Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Flashback 1998: Alternate Logos

Yesterday I introduced the subject of the next tournament of logos: the 1998-99 NHL logos. A lot of you seem pretty excited about it and so am I.

Like I mentioned, this tournament will be different because in the preliminary round, we'll be deciding the best logos of each individual team. The top vote-getters there will go on to the tournament bracket. Yesterday I wrote that it would be primary vs. secondary, but that wasn't entirely accurate. We're actually going to include all of the alternate logos teams used — including those on third jerseys. Below are all of the alternate logos that will be included.

The first polls get posted tomorrow! We'll be doing two at a time starting with the best of the Kings and Blackhawks. You'll find those polls in the pollbar. Each will be open for four days.

One Final IHA Logo

Now that all 30 IHA teams have logos, the league itself needs one! I am now accepting logo submissions. There really aren't any restrictions on this one. Be as creative as you want. All you have to do is make sure you get IHA in there. Colors are up to you. They'll all be submitted to league creator Nicolas for a final decision.

Now, I've decided to let him explain the IHA and what's ahead for it and you can be involved if you're interested.

The International Hockey Association (IHA) is a professional hockey league based in a fictional hockey world. One part of the IHA is it's extensive history, going from it's creation in 1946 up to the current era, with the thirty teams you already know and thousands of players you may learn about in the future. The other part of the IHA, and the most important one, is that it is going to be part of a (fan-made) roster update for the PC sports sim NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2007 in which you will be able to take control of one of the team on your way to building a dynasty. The following write-up is going to briefly cover what NHL:EHM 2007 is and how you can get to know more about the IHA and the update.

NHL:EHM 2007 is a computer based sports-sim developped by Sports Interactive and released in September 2006. The game puts you in control of a franchise in one of the different leagues in the hockey world (NHL, AHL, ECHL, CHL and many european leagues). As the GM of your franchise, you conduct drafts, trade players, set lines, send out your scouts and try to build a dynasty, all while being able to watch 2D representations of the games your team play. Unfortunately, with the hockey world now in the 2008-09 season and the game out of development, it has become very hard to play the game as immersively with a 2006-07 database and there was no way to play a customizable world. The IHA update is meant to give another way to see things while playing the game as this is a different universe with fictionnal teams and players. The current aimed release date is January 2009.

Icethetics came into play to create the logos that will be included with the update. The results have been incredible, and I think despite all criticism it has been a very fun project from anyway you look at it. I'm also in the process of building a wiki for the IHA and its hockey world, but it's in the early stages; a huge part of the league's history is already written though so don't hesitate to ask if you want more information. If you have any questions/comments/suggestions, email me at duff_88@hotmail.com.

Thank You,

So email him for any further information. I'll provide a link and let you know when his web site is ready.

In the meantime, start working on those IHA logos!