Once again, the Ontario Reign have made it to the next round of The Hockey News’ online logo contest. Once again they’re the early underdog.
The Reign’s final four opponent is the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, whose logo to me is a poorer take on what the San Jose Sharks were going for about 20 years ago, and have scarcely tinkered with since.
So it’s not a bad logo — but is it really better than the Chicago Blackhawks’ logo, which beat the Sharks in the first round (67% to 33%) then somehow lost to Rimouski 57% to 43% to advance to the Final Four? I’m further disinclined to vote for the Oceanic since “Oceanic” is not a noun; were the “Waves”, “Whalers” or “Sharks” (since that’s what’s in the logo) already taken? The city of Rimouski sits on the river St. Laurent north of Quebec, which is about as far to the other side of the continent as you can be from the Inland Empire. So while I’d like to say there’s no middle ground on this vote, I’d be lying through my baleen … better hurry up, too, as the Reign are losing 60 to 40% early.
The other side of the bracket has the Detroit Red Wings going against the Montreal Canadiens. Good luck for either the ECHL team or the QMJHL team that’s going up against one of those big boys.