The franchise was founded in 1967. However, prior to 1967, Philadelphia had had a hockey team called Philadelphia Quakers that was devastated by financial hardships of the Great Depression. After that, the city of “brotherly love” made numerous unsuccessful attempts to return to the NHL. In 1946, Philadelphia acquired the franchise of the Montreal Maroons who suspended play in 1938 and persuaded the NHL to transfer the team to Philadelphia, but time after time the NHL sent peremptory notices of rejection. No wonder, as Philadelphians had nothing, but the desire to locate another ice hockey team in their home city. There were no good sports facilities until 1967 when the legendary Spectrum indoor arena was built.
The Philadelphia Flyers joined the National Hockey League in 1967 as the Second Six team. The 1967 NHL Expansion was targeted at adding six new franchises to double the size of the League. Bill Putnam, one of the Philadelphia Flyers’ co-owners, insisted on the dominance of his favorite orange color in the team color scheme.
After Philadelphia was selected by the NHL officials as the city for one of the new franchises, the club owners announced the name-the-team contest. There were no doubts about team colors, as the Flyers adopted the orange, white and black colors used by the Quakers. The prize for the best name was 21″ (53 cm) color television. More than 25,000 ballots were entered at total offering names like Quakers, Ramblers, Liberty Bells, Keystones, Raiders, etc. However, “Flyers” were the winning one, since it had perfect alliteration with “Philadelphia”. 9-year-old Alec Stockard was declared a winner. He and 100 other contestants suggested the given name, but he submitted his entry with misspelled word “Fliers”. Next, it was time to design the logo, which turned out to be a candy eye.
It was a Philadelphia-native artist Sam Ciccone who drew the logo. The key concept of the logo, as well as the team’s name, was to represent the speed, as hockey is obviously a game of high speed. The logo contained four stylized wings attached to a slanted P, which of course stood for Philadelphia, with an orange dot to symbolize a puck. It was by far the best choice: it was extremely elegant, yet powerful. The logo has become one of the most recognizable logos in ice hockey. There were not many modifications made to the logo throughout the years. The only change in the logo took place in 2002 when Ciccone’s brainchild was outlined with silver to make it three-dimensional. This logo adorned the alternative Flyers jerseys until to the Reebok Edge redesign.
The Philadelphia Flyers is another team that does not have a mascot.
Philadelphia Flyers logo history
A promising Philadelphia-based ice hockey team, Philadelphia Flyers, was established in 1967. It is one of few teams that have virtually not changed its logo for so many years. The main colors of the team are still orange and black.
1967 – 1999
After the “Flyers” were chosen in the name-the-team voting, the franchise owners hired Sam Ciccone to design the logo. Bill Putnam, who owned a share of the club, selected the official palette. He used to say that the hot colors like orange and red were always more attractive from a marketing standpoint. He studied at the University of Texas, where the main colors were orange and white, so the choice was obvious. Black was added as an accent. The logo featured the black, horizontally flipped letter “P” for “Philadelphia” trimmed with four black wings. The orange circle inside the letter symbolized a hockey puck.
1999 – until now
In 2000, the logo was not changed much. It still contains the black letter “P” with the orange dot inside. Designers have unveiled a 3D version of the logo with metallic accents, improved the graphics and the color contrast.