During the first intermission of tonight’s preseason game against the Nashville Predators, the Tampa Bay Lightning officially unveiled the 2018 NHL ALL-STAR logo. Tampa, of course, will be hosting the league’s next All-Star Weekend on Jan. 27-28.
The new mark incorporates elements of Florida’s west coast, including palm trees silhouetted over a setting sun and a puck skipping over waves. The detailing around the bottom of the logo is meant to evoke a classic pirate ship, inspired by the city’s annual Gasparilla Pirate Fest — which will take place over the same weekend as the All-Star events.
In fact, a handful of pirates helped unveil the logo this season.
Honda will once again be the NHL All-Star sponsor and you can see that version of the logo here. A small tab is added to the bottom of the circle to make it work.
I’ll wrap up by mentioning that this is will be the second NHL All-Star Weekend hosted in the Tampa Bay area. The last time was in 1999, when Wayne Gretzky made his final All-Star appearance. I still have a nostalgic place in my soul for that logo.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed I’ll get to be in Tampa for the next one too!