Fear the Gulls: Ducks unveil AHL team in San Diego

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The Anaheim Ducks’ new AHL affiliate will be a nod to another animal you don’t often see as sports mascots.

They unveiled the San Diego Gulls’ name and logo on Sunday, which you can see in this post’s main image. Apparently the team name has some hockey history attached to it, too, as you can see from this release:

The Ducks today announced their American Hockey League (AHL) club’s new name and logo in an ice-breaking ceremony at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, Calif. Unveiled by owners Susan and Henry Samueli, and co-owner Jillian Samueli, the team was officially named the San Diego Gulls. The new logo pays homage to the legacy of the WCHL Gulls logo and features the Ducks color palette and other design elements, including the Ducks trademark windswept font. A touch of the signature Gulls blue was added to the Ducks color palette to embrace the hockey history and tradition of the community. The clubs new colors are orange, black, and blue.

The team points out that the WCHL Gulls won titles in 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001 and 2003. They’ll be part of a California collection in the AHL’s new Pacific Division:

Bakersfield – Edmonton Oilers
Ontario – Los Angeles Kings
San Diego – Ducks
San Jose – San Jose Sharks
Stockton – Calgary Flames

Pretty neat stuff all around.