Center Ice Tournament

Time to vote for the center ice that you think looks best.

NHL Scoreboards Infographic

Have you ever wondered how big your favorite team's videos screens are in comparison to the rest of the league? We have a nice visual answer all ready for you! Check it out!

NHL Goal Horns and Songs

Here is the place to learn about all 28 of the NHL's goal horns and the songs played after them. Yes I said 28, not 30... Find out who doesn't have a real horn and more by clicking above!

NHL Rink History

Take a look at the evolution of the painted ice hockey rink in the NHL. Those standard ice markings have changed quite a bit over the years.

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Three NHL Scoreboards Replaced

For the upcoming season, you will be seeing some new NHL scoreboards hanging above center ices. Here is a look at the new modern marvels.

Toronto Maple Leafs - Air Canada Center
So far this is the board we know the most about. It is the only board completed at the moment that we know of and it is even featured in the upcoming EA Sports NHL game, NHL 16. Inside the board is a giant 3D Maple Leaf which will light up blue for hockey games and red for basketball games. The main video screens will measure roughly 32 feet by 18 feet. The old scoreboard has been shipped to Ricoh Coliseum to be used for their AHL farm team, the Marlies.



Winnipeg Jets - MTS Centre
This scoreboard is quite a set up from their previous board, and is already nearing completion. Inside the big board is a giant 3D version of their primary logo which we assume will be lit up. While we do not know the exact specifications for this board, it is billed as being several times large than the video screens on the old board.



Anaheim Ducks - Honda Center
This scoreboard is still somewhat of a mystery to us as the team is not releasing any drawings of what the finished board will look like. What we do know is that the main video screens on the two long sides are expected to be roughly 30 feet by 20 feet, with smaller boards on the 2 ends. This board is still under construction.


Friday, August 28, 2015

NHL 16 Arena Tracker

Have you been wondering what arenas have been licensed for use in NHL16? Here is the place to keep up to date on what has been revealed through various forms of media related to the game...

Friday, August 14, 2015

Fixing The Wild

Welcome to a our continuing series focusing 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.

Option 1: This idea comes from the current center ice of Minnesota's AHL affiliate, the Iowa Wild. It is the secondary logo but without the off white to give it a cleaner look.

Option 2: Now we are going a bit old school, and making things easy on the ice painters. Here is their third jersey logo applied to the ice leaving a very clean look at center ice.


Option 3: It may be a popular option to simply keep it the same as it has been for several seasons.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Outdoor Games Center Ice Predictions


Both outdoor games have been announced and the logos have been unveiled. So now it is time for us to make our prediction of what the center ices will look like.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Center Ice Tournament - Round 2!



Its that time again! The Frozen Faceoff Tournament of center ices is coming back for its 4th run. Each year we set up the initial match-ups a little different. Last year we went by division. This year we used a randomization tool and we will be using 6 groups of 5 for the first round of polls.

Voting for Round 2 is now open! Vote in the right hand column under the "Vote" tab.








Here is the lineup for Round 2 and results for Round 1:
The top two votes from round 1 advanced to round 2. Only 1 team in each will advance to round 3.




Sunday, July 19, 2015

KHL Section Resurgence

As proof that we do read your survey responses, we are choosing to respond to the KHL comments first. More than respond, we are making a great effort to bring the KHL section back up-to-date and give it a fresh look with our new graphics template that has already found its home on our NHL and AHL sections. The work has already begun, but before we get to far, I would like to mention a couple things regarding the lack of updates to the KHL section prior to this and about the upcoming changes/updates. 

Many of you may be wondering why it is coming up on the 2015/16 season, and we still only have a few 2014/15 season ices on the site. There is really a very simple reason for this, and no, it is not because I do not care about the KHL or its fans. In reality, I just do not know much about the KHL. I have found it to be quite a struggle to keep up with all of the changes, especially when most of the news about the league is in Russian, which I do not speak or read. Worse than that, many of the modified ice graphics are extremely difficult to come by, or perhaps I just do not know what I am searching for, because again... much of this stuff is in Russian. Don't feel bad, I am from the midwest USA and I also struggle with the French language of the QMJHL. So my reason for not updating actually came down to my lack of knowledge which i felt, and still feel prevents me from providing the best quality work for this league. However, many of you really want this to continue to be a major part of the site so I will do my best to deliver. I also am asking that if you have KHL knowledge and especially graphics that could help, please email us at frozenfaceoff57@gmail.com. 

The updates have already started and one thing that was long overdue was updating the navigation bar with the current and inactive teams. I have tried to make sure to include everyone but if you see an error, shoot me an email. 

With the new graphics template that we have been implementing throughout the site, we are striving to create higher quality center ice graphics with the focus on the center circle and the red line designs. Obviously red line designs are not a big issue in the KHL, but one thing you may notice is that the advertisements such as Chevrolet are not on the new graphics. We are no longer putting ads on the center ice graphics unless they are crucial to the overall center ice layout. We found we were spending far too much time on the locating and updating company logos (particularly on the AHL section). I know this will not be the most popular thing but rest assured that we will continue to use real advertisements on the ice graphics when they fall in or around the center circle. Most other ads are not entirely visible within the range of our center ice graphics anyway.

This update will be a work in progress for some time as it is still difficult for us to locate reference shots and the necessary graphics to put on the ice. With a new season coming up, it will surely take some time to get to all of those new designs as well, but we will do our best. 

Enjoy the updates that are up and the ones that are still to come! 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Fixing The Flames

Welcome to a our continuing series focusing 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.

Option 1: This might be a bit too much of a change for Flames fans but what if we tried their old logo at center ice?

Option 2: If option 1 was too much for you, then you probably wont want to look at this one!

Option 3: This one should make you feel more at home. It still has the current logo and red line but it brings back the old arena text layout which I thought looked pretty good at center ice.

Option 4:  If you don't like any of those choices, perhaps you might have another idea. Or maybe you just prefer to leave it as is.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Un-United Center

Every year in EA Sports NHL games, a few arenas decide to not sign the waiver to allow their arena likeness or name in the game. The past few years, the United Center in Chicago has not cooperated with the NHL series despite allowing both 2k and EA Sports to use their name in NBA games. We have reached out, using multiple methods, for a response and have been ignored every single time. Great PR! There is not a lot of time left for United Center to make the right call and sign the papers for NHL 16 but there is some. Lets all show them just how important it is!

Head over to twitter and post this graphic! Be sure to tag @United @UnitedCenter and #Blackhawks #NHL16

Having troubles thinking of a tweet? Doesn't have to be fancy. We just need to get their attention

How about this...
@United @UnitedCenter We want the #Blackhawks arena in #NHL16!