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.
- Belleville Senators were expected to use the same logo as their parent club, Ottawa Senators, but according to the team’s twitter page, the team is expected to unveil a new logo and jersey in June.
- The Albany Devils will be on the move this offseason but just a few miles west to Binghamton to replace the Senators.
- The team name won’t change, just the location. More than likely, the logo will be the letter “B” with devil horns. All you have to do is search Google Images and you can find plenty of fan concepts.
- 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.
- Not much news on the ECHL jersey front, just a lot of moving and shaking in terms of teams, so let’s get right into it
- 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
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 will be introducing new logo and uniforms for 2017-18 in June.
- Rumors are circling that with the Nashville affiliation, the team will be going back to it’s old blue and gold look. For now, they’re nothing but rumors
South Carolina Stingrays
- 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 Worcester Railers will join the ECHL next season
- The team name and logo were announced in 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 alot of moving and shifting in terms of teams and whether they will be playing the 2017-18 season.
- Starting next season, the Fayetteville FireAntz will rebrand to the Fayetteville Marksmen
- 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 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!