Pittsburgh Penguins Logo

Pittsburgh Penguins Logo

For most of its history, the ice hockey team Pittsburgh Penguins has used a logo built around one and the same core image – a skating penguin. The only exception has been the decade from 1992 to 2002. The symbol that has been present in each logo version, without any exceptions, is a gold triangle.

Pittsburgh Penguins logo meaning and history

pittsburgh penguins logo history

The penguin featured on the team’s first logo (1968) looked friendly, with its smile and wide eyes. It was placed over a gold triangle encircled with the club name in dark blue. Word has it that Bob Gessner, the logo author, cried: “You can’t call them ‘the Penguins.’ That’s ridiculous” when he heard the name of the team for the first time.

Old Pittsburgh Penguins logotypes (1969 – 1992)

pittsburgh penguins old logo

As soon as the following season, an updated logo was introduced featuring a more aggressive penguin. The scarf disappeared while the lettering was now given in white against the blue background. In 1972, the team simplified the emblem by getting rid of the text.

Symbol Pittsburgh Penguins in 1993–2016

pittsburgh penguins symbol

Technically speaking, we can’t say that the penguin in the 1993–2002 Pittsburgh Penguins logo was skating as there was only the upper part of his body on the picture. However, there was definitely an idea of motion, so we may suppose there was a chance the penguin was actually skating, as in any other logo version.

In 2016, the Pittsburgh Penguins returned to the 1972 emblem, yet replaced the yellow color with the so-called Vegas Gold.

The 2016 emblem Pittsburgh Penguins

pittsburgh penguins emblem

Prior to its 50th anniversary, the team modified the color scheme of its symbol once again. Now, a bright shade of yellow was used (Lemieux-era Pittsburgh gold), which made the emblem more eye-catching.

Font of the Pittsburgh Penguins logo

pittsburgh penguins logo font

The current wordmark based on a custom type features the word “Pittsburg” in black on the top, while the lettering “Penguins” in black and gold is placed below. It was adopted in 2017. It doesn’t differ much from its predecessor used in 2009-2016, except for a subtle color shift.