Sunday, October 19, 2008

IceHL South: Final Names

The final names for the IceHL's South Division are in! Hundreds of you made your voice heard by rating the finalists for each franchise. So here are the winners.
  • Boulder BEASTS
    average rating 3.19/5 by 305 people

  • Dallas OUTLAWS
    average rating 3.53/5 by 368 people

  • Houston HELLCATS
    average rating 2.84/5 by 371 people

  • New Orleans GATORS
    average rating 3.51/5 by 309 people

  • Salt Lake City SCORPIONS
    average rating 2.96/5 by 347 people

I would like to point out that the Houston name with the highest rating was actually the Apollos but upon further research I discovered a couple of teams, including a past Central Hockey League team with the same name. Hellcats was the second highest rated.

Based on these names, your task — should you choose to accept it — is to brand the franchise. You choose the color scheme and design primary, secondary and script logos around that. Additional logos may or may not be included in the voting process.

Submit your logo art by email to me at Do not post links to artwork in the comments. They will be deleted and not considered for use in this project. I'm also outlining guidelines for submissions below. If you don't follow them, your work will probably not be included.

South logo submission deadline: November 8

If you want your submission included, follow these instructions:
  • DO NOT STEAL ARTWORK. Logos copied or adapted from professional trademarked logos will not be permitted.

  • Submit three (3) logos: primary, secondary and script. Use a white background. If your logo requires a white outline (think Lightning or Capitals), then use a gray background with the white outline included. ALL 3 LOGOS will be used in the voting process. If you leave out one, your work may be disqualified.

  • Submit vector art if possible. I will accept .ai, .psd and .pdf files. If you cannot submit vector art, you must be able to provide high quality images in .jpg or .png files ONLY. All other file types may be disqualified.

  • You must include your credit within the graphic itself as well as the email. This can be your real name or a pseudonym. I need them in both places so I can easily search my email to find your artwork and email address. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.

  • By submitting your own original artwork to any Icethetics email address, you agree to grant permission of its use for online or print publication by Icethetics. Do not watermark your logos or they will be disqualified.

  • No jersey concepts, please. That will be a later step in this process.

I tried to be specific here but I'm happy to answer any additional questions you may have via email. I was very clear about this but keep in mind that if you do not properly follow the instructions above, your work will likely be disqualified. So read them carefully.

Just so everyone is aware, when it comes time to choose a logo for each team, the process will work basically the same as the name ratings. Logo rating pages will be posted for each team and up to 20 logo submissions will be available to rate. I'm sorry I can't include more but this assures that all worthy submissions will get a fair shake.

The difference here is that once the rating period has ended, there will be a vote on Icethetics of the top 3 rated logos for each team. This assures that we choose the logo everyone wants.

Start submitting your logos!


a snowballs chance.... said...

woohoo. Boulder is my third team name in the league!

The Gate To The Groin For Yannick Bertrand said...

so...why does montreal keep it's name again?

flyersk27 said...

Because according to this the CHL doesn't count as a professional sports league, even though according to every other rule getting paid to play a sport counts as playing professionally. But not in this case so we can steal all the names we want from the OHL, QMJHL, and WHL for use in the IceHL.

NHL Jeff said...

I believe the CHL Chris is referring to is the Central Hockey League, which, if that is the one he is referring to, is a professional league...

heron_34 said...

hellcats? what an awful name how was that second?

flyersk27 said...

Beasts was the name of a former minor league team in the AHL, the Beast of New Haven.

a snowballs chance said...

interesting, i never knew that. wonder if the Colorado Bighorns is the team for Denver.

Chris said...

You guys aren't paying attention. This is what frustrates me about this process week after week. Beast is different from Beasts. Also Boulder is thousands of miles away from New Haven. These names stand.

I always research the final names. I do not research the long list of name suggestions. The way I see it, it's quicker/simpler process for me to research names once you guys have narrowed them down to your favorites. Sorry if that gets your hopes up but we wouldn't have this problem if people would've researched the names they suggested before suggesting them. Make sense?

a snowballs chance said...

Chris, i think you're reading into it too much especially when people come up with names for fictional teams and others bring to light that: A) those nicknames were already used in the minors, juniors, OR other sporting leagues;
B) sometimes when others do point out that the team names were used by a different team it also creates a unique perspective of how difficult it is to appropriately name a fictional team;

well thats my 1 euro input.

T.J. Leibowitz said...

The Louisiana Ice Gators played in the ECHL from 1995-2005 (

I'm not sure whether or not that's too close, obviously it's your call Chris.

Vlad said...

Judging from the comments Chris has made, his disqualification priorities are such.

1. "in the same market"
2. in the NHL or AHL
3. all others...

So theoretical you could steal all the NFL franchise ideas (by far the biggest money-makers in NA sports) and put them in a different city. And Chris would be OK with that.

What people are doing is stealing their favorite minor-league hockey names and putting them in a different city.

It's like playing hockey and being frustrated by a ref that ignores a blatant crosscheck, but calls an accidental tripping. It's very frustrating for the players... and it usually results in a fist-fight.

IN MY OPINION, Hitmen and Olympiques (and probably a few others) should be disqualified. The are already hockey franchises.

mburmy said...

T.J. Leibowitz,

"IceGators" was a separate nominee for New Orleans and it didn't make it. Even if it did, the ECHL team was from Lafayette (which is pretty far away from New Orelans), so that name would stand, and the New Orelans Gators name stands.


If we went by your opinions, what eligible names would be left? Only crazy names like the "SteelHedgehogs" or the "IronParamecia," I'd guess.

Post a Comment