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Top Ten Tuesday: NHL Seattle Potential Team Names


If you haven’t heard already, the NHL is coming to Seattle. There’s a lot to be done including branding and a lot of construction before the team debuts in 2021 as the NHL’s 32nd team, but the team name is one of the most important things for the ownership group to decide. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday goes over ten of the best name possibilities for Seattle’s NHL franchise. According to Clark Rasmussen of DetroitHockey.net, 13 names have been trademarked as potential possibilities, and those are marked with a star in the rankings below.

 

10. Seattle Pacifics

This name has dual meanings, as pacific basically means “peaceable” (though that might not fit with a tough hockey team), but it’s also for the Pacific Ocean, which is of course right off the west coast of Washington state.

 

9. Seattle Marmots

The Olympic marmot is the official endemic mammal for the state of Washington, so it’d be something the region can get behind for Seattle’s NHL team name. It’s low because I don’t think most people know what a marmot is (basically like a squirrel).

 

8. Seattle Evergreens*

Evergreens are stout trees that don’t lose their leaves during the year (hence the name ever-greens), so that toughness and resiliency translates well for an NHL team. A logo based around a tree could be simple yet powerful for The Evergreen State’s new franchise.

 

7. Seattle Emeralds*

While the Evergreens would be more Washington-focused, the Seattle Emeralds would be more focused on the city. Emerald City isn’t an extremely well-known nickname for Seattle, but it’s easy to imagine it quickly catching on, especially if the team is successful.

 

6. Seattle Owls

The owl population has declined in Washington over the years, so the Seattle Owls would be a solid name that would also bring attention to the decline of a cool animal. No professional sports team is named the owls yet, which is a bit of a surprise—there’s an opening for Seattle.

 

5. Seattle Seals*

The Seattle Seals is a definite fit, as it keeps the “Sea Sea” theme as is used with the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. Seals appear to be pretty fun animals that most people like.

 

4. Seattle Sea Lions*

Sea Lions is very similar to Seals, but it’s a bit more regal as a name even if sea lions aren’t actually all that different than seals. This also keeps the “Sea Sea” for the city and nickname.

 

3. Seattle Kraken*

Naming your team after a mythical creature might be a stretch, but Seattle Kraken is intimidating—and the trademarking of the name indicates there’s a chance this happens. The franchise and the crowd would probably quickly conjure unique themes and cheers based on the name.

 

2. Seattle Snipers

The lone nickname not trademarked by ownership to make the top five is the Seattle Snipers. The nickname flows nicely, and snipers are most applicable to hockey and soccer when it comes to sports. No guns need to be involved in the logo, as it could focus on sniping in terms of hockey. And the No. 1 potential name shows ownership isn’t afraid to go with a name on the edge.

 

1. Seattle Renegades*

Seattle Renegades just feels right as a name for the 32nd NHL franchise. They might be the last expansion franchise we get in hockey or professional sports in a while, and they’ll be definite outsiders looking to repeat the early success the Las Vegas Golden Knights had in 2018.

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Seattle totems
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Seattle totems

Garbage names .

Brian Williams
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Brian Williams

Seattle Sasquatch

Joe
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Joe

Release The Kraken!!!

gingerbread man
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gingerbread man

Fun! I liked your NFL expansion thing. Fun to think about for NHL.

Eric
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Eric

Kraken is the name!!!

Victor
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Victor

Says…you?

Chris Neill
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Chris Neill

Seattle Evergreens

Doug E Fresh
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Doug E Fresh

Krakens won’t happen. Fans will be called Krak-heads. NHL wants nothing to do with that nonsense.

Victor
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Victor

Most of these names aren’t great except Kraken or Seals. Problem with your top 2 of Snipers and Renegades is that they are very generic and have no natural mascot or logo ideas, what exact is a renegade? It’s no better than the Thrashers.

Butt
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Butt

Thrashers are birds. easy logo LOL

Jeff Becker
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Jeff Becker

Only nihilists like marmots. “Hey man, this is a private residence.”

Cam
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Cam

Nice marmot, man.

Paul Bernheim
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Paul Bernheim

How about :
Tundra
Loggers
Lumberjacks
Spruce(~ majestic trees)
Steel
Icebreakers(historic ships)

MK
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MK

Seattle Sentinels

Cam
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Cam

Seattle Tsunami.
Great logo potential. Really fun audience participation. It would be great!

Kelly Bride
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Kelly Bride

The Seattle Royale

Kelly Bride
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Kelly Bride

No sockeyes

Kelly Bride
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Kelly Bride

Why would you name the team renegade somebody who betrays their country

Kelly Bride
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Kelly Bride

No krakens

Kelly Bride
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Kelly Bride

Maybe renegades

Kelly Bride
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Kelly Bride

Ok Seattle Thrust
After Burner Logo
Red And Black

Kelly
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Kelly

Renegades could be good
Maybe Native War Feather
Look red, black..cool

Donald Schaudt
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Donald Schaudt

Our shop working in Florida have a few ideas for names, I myself lived in Burlington WA for 15 years before moving down here. Names are…
Seattle Spires
Seattle Storm
Seattle Top Hats
Seattle Grunge
Seattle Rockers
Seattle Miners
Seattle Lumberjacks
Seattle Rage
Seattle Brawlers
Seattle Warriors
and just for fun… couldn’t stop laughing,
the Seattle Snowflakes

John
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John

Seattle Firehawks

Leslie
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Leslie

How about the Seattle Captains?

Leslie
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Leslie

SEATTLE CAPTAINS is an strong name for our new team.

mike P
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mike P

sockeyes seriously ? nothings more intimidating to opposing teams than a cold fish! Kraken is stupid too! Just steal the name thunderbirds or go with SEATTLE WOLVERINES!, and no daggon neon green team colors , go with some purple and red type thing

Dee
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Dee

The Seattle Landers – Lands the puck into the net!!! SCORES!!!

Dave
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Dave

The Seattle Landers Logo – Tip of hockey stick, a puck, and maybe a net vector graphic

Dalton Brown
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Dalton Brown

It’s gotta be the Seattle Totems for the history of hockey in Seattle! Look it up! Sweet logo and colors on the green and white jerseys from back in the day. For Seattle’s hockey history, Seattle Totems

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