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Calgary Flames

[Calgary Flames flag] image by ND

The Calgary Flames won the Stanley Cup in 1989 and played (and lost) the final last year (2004) vs Tampa Bay Lightning.

The flag was showed at NASDAQ New-York and at Canada Embassy at Washington during Stanley Cup final last year.

The logo is from http://www.sportslogos.net/
ND, 15 June 2005


Edmonton Oilers

[Edmonton Oilers flag] image by ND

The Edmonton Oilers club first played into the defunct WHA (World Hockey Association) during the 70's (1972-78). The club is famous to have won several Stanley Cup during the 80's and especially for being the first club of the Great One Wayne Gretzky.
ND, 17 March 2005


Montreal Canadiens

[Montreal Canadien's flag] image by Luc-Vartan Baronian

The Montreal Canadien's flag is used by fans since 1993, the year of the last Stanley Cup won by the team. It is a "banner of jersey". The colors of the team have been the same since 1909, the club's foundation date. They are derived from the French tricolor, a flag that was then used by French Canadians as representing themselves. (Actually, since 1902, it was in competition with the fleur de lis - the version prior to the current one used officially since 1948 -, this latter flag definitely taking over in the 1920s). In fact, one of the team's nicknames is "Le Tricolore". The CH letters stand for "Canadien Hockey", the official name of the team being "Club de hockey Canadien" since 1916-1917 (it was Club Athletique Canadien before). A rumour wants the H to signify "Habs" in English from "habitant" in French, the nickname that was given to French Canadian peasants at the turn of the century. However, this is just what it is, a rumour. It originated in 1924 when someone told this to Madison Square Garden's owner, Tex Rickard. "Habs" is still the preferred nickname of the team used by Anglo-Montrealers. Other nicknames are "Les Rouges" (The Reds, dominating color) and "La Sainte-Flanelle" (The Holy Flanelle).
Luc-Vartan Baronian, 18 December 1998


Ottawa Senators

[Ottawa Senators flag] image by ND

The Ottawa Senators is one of the 30 teams of the National Hockey League (NHL). The league is composed by teams both from Canada and USA.

The franchise was incorporated in the league in 1917 and disappeared a few years later due to financial problems. It was reincorporated a second time in 1992.

Source:
Slapshot (magazine) edition of May 2004
Hockey Database Logo at http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/logos/index.html
ND, 4 May 2004


Toronto Maple Leafs

[Toronto Maple Leafs flag] image by ND

The Toronto Maple Leafs is one of the more famous teams of National Hockey League (NHL). It has won 11 times the Stanley Cup.

Source : Television observations
Hockey Database Logo at http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/logos/index.html
ND, 4 May 2004


Vancouver Canucks

[Vancouver Canucks flag] image by ND

The Vancouver Canucks joined the NHL (National Hockey League) in 1970 in the same time that Buffalo Sabres. This team never won the famous Stanley Cup but played the final vs New-York Rangers in 1994.

The logo is from www.sportslogos.net.

The Official website of the club is: http://www.canucks.com
ND, 14 June 2005


Winnipeg Jets

[Winnipeg Jets flag] image by David Kendall, 1 October 2011

As any Winnipegger or hockey fan knows, Winnipeg now has an NHL (professional) hockey team (again). Called the Winnipeg Jets (after the last NHL team in the city, which I think was named because the owner of the Jets (before they were a pro team) was a fan of the New York Jets of the NFL), their logo was unveiled July 22. It is meant to evoke the RCAF roundel (which I'm sure we are familiar with), with a Jet superimposed; the white notch at the top of the logo represents the team owners, True North Sports and Entertainment.

The blue is described as "polar night blue". The logo was taken from Wikipedia, the design from an official flag for sale on the official NHL site: http://shop.canada.nhl.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11934894&cp=11903176&clickid=body_bestsell_txt (minus the small lettering and NHL shield in the lower fly and lower hoist, as I can't read the lettering, but I can assume that it too is officially part of the flag, as copyrighted material is being used). I have also seen, at a nearby car dealership, a car version of the flag with silver and (smaller) white lines running horizontally along the top and bottom, I assume a somewhat unofficial variant. (I've seen a larger, flagpole sized version flying of the version attached once so far).

David Kendall, 1 October 2011