Welcome to the Middle Earth Hockey Association

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It's not totally true to say that my life changed the day a friend sent me a link to Steve Thomas's Sports Logo site, and I saw the logos the Ontario native put together for the Middle Earth Hockey Association. I already cared about hockey and logos and Tolkien things, after all, so "life change" is probably an overstatement. It did, however, make my day a good deal better, and it also led to me gleefully spamming the logos to pretty much everybody I knew who didn't hate puck.

Thomas was kind enough to talk to me about his inspiration, his work, and the many challenges of crafting a logo for the Balrog.

Chris Collision: So, your MEHA logos! They made my friends and me very happy. Not just for Tolkien reasons, either—they have a really classic WHL/OHL feel, like the logo Bret Hart designed for the Calgary Hitmen, or the snarling soldier for the Brampton Batallion, to say nothing of the nightmare fodder that was the Brandon Wheat Kings' alternate—that fear-&-trembling camera angle! that...bandaged (!?) scythe instead of a hockey stick. I’m off topic. So, I guess the natural first question: Why hockey jerseys?

Steve Thomas: I'm originally from Windsor, Ontario, but never played a lick of hockey. I can skate, but fast turns or stopping on the sides of my blades are completely out. Let's just say if a rink doesn't have boards, I'm in trouble. I don't really have a favourite team either.

Chris Collision: So how did you wind up settling on minor-league hockey jerseys? Is there any special love or knowledge there on your part, or do you just like the real estate and tradition of the hockey jersey, which has hosted an awful lot of really beautiful designs over the years? (I'm thinking of the icon-based Detroit Red Wing logo, or the classic Toronto Maple Leafs jerseys.)

Steve Thomas: I've always wanted to tackle sports logos as a design challenge and wasn't able to get any jobs in that field, mainly because I didn't have any in my portfolio. So, I set about creating a few.

Chris Collision: Okay, now the complicated part. Why Middle Earth?

Steve Thomas: I wanted to choose a subject that was fairly popular—when I started, The Lord of the Rings movie series was in full swing—and I wanted to do something that I hadn't seen before. Hockey was a sport that seemed to fit LOTR, what with all the swords, staffs and battle axes. Someone was always wielding something, so why not make it a hockey stick? Plus there was a natural league of good versus evil already set up. The idea was, the teams aren't playing for a cup, but they are playing for the one ring.

I drew (pun intended) inspiration from a range of logos, not just hockey or professional sports. Some of the amateur/minor league or semi-pro teams have the best logos. I wanted to do a range of different takes on the logos from full-on character to simple 'letter' logos like the old Boston Bruins. It started with a google search for sports logos or hockey logos. I gathered a bunch I liked and went from there. I also had to do some research on the races of Middle Earth to make sure I had the correct place of origin for them.

If I could do anything clever with the logo, I tried to. For the Uruk Hai, the font I made for that was based on their shield shape from the movies. For the Balrog(s), I covered up the "s" as I have no idea if there was ever only one beast of fire. And a team of one Balrog is enough, isn't it? The Ringwraiths are so confident they'll win they have the ring as part of their logo. And of course, the dwarves had to have a double-sided hockey stick to match their battle axes.

Chris Collision: Any hidden inspiration sources? Like, any logos out there you particularly dig? Any artists or styles you had particularly in mind?

Steve Thomas: I've always liked the Hartford Whalers' logo. It has a creative use of negative space. I'm sure there are others out there that I've swooned over in the past, but none come to mind at the moment.

Chris Collision: Any thoughts on Dave's Geeky Hockey? He seems to be mining a somewhat similar vein, though with more of a "here's an image that's kind of nerd-bait on a hockey jersey" vibe, less of a "here's something that actually looks like a possible jersey" style. Any plans to revisit the project or add another "fantasy" (I see what you did there) hockey league?

Steve Thomas: I hadn't seen Dave's Geeky Hockey, so, no comment there. But I'd like to take on Star Wars for sports logos. I know there are some out there already, but I'd like to put my own spin on them. And if you know of a real team in need of a logo, I'm always up for the challenge.

If you want to buy any of these shirts—and, especially, if you want to buy Chris Collision one of these shirts (he's a large, and favors the Uruk-Hai)you can do so at Steve Thomas's Zazzle page.

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