BTLNHL #19: Carolina Hurricanes
Given the reaction of some people who follow BTLNHL on Twitter, this appearance of the Carolina Hurricanes is long overdue. There seems to be a general disliking for this logo, and while I agree it’s far from the best, it’s also far from the worst (although, if you’re mathematically inclined, you’ll notice that 19 is closer to 30 than it is to 1, so I guess it’s still worse than most). Shall we just call it mediocre? Disclaimer: I am in no way calling the Hurricanes’ logo the NHL equivalent to Nickelback, as that would be extremely unkind to the logo.
Here’s the main positive and negative to this logo. Positive: It’s got simplicity and energy. Negative: It’s, well, kind of boring.
In meteorological terms, this is the symbol for a hurricane, and it obviously forms the basis for the logo. But, they elongated the shape, flattened it up, gave it a few more spikes and put a puck in the middle, or at least I think it’s a puck. I’ve never quite seen a puck that looks like that, which a red ring on the face of it and the rubber peeling off along the side. Maybe it’s what they think a puck would look like after spending some time inside a hurricane? Or a tie-dye factory? (This guy even has the courtesy to wear a hockey t-shirt, turn a shirt into a hurricane shape and create a red ring on his shirt. Thanks WolfEchoes!) The other factor is that a red square with a black square inside is a storm warning flag (and also the Hurricane’s alternative logo), so I’m guessing they decided to turn that into a puck-shape for the logo. But, then it never becomes clear exactly what it is.
But, like I mentioned, there’s definitely a simplicity to the logo. Like Christian Bale on Peter Griffin, they could have gone all crazy with this one, but they definitely made an attempt to keep a distinguished quality to the logo. The design overall, looks like a hockey logo and belongs in the NHL. And that gets points. But unfortunately, the points don’t really matter that much here either.
And there’s definitely some movement implied in it. When compared to the other natural disaster logo in the NHL, the Avalanche, you can see how the movement is implied by the shape of the elements, and not by an overload of extra elements and movement lines thrown in. But the movement inexplicably gets contained by a grey outline. Not sure why they felt that was necessary, and I think it’s stronger without it. Like Queen, the logo wants to break free.
So, going back to my main negative point, why is the logo boring? Maybe it’s not so much boring as it’s just not incredibly distinctive in any regards. The extra spikes to the outer ring of the logo gives it a tribal tattoo art look. That was big in 1997 when the Hurricanes moved from Hartford (who had, by the way, one of the best logos in hockey ever), but now that everybody and their dog has one (and if you ever tattoo your dog, you are insanely cruel), they’ve kind of lost their effect. Like everything in logo design, if you try to be too cool and trendy, it will become dated very fast.
Another thing about the puck/symbol in the middle. I’m not sure why it wasn’t more cleanly executed. The strange white space between the puck/symbol and the black ring/side of the puck is strange. Again, not sure why that was felt as being necessary.
But, maybe the ‘boring’ problem is that they don’t have a legacy or history on their side yet. It’s hard to disassociate a logo from its history because the following the emerges from a successful franchise gives the perception that everything the organization touches is greater than it actually is. That’s pretty much the definition of good branding. They won a Cup in 2005-06, but have only been to the playoffs 5 times since not being the Hartford Whalers. If they stick with this logo for the next 20, 30, 40+ years, along with winning a few more Cups along the way, it might climb in these rankings and win people over and create a fanatical fan base in North Carolina. But really, they have to do something about those awful jersey trims.
The logo has some things going for it, but we’re starting to head into the core of the NHL team logos, where the difference between #10 and #19 is not that huge. So, while it may seem somewhat arbitrary, the Hurricanes are the 19th Best Team Logo in the NHL.
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