As you know, I am considered the resident uniform and logo expert on The Sin Bin. With the minor league hockey seasons coming to an end, that means teams will begin coming up with new uniforms, changing locations and in some cases, folding altogether. The last thing we all want to see is a team fold, but unfortunately, in minor league hockey, it happens.
With that being said, let’s begin with the American Hockey League.
- Although the NHL will be changing to Adidas jersey providers, the AHL and ECHL are expected to keep the CCM brand next season. According to Icethetics.co, the AHL will do so through at least the 2020-21 season, after 2016 contract renewal.
- The Ottawa Senators announced the purchase of the AHL’s Binghamton Senators in September as well as their plans to move the club to Belleville, Ontario.
- The Senators unveiled their new logo and wordmark on July 25th. The logo is “intended to be classic and versatile,” according to the team release.
- The BSens jersey was unveiled on August 12th. The jersey is based on the Ottawa Senators former Heritage Classic and alternate jersey
- The Albany Devils will be on the move this offseason but just a few miles west to Binghamton to replace the Senators.
- The Binghamton Devils unveiled a very interesting logo and set of jerseys in July. The logo was not at all what was anticipated and saw a lot of poor reviews from fans.
- So for those keeping score at home, the Binghamton Senators are becoming the Belleville Senators and the Albany Devils will replace the Binghamton Senators and become the Binghamton Devils. Confused yet?
Rocket de Laval
- Yet another relocation in the AHL. The St. John’s IceCaps will be relocating to Laval, Quebec to become the Club de hockey Rocket de Laval or the English version, Laval Rocket. The Rocket name honors Maurice “The Rocket” Richard.
- The plan to move the franchise came in September 2016 and a logo and uniforms were introduced in January.
- The simple but timeless design is fantastic. Sportslogos.net has a great collection of the Laval logos here. Personally, I am very excited to see the Rocket uniforms in action.
- The Ontario Reign have unveiled a 10th-anniversary logo.
- The Reign, Los Angeles Kings themed logo has not been around for the entire ten years. The original logo was a purple and orange dragon.
- The Hershey Bears unveiled an 80th-anniversary logo.
- The 80th-anniversary logo will be at center ice this season for the Bears as well
- Hershey will host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in the AHL Outdoor Classic at HersheyPark Stadium on January 28, 2018.
- Hershey announced on August 2nd that Capital BlueCross will be the title sponsor of the 2018 Outdoor Classic as well released Outdoor Classic logo
- The Bakersfield Condors will be celebrating 20 seasons between the ECHL and AHL this year with a 20th-anniversary logo
- Rockford released this season’s alternate jersey and it’s not their best one ever. In the past, they’ve had a cream colored alternate that was much better than this one.
- This years alternate is too close to the old Boston Bruins alternate jersey
- The ECHL unveiled a 30th-anniversary logo on 4th of July.
- According to the league, the logo will be incorporated into league and team materials as the ECHL proudly celebrates 30 years of hockey tradition
- The Indy Fuel will host the 2017-18 ECHL All-Star Game at Indiana Farmers Coliseum
- The Toledo Walleye announced that they will host the 2019 ECHL All-Star Game at the Huntington Center in downtown Toledo
- Brampton unveiled a 5th-anniversary logo that will be on their official game puck all season.
- The team doesn’t seem to be using the logo anywhere else other than the game puck but it could end up in team advertisements as well as on a jersey patch.
Quad City Mallards
- Quad City will be going back to black this season and getting rid of the hideous orange jersey
- The team will also be altering the throwback uniform and creating sort-of fauxback look this season
- As expected, the Indy Fuel will be embracing the Blackhawk and IceHogs affiliation this season.
- The team used the Blackhawks theme jersey once in 2016-17 and this season they’ll be switching to full Blackhawks theme.
- The Fuel will be hosting the ECHL All-Star Game this season. Because of that, center ice will look a little different this season.
- In 2016-17 the Nailers had some brutal dark jerseys but some great white jerseys.
