New Hershey Bears Logo Leaked in NHL13?

Written By:  •  Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Has a new logo for the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears been inadvertently unveiled courtesy NHL13?

It looks like it, and we didn’t even know the Bears were changing anything!

The demo for EA Sports’ NHL13 video game was released today and one eagle-eyed player spotted something strange on the Hershey Bears roster page in the game and posted his screenshot on Reddit.  It’s a logo we’ve never seen before either.

The current primary logo of the Hershey Bears, does this look like a 75-year-old franchise to you?

A new logo for the Bears is sorely needed and this season would be the right one to make it happen in.  The Bears, the oldest franchise in the American Hockey League, are celebrating their 75th anniversary in 2012-13 yet currently use the primary logo with no tradition or history tied to it, they look like they could be an expansion team… design-wise.

The leaked logo certainly has a more traditional vibe to it, here’s hoping the Bears make the switch, as always we’ll keep our ears out for any news regarding this new logo.

UPDATE (Aug 21/12 16:28): The Joe Bosack Graphic Design Company (responsible for so many other great re-brandings out there) posted this teaser graphic on their Facebook page earlier today with the caption “Strange things are afoot in Hershey”:

We’ll pencil next Wednesday into our calendars as one to look forward to!

 

Special thanks to Kurt Pittman on Facebook for the tip!  If you or anyone else spots logo or uniform news before we do, just send an email to ccreamer@sportslogos.net

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  • Jim Pericotti

    Joe Bosack did post a picture of a paw logo with the date “8.29″ on it with the caption “Strange things are afoot in Hershey…”

  • Gary

    I may be in the minority, but I have always loved the current Primary logo.

  • Marty

    Reminds me of a can of dipping tobacco.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kurpit Kurt Pittman
  • Brian Castner

    They’re hosting the AHL’s outdoor game this season. I’m wondering if that will be something for that game? I’m sure they’ll come up with some horrible fauxback logo/uniform for the game.

    • Khan is not the easy route

      I’m sure they’d use the skating bear logo as their throwback. Why wouldn’t they?

  • Timm

    Hard to tell, but looks pretty decent.

    Also… Zach Hamill is rated a 76? WTF?

  • avspens

    if this is true so this looks like it would be a huge downgrade

  • ingmar66

    No, it would be an upgrade. The current logo has had its run and it is not as ageproof as one hopes that sports logos will be (as most NFL/ MLB/ NCAA logos fortunately still are). The current logo looks a bit too ’90′s, especially the bear. A logo within the borders of a puck (or a tobacco tin can) always looks nice to me.

  • LWill

    They’re planning to unveil a new logo and uniform. Season ticket holders were given tickets to the unveiling on the 29th.

  • Marc

    I also loathe the current Hershey Bears’ logo, it irks me the same way as when the London Knights changed their colors and logo in the mid 1990s. Fortunately, the Knights went back to their former logo and I hope the Bears come up with something a little bit more respectful to the proud tradition. The logo looks like it belongs to an expansion team in a smaller level independent hockey league. Horrible!

  • Cole McCarthy

    But you can’t access the rosters in the demo. The settings screen only has gameplay settings and a tutorial for the new skating engine.