The NHL on Tuesday voted unanimously to move ahead with putting a hockey club in Seattle. Now, if we could only agree on a team name…
We’re not here to rain on the Vegas Golden Knights parade, but ahem, Seattle can’t help it. It’s just what they do.
While we’ve known for quite a while that the NHL would likely expand its league into the area, today we received a wonderful vote of confidence. In fact, the vote was literally that: The Executive Committee has fully recommended that a club be franchised up in Washington.
The next obstacle? Send the vote to the Board of Governors and see if it holds water.
Don’t worry though. As NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman pointed out soon after, the next vote, taking place in December, is likely a formality. We don’t want to say officially that more hockey is coming to the Pacific Northwest, but … more hockey is coming to the Pacific Northwest!
Now of course comes the real fun: What on Earth is the name going to be? Don’t think too long on that, the answer is Kraken. Of course, there are many, many people who despise that handle for whatever reason. But that’s too bad because deal with it. Here are some other ideas we came up with that we’re totally down for:
The Seattle OMG (For when they make the Cup their first year)
The Seattle Umbrella-ella-ellas
The Seattle Flannel
The Seattle I Can Haz Cheezeburgerz
The team is expected to move into KeyArena by 2020, though Bettman remarked that it depends on the renovations of the stadium. At the latest, we should see this team on ice by 2021, which is just enough time for the greatest expansion team ever Vegas Golden Knights to get jelly and relocate somewhere else.