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The Florida Panthers New Sports Logo is Awesome

There are four sports that make up “The Big 4” in the United States. In no particular order, they are football, baseball, basketball and hockey. The NHL isn’t as widely covered on television and other media outlets, as compared to the other three. Last week, while hanging out at my local sports bar with some buddies, there was a hockey game on TV. Something about this game caught my attention. It was a glimpse of something I haven’t seen before, and it got my sports logo loving brain working! I noticed that the Florida Panthers had changed their logo. And man, it was beautiful! First, let’s talk a little bit about this Florida hockey team.

The Florida Panthers were founded in 1993, as an expansion team. After just three years in the league, they made it to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Panthers ended up losing in four games, to the Colorado Avalanche. The immediate success was well received by Florida residents. With two hockey teams in the state, the Panthers helped shape Florida into the hockey-loving state that it is now.

In recent years, the Panthers have failed to find much success. They did make it to the playoffs last season, though they lost in the first round to the New York Islanders. The three seasons prior to that, the Panthers finished 5th, 7th and 6th, respectively. Looking to mix things up, the team started working on a new look. Prior to this season, the Florida Panthers unveiled their new logo. And it is AWESOME! Let’s look at the two images, and do what we at Awesome Sports Logos do best: compare!

Logos Courtesy of SportsLogos.net 

The Panthers’ original logo is, without a doubt, ferocious. The image shows the big cat in a leaping motion, claws forward and mouth ready to consume the opposition. The coloring is simple, clean and consistent. There isn’t really anything that would immediately draw negativity to this logo, but when you get into the finer details, it’s missing a lot. There is no lettering to state the team’s name or home city/state. While the logo itself looks good, one can also tell that it’s dated. It was a fine image for the 90s, but we’re in the 21st Century now. They were due for an upgrade. And what better time to upgrade than when your team just had three back-to-back terrible seasons? Let’s see what the Florida Panthers came up with.

 

This new logo is one of my personal favorites in all of the National Hockey League. This new image is a clear upgrade, and one for the better. The Panthers went with an increasingly more popular shield look. It’s a traditional shield, in shape and features. It gives off the overall appearance of one of the well-respected soccer logos from overseas. It looks classy, modern and sleek. More importantly, it encompasses what the old logo was missing: lettering. You see “FLORIDA” clearly and plainly across the top of the shield, arching across the red background. I like the way the Panther itself is presented. This big cat still has the look of intensity in its eyes, but in a more honorable and sophisticated manner. The Panther is featured turned to its profile, looking ahead at what’s to come. The symbolism in that is intense, as the team moves on from its previous logo. They are ready to look ahead, and seek out success. Overall, I think the Florida Panthers did one heck of a job in creating their new look.

On the opposite coast, there’s another hockey team with one heck of a logo.

 
 
Oregon is one of the greenest states we have. Portland is one of the more eclectic cities in America, with a huge emphasis on the environment. Thus, the meanest hockey team in the northwest is born, the Portland Tree Huggers. I wouldn’t want to skate against this tree and if I did, I hope that it has more bark than bite. We think this Portland sports logo t-shirt will draw some attention when you wear this super soft, cool t-shirt around town. Get it today solo or add it to your list when you join our T-shirt of the Month Club

We’d love to hear what some of your favorite sports logos are. Comment below, and tell us what team you think has an awesome look!

Thanks for stopping by!

Keep Calm and Stay Awesome!

Blake Cole

T-Shirt Wearer

Sports Logo Lover

Sports Logo Review of the Florida Panthers

The Florida Panthers are one of the more obscure sports franchises, in my opinion. Hockey in Florida seems odd, but, then again, it also seems odd in Tampa Bay, a city that makes it work very well, and the same be can said on both accounts for the Southern California teams in Anaheim and Los Angeles. 

But, Miami? I'm not going to act like I'm an avid watcher of Panthers games on TV, but unless they are good, I can't imagine there is a ton of interest in that area for their local hockey squad. 

Florida's inaugural season came during the 1993-1994 campaign. Their first stars included former New York Rangers goalie, John Vanbiesbrouck. The "Beezer" resurrected his career and helped lead the Panthers to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1995-1996, before they were bested by the Colorado Avalanche. 
 
 

The Panthers were given their nickname after the endangered species, the Florida panther, which is endemic to the nearby Everglades region, according to the team's website. In 1992, Florida selected the Florida panther as the official state animal. Thus, the logo's significance and representation of the region is certainly way more than adequate.

The team's official color scheme is red, blue, gold, and white. Their current home jerseys are red, while the road jerseys are white. In that sense, I guess you might have to elevate red as the team's primary color, but the primary colors of the logo, itself, are gold and blue. 

Of the three non-white colors, the red is my least favorite in this mix. I really like the way the blue plays off the gold, which is not your typical metallic gold like Notre Dame, for instance, but more of a panther "fur" gold, if that even makes sense. 

I do like the red eyes that stare you down as the panther is leaping towards you. That adds an element of intimidation. 

As far as the actual graphic--the panther--I really like it. It doesn't necessarily fall into the "simple detail" category, because there is significant detail. The wrinkling of the fur and the various marks with the mammal's movement, along with the curling of the fingernails and the hair tips of the tail all add to the unique detail of the ferocious panther. 

In some cases, I prefer simplicity. In this case, don't ask me why, I like the detail. I think it might be because it all adds to intimidation factor. It seems like the panther is really jumping off the page to get you. It is almost like you feel the speed of the panther. 

Overall, I give this logo a B+.   

We have some other Florida sports logos that we give high marks to. 

While they may not be hockey logos, they certainly show the same creativity as the Panthers. 

 
 

This is a different kind of cat. This minor league baseball team is named after the ferocious animal called the cougar. The overpopulation of cougars is prevalent mostly in the upscale Boca Raton neighborhoods. You can find cougars in shopping areas during the day, but mostly they are nocturnal beasts working the bar and club scene stalking their prey.

 
 

The city of St. Joseph in Dade County Florida is known as the Kumquat Capital of the world. Each year 40,000 people descend on this area for the one-day Kumquat Festival. Who would have thought a kumquat would attract so many people? 

What is a kumquat besides a funny name? A kumquat is in the citrus family and looks like an orange, but it’s the size of an olive. We decided to take a cute looking fruit with a funny name and make it into an awesome baseball logo.

Kudos Florida, you have some Awesome Sports Logos!

Thanks as always for reading, 

Jared Sandler
Awesome Sports Logos

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