Ontario vs. Minneapolis, take your pick.

Six days remain in the Hockey News’ logo contest (vote here), which this week has pitted the Ontario Reign vs. the NHL’s Minnesota Wild.

In a straight game of ice hockey, I’d have to take the Wild.

This, however, is a logo contest. For my money, the Wild’s logo has to be one of the more polarizing, love-it-or-hate-it pieces of artwork in all of sports. Forget momentarily that “Wild” is an adjective, not a noun — you’ve got to get over the idea of trees, a star and a moon superimposed on a mountain lion’s head with a gaudy forest green/brick red color scheme. Sounds hard to imagine, doesn’t it?

The designer somehow managed to pull this concept off, but for my money the colors are just too strong to be placed on the same jersey. Tone down the red, and I think the Wild win this matchup on creativity points. But the Reign’s logo is so much classier, it looks like it could belong to a centuries-old British soccer club rather than the Inland Empire’s first pro hockey team.

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.