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Hello all, back during my Michigan Tech redesign, I said that I would be back to tackle more college hockey teams. With school, and what ended up being a month of finals, that sort of got pushed back awhile. But, I'm back, and ready to tackle what may be the biggest curiosity in all of college (or possibly any level) hockey, the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers. For those of you who are college hockey amateurs, Alabama-Huntsville actually exists. No, they are not very good, though they have made the NCAA tournament twice. Generally, the Chargers are considered a sort of joke or novelty, and really haven't made that big an impact on the landscape. They also have a pretty crappy logo. With my version of the logo, I initially wanted a soldier on horseback. Initially, UAH's mascot was the Uhlan, a polish cavalry unit from the 18th and 19th centuries. While the name has long since been changed to the Chargers, I thought it could be a nice little tip of the cap to the original name while maintaining the current identity. Long story short, I couldn't make it work, so it's only a horse (For those keeping score, horse rider logos 2: lafarge 0). Not much to say, really. It's a stylized front half of a horse. With the uniforms, I wanted to emulate the style of UAH's previous looks without blatantly copying the Rangers and Blackhawks, or wearing extremely amateurish uniforms. One main feature is the heavy use of black, despite having no black in the logo. This is meant to mimic the design quirk that the real uniforms feature. When determining the striping pattern, I decided to go traditional, but unusual, and applied a three stripe system. However, instead of placing black as the center stripe, like normal, I made it the bottom stripe. It honestly turned out much better than expected, and gives UAH a distinct look. The chest features UAH with the uniform number below. This is an amalgamation of two styled used by the team. The first featured Alabama Hunstville above and below the number. The second was a diagonal UAH. Combine the two, and boom. NOTE: The primary logo features a silver keyline while the uniform features a white keyline. In theory, the silver would be used in all applications, except for athletics uniforms that feature black (ideally, the designs would move away from black and towards silver, but with several blue/silver or blue/white teams in college hockey, I figured I'd keep the traditional blue/black scheme). Anyway, that's all for this time. It's certainly not as extensive as my Michigan Tech redesign, and I do hope to get back to more extensive treatments in the future. I'm not sure who I'm gonna tackle next, so if you have any suggestions, throw them my way (Existing teams only please) and I'll give em a consideration. Thanks for viewing and thanks for the C+C!
With NCAA Hockey conference playoffs coming up, I was looking at some of the smaller schools competing for a spot in the national tournament. Suffice to say, there are a lot of logos that aren't very good. One of the ones I noticed most was the Michigan Tech logo. The husky is a strange blob shape with squared edges on the left side, and a mediocre font. A team that is competitive on the national stage deserves a quality logo, so I attempted to make one myself. I attempted to keep some of the main features of the original logo, particularly excluding the eyeball. I also decided to make the logo a bit more streamlined and intense. For a secondary logo, I created a simple letter logo, with the word Tech at the bottom. This creates a simple, yet recognizable letter logo. The script logo remains largely the same, with some tweaks. Finally, the uniforms, which are based on the team's current alternates (they might be their primary uniforms now, though they used to wear the Bruins template). The yellow uniform can act as both a home alternate and road uniform, while the black uniform is used on the road whenever the yellow jersey would clash. Thanks for viewing! C+C is welcomed!