The Bakersfield Condors officially unveiled their logo for the 2015-16 season Thursday, becoming the last of the AHL’s new Pacific Division teams to do so. The logo, an updated version of previous iterations, will become the official mark on April 12. In St. Louis, the Blues will pay tribute to the city’s MLB team by wearing Cardinals jerseys.
Thursday afternoon, the Bakersfield Condors, the 2015-16 affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, became the final team from the AHL’s new Pacific Division to officially unveil their logo for the upcoming season. The Condors, who have a long history of being one of the most creative and hilarious teams in minor professional sports,
tried to pull one over on April Fool’s Day by releasing a fake logo, but revealed their actual crest the next day. While the logo isn’t a major departure from the Condors logo that has been worn for the past several seasons, there are some updates connecting next year’s team to the Edmonton Oilers.
The most obvious updates are the simplest ones – the change in color scheme to match the Oilers colors. However, in addition to changing the primary and secondary colors, the Condors have removed the circle which used to encompass the logo and have updated small details like the condor’s wings to give it a fiercer look. “This is another step in building the excitement for this historic move to the American Hockey League,” said
Condors president Matthew Riley in a release. “The new logo is dynamic, fierce, and incorporates our new blue and orange color scheme. With this logo we are able to further our established brand of the past 17 years, while uniting us in our new chapter with the Edmonton Oilers, a team with great tradition over the past 35 years.” As of April 12, the logo will become the official mark of the Condors as they play out their final season in the ECHL and prepare to join the AHL for the upcoming campaign. In other jersey news, the St. Louis Blues announced Thursday that they will be donning St. Louis Cardinals-themed jerseys before their April 11 contest with the Minnesota Wild. The jerseys, pictured below on Blues captain David Backes, will feature the iconic Cardinals “birds-on-the-bat” logo and will use Cardinals numbering and lettering. In addition, the Cardinals’ secondary logo will be on the sleeves of the jerseys, with the Blues’ Blue Note where the shoulder patches would normally be.
There will be an online auction for the jerseys, which will open April 11 and close April 24, with all proceeds going to benefit the Blues 14 Fund and Cardinals Care.