Seattle's future NHL franchise name prospects, ranked from Cougars to Kraken

Seattle Area Needle (Getty Pictures)

Seattle is shouting from the Area Needle about bringing an NHL enlargement workforce to city.

An inevitable marriage between the league and the Pacific Northwest’s largest, bustling metropolis is hockey’s worst-stored secret. KeyArena, renovated and retrofitted to NHL specs, can be prepared by 2020. An possession group fronted by longtime sports government Tim Leiweke and Hollywood bigshot Jerry Bruckheimer made its multimillion greenback down cost. And greater than 30,000 from the area’s dormant hockey fanbase forked over tons of of dollars to get in line for season tickets.

As we await the formality of saying the NHL’s thirty second franchise, about the one query left to reply is: What ought to we name it?

In January, the web site DetroitHocket.internet revealed on-line domains for thirteen potential staff nicknames had been registered within the name of an lawyer with Oak View Group. It is from a definitive record. David Bonderman informed Sports activities Illustrated the OVG has pursued logos to greater than three dozen nickname prospects. There will probably be any variety of difficult hurdles (simply ask the Golden Knights) earlier than arriving on the extremely-essential branding choice. 

But when nothing else, the listing of thirteen provided a primary glimpse into the method and allowed the Web to have its say. You’ll be able to even guess on it.

Working off that record, Sporting Information carried out its civic obligation rating all thirteen prospects. Many are boring, so it is easy to decide the standouts. You are welcome, OVG.

You will discover a couple of of the favored recommendations corresponding to Sasquatch, Metropolitans, Thunderbirds and Thunder (lol) aren’t included. Once more, that does not essentially imply all hope is misplaced for the ‘Squatch motion and people prefer it, however we’ll depart them out for the aim of this train. 

thirteen. Seattle Cougars

What’s that? The umpteenth emblem of an enormous cat in professional sports? Is it any totally different from the Florida Panthers? We’re not bought. Too highschool varsity.

12. Seattle Whales

“Whales” is a half-hearted reincarnation of the Hartford Whalers, thereby tarnishing the most effective emblem in skilled sports historical past. We will not stand for that. Anything is just too comparable to the orca worn by the future rival Canucks. In addition to, the NWHL may take problem with such a trademark.

eleven. Seattle Evergreens

The Stanford Tree could be the worst mascot in sports. Not a precedent the NHL needs to comply with. There’s solely so some ways one can get artistic with a tree-based mostly nickname.


10. Seattle Eagles

Originality is an important standards right here. There’s already too many nickname crossovers in North American professional sports, and this one belongs to the Tremendous Bowl champions. Subsequent.

9. Seattle Sockeyes

Sockeye salmon is a well-liked catch all through the state of Washington, so give it a couple of factors for native aptitude. Then once more, it is a fish, and never even the state’s official fish. Such an honor belongs to the steelhead trout. Steelheads would make extra sense if they might wrestle the name away from ECHL Idaho.

eight. Seattle Seals 

A retro spinoff from the California Golden Seals is not the worst concept. These jerseys have been fairly candy. However whereas seals aren’t all the time the lovable, pleasant sea creatures we might like them to be, they hardly strike worry into the hearts of opponents. Nah.

7. Seattle Sea Lions 

If a seal will not reduce it, neither will a sea lion. What is the distinction anyway? To conclude the alliterative portion of this train, let it’s recognized: Simply because it rolls off the tongue doesn’t suggest it is a good suggestion.

6. Seattle Firebirds

When one thinks Seattle, hearth is not precisely the very first thing that comes to thoughts. That stated, it leaves a number of artistic leeway for emblem prospects and jersey idea, so long as you keep away from similarities to the Flames and a sure Pokemon. Finished proper, they’d look fairly cool — and would turn into the one Firebirds in U.S. professional sports. Might be worse.

5. Seattle Rainiers

It is a strong idea paying homage to one of many tallest mountains within the continental United States. Mount Rainier is as a lot part of the Seattle cityscape because the Area Needle. All of that is advantageous and good, besides the NHL already has one franchise that comes with mountainous snowcaps into its emblem. It in all probability does not want one other. Additionally, the Mariners’ Triple-A baseball affiliate in close by Tacoma goes by the identical name.

four. Seattle Renegades 

One thing about “Renegades” feels pressured. Not serving to the trigger is the very fact we will not erase that X Ambassadors track from our brains. However, hey, at the least you are beginning off with a aim track and an apparent sponsorship from Jeep, each of which undoubtedly will lead to favorable Yelp evaluations from the regional hipster contingent. That is not nothing.

three. Seattle Totems 

The Totems harken fondly to the second golden period in Seattle hockey tradition. The minor-league professional franchise dominated the primary iteration of the Western Hockey League, profitable three championships from 1958-sixty eight. Adopting such a profitable legacy is not the worst method to begin a franchise. Their emblem was cool, it honors Native American heritage within the Pacific Northwest and lends itself properly to a contemporary adaptation. What’s not to like?

2. Seattle Emeralds

The Emerald Metropolis will get its name from the area’s huge swaths of foliage, rising freely from all that rain. Inexperienced is Seattle. Seattle is inexperienced. Not to point out, the emerald jewel is majestic, generally known as a logo for rebirth and therapeutic. Becoming, contemplating the success of this NHL franchise possible will lead to the return of the NBA. Not to point out countless “Wizard of Oz” references. The colour scheme would have to differ from the Stars and Wild, in fact, nevertheless it’s arduous to consider a name that higher captures the essence of the town, if that is the aim. 

1. Seattle Kraken

Shut your eyes and picture: House sweaters with an emerald inexperienced and ink black shade scheme. On the crest, an enormous squid engulfs a fifteenth century ship, sails and all. “Launch the Kraken!” comes over the general public tackle to key participant intros. There’s nothing else prefer it in sports. So long as the rum firm indicators off …