recently on the CHL championship poll you'll know what I'm talking about. The logos will now be arranged vertically and alongside the radio button you use to make your selection. The logos will also appear in random order when you load the page.

If you've got any questions about this tournament, feel free to ask by emailing me or leaving a comment. Remember, I'll reveal the bracket tomorrow and the voting will commence on Monday. And just because I enjoy teasing you, I'll tell you which poll will be first: Predators vs Bruins.

13 comments:

Al said...

looks great chris, I can't wait for it to start up. Just be sure not to let the canucks "fans" in on this one.

Josh said...

Can't wait!!!

vince said...

go panthers or blues

Connor said...

GO BLUES!!!

Connor said...

also lookin forward to the blues concepts later this weekend

iamnotjacked said...

IM confused. I love this site and everything about it. However, what is the difference between this tourney, and the actual team logo tourney? WHy are we to think that the Canadiens Logo wont win this tourney like it did the main logo tourney? This is basically the logo tournament put to ice and inside a circle.

Pas said...

well i think its different then the logo tourney,
i voted for the habs in the logo tournament,
but in this one so far i like the oilers,,the habs might have goten my vote if they had one big logo in the center ice instead of two,,so no i think its different,

VeryProudofYa said...

iamnotjacked: Teams use different red line striping and design. Additionally, teams format the logos themselves differently for center ice. (Some cutting the logo for the red line, some using two.) I think with those two variables it's enough to warrant it's own tourney.

Additionally, early favorite for me is the coyotes. I love the way they do the center ice line.

savagist said...

Oilers, Islanders, Hawks and Bruins are the only ones that matter. the Ducks should be thrown in the garbage. Darkwing Duck logo super tiny? gimme a break.

Sandtrooper said...

1st, thank you, Chris for using my ices for your Centre Ice tourney. I would also like to thank the person who brought the idea up to me regarding the graphics to be used here.

2nd, most teams have a unique red line pattern, such as the Hurricanes using black squares on their line (but is REALLY hard to see), or the Flyers' triple line. But the major downer is my Canucks, who hasn't had the red line unstriped since the early 80s at the Coliseum, and it'll remain that way for next year...

Hope this tournament goes well!

flyersk27 said...

The wild would've been a lot cooler with their home logo as the entire center ice circle.

JESSETHE HOCKEY FAN said...

i bet one of the circle logo's will win

awildermode said...

Canadiens have two logos on the ice because one logo is in English...the other is in French :P

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