Grizzlies Wordmark Logo
The Vancouver Grizzlies were a professional basketball team based in Vancouver, British Columbia. They played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1995 to 2001. The team was founded as an expansion franchise and had some success early on, making the playoffs twice during its six-year existence. Despite this relative success, they eventually relocated to Memphis due to poor attendance and financial difficulties.
Throughout its brief history, the Vancouver Grizzlies had several iterations of its logo and wordmark designs that reflected both their identity as a Canadian franchise and also tried to capture elements of Canadian culture through various design elements such as maple leaves or grizzly bears. The original logo featured two stylized grizzly bear heads facing each other with “Vancouver” written above them in block lettering along with “Grizzlies” written below them using script lettering style fonts which gave it a more classic look while still being modern enough for contemporary sports branding standards at that time period. This design remained until 1998 when it was replaced by another version featuring two interlocking red Cs representing Canada alongside an aggressive-looking Grizzly Bear head inside one of those Cs symbolizing strength & power.
The final iteration came about just before the team's relocation when they unveiled yet another new logo featuring three overlapping circles forming what looks like mountains which are meant to represent both Canada's geography but also reference back to the mountain range located near where most NBA franchises are located, all underneath bolder text reading out "Vancouver" & "Grizzlies". Although this last version never got much chance for exposure since shortly after its introduction it became clear that the team would be relocating so no merchandise ever made use of these newer logos leaving only memories behind regarding how different things could have been if circumstances were different
Overall despite having multiple versions over its short lifespan, none truly managed to stay long enough to become iconic symbols associated with Canucks basketball fans however many did manage to capture the essence of what makes great sports logos by tying together cultural references and unique local characteristics into a single cohesive unit worthy of any fan's collection
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Wordmark “GRIZZLIES” in black with red and teal trim.Font: Unknown
Wordmark “VANCOUVER” in white with teal and red trim on a black background.Font: Unknown
Double lined wordmark “GRIZZLIES” in 3D in teal with black outline and white bear claw marks. Top wordmark “VANCOUVER” written in red.Font: Unknown