Frozen Faceoff Tournament

It is almost that time of year again! Yes, the center ice trournament is coming back for its 4th year. It all starts July 4th! Click here for more details.

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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.

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!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Center Ice Tournament


Its that time again! The Frozen Faceoff Tournament of center ices is coming back for its 4th run. The first poll will begin on July 5th! 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.

Here is the lineup for Round 1:

Group A: Boston, Winnipeg, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh
Group B: Arizona, Toronto, Montreal, Nashville, NY Rangers
Group C: Ottawa, San Jose, Anaheim, Philadelphia, Edmonton
Group D: NY Islanders, Detroit, Dallas, Buffalo, Chicago
Group E: Saint Louis, Washington, New Jersey, Vancouver, Calgary
Group F: Florida, Los Angeles, Columbus, Carolina, Colorado

The top two votes for each group will advance to round two.

Below is our first three years' winners.

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!


Friday, June 19, 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.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Avalanche Anniversary

The Colorado Avalanche have unveiled their 20'th Anniversary logo to be used next season, so of course it is time to see what it would look like if they paint it at center ice.

As with many anniversary logos, this one is going to need some modification to make it work at center ice and even with those changes, it still does not work well. It creates a lot of reading and distraction at center ice. I would imagine the Avalanche will choose to keep the center ice design the same as it has been with the primary logo filling the circle. For fun though, lets take a look...

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Stanley Cup Finals Full Rink Graphics


Here is the rinks used for the Stanley Cup Finals (ads are approximate)



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Sunday, June 7, 2015

AHL Unlikely Concepts

Due to popular demand, I am posting some concepts for the upcoming debut of 2 AHL teams who will be sharing home arena's with an NHL team. I did not include these in the AHL Expansion post because these seem very unlikely unless their NHL affiliates are knocked out of the post season. Even then, its hard to say what the arena's would do with the ice. We have seen it before with the Edmonton Oil Kings and Calgary Hitmen of the Canadian Hockey League, so it can't be ruled out. Some people are speculating that the Jets and Flames will share their ice space with their AHL affiliates all season long, but I would be shocked to see that happen.

Anyway, here is what it MIGHT look like IF they decide to give the AHL some ice time.



AHL Western Expansion Concepts - Added IceCaps

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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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Fixing The Lightning

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 Tampa Bay Lightning are next on our fix list. They have a solid ice design now that they have a new logo without a word mark hovering over it. The old logo never seemed to look right no matter how it was positioned. Now with a very simple logo, the center ice looks pretty clean, but lets see what could be done with it.

Option 1: Roundels always look interesting at center ice, though not always in a good way. While in this case it looks nice as a graphic, I bet on a real ice surface it would look too noisy and make the puck hard to see. 

Option 2:  Here is a concept that looks like it was made in the early 1990's. It sports two logos and the word mark.  As an ice designer, I typically am not a fan of this style, but I think it works well for this logo.

Option 3: Here is the current center ice. After all is said and done, I have to say, the current one looks best.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Scoreboards By The Numbers


Have you ever wondered how your favorite team's scoreboard compares to those around the league? Well those questions are now. Check out our NHL Scoreboard Infographic which compares the sizes of all of the 30 arena's main replay boards from this past season. I will also add one for next season once the new scoreboards have been unveiled.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

A New Look For Frozen Faceoff

Welcome to our new and improved site! On the surface it may just look like a few tweaks but there are actually several new things that comes with this launch, as well as some more exciting things down the road.

First lets start with the most obvious change. The old faceoff dot logo we have been using for a few years has gotten a a completely new look while still representing what we are all about. The old logo was quite popular actually but I felt it was time to modernize and simplify.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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.






Sunday, May 17, 2015

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.