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.
While we’re aware of some fishy rumors surrounding our team name, please rest assured we’re doing our due diligence by scouring the depths of the ocean, the tallest mountains, and the densest parts of the forest to find the right name for our great, green city.
— NHL Seattle (@NHLSeattle_) January 29, 2020
“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 favourites, 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 favourite being the “Seattle Murder Hornets.”
— Nathan Pilling (@KSNatePilling) May 5, 2020
— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) May 3, 2020
#NHLSeattle Hope you're all doing well! I borrowed this great pic from a KHL site (thanks comrades👍) to make a new player template. Stay Safe!🙂@FrNhl @SeattleSinBin @NHLSeattle_ @VicDiGital @D_Poole03 @playdagger4me2 @Aristotlet @ChrisDaniels5 @sportslogosnet @SeatownCyclops pic.twitter.com/JunJall8Ub
— sparky (@sparkychewbarky) May 6, 2020
Hello #NHLSeattle…Here's 3 different colour combos for the same concept. Maybe green/blue/white COULD work if it was predominantly green?…@SeattleSinBin @FrNhl @NHLSeattle_ @SeatownCyclops @Aristotlet @playdagger4me2 @sportslogosnet @D_Poole03 @ElvisFielder @ChrisDaniels5 pic.twitter.com/k6ryAEcMck
— sparky (@sparkychewbarky) April 26, 2020
Hello #NHLSeattle…Hope everyone is well👍…Wasn't gonna do more Seattle concepts, but I can't help myself😄Here's a T-Bird option in @NHLSeattle_ colors w/ Habs-style chest stripes@FrNhl @SeattleSinBin @SeatownCyclops @D_Poole03 @playdagger4me2 @Aristotlet @sportslogosnet pic.twitter.com/Ju4OGI87Et
— sparky (@sparkychewbarky) April 24, 2020
This was posted on FB and this would be the best color scheme in the NHL and the potential is through the roof!!!!! pic.twitter.com/WmxefWXIJY
— Patrick Thornton (@Shadow_Whiskers) January 30, 2020
A little #NHLSeattle "isolation conversation".
I'd love it to be "Krāken".
But me gut says "Sockeyes".
What say you?@FrNhl @SeatownCyclops @SeattleSinBin @NHLSeattle_ @D_Poole03 @ChrisDaniels5 @Aristotlet @playdagger4me2 @sportslogosnet @VicDiGital @ElvisFielder @RoryPatrick26 pic.twitter.com/rxUq9bslnP
— sparky (@sparkychewbarky) April 13, 2020
#NHLSeattle Wouldn't you rather rock some fun, vintage, nautical Krāken stuff, than, let's say….wear a fish?😁@SeattleSinBin @FrNhl @NHLSeattle_ @SeatownCyclops @playdagger4me2 @Aristotlet @sportslogosnet @D_Poole03 @ChrisDaniels5 @ElvisFielder @SeattleKraken @KrakenOfSeattle pic.twitter.com/5gh73Y6njg
— sparky (@sparkychewbarky) March 11, 2020
Ok, but what about a name?
Theres’ 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:
- Alki Six
- Battle Cattle
- Glacial Force
- Ice Hawks
- Murder Hornets
- Northgate Rumblers
- Peak Puckers
- Pioneer Ice
- Puget Pucks
- Sea Lions
- Sea Monsters
- Space Hawks
- Spear Throwers