Future Of Ice Regulations (Predictions)

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Over the years the ice rinks have changed a lot, mostly due to NHL restrictions on what can be painted where. In the good ol' days teams could paint the ice pretty much however they wanted so long as they kept the main markings intact. Of course back then, intact was more of a loose term that would simply mean that you could still enforce the game of hockey even if there were some slight obstructions. While this leniency was wonderful for creativity, the NHL wanted to keep the ice looking clean and and all official hockey markings be left fully intact. Here is a look at a few rinks that would no longer be allowed in today's NHL.

Today's rinks are highly regulated and one can only assume that more changes will be in the NHL's future.  One trend that I have seen in recent years is the growing size of the arena logos around center ice. It is the only place they are allowed to put them and some teams make sure that these names will not be ignored like the following...

These large arena names have led me to believe that in the not so distant future, the NHL might make a new rule stating that all team/arena identities must remain inside the circle. If that were to happen, here is what I think some might look like.

New Branding For Rexall Place?

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With the recent news that Rexall has a new look for its logo and stores, it is probably only a matter of time before the home of the Oilers must change their arena name in ice.

Here is a look at the two logos...

So what might the center ice look like after a change in branding? Well its really tough to say on this as the arena has had its name around the sides, top and bottom, upside down, and even had the Northlands Coliseum logo inside the circle at center ice for a good number of years. Here is an example of what the outcome might be, and although I have predicted a couple arena text designs before (Buffalo and Florida}, I highly doubt I will get that lucky again.

Ancient Scoreboards In The NHL

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Today I want to take a look at all the scoreboards in the NHL that have served their purpose and are overdue for replacement. We are seeing more and more HD scoreboards which makes them less surprising than the teams who still use 1990's technology.

 I couldn't tell you what Ducks fans think of their scoreboard, though I have heard it is not as bad as it appears on TV and in videos. This scoreboard is not exactly the original though the frame which everything sits in is the same. They swapped out the old boards and screens with some newer technology nearly a decade ago and in more recent years added an LED ring to the bottom. So, perhaps "ancient" is an overstatement, but by today's standard, it is behind the times. 

Note: they do have some pretty big video screens in the top ends of the arena to compliment their video system.


I am very surprised that the Avs are still using the original Pepsi Center scoreboard. 2000 technology that has seen virtually no upgrades since it was introduced. It was nearly identical to the original scoreboard in Air Canada Centre and the current on in Rexall Place. Toronto replaced that scoreboard a few years ago and Edmonton will have a new one when their new arena is built. One can only hope that by then, the Avs will get a new scoreboard.


The scoreboard is the second one The Joe has had, and is not ancient at all if you compare it to the rest of the arena. It has even seen the improvement of an HD video screen upgrade. However, like Anaheim, it is not fully digital and the size of the video screens are quite smaller than the league standard these days. Below is the first board when the Joe Louis Arena opened...


As I previously mentioned, Edmonton's scoreboard is likely seeing its last few years as a new arena is in the works. At one time their scoreboard had 4 straight LED boards above it but those have been removed and team banners have been put in their place. The current scoreboard is the forth one for the current arena. Below are the previous three... 

Thanks to CF92 for sending this rare shot!


The Panthers arena has had more names than you can imagine, but only one scoreboard. A couple years ago the scoreboard got a new paint job, which is not something you would think a scoreboard would need or get.  Their scoreboard is now red to reflect their new color scheme but paint alone can not update this massive 1990's piece of technology. There have been rumors of a new scoreboard and LED system the last couple years and even one concept that was revealed and then seemed to disappear soon after. Could this been in Florida's future?


The Wild are still on their first board. While its not the worst out there, the video screens are pretty small and the board is among the earliest of the digital scoreboard generation. Wouldn't be surprised to see a new one in the next three years. 

New York Islanders 

This is not their first scoreboard, and their current one is actually a heavily modified version of the third board they received. The top was removed and replaced with LED panels, as was the bottom part which shows the scores.  Even with these upgrades, it is still clear that this is one of the more outdated boards that was only helped with cheap updates. Below is the original two boards...

*Old scoreboard photos are from http://www.ballparks.phanfare.com/. Check out his site! He has so many old photos of arenas from today and from the past!