- This season, the Nailers will be going with the matching theme on the dark and light jerseys
Kansas City Mavericks
- The Missouri Mavericks will be changing their name to Kansas City Mavericks starting June 1.
- “We are excited – very excited – to join the other professional teams in the area,” said GM Brent Thiessen in an interview with the Examiner, “The Kansas City Royals, the Kansas City Chiefs, Sporting KC. We see this name change to Kansas City as an inclusionary move.”
- The Mavericks also denied several rumors that the team would be moving to the AHL
- The Admirals unveiled a new look on June 1st
- According to the ECHL, both the team’s original logo from 1989 and the primary emblem of the United States Navy influenced the logo, which will serve as the club’s primary mark effective immediately.
- The new Admirals logo also has some similarities to the Nashville Predators alternate logo. The Predators are the Admirals new NHL affiliate
- The South Carolina Stingrays will be introducing a 25th-anniversary logo and jersey for the 2017-18 season.
- The uniform and 25th-anniversary logo were designed through a contest hosted by Icethetics.co.
- The Florida Everblades unveiled a 20th Anniversary Logo.
- The logo was designed by the team’s longtime partner Boost Creative located in Cape Coral.
- The team also announced that they will reveal a new look for its white jerseys specifically for the 20th Anniversary season.
- The new white uniform will have the 20th-anniversary logo on the chest as opposed to the normal Everblades logo
- The Worcester Railers will join the ECHL next season
- The team name and logo were announced on April 2016 as well as fans given a custom gray jersey. No word on whether those will be the game jerseys in 2017-18
- The Evansville IceMen relocating to Owensboro rumors are finally over.
- The IceMen will be relocating to Jacksonville to become the Jacksonville IceMen. The Jacksonville Lizard Kings competed in the ECHL for five seasons from 1995-96 through 1999-2000, reaching the Riley Cup Finals in its first season.
- The Aces ceased operations at the end of the ECHL regular season.
- The Jackals ceased operations at the end of the ECHL regular season.
- As of right now, there is a lot of moving and shifting in terms of teams and whether they will be playing the 2017-18 season.
- The Havoc released their three new uniforms for the 2017-18 season
- The new uniforms are just a little simpler than their past uniforms. The team will likely have other specialty uniforms as well throughout the season
- The RiverKings recently unveiled some very Penguins-esque uniforms for the 2017-18 season.
- The team will sport a black, gold and off-white, diagonal lettered alternate jersey that closely resemble the Pittsburgh Penguins uniforms.
- Starting next season, the Fayetteville FireAntz will rebrand to the Fayetteville Marksmen
- The Marksmen unveiled their new uniforms on June 28th. They’re a great nod to the military name with the chevrons on the arms
- Along with the rebrand, Fayetteville owners are close to finishing a 5-year agreement with the Crown Complex with a 5-year option that could keep hockey in Fayetteville for 10 years or more.
- Although the logo is intended to resonate with the military community, it is also appropriate for hockey fans. Goal scorers are certainly known for sniping shots into the corners of the net and so the Marksmen name serves a great dual purpose.
- The Birmingham Bulls will return professional hockey to central Alabama, after a 13-year hiatus, in October.
- The Bulls will be the 11th team in the SPHL next season
- General Partner Art Clarkson relocated the original ECHL Cincinnati Cyclones to Birmingham when the Cyclones made the jump to the old IHL.
- Birmingham was originally introduced to pro hockey in 1976 when the World Hockey Association’s Toronto Toros moved to Birmingham and rebranded as the Bulls.
- The Mayhem will be sporting a new look this season. The team unveiled a new jersey design on July 24th.
- The new 17-18 uniforms feature an all-new font design, the state of Georgia, and their SPHL Presidents Cup & Coffey Cup wins.
- The Columbus Cottonmouths will not take part in the 2017-18 season. The team could not find a new owner by the league’s specified deadline.
- The Cottonmouths are selling off all of their equipment due to not playing in the 2017-18 season
I’ll be updating this frequently through the offseason so stay with The Sin Bin!