08/07/2008 3:49 PM - From chicagoblackhawks.com: (link)
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that its team logo has been declared the No. 1 logo in the NHL by The Hockey News on its website THN.com. Over the next month, THN.com will conduct an online tournament for viewers to vote for the No. 1 logo in all of hockey. The news can be viewed by visiting thehockeynews.com or chicagoblackhawks.com.
“We chose the Chicago Blackhawks logo as the best in the NHL because it represents everything this competition is about. It is instantly recognizable, has universal appeal and has inspired countless imitations. The logo itself has an unwavering sense of pride and duty to it and looks great on a jersey or a hat. It is truly one of the classics in all of sport,” said Ryan Kennedy, author of the story for The Hockey News.
THN.com has ranked the logos in every major North American hockey league and over the next month the website will conduct a tournament to allow viewers to determine the best logo in all of hockey. For the tournament, the 40 most popular team logos determined by viewers will be split into four groups of ten. From there, another round of reader voting commences with the top four teams from each section moving on to a bracket of 16. Then, the teams go head-to-head in an online elimination vote until an ultimate logo champion is crowned just before the NHL season begins.
The Chicago Blackhawks team logo was created by Irene Castle, wife of team founder and coffee tycoon Major Frederic McLaughlin, in 1926 at the team’s inception into the NHL. McLaughlin chose the ‘Blackhawks’ nickname in recognition of his time as commander with the 333rd Machine Gun Battalion of the 86th Infantry Division during World War I. His Division was nicknamed “Blackhawk Division” after a Native American of the Sauk nation, Chief Black Hawk, who was a prominent figure in the history of Illinois. Throughout the franchise’s history, the logo has undergone minor changes but still closely resembles its original presentation.