Straw ballot: What are your favourite NHL group names?

Straw ballot: What are your favourite NHL group names?

SALT LAKE CITY — Voting for Utah’s NHL group formally started Wednesday when the Smith Leisure Group launched a gaggle of 20 potential group names and requested followers to decide on 4 of their favorites.

The primary spherical of voting will run via Might 22, however why wait that lengthy to get a really feel for what Utah needs in a reputation?

So we’re opening our personal ballot to see what followers and Utahns like. Now, have we been slammed by voting bots earlier than? We positive have! The Pie vs. Crown Burger fiasco nonetheless lives on in infamy across the newsroom. However since that is all unofficial anyway, we figured the enjoyable was well worth the danger.

However first, what does the sports activities workers assume is the perfect title?

Utilizing a Heisman-like voting technique (a first-place vote counts as 4 factors, a second-place vote counts as 3, and many others.), here’s what our workers thought: NHL group straw ballot:

  1. Yeti: 17 (3)
  2. Blizzard: 16 (2)
  3. Mammoth: 13
  4. HC (Hockey Membership): 4 (1)
  5. Black Diamonds: 3
  6. Outlaws: 3
  7. Hive: 2
  8. Caribou: 1
  9. Mountaineers: 1

Three names separated from the pack, however there wasn’t a single title that appeared on each poll. So if it wasn’t already clear, a consensus will likely be exhausting to search out.

As a observe, Venom, Powder, Fury, Blast, Ice, Glaciers, Frost, Swarm, Freeze, Squall, and Canyons did not get any votes from our workers.

Listed below are the circumstances for the 9 names that did seem:


This has been among the many favorites lengthy earlier than the group was formally introduced. Followers have made numerous mock-ups, praised the advertising and marketing potential, and preferred the semi-alliteration.

And we agreed. Yeti appeared on 5 of the six ballots, and obtained essentially the most first-place votes, too.

As sports activities director Josh Furlong put it: “The mascot needs to be intimidating, representing the group’s — competitiveness? ardour? worry? However anyone who’s been to a sport realizes that youngsters love mascots, so that they’re imagined to be cuddly and welcoming. How do you make that potential? Enter the Yeti!”

The potential disadvantage: For followers who care about one of these factor, Yeti lore does not have any ties to Utah.


One other long-time fan favourite that is a little more domestically correct. Blizzard appeared on 5 of our six ballots.

“I really feel obligated to face up for Blizzard as a result of it is geographically correct (to Utah), culturally related (to hockey), and creates pure synergy — even a rivalry — with the Colorado Avalanche,” BYU reporter Sean Walker mentioned. “Plus, it shortens to Blizz, which is our #model that we would as nicely embrace, even when cheekily.”


Mammoth appears to be a late charger for the group title. Whereas it was none of our workers’s favourite, it did seem on all however one poll. A number of mammoth stays have been found in Utah, and the branding has some enjoyable potential — husks, making it appear to be a mammoth is frozen within the ice sheet, and many others.

Nevertheless, some (like me) really feel prefer it needs to be plural.

Utah HC

OK, so confession time: I used to be the one one to place this on my record, and it was on the very prime. Why? Nicely, I believe the remainder of the names are lower than nice, and going with Hockey Membership (or HC for brief) permits a reputation to occur organically.

For example the group wins the Stanley Cup within the subsequent few years with coach Andre Tourigny main the way in which. Tourigny’s nickname is Bear. Unofficially, followers may begin calling the group the Bears in honor of the coach.

That is only one potential instance. However going with the admittedly generic HC gives an opportunity to have a future nickname with historical past and which means. I am going to take that over the opposite choices.

Black Diamonds

Utah claims to have the perfect snow on earth, so why not honor that elite snowboarding/snowboarding? This one is exclusive to Utah and the branding may go in quite a lot of attention-grabbing methods. Argyle sweaters? Rustic ski lodge vibes? It could possibly be enjoyable.


This one has had quite a lot of traction on social media however did not get quite a lot of love from our workers. There’s some historical past with outlaws within the state — specifically Butch Cassidy — so it makes some sense. However is a Western motif the perfect for a hockey group? Cheap minds can disagree.


Utah is the Beehive State, and the Salt Lake Bees have finished nicely utilizing that from a branding standpoint. This will get bonus factors if followers are allowed to carry vuvuzelas in to make the Delta Middle sound like an precise beehive.


As an alternative of going with Elk or Moose (two animals that the majority positively are in Utah), SEG went with the Caribou (one that’s positively not) because the deer household possibility. Most individuals love Santa’s reindeer, in order that’s one thing.


Utah loves its mountains, and this opens up just about something for a mascot. An precise mountaineer? Certain. A beaver? Why not. A sasquatch or Yeti? That works, too.

Now it is your flip: Vote in your favourite 4 right here (and in addition within the official bracket — that is in all probability somewhat extra necessary):

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Written by bourbiza mohamed

Bourbiza Mohamed is a freelance journalist and political science analyst holding a Master's degree in Political Science. Armed with a sharp pen and a discerning eye, Bourbiza Mohamed contributes to various renowned sites, delivering incisive insights on current political and social issues. His experience translates into thought-provoking articles that spur dialogue and reflection.

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