In 1897, the first amateur hockey team appeared in Pittsburgh, USA, and after that, the first synthetic ice was created, which had no analogs for a long time in North America. However, the legendary Pittsburgh penguin was born only in 1967, after the NHL expanded from 6 to 12 clubs. The Pittsburgh Hornets from the AHL were among the recruits who entered the elite. The owners of the team decided that with the change of status it was the time to change the name. “Hornets was a team from the lower league. We knew that in the draft expansion we will not get the best players, so we did not want to continue to be considered a collective of the AHL level”, recalls Peter Blok.
Pittsburgh Penguins logo history
The new name should have started with “P”, as like Pittsburgh. It was invented by the wife of one of the investors, Carol MacGregor. It turned out that the locals dubbed “Civic Arena” with the word “igloo” for the dome-shaped roof. The word means the Eskimo’s pack. And then she had an idea: the igloo – the ice – the penguins.
At the same time, the same name was proposed by 700 people out of 26,000 who took part in the contest from the publication of the Post-Gazette. Artist Gessner was paid $ 1500 to develop six possible variants of the Pittsburgh Penguins logo. And soon designers add to the emblem of the club a running penguin, which in the 90’s was changed to a penguin- a “postage stamp”, but then returned again.
At the top of its existence, Pittsburgh Penguins performed in a blue and white uniform but later came to the club colors, which are white, gold and black. They are similar to the coloring of Pirates, the hockey team of Pittsburgh of early XX century, and they took the colors of the local police uniform. These colors are also on the flag of the city. The same tones are on the coat of arms of British Minister William Pitt Elder, after whom Pittsburgh is named. Also, the “golden triangle” is the symbol of the city with its skyscrapers, shopping and office centers, theaters and bridges. So the golden color of the Pittsburgh Penguins emblem is important. Boston hockey team Bruins, which players wear the same color, is still angry with “penguins”: it should be only their colors.
Pittsburgh Penguins logo colors
RGB: (252, 182, 12)
CMYK: 0, 0.277, 0.952, 0.011
RGB: (255, 255, 255)
CMYK: 0, 0, 0, 0
RGB: (0, 0, 0)
CMYK: 0, 0, 0, 1