Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs Logo

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The SPHL franchise respects the traditions of the place of its location, as well as the traditions of its predecessors. Its logo unveiled in 2014 says a lot about the local history.

Founded in 2009 as the Mississippi Surge and renamed in 2013, the Rail Yard Dawgs represent the Roanoke Valley in the professional ice hockey. They are the fifth of the teams that have ever resided in Roanoke, Virginia.

Meaning and history

Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs Logo history

2009 — 2011

mississippi surge logo 2009
The original name of the club we all know today as the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs was Mississippi Surge. So the first few badges of the team featured this wordmark as the main motive. The initial badge, designed in 2009, was composed of a stylized “Surge” logotype with the first letter replaced by a graphical element with the lightning bolt, and two additional inscriptions from top and bottom of it. The logo was executed in a blue, yellow, and gray color palette and looked pretty modern and cool.

2011 — 2013

mississippi surge logo 2011

The redesign of 2011 kept the color palette and the main idea of the Mississippi Surge visual identity but has redrawn it, placing all elements into and on the blue, gray, and white circular badge in a thick framing. The full wordmark was now written in yellow around the perimeter of the badge, while the central part was given to the stylized yellow and blue “S” in a gray outline. The letter was sharp and strong, showing the character of the club and their willingness and readiness to fight.


mississippi surge logo 2013
The redesign of 2013 introduced the last badge from the Mississippi Surge era. It was a dark blue and calm yellow crest-like emblem with three lighting bolts drawn on its upper part, the enlarged gradient yellow “Surge” inscription along the bottom half of the crest, and a thin yet masculine white “Mississippi” lettering arched along the upper border of the badge, in all capitals of a clean geometric font.

2014 — Today

Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs logo

Both the club’s name and logo pay homage to the railroad heritage of the area. Roanoke has been a railroad hub for a long time, and the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs logo depicts this rail history with the help of railroad tracks. They encircle Diesel, the team’s mascot. His apparel is similar to the apparel train conductors used to wear. There is the Mill Mountain Star on his hat. The Star is considered to be the most iconic landmark in Roanoke.

logo Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs

Diesel has a toothy and menacing grin. He is holding a stick to show that he represents an ice hockey team. The team name and the name of the city are at the bottom of the logo. The font looks elaborate and out-of-date, the aim being to lay stress on the long history of the place.

The colors used in the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs logo are Royal blue, powder blue, gold and red.