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First News About NHL 16 Includes Presentation Elements

I know many people have no interest in the presentation aspect of the game, and that is just fine. However, here at Frozen Faceoff, that is sort of what we are all about. So here is a quick look at some of the new features that we have heard are in thanks to a Game Changer on EA Sports' forums.






Fixing The Penguins

Welcome to a our continuing series as part of our month long celebration of our fourth anniversary. This series is similar to our concepts page, but focuses on how each of the NHL's thirty teams could improve upon their current center ice designs. Some teams could use a lot of work and for each team we will post 2-3 ideas for how they might improve their ice. Lets face it though, some teams already have a perfect center ice but to be fair we will still look at some alternate ideas. Please let us know which you prefer in the comments below, or let us know if you think it is perfect as is.

Its time for the Penguins. The Pens have not changed their ice design much over the last decade other than the arena word-mark to reflect the move to a new building.  We can only speculate why they choose to go with the same design year in and year out. I would have to assume that it is because they found a look that works and see no reason to change it. I would have to agree with them, but in the spirit of this series, lets see if we can make some tweaks.

Option 1: In this concept, the only change is utilizing the basic triangle pointing down to compliment the primary logo.

Option 2: Another concept with very little change from the current design. This time we try out the old Penguins primary logo inside the red line in an attempted to tie in the past to the present.

Option 3: This is a bit of a stretch for the Pens, but what if they were to bring yellow/gold back from their past and incorporate it at center ice. It is a bold design but I wouldn't mind seeing this.

Option 4: Perhaps the Penguins should just leave the ice as is. If it ain't broken, don't fix it.

Fixing The Stars

Welcome to a our continuing series as part of our month long celebration of our fourth anniversary. This series is similar to our concepts page, but focuses on how each of the NHL's thirty teams could improve upon their current center ice designs. Some teams could use a lot of work and for each team we will post 2-3 ideas for how they might improve their ice. Lets face it though, some teams already have a perfect center ice but to be fair we will still look at some alternate ideas. Please let us know which you prefer in the comments below, or let us know if you think it is perfect as is.

The Stars have gone through several different ice designs in their short history in Dallas. It seems like they are a team that is eternally trying to find their true identity. With a new logo, they seem to have made a statement everywhere except for the ice. The new logo simply replaced the old one on ice and they moved on. 

Overtime I have grown tired of their center ice and have come up with several different ways that might improve it. Others are simply unique. Take a look at a few and see what you think.

Option 1: A throwback to the early days of the Dallas Stars. A green center circle and the primary inside.

Option 2: Texas is a big state... how about a BIG Texas look to grace center ice?

Option 3: They made a circle logo as an alternate, so how would that look at center ice?

Option 4: I'm sure there are several of you who would much rather keep the ice as is. 

Let us know what you think in the comments below!
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Graphics Upgrade In Progress


2015 has already been a year of improving for this site. We started out the year with a new full rink template and now it is time for another change that is long overdue.

For several years we have posted center ice graphics with the most realistic looking ice textures we could create. They have worked well for us but after much thought, there will be some changes. This site has always been primarily focused on the center ice designs throughout the history of NHL teams. In an effort to improve this focus, we will be slowly rolling out new graphics to replace the existing ones. They will still have an ice texture, but now that texture will not distort the images as much, or distract from the overall design. Below are some before (left) and after (right) examples of the changes. Special thanks to CF92 for helping me out with this project!




You can also check back on this post for updates so you know when your favorite team's graphics are enhanced!

Left To Complete (% done)
All Star Games 7%
Buffalo Sabres  54%
Olympics  25%
Exhibition Ices - Not started.

Completed Teams  Most recent completions (*)
Anaheim Ducks/Mighty Ducks
Arizona/Phoenix Coyotes
Atlanta Thrashers
Boston Bruins
Calgary Flames
Carolina Hurricanes
Chicago Blackhawks
Colorado Avalanche
Columbus Blue Jackets
Colorado Rockies
Dallas Stars
Detroit Red Wings
Edmonton Oilers
Florida Panthers
Heritage Classic
Kansas City Scouts
Los Angeles Kings
Minnesota Wild
Montreal Canadiens
Nashville Predators
New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
*Ottawa Senators
Philadelphia Flyers
Pittsburgh Penguins
San Jose Sharks
Saint Louis Blues
Stadium Series
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs
Vancouver Canucks
Washington Capitals
Winnipeg Jets (current team)
Winter Classic


Playoff Exit Ice Graphics

Its always tough to see your favorite team eliminated in the playoffs. Its also tough to see pictures of your team's ice being removed for the season. Well we can't stop them from melting your ice, but we can help you remember what it looked like after the final game.

Here are some post game ices, complete with extra snow and skate marks just like you would see after a hard fought game.

Round 2 Eliminations


Round 1 Eliminations








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Fixing The Bruins

Welcome to a our continuing series as part of our month long celebration of our fourth anniversary. This series is similar to our concepts page, but focuses on how each of the NHL's thirty teams could improve upon their current center ice designs. Some teams could use a lot of work and for each team we will post 2-3 ideas for how they might improve their ice. Lets face it though, some teams already have a perfect center ice but to be fair we will still look at some alternate ideas. Please let us know which you prefer in the comments below, or let us know if you think it is perfect as is.

Boston Bruins: It's a shame to see the Bruins ice come out early this season. Although most people know I am a Blues fan, I think the Bruins have the best center ice in the league. Having switched back to the solid red line, I honestly wouldn't change a thing, so that makes doing a "Fixing The Bruins" post very difficult. Never-the-less, I said I would get to all 30 teams, so lets go ahead and look at one I hate to mess with.

Option 1: Same basic design but I know the Bruins love to change the red line from year to year. In the last 10 years the Bruins have had 8 different red line designs. During this time they have not used the same red line as they used the previous season. The only design that they have reused has been the solid red line which is a win in my book. But since it is very likely that they will change the red line next season, how about a mostly white red line. Keep it simple.


Option 2: I am reaching on this one, but what about a black and white version of the Bruins logo at center ice?


Option 3: Lets keep it the same! A classy, iconic logo without the noisy distraction from a red line pattern.

What ice design should the Bruins go with? Comment below!
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Fixing The Coyotes

Welcome to a our continuing series as part of our month long celebration of our fourth anniversary. This series is similar to our concepts page, but focuses on how each of the NHL's thirty teams could improve upon their current center ice designs. Some teams could use a lot of work and for each team we will post 2-3 ideas for how they might improve their ice. Lets face it though, some teams already have a perfect center ice but to be fair we will still look at some alternate ideas. Please let us know which you prefer in the comments below, or let us know if you think it is perfect as is.

Phoenix Coyotes:  The Coyotes have secured their home arena and city for the foreseeable future. Now lets see if we can create the perfect center ice for them. their current design is nothing to complain about but it is also not among the best in my opinion, so lets have a little fun here.

Option 1: Some fans will agree with me that it was a real shame to get rid of the moon at center ice. It was unique and demanded your attention at center ice. Perhaps it is time for the moon to make its return but in the Coyotes current colors.

Option 2: Ok, maybe you still want to see the Coyote at center ice but perhaps are open to having the moon in the background. I think this might be a bit too much but hey, lets give it a try.

Option 3:  For everyone that thinks the ice is good as is...

Fixing The Rangers

Welcome to a our continuing series as part of our month long celebration of our fourth anniversary. This series is similar to our concepts page, but focuses on how each of the NHL's thirty teams could improve upon their current center ice designs. Some teams could use a lot of work and for each team we will post 2-3 ideas for how they might improve their ice. Lets face it though, some teams already have a perfect center ice but to be fair we will still look at some alternate ideas. Please let us know which you prefer in the comments below, or let us know if you think it is perfect as is.

New York Rangers: This is one team that I really think has done a great job creating a unique look and needs no big changes at center ice. Its a classy logo inside a circle and includes their birth year. How can you go wrong.  Never-the-less, here are a few ideas.

Option 1: Keeping the current design in place, but simplifying the look just a bit by using a solid red line. This would be the only improvement that I think could be made to the current design.

Option 2: Going back to the previous design using just a logo and the text around the outside.

Option 3: Perhaps you think it would be a mistake to change from the current design shown here.

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Fixing The Devils

Welcome to a our continuing series as part of our month long celebration of our fourth anniversary. This series is similar to our concepts page, but focuses on how each of the NHL's thirty teams could improve upon their current center ice designs. Some teams could use a lot of work and for each team we will post 2-3 ideas for how they might improve their ice. Lets face it though, some teams already have a perfect center ice but to be fair we will still look at some alternate ideas. Please let us know which you prefer in the comments below, or let us know if you think it is perfect as is.

New Jersey Devils
Despite never being a fan of their center ice, I do believe that they have a very iconic logo. I think the only issue that bugs me is that black circle that is off center. Symmetry is key here and if there is a circle in a logo, it really should be centered with the actual center circle. The problem is if you center this element of the logo, the NJ horns will be greatly off center with the logo. I really don't think the Devil's center ice is far off from being excellent. It just needs some tweaking, but I will include some tweaks as well as some bigger changes in the concepts.

Option 1: Here is a very small tweak to the ice that simply moves the black outline of a circle so that it is centered on the ice. The NJ lettering stays put.

Option 2: This design is basically what they already use, but it has small Devils logos in the red line.

Option 3: This is a bit of a stretch for the team, but what if they had a black filled circle for their logo.

Option 4: Here is the current ice used at Prudential Center.
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Let us know what you think in the comments below!

AHL Western Expansion Concepts - Added Condors

With the announcement of the 5 re-locations set to take place in the 2015/16 AHL season, speculation began immediately regarding names, logos and venues for the new teams. Of course for us, this means 5 brand new center ice designs will be coming this fall. This post will contain concept designs for the 5 teams. First up are the San Diego Gulls and Ontario Reign. More will be posted as logos and details are released.





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