If youre a Seattle sports fan, you have to feel as though both literal and proverbial Christmas is right around the corner.
Not only is Japanese baseball superstar Shohei Otani potentially joining the Mariners, but the city may be home to an NHL expansion team in the next few years.Earlier this week, Seattle city council approved a renovation of KeyArena (the former home of the Seattle SuperSonics) with a value in excess of $600 million, and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman authorized a submission for an expansion team from the city. The potential team has a substantial backing, including Hollywood exec Jerry Bruckheimer and former Maple Leafs exec Tim Leweike leading the charge on the arena revitalization."We now have an interested ownership group, we have a commitment on an arena, and we have a market we now have to explore," Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told NHL.comBettman also noted the regions existing enthusiasm for hockeyone thats led to a season ticket campaign already being launched.
"From everything I know viscerally I think [Seattle] will be a good market," Bettman also told NHL.com. "I think the geographic rivalry with [the] Vancouver [Canucks] as potential will be nice. Building up a bigger presence in the Pacific Northwest for the NHL, a place that we know has great hockey interest at a variety of other levels, its an intriguing possibility.
Everything looks very promising for Seattle. The city has likely pulled ahead of Quebec City as the leading contender for the next NHL expansion team, as the league looks to add a 32nd team and even out the divisions.As a result, city residents are already preparing, and the Seattle Times is running a poll to decide what readers think the best name for the team would be.Currently, the leading contenders are the Totems, the Metropolitans, the Thunderbirds and the Silvertips.Other readers suggested the Ice Pilots, the Steelheads, the Cascades, the Socialists and the Sockeyes.It should be noted that if Seattle were to choose the Metropolitans, they would automatically get a Stanley Cup attributed to them, as a squad with the same name won the Cup in 1917. Free Stanley Cup banner just for showing up.We asked some FanX staffers for their input, which yielded results such as:
- Seattle Starbucks
- Seattle Seabass
- Seattle Pacific Rims
- Seattle West Coast Vikings
- Seattle Crabbers
- Seattle Walla Walla Sweet Onions
- Seattle Pacific Chorus Frogs
What do you think the Seattle NHL teams name should be? Share your ideas on Twitter at @fanxchange
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