81 suggested names for Seattle's new NHL team

May 8 2020, 2:41 pm

It’s the news hockey fans around North America are waiting for: Just what is Seattle’s new NHL team going to be named?

The plan was to have it announced by now, but the global pandemic has delayed things. Given the expansion team won’t hit the ice until the 2021-22 season, they’ve got some time to wait for the appropriate moment for the unveiling.

NHL Seattle reportedly had a name picked out in January, but a sassy reply from the team’s official Twitter account put some doubt back into people’s minds.

“Kraken” was reportedly the name decided on, though odds released afterwards on SportsBettingDime.com put “Sockeyes” in the lead.

Kraken and Sockeyes were two of the names the Seattle ownership group was thought to be considering when they registered 38 website domain names representing 13 different team names back in January 2018.

These were the odds-on favorites, as of last year:

  • Sockeyes -200
  • Totems +450
  • Emeralds +550
  • Rainiers +900
  • Renegades +2000
  • Kraken +2500
  • Seals +2500
  • Sea Lions +2500
  • Evergreens +3500
  • Firebirds +3500
  • Cougars +3500
  • Eagles +3500
  • Whales +3500

Undeterred, fans have continued to come up with creative names, and talented graphic artists have designed logo and jersey concepts, with my latest favorite being the “Seattle Murder Hornets.”

Ok, but what about a name?

There’s’ been no shortage of them floated on Reddit, with user pirana6 compiling many of them. Here’s a look at the best ideas fans have thought of so far, in alphabetical order:

  1. Admirals
  2. Aliens
  3. Alki Six
  4. Aviators
  5. Battle Cattle
  6. Berthas
  7. Blackfish
  8. Brawlers
  9. Breakers
  10. Cascadians
  11. Coastals
  12. Corsairs
  13. Cruisers
  14. Cutters
  15. Destroyers
  16. Dreadnoughts
  17. Elites
  18. Evergreens
  19. Ferries
  20. Fish-throwers
  21. Fishmongers
  22. Foresters
  23. Freeze
  24. Galleons
  25. Glacial Force
  26. Grinders
  27. Grunge
  28. Hops
  29. Ice Hawks
  30. IPA
  31. Kayaks
  32. Kraken
  33. Loggers
  34. Lumberjacks
  35. Mammoth
  36. Mash
  37. Metropolitans
  38. Murder Hornets
  39. Navigators
  40. Northgate Rumblers
  41. Octopi
  42. Olympians
  43. Orcas
  44. Peak Puckers
  45. Pilots
  46. Pioneer Ice
  47. Pioneers
  48. Puget Pucks
  49. Salish
  50. Salmon
  51. Sasquatch
  52. Savage
  53. Schooners
  54. Sea Lions
  55. Sea Monsters
  56. Seaplane
  57. Seers
  58. Sentinels
  59. Shockwave
  60. Signal
  61. Sirens
  62. Sky
  63. Slayers
  64. Sockeyes
  65. Space Hawks
  66. Spear
  67. Spearheads
  68. Spear Throwers
  69. Squid
  70. Starpucks
  71. Steelheads
  72. Subarus
  73. SummerHawks
  74. Surge
  75. Tahomas
  76. Timbergreens
  77. Totems
  78. Tribe
  79. Whalers
  80. Wizards
  81. Yukons