Ranking 15 nickname suggestions for a future NHL expansion team in Seattle

A new hockey franchise in Seattle would be seeking a new arena. USATSI

NHL players will tell you they'd prefer a future expansion team to land in Quebec City, but that doesn't mean Seattle isn't doing its all to bring hockey to town.

In fact, according to Chris Daniels of NBC affiliate KING-TV, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has already agreed to a $600 million proposal from Oak View Group, which plans to construct an arena at the city's Seattle Center -- an arena capable of housing both an NBA and NHL team by 2020.

This, of course, doesn't mean the NHL is guaranteed to run to Seattle, even if yet another franchise could be looking for a new home in the near future. But if, somehow, Washington welcomes a team down the road, what in the world might the new team be called?

Don't worry. People are already brainstorming, as The News Tribune's Craig Hill noted this week.

Lucky for you, we've got a rundown of some of the most popular nickname suggestions thus far -- and we've ranked them:

1. Seattle Steelheads

(The News Tribune)

It's the safe pick but for good reason. Steelhead is Washington's state fish, and the name also comes from Seattle's 1940s team in the West Negro Baseball League. You get history, you get culture, you get smooth alliteration in the title. Heck, you might even get a trout-throwing tradition started at the games.

2. Seattle Skyline


Crisp and elegant. Like the Minnesota Wild, this nickname could act as both a singular and plural reference to the team. It has an obvious reference to the city's appeal. The logo could be spectacular. And think of the creative possibilities -- Seattle branding its top line on game day as "The Skyline."

3. Seattle Metropolitans

(The News Tribune

It's a little longer, it's not quite as sexy and it might take some getting used to thanks to an entire division being named the Metropolitan. It just seems to work, though, not only as another reference to the city but in the way it rolls off the tongue. Call them the Metros for short.

4. Seattle Snowcaps


Here's a cool one (no pun intended). You throw in a depiction of Mount Rainier and you've got yourself the best weather-appropriate ice hockey name this side of the Colorado Avalanche.

5. Seattle Thunderbirds

(The News Tribune

It's also the name of Seattle's junior hockey team, so a change would be in order.

6. Seattle Nighthawks

(TSN's BarDown

It's not without some borrowed concepts (see: Seattle's football team), but the jingle of this one gives it some juice. Like Thunderbirds, it's got some decent potential for a logo and mascot, too.

7. Seattle Sasquatches

(Hockey Feed)

Not a bad effort for uniqueness, but when I think Sasquatches, I think of the hairy beef jerky mascot. Bigfoot's Pacific Northwest roots make this a fun one, no doubt, and you'd get some rich mascot potential. Something just makes this one too much of a stretch for a hockey team.

8. Seattle Kraken


Imagine the jerseys here. Maybe you get a little crazy and have Kraken tentacles extending toward the sleeves.

9. Seattle Thunder

(TSN's BarDown)

The short-and-sweet nature of it isn't bad. And the cloudy setting fits. But where's the inspiration?

10. Seattle Pilots

(The News Tribune

There's a nod to history, as the Pilots were Seattle's first-ever Major League Baseball team. It's not a particularly exciting name, though.

11. Seattle Skyscrapers

(TSN's BarDown)

The concept is similar to Skyline, but the execution is nowhere near as smooth. "Skyscrapers" sounds too long and clunky, even if the logo potential is through the roof.

12. Seattle Thunderwolves


It sounds an awfully lot like Timberwolves, which isn't ideal. Still, like Nighthawks, it's got something of a ring to it.

13. Seattle Grinders


Double-edged sword here with the reference to Seattle coffee and a gritty sport. That's some good marketing material. I'm just not so sure about its appeal over the long haul. It sounds just a tad too bland. But maybe that's because I like my coffee with cream.

14. Seattle Neon Warriors

(TSN's BarDown)

No. This comes off like "Golden Knights," except way, way worse. "Neon" just feels forced in there, and how exactly were we planning to incorporate neon -- and incorporate it well -- anyway? I get that the Seahawks brought this color to life, but do their fans even like that tint? If this is the name Seattle wants for its hockey team, the answer is simple: Don't give Seattle a hockey team.

15. Seattle Grunge


Who's going to go watch the Grunge play hockey? Do they play on dirty ice?

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