News broke Monday that the Seattle City Council approved a memorandum of understanding for a $660 million privately-financed redevelopment of the Key Arena. Oak View has an aggressive timeline for the renovations. If everything goes as planned, Key Arena will be done by late 2020.
The Key Arena, which opened in 1962, is the current home of the Seattle Storm of the WNBA, and the former home of the NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics until they moved to Oklahoma City in 2008.
This news comes as rumors have been swirling of Seattle getting potential expansion teams in the NBA and NHL. It certainly isn’t out of the realm of possibility. It is looking increasingly likely that Seattle will get at least one expansion team, if not two.
This got us thinking, what if the NBA and/or NHL granted an expansion team in Seattle?
Let’s get this out of the way. The obvious and only answer for an NBA expansion team in Seattle is the SuperSonics. It’s an iconic name. The old SuperSonics skipped town in 2008 when they moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder. They won three conference titles from 1967-2008, and have a huge underground following. The logo is one of the most used for created teams in NBA 2K. So why not bring back the iconic logo and colors?
This is where things get more interesting. There are several options for what the name of an NHL expansion team in Seattle could be.
This was the name of the former professional hockey team in Seattle. The Metropolitans were the first American hockey team to win the Stanley Cup in 1917. The team only lasted until 1924, when they folded in a financial collapse. It would be cool to have this nickname back, simply based on its history, however, I don’t think that it would work in today’s NHL. It would be a cause for confusion since there is a Metropolitan Division in the Eastern Conference of the NHL and a Seattle team would be in the Pacific Division. In the event this becomes their name, the owner should use this dude’s logo and uniform designs!
Is there any better name for the a team in the Pacific Northwest? In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Seattle was a timber town. It also helps that a lot of hockey players look like lumberjacks. This name is my choice and would be perfect a Seattