Now I should preface this next part by saying regular readers know I'm never among the first to be critical of a new logo. I try to be neutral and let you guys make your minds up first...
...but this is just horrid. I mean it. This is an organization that's supposedly trying to recapture the excitement that once surrounded the Hartford Whalers. And this is the logo they plan to do it with?
Guys, what happened? Very disappointing.
There's a story on the AHL's website that contains a quote from Howard Baldwin that explains everything:
According to Howard Baldwin, chairman of the Whale franchise: “We have created a fun logo that not only captures the family-oriented approach of the Whale, but also represents the competitive nature of Coach (Ken) Gernander’s Whale team.”
There's your problem. Marketing to kids is important but that doesn't mean your professional hockey team's logo has to be a silly cartoon.
The logo was designed by Baldwin, the Whale marketing team and designer Erik Carlson. The Whale will introduce a secondary logo mark and official Connecticut Whale jersey designs at a later date.
After this, I'm not looking forward to the secondary logo, but my theory is that they can only improve from here.