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Isles Still Searching For Their Forever Home

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It feels like we have been here before, recently. Actually we have. The New York Islanders are once again looking for a new place to call home. After leaving the outdated Nassau Coliseum, they tried to settle into an NBA arena with NBA sight-lines and a poor ice plant. Many people, including this site, correctly predicted this would not be a good fit. Barclays Center is reportedly trying to sever ties with the Islanders which means after two years, the team would be free (and forced) to find a new arena to play in.

The obvious option that many fans are pulling for is a return to Nassau County to play in the newly renovated Nassau Coliseum. This move would present several challenges including a limited seating capacity and a limited number of luxury boxes. Still, die-hard Isles fans are hopeful that their team might return home in the near future.

With that said, one of our followers (Antonio C) has come up with a very likely concept for center ice should the team move back.

Top 10 Most Beautiful NHL Arenas

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Architecture is something to be appreciated. When form and function come together in harmony, beautiful buildings are created. Traditionally, these buildings are churches, museums, and other historical landmarks. However, there are other buildings that offer the elements of architectural greatness, NHL stadiums. These buildings refuse to become eyesores by adding aesthetic appeal to their home cities. Here is the top ten most beautiful NHL stadiums.

1. Scotiabank Saddledome: Calgary Flames

As one of the oldest arenas in the NHL, the unique shape makes it noticeable from a distance. The 19,000 person capacity packs a punch for fans attending the game with palpable energy. Once inside the dome, the rich Flames history is on display for all patrons to peruse at their leisure.

2. Nationwide Arena: Columbus Blue Jackets

One of the more modern style stadiums, Nationwide Arena is very well maintained and offers patrons a variety of choices once inside this beautiful building. Large glass windows and wide open corridors make this arena wonderful.

3. TD Garden: Boston Bruins

Form definitely meets function at the Garden. Train lines run inside and around the building making it one of the easiest stadiums to get to. Once inside, there is not a bad seat in the house as it has been flawlessly designed with the ultimate hockey fan in mind.

4. United Center: Chicago Blackhawks

As one of the largest arenas in the NHL, the United Center is easy to get to and displays the team's long history throughout the building. While the outside doesn't appear to be artistically special, the expanse of the fan capacity inside during a game is what makes this arena fantastic. Holding the record for top attendance to games, due to their team being Stanley Cup favorites year in and year out, fans have a wide array of seating options.

5. Xcel Energy Center: Minnesota Wild

While this arena is beautiful inside and out, it is the technology options that make this one of the best arenas. The addition of a huge jumbotron and sound system makes the fan experience truly unforgettable. This full glass circular building adds beauty and function to the city of Minneapolis.

6. Air Canada Centre: Toronto Maple Leafs

The large glass entry way which also houses a massive jumbotron makes the Air Canada Centre architecturally interesting. Fans can see all the current and upcoming events as they pass by the stadium. Another appeal is the close proximity to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

7. Joe Louis Arena: Detroit Red Wings

The outside of this building is not very aesthetic or interesting to the eye of a regular person, but the hockey fan knows what is inside this arena. The beauty of this arena lies within, hanging from the rafters, retired numbers of NHL legends and Stanley Cup banners litter the inside of this arena. The beauty within makes this one of the great NHL stadiums.

8. Madison Square Garden: New York Rangers

Madison Square Garden is the oldest building in the NHL. In recent years, it has seen renovations that have made it more fan friendly, but the timelessness of this arena is what generates fan excitement. It is easily accessible from any transportation mode, which helps pack the house for any game or event.

9. PPG Paints Arena - Pittsburgh Penguins

This state-of-the-art arena has raised the bar for other teams building new stadiums. With over 18,000 seats in the house, fans can truly enjoy the game from any angle. The interesting shape of the arena, the glass attributes and beautiful landscaping make it one of the best arenas in the NHL.

10. Bell Centre: Montreal Canadiens

Located in downtown Montreal, this arena is the cornerstone for hockey fans of Canada. With the capacity of over 21,000 fans, 24 Stanley Cup banners, and the array of retired numbers hanging from the rafters, this stadium creates one of the most exciting in-game experiences for any hockey fan.

By Adam Hayes - writer:

Centennial Classic Gets Special Center Ice

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The NHL is one again breaking its own rules with the new center ice design for the Centennial Classic in Toronto. Like it did one other time in Washington for the Winter Classic, the NHL is allowing the logo to partially cover the center circle outline.

Here is our recreation of the center ice logo. Since the logo was heavily modified to be used on the ice, we still have some work to do. I have yet to find an NHL 100th logo without the shield in the middle.

NHL 17 Updated Center Ices

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EA Canada released a patch on 11/22 which brought many fixes to gameplay, added jerseys, and tweaked many other aspects of the game. One thing they did not mention in the release notes though, was several updates to the NHL center ice designs. They even got KeyBank Center updated on the ice and on the scoreboard. I know a lot of Buffalo fans will be excited about this. The only glaring omission was the new roundel center ice design used by the Dallas Stars. Hopefully this can still be added in a future update.

 Lets take a look at the new designs.

New Goal Horn Partnership

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With a new season well under way, we are proud to announce that we are partnering up with Famous Goal Horns to provide you with your 2016/17 season goal horn information, sounds and goal songs! You can follow his youtube channel here. His videos can also be found on FF Goal Horns along with information and photos of each horn.

We would also like to thank NHL Horns and Songs for his partnership over the past three seasons! Due to his busy schedule, he was forced to step away from making goal horns this year. It was a pleasure working with him and I hope one day to work on a project together again!

You can check out all of his work here.

Blues Arena Trading Names

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One of the nation's leading stock trading companies is being bought out by another. How does this have an effect on hockey? Well both names can currently be found sponsoring NHL arenas. Scottrade is getting ready to be bought by TD Ameritrade and that means a new arena name is on its way to the home of the St. Louis Blues. Scottrade Center in St. Louis will be renamed TD Ameritrade Center next season.

Below are some concepts for center ice and the scoreboard. 

Consol We Hardly Knew You

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The Penguins will start the 2016/17 season in the same arena but it will have a different name around the faceoff circle. Dealing with financial struggles, Consol Energy was unable to continue to pay for the naming rights of the state of the art Pittsburgh Arena. Fortunately another company stepped right up and took over those naming rights. Unfortunately for Penguins fans, it is a less than ideal name for a sports arena. PPG Paints will now be found all over the arena and the name: PPG Paints Arena.

So here is the ice in its lack of glory.

Finally, lets have a couple concepts of what might have worked better than this layout.