SB Nation United - Ranking the Top Five NHL Blog Logo's

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Hey all! As most of you know, last Friday we unveiled the new blog logo that will represent the Arctic Ice Hockey community as we launch into the new and exciting world of SB Nation United later this month.

While we were very pleased with the responses we received from our readers and staff in our comments section and on Twitter, we decided to take a look at the top five NHL blog logo's that will be rolled out at the end of September. This was a difficult task to accomplish, as I felt there were many shields worthy of top five candidacy. Alas, "There can only be five!" /Highlander reference.

So without further adieu, lets jump right into it.

Ed. Note: For our more trollish readers, we will unveil the five worst logos tomorrow.

Enjoy!

Honorable Mention: Mile High Hockey -- Colorado Avalanche

It's a yeti.... and he's playing hockey!!! /maniacal laugh. This logo has caught some flak from the Mile High Hockey community for being bland and less intense than their current version, but I feel its still a sleek design. Yes, it appears as though David Koci has returned to the city of Colorado.

What they're saying:

Mile High Hockey
I have never seen a mountain wearing a hat and carrying a stick. I am amused.
by Busted Twigg on Sep 7, 2012 8:33 AM CDT

5. The Cannon -- Columbus Blue Jackets

What can I say? I'm a sucker for a classic. The blogs name is The Cannon and that's exactly what this logo delivers. At Nationwide Arena, the cannon is used in celebration of the home team scoring and this logo captures the spirit of the team as well as the community it embodies. #DefendNWA

What they're saying:

The Cannon
That new logo is kickass

Can’t find a thing I would change about it

by CBJKings on Sep 7, 2012 12:30 PM CDT

4. Lighthouse Hockey -- New York Islanders

Again, another simplistic look for Lighthouse Hockey, but it's executed to perfection. Also, props for the infusion of the fish stick jersey colour scheme. Eric Fichaud and Tommy Salo would both be proud.

What they're saying:

Lighthouse Hockey
Will this new look...

...somehow make the Islanders better?

But seriously, nice new look. Now with less black!!

by barry_hal_oliver_24 on Sep 7, 2012 8:14 AM CDT

3. Pension Plan Puppets -- Toronto Maple Leafs

Pension Plan Puppets has always been the gold standard for logos, at least in my mind. In their newest edition, Andrew Raycroft is replaced with an animated version of what appears to be Dan Blackburn. Strung up like a marionette, the design speaks the futility of the teams goaltending over the past decade under the tender love and care of the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan.

What they're saying:

Pension Plan Puppets
The Goalie has two blockers

Might explain the Leafs goaltending problems...

(Joke stolen from JS Landry over at Hockey Wilderness)

by ThatGuy22 on Sep 7, 2012 9:45 AM CDT

2. Second City Hockey -- Chicago Blackhawks

Sleek and sophisticated, the new Second City Hockey logo will do a good job replacing the Committed Indian which previously typified the site.

What they're saying:

Second City Hockey
Apparently my petition for a new SCH logo featuring Kermit the Frog did not work

But I gotta say, this one is a pretty good 2nd choice.

by K_Dog on Sep 7, 2012 10:07 AM CDT

1. Battle of California -- Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks

Earl Sleek -- the SB Nation wizard of MS Paint -- knocks this one out of the park and the competition doesn't even come close. Despite having a new graphic design drawn up for the site, Sleek stuck to his guns and was able to have this masterpiece approved by the websites higher ups for the September launch. If you've ever read the articles posted at The Battle of California, you'd know this shield encapsulates what their writing staff is all about.

What they're saying:

Battle of California
New Logo/Sleektoon

The Shark looks like a buck-toothed dork—perfect.

by soccersucks on Sep 7, 2012 8:29 AM CDT

The full list of logo's can be found at a href="http://www.sbnation.com/united">www.sbnation.com/united. Tell us your favourite in the comments section!

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