Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Use of Native American Logos in Czech Ice Hockey

J. Gordon Hylton posted at the Marquette University Law School Faculty Blog on Czech fascination over American Indian symbols, including,
"that the players of HC Skoda Pilsen (Plzen, in Czech), the reigning champion of the Czech Extraliga (the country’s highest Hockey League), wear an Indian head patch on their uniforms and are nicknamed the Pilsen Indians.

"In addition to the logo, the Pilsen club also has a live mascot (presumably a Czech) who dresses liked a Plains Indian. Moreover, at the beginning of each season, an individual in the garb of an Indian shaman comes on to the ice in the club’s home arena and performs a good luck ritual on behalf of the team."