Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Around The AHL

I don't plan to make a habit out of it, but I was just catching up on some news around the AHL. I'm more of an NHL guy but I figured there might be some stuff out there of general interest. Came across a couple of things.

A reader recently pointed out an unusual logo currently appearing on the Binghamton Senators' official web site. He noticed it in NHL 09 and wondered if it was a new logo the team plans to use.



Did some quick research and found that this is a specialty logo designed by a local artist for the B-Sens for an Ottawa-themed jersey almost two years ago. The jerseys were worn on February 23 and 24, 2007. It looked like this.



As far as I know, there are no plans to recycle the logo this season, but then I don't really have my finger on the pulse of the AHL. If any Binghamton fans have heard anything, let us know.

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The Norfolk Admirals — affiliate of my Tampa Bay Lightning — unveiled a 20th anniversary logo a few weeks ago. It incorporates blue into the logo which the primary lacks despite being on a blue jersey. The blue was added to the team's color scheme when they hooked up with the Bolts.



I don't know how or if the Admirals plan to make the logo part of their uniforms this season. I would assume there will be a shoulder patch. But for sure, folks in Norfolk (ha) will see it on a lot of promotional materials.

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The Bridgeport Sound Tigers are going green! No, they aren't changing their colors despite what the image below might suggest. That's just a Bridgeport PR guy having some fun. Everybody wishes they had Photoshop skills.



No, they mean "going green" in the sense that they're saving the environment. Anyone who works in media or has been in the media box of any hockey arena knows about the stacks of stats sheets you get handed when you walk in. You've easily wasted an entire ream of paper after a few days worth of games.

To help curb the tree-killing, the Sound Tigers will begin offering all of that information on reusable USB drives.



Sounds cool to me. Makes you wonder whether the NHL will join up.

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I know the season hasn't begun yet and these may just be preseason jerseys, but it seems NHL 09 had the jersey designs wrong for the AHL's newest team — the Iowa Chops. The image below, a still from the game, shows sweaters based off the design of the Anaheim Ducks, with some colors changed.



On the Chops' official web site is the following image which shows a jersey that looks nothing like Anaheim's. It also lacks the obnoxious CHOPS text beneath the logo.



Now this may or may not be the actual jersey. The story it's attached to is talking about a rookie tournament. But this is why I don't inherently trust video games for accurate jersey depictions.

Anyway, that's all for this afternoon. If there's anything I missed, feel free to email me.

17 comments:

kevin4peace said...

that is one funny/ freaky logo for the BSens

Ksy92003 said...

You know, the name Iowa Chops may be one of the most ridiculous in recent memory.. but you've gotta admit, the jersey in the real-life picture looks absolutely amazing.

It's based off the Columbus Blue Jackets' current jersey with the shoulder trim (can't tell if those other colors on the bottom are a part of the jersey or the pants), and is a perfect example of how to use red and black brilliantly in a jersey (Carolina and New Jersey may want to look at this).

Alex said...

The Iowa jerseys seen in NHL09 are indeed the real jerseys (minus a few small mistakes). Iowa released pictures of the uniforms on the same day as the logo.

Also, that Binghamton logo was used as the crest on their black alternate jersey last year and has been used on other official team products over the past several years. Nothing new.

arrowcat11 said...

When I was in the Navy '91-'95(Norfolk VA, part of a Helicopter squadron HC-6). The Admirals were known as the Hampton Roads Admirals and they were afilliated with the Capitals. There colors were blue/yellow and that Anchor with the stars was there logo.

blesskylesfall said...

I personally think that the people in Iowa have some serious issues to take care of. I mean sure the logo is cool looking and so are the jerseys but the Iowa Chops. C'mon now! And on top of that how many wild pigs/boars/hippos are there in Iowa. This is just my opinion but i think they messed up big time.

Impulse83 said...

Sens logo screams "This Is SPARTA!"

Mike Phoenix said...

Im suprized you didnt so the Toronto Marlies 3rd logo. its the Slush puppy.

edaroshefski14 said...

the sabres have a green a green program

flyersk27 said...

Umm... that jersey looks so good to you because it's obviously photoshopped onto the player's jersey (maybe the jersey itself too). It definitely isn't the right way to use red, black, and white. Maybe if you want black as the main color which is overused.

flyersk27 said...

I meant to say logo not jersey that first time.

S.D. said...

Blue isn't really a recent addition to the Norfolk Admirals' color scheme. It's more like a not-so-recent deletion that was reinstated. From the teams inception in 1989 until 2004, the team colors were blue and yellow.

You can see the two ECHL logos and previous AHL logo they used at http://www.bushleaguefactor.com/teams/nrf.asp (apologies for plugging my own site here, but it really is the only place I know of with all the logos right next to each other). As you can see, the 20th anniversary logo combines elements from all of these logos. All in all, I'm impressed.

ziplock189 said...

http://www.nhl.com/community/nhlgreen/

JSeppe said...

I think that Sens logo has been pinched from the Asterix comic books.

Charlie @ Sabres Not Slugs.com said...

Chris,

I'll be sure to spot out some Admirals merch for your approval when I am at the games this season.

But in my opinion the Admirals in their ECHL days had a far better and less messy look.

The CHOPS...that actual jersey will look better than a jersey in the Ducks style.

teamkory said...

I've seen a picture of the Lake Erie Monsters new third jersey, its going to be black, and will be the monster logo on the crest, not the M. Just an FYI

Washington said...

I saw that BSens logo on a player pic a while ago but couldn't find any merch of it on their website. It's definitely better than their goofy primary.

On the jersey shot that I saw, the logo was not as close up. I actually thought it looked like a lion (am i crazy or anyone else think that looks like Scar from Lion King?)

Jx said...

Uh.
There were pictures of the Chops jerseys at the press conference.

http://iowachops.com.ismmedia.com/ISM3/thumbcache/d872e69899e2b2080674e0121f260ade.300.jpg

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