Edmonton Oil Kings/Flin Flon Bombers
Holy crap, it's hockey season again? The Western Hockey League kicked off it's season with the return of the historic Edmonton Oil Kings franchise. In front of a Rexall Place crowd of 6,782, the Oil Kings did opening night up right posting a 4-3 victory over the franchise that last abandoned Edmonton, the Kootenay Ice.
Put the Oil Kings logo down as my favorite new/old logo released this year. Of course, I'm not sure that there were any other new/old logos released, but that's neither here nor there. The Edmonton Oilers owned Junior-A franchise did a little bit of work to update the classic Oil King logo, notably replacing the St. Georges Cross with an oil drop and the reworking of the colors. The results are exceptionally simple and...
Wait! We interrupt this review because The Sports Logo Pundit found something that blew his mind. While researching the Oil Kings I came across a jersey that automatically jumps up to the top of my all-time favorites...
That's Bobby Clarke and his jersey from when he was a member of the Western Hockey League's Flin Flon Bombers. The Bombers name and famous exploding "B" logo have been used by this strange sounding Manitoba city since 1936 without too many changes.
And would you believe it, the Flin Flon Bombers still exist as a part of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Unfortunately, this jersey isn't part of their current uniform, but even without it, they still look pretty darn good.
Team: Edmonton Oil Kings
League: Western Hockey League
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Arena: Rexall Place
Team: Flin Flon Bombers
League: Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League
Location: Flin Flon, Manitoba - named after the character Josiah Flintabbatey Flonatin. Seriously.
Arena: Whitney Forum
Merchandise: Great game worn jerseys