The NHL is officially coming to Seattle for the 2021-2022 season, but the league has yet to unveil the franchise's name.
While there have been plenty of hints floating around, such as the team’s possible colour scheme (red and black) and names that have been dismissed (Metropolitans), it appears the race for a name is still up for grabs.
Commissioner Gary Bettman was back in Seattle on Wednesday and local reporters were keeping a close eye on any further hints for the yet to be named squad.
King 5’s Chris Daniels noted that Bettman and NHL Seattle CEO Tod Leiweke both mentioned the names Sockeyes and Steelheads, two brands that also polled well in a recent survey.
Key statement re: NHL Seattle Nicknames---— Chris Daniels (@ChrisDaniels5) January 10, 2019
Gary Bettman spoke at length today about trademarks & the importance of them.
Tod Leiweke keeps referencing Times poll - won by Sockeyes
Metropolitans, Totems, Kraken@KING5Seattle #NHL
Back in January, internet sleuths uncovered 13 potential names for the franchise based on what domain names were registered by Seattle’s ownership group.
While the franchise's name is still up for grabs, one thing that does seem clear is that an NHL All-Star game in the Pacific Northwest appears to be in the making.
The last time the NHL All-Star game was near B.C. hockey fans was in 1998 when the Canucks hosted the spectacle in what is now Rogers Arena.