Fixing The Penguins

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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 Bruins

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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

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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

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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

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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!

Fixing The Capitals

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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.

Washington Capitals
I can't say that the Captial's center ice is awful or even close. If you like a clean look, then they will no disappoint. Still I can't help but wonder if it isn't time to see an actual logo on ice instead of the wordmark, or perhaps to compliment it.

Option 1: Perhaps my favorite look for the Capital's center ice would be the "W'Eagle". This logo looks sharp and it would be a bold statement at center ice.

Option 2: Some might say the W'Eagle looks good but perhaps its not quite time to  ditch the wordmark at center ice. Here is a compromise.

Option 3: Perhaps you think I should stop messing with this design and leave it as is.

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Fixing The Kings

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Welcome to a new series as part of our month long celebration of our fourth anniversary. This series will be similar to our concepts page, but will focus 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.

First up... Los Angeles Kings!
The Kings introduced a new logo for the 2011/12 season, but the logo at center ice would not be replaced for another two years. While the reaction to the change was mixed, like it or not, it sure made a splash in the aesthetic news of hockey.

While I understand that they would want to have their primary logo at center ice, the "home plate" logo seems to be a miss for a couple reasons. Personally I think the "crown" logo looked better on ice and off, but it also perhaps gave the team their best center ice design in recent history.

Option 1: Here is a design that brings back the old black and white crown logo but replaces the crowns in the red line with the home plate logo.

Option 2: Here is a design that might suit those who prefer the home plate logo but perhaps wouldn't mind seeing the puck a little better upon the center ice faceoffs.

Option 3: For those who think the Kings should stick with the current design.


What do you think? Tell us below!
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No Foolin... Its Been Four Years!

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As April begins, there will be lots of pranks and gags going on, but this milestone is certainly no joke. Who would have ever thought that a blog used to show off a few desktop wallpapers would turn into what we have today. I owe it all to the fans and to some great people who have helped along the way.

For those that are newer to this site, I first want to mention that it would never have been possible to create a complete NHL center ice archive for all current and historic teams without a lot of help from Cory Gibson and CanuckFanatic92. When they started helping this site, I only had about 10-20% of the NHL ices if that. Through exhaustive research and a lot of help on the graphic designs, we were able to have a nearly complete history of NHL center ice designs in less than a years time.

This past year we have really tried to build up a section devoted to goal horns. It is surprising how difficult it is to find information on some of the horns, and especially pictures of them. This fall we were lucky enough to team up with NHL Horns & Songs on youtube to bring you high quality recordings of the each of the teams goal celebrations. I encourage everyone to check out his channel!

Finally, the latest big development for the site this year has actually taken place over the last four or five months. We are in the long process of upgrading all of our NHL center ice graphics to have a fresh and more detailed look. You can read more about the changes here. Following the upgrades to the NHL section, I plan to move on to the AHL and probably the CHL after that.

As we celebrate 4 years all this month, keep checking in for some special content throughout the month! For now check our our anniversary ice design!