The 2016 NHL Stadium Series will feature two games next season in Minnesota and Colorado. Now we have our first look at one of the logos.
The Minnesota design was unveiled today at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota, site of the big outdoor match-up between the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks on Feb. 21.
Above you can see some variations of the mark, with and without the corporate sponsor's logo as well as one of the wordmarks.
This time around, we're shifting to navy blue and adding colors and elements from the host city — unlike in the past two seasons.
For Colorado, burgundy or blue could replace green as an alternate color while Rocky Mountain peaks replace the forest scene in Minnesota's version.
Notably, there were no chrome or carbon fiber logos on display — also no jerseys, sadly. The Wild say that's coming "later in the season." Let's keep our fingers crossed that when we do see sweaters, there won't be any weird Photoshop effects.
Back to the logos, the NHL has once again turned to the incredible talents at Fanbrandz. They're picking up the "torch" from Torch Creative (don't blame me, that pun wrote itself), who created the original NHL Stadium Series logo two years ago when four games were held in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.
Speaking of which, how about a nice chronological logo progression for the Stadium Series like we did with the Winter Classic last week?
You may have also noticed Coors Light's new logo is now reflected in its Stadium Series sponsorship. So which of these three is your favorite?