April 11, 2018

POSTED BY

Brett Yoncak

CATEGORY

Philly’s Greatest Logo Design

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As the Philadelphia Flyers prepare to crush the Penguins in this year’s playoffs, I thought I’d take the time to point out how they’ve already crushed them, and nearly every other team in the logo department. Designed in the mid-1960s by Sam Ciccone, the Flyers’ logo has remained the same …

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As the Philadelphia Flyers prepare to crush the Penguins in this year’s playoffs, I thought I’d take the time to point out how they’ve already crushed them, and nearly every other team in the logo department.

Designed in the mid-1960s by Sam Ciccone, the Flyers’ logo has remained the same for over 50 years now (besides this monstrosity from the dark ages of 2002-2007, but that has since been thrown in the garbage). It has become a symbol immediately associated with The Broad Street Bullies and hard-nosed hockey. The winged ‘P’ with the orange dot, representing a hockey puck, is proudly worn by Philadelphians and praised as one of the greatest logos in sports.

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Surprisingly, the colors were inspired by the Texas Longhorns. Bill Putman, who owned a share of the team and helped land the franchise in Philly, played quarterback at the University of Texas, and thus suggested the warm color be used. The flyers were, in fact, the first NHL team to don orange on the ice.

This logo is simple, iconic, clever, and bleeds Philly Pride. I doubt it will ever be changed. I see no reason.

GO FLYERS!!

Check out this video for more history on the logo. Sam Ciccone is a legend in my eyes.

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