ESPN takes notice of our logo!
ESPN's Greg Wyshynski released a story today on ESPN about Hockey Enforcers today on ESPN.com. In his article he highlighted the new Elmira Enforcers team logo. Check it out below.
Elmira, New York, is getting a franchise in the Federal Hockey League one year after the ECHL's Jackals folded after 17 seasons. As is tradition, they held a "name the team" contest. The winning nickname?
The Elmira Enforcers.
Oh, did my eyes do a 360 when I read that name. It's 2018. Fighting is at an all-time low all around hockey. While a certain amount of knuckle-dragging and fisticuffs are expected in the bush leagues, this just seemed a bit trite in the current climate.
But then I saw the logo:
All is forgiven.
The Elmira Enforcers are, in fact, named in honor of local law enforcement. "I have always been a huge fan of law enforcement and police officers," said owner Robbie Nichols told the Star Gazette. "I just thought it was a way to give back, especially to our correctional officers. There's a lot of them in the area and we want to be known as the Elmira Enforcers. We're not the bad guys who are going to beat you up; we're the good guys."
The cop was modeled after Nichols, whose daughter designed the logo. According to the Gazette, Robbie joked "the mustache was a bit exaggerated while the arm was a little small."
I can't tell you how much I love that this logo now exists. You can keep your bears and your dogs and your bear-dogs and all your other team mascots. Elmira has been blessed with a burly man in a way-too-tight police officer's costume, with a mustache that puts Lanny MacDonald to shame, tossing his skates over his shoulder like a sassy hitchhiker.