On Thursday another step toward putting another NHL team in the Pacific Northwest after the group led by billionaire David Bonderman and filmmaker Jerry Bruckheimer submitted an expansion application to the league for a team in Seattle in February was underway. The Los Angeles-based Oak View Group revealed on Twitter that it reached its initial goal of 10,000 deposits in 12 minutes, and finally received more than 25,000 deposits for season tickets through a ticket drive.
It seems more and more certain that Seattle will get its hockey club, the 32nd team in the league. It is so certain that the recent process convinced a young student from Colorado State University to design what could have the possible logo, jerseys, tickets and social media accounts of the new expansion team for his Graphic Design Independent Study course. Justin Fox chose the fictitious name of the Seattle Metros in reference to the Metropolitans who evolved from 1915 to 1924 in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, and won the Stanley Cup back in 1917.
The design is so impressive, you have to see it:
What a gorgeous and impressive concept! Fox explains his inspiration on his webpage designed for his concept: you can see his page here.
"This primary mark draws large inspiration from the Seattle Sounders MLS logo, a Seattle Metros logo and jersey concept by Ryan Haslett, and a Seattle Metros logo concept by Adam Walsh. Ryan Haslett, founder of HockeyJerseyConcepts.com, created a Metros logo years ago that intertwines the famous Seattle monorail and Space Needle, and I have always loved the concept. Beyond that, Adam Walsh created a similar Metros mark and used distinct color palette, shield shape, and skyline to help develop my "brand refresh." These two logos were my primary inspiration for this logo and base for my project."
The kid is not the only one excited about a potential new franchise in the NHL, as hockey experts are having fun and predicting what the expansion draft would look like, and finally offering a sneak peek at the potential roster of the newest team in the NHL. Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News revealed last week his prediction for Seattle's expansion draft:
Anaheim – Andrew Cogliano, C.
Arizona – Josh Archibald, RW.
Boston – David Backes, RW.
Buffalo – Nick Baptiste, RW.
Calgary – Curtis Lazar, C.
Carolina – Scott Darling, G.
Chicago – Brent Seabrook, D.
Colorado – Nail Yakupov, LW.
Columbus – Sonny Milano, LW.
Dallas – Mattias Janmark, C.
Detroit – Justin Abdelkader, LW.
Edmonton – Adam Larsson, D.
Florida – Colton Sceviour, C.
Los Angeles – Alec Martinez, D.
Minnesota – Gustav Olofsson, D.
Montreal – Jacob De La Rose, LW.
Nashville – Nick Bonino, C.
New Jersey – Mirco Mueller, D
New York Islanders – Scott Mayfield, D.
New York Rangers – Kevin Shattenkirk, D.
Ottawa – Bobby Ryan, RW.
Philadelphia – Scott Laughton, C.
Pittsburgh – Riley Sheahan, C.
San Jose – Dylan DeMelo, D.
St. Louis – Jake Allen, G.
Tampa Bay – Andrej Sustr, D.
Toronto – Nikita Zaitsev, D.
Vancouver – Erik Gudbranson, D.
Vegas – Malcolm Subban, G.
Washington – Chandler Stephenson, C.
Winnipeg – Andrew Copp, C.