Seattle Battle Hockey Club

The Seattle Battle was designed to connect to Chief Seattle's wisdom and virtue, and expand the connection which the current WHL Seattle Thunderbirds carry with fans today, with further depth of history involving Chief Si'ahl. It is a potential beginning point for team graphics. Commenced in 2013 with initial worldwide public debut four years later, on the centennial anniversary of the Seattle Metropolitans' Stanley Cup victory, March 26, 1917. ©2013 J. Luckman–CSDC/Battle Type. All rights reserved.

 
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Artwork introduction
Seattle Battle Hockey Club has the ability to build upon established ice hockey in the Seattle area in its own supportive ways, growing the game regionally and on the west coast of the United States. The current team, the Seattle Thunderbirds, are in the WHL today, and based in Kent, Washington. Chief Si’ahl (Seattle) saw the thunderbird on his vision quest, which is understood to be a reason the WHL Seattle Breakers were re-named the Thunderbirds in 1985.
The 1856 Battle of Seattle is the City of Seattle’s origin history. To support history and knowledge, it is possible to distill ten team names of Seattle’s past in ice hockey, for a new word heard already so much in ice hockey broadcasts. 'Battle' can connect society in modern times.
The two most notable eras were with the Seattle Metropolitans’ Stanley Cup in 1917, the first for an American city, and the Seattle Totems, nearly becoming the NHL entrance for Seattle in 1974, but lasting until 1975 instead. "Battle" is a word heard within hockey broadcasts numerous times today: there is a "battle on the boards," or "battle for the puck."
In the international sport of hockey, the work has potential to broaden the base of hockey fans anywhere.
As the initial designer on Seattle Battle Hockey Club beginning in 2013, I suggest that the artwork be broadened to particularly involve Native American artists who desire to be involved in its conceptual focus for ice hockey. Finding this contribution to the project could assist in managing unofficial works from damaging the spirit of the identity begun in 2013.
Additionally, goaltenders wear designed headgear, varying throughout a season. Seattle Battle can be kept fresh over time in the region by presenting Native artists and their new artwork throughout the seasons and years.
Seattle Battle Hockey Club is artwork designed to connect to Chief Seattle's wisdom and virtue. BATTLE COULD MATCH the spirit of today's Seattle hockey teaM, a youthful one, the Seattle Thunderbirds. The Western Hockey League's T-birds, in operation since 1977, NOW play home games in Kent, Washington. The T-Birds were known as the Seattle Breakers until 1985–then playing AT THE SEATTLE COLISEUM AT SEATTLE CENTER, along with the NBA's Supersonics.
Battle was focused to begin presenting the depth of the city’s origin story, which unfolded in late January of 1856. 
Battle Hockey Club's graphic series BEGAN entirely focused on capturing quality typography (as the Metropolitans had aCHIEVED before) in Seattle. The series has evolved from that beginning to consider many alternate uniforms which could serve to honor the numerous ice heroes of Seattle's past.
This series was built for the future of Seattle and it's youth to feel as connected to the international sport of hockey as is possible. No other potential Seattle hockey team name COULD match the heart and value in the Seattle Battle Hockey Club, or the history Battle can impart in new, vital ways.
Battle is dedicated to Chief Seattle, his people, Chief Leschi, and area tribes. It is further dedicated to many Seattleites who have worked to support the game of hockey in the city.
THUNDERBIRD by Phylis Doyle​​​​​​​
In his youth, Seattle had a vision that gave him the power of the Thunderbird. Throughout the Pacific Northwest the Thunderbird is very prominent in Native art. The Thunderbird is a mythical bird of enormous size. It is a supernatural being of great power.
Legends claim that the flapping of his wings have caused earthquakes and avalanches on Mount Rainier, and he created powerful thunderstorms when the force of his wings brought clouds together. The eyes of the Thunderbird glow brightly and when he blinks it is as if lightning is striking along with the thunderous claps of his wings. The people in early times began painting beautiful images of the Thunderbird, in bold colors and strong lines, emphasizing his wings and eyes. There is often an eye or face on the breast of the Thunderbird to symbolize his great spiritual power. These images are done to appease the great bird so as not to bring anger or trouble to the people.
Seattle had the natural instincts of a leader and to be a great diplomat and orator. It had been recorded by those who knew him that Seattle, when he addressed a group, had a voice like thunder that could be heard a mile away. He was known for his intelligence, courage and power. His word was law to his people, and like the Thunderbird, he was highly respected by all who knew him – he was loved by his friends and feared by his enemies.
JANUARY 26, 1856. FIRST HILL, SEATTLE.

IN AN EFFORT TO SAVE WHAT WAS THEIRS,
FEARING THEY MAY BE TAKEN TO 
A LAND OF PERPETUAL DARKNESS,
A WAR WAS INSTIGATED BY NATIVE TRIBES.

Duwamish and Suquamish Chief SI'AHL objected to the area wars, and warned settlers of the imminent attack on the early City of Seattle.
< Design honoring the last artwork of the Seattle Metropolitans
HONORING NORTHWEST LEGENDS
• The 1856 “Battle of Seattle"
• Chief Seattle was known to oppose what took place in this and other area wars of the time
• The Seattle Metropolitans (1915-1924), America’s first Stanley Cup winners in 1917, and Seattle Totems (1958-1975) with green
• Seattle’s massive team hockey history spanning ten team names and over 100 years in ice hockey 
ORIGINAL TYPOGRAPHY
• “A” is representative of the Space Needle’s base
COLOR
• Ice, trees and forests of the Pacific Northwest
• No color clash with Canucks, Seahawks, Mariners or Sounders
PHOTO CREDITS CLOCKWISE: SEATTLE MUNICIPAL ARCHIVES, NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE, DAVE ESKENAZI COLLECTION, 1958-59 LESTER PATRICK CUP CHAMPION SEATTLE TOTEMS HOCKEY CLUB
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TEAM COLOR THROWBACKS

SEATTLE METROPOLITANS 1917-18 HISTORIC THROWBACK

SEATTLE AMERICANS 1955-56 HISTORIC THROWBACK

SEATTLE TOTEMS 1958-59 HISTORIC THROWBACK

SEATTLE TOTEMS 1966-67 HISTORIC THROWBACK

< 1932 / Broadway Playfield street hockey
Don Sherwood Parks History Collection/Seattle Municipal Archives
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