Now that Seattle has been named the National Hockey League’s latest expansion team, let’s get “Kraken” on potential franchise names.
Yes, Kraken is one of the suggestions.
Totems, Emeralds, Rainiers, Sockeyes, Renegades, Sea Lions, Seals, Evergreens, Whales, Cougars, Eagles and Firebirds also made the list of 13 potential names the Seattle ownership group registered for the city’s latest expansion team.
According to ESPN Sports Business Reporter Darren Rovell, oddsmakers in Vegas have the “Seattle Totems” as an early-minus favorite.
One name absent from the list is the Seattle Metropolitans, the name of Seattle’s former team that became the first American club to win a Stanley Cup in 1917.
Despite the history, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman didn’t seem keen on adding “Metropolitans” to the list.
“I don't like to speculate and since ‘Metropolitans’ hasn’t been submitted to us as a possible name I will reserve judgment, although it is worth noting we do have a division by that name and so...you know...that was a long time ago,” Bettman said in Tuesday’s press conference.
Another potential name: The Seattle Starpucks. OK, so we know this name isn’t in the running, but it is definitely worth consideration.
Legendary sports columnist Mike Downey has a suggested name for Seattle's NHL franchise:— Sam Farmer (@LATimesfarmer) December 4, 2018
Seattle’s franchise won’t join the league until the 2021-22 NHL season, but it certainly hasn’t stopped us from speculating which name will reach the top of the “Totems” pole.