The one good thing about the franchise was that they had a very good logo featuring a very good dog.
Well it turns out that was a lie also.
Gee, that certainly looks familiar. That’s the logo of the Niagara Ice Dogs of the Ontario Hockey League, who have been around much longer than Vail was or will be.
According to the Ice Dogs’ Wikipedia page:
The Niagara logo is a Bull Terrier (modelled after former team part-owner Don Cherry’s famous dog, “Blue”) playing hockey in hockey gear.
And Vail stole it almost exactly. Now, there are some small, subtle differences, you just have to look for them. On Niagara’s good dog, the outline around his eye is more kidney bean shaped, while Vail’s was round. And the logo on the doggie’s shoulder is different too, Niagara has a pair of crossed bones while Vail has a mountain range.
I made this discovery while reading this story that ranked the OHL’s jerseys.
Now, before you get all up in arms, in junior hockey and high school sports, teams “borrow” another team’s logo all the time, and usually make a couple small tweaks to it to make it their own.
I have reached out to Niagara to see if they knew about this but have no heard back yet, and will update if I hear anything.