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The Hockey News Logo Rankings: Blues Classic Logo At Number Three

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The uniforms since the RBK era haven't been the best, but you can't deny that the logo is excellent.

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The Hockey News has been pretty obviously bored this summer, what with their lists and awards for grit and competitiveness (congrats, David Backes!) and whatnot.

I'm about 100% sure that they've done this before, but they're listing the top logos in the NHL, and the Blues have come in at number three.

From the article:

The Blue Note has represented St. Louis’ NHL team since its inception in 1967, with some alterations along the way. It’s a symbol that stands not just for the team, but the city and region, which is renowned for its history of jazz and blues music. The color blue is an obvious fit with the name and is accentuated with a yellow that used to take up more space on the logo and jersey.

What we liked about the design were the colors and stylized look that jumps at you. It’s clean, to the point and representative of the city. It’s a slick look that’s easily identifiable. What else can you ask for from a team named the Blues?

This year, they're going through the history of the teams' logos, and it's interesting to see the subtle evolution of the Note. Some versions were sharper than others, some more rounded, some had to have the city's name in them in case you forgot who you were watching, and then there was the logo where BLUES was written over the Note with that hint of red that hung around for a while. Let's just pretend that didn't happen.

Generally speaking, though, there's always just been the Note. There's something to be said for consistency and the KISS method of logo design. You don't have to squint and tilt your head to figure out what it is, and in the era of stylized logos that's saying something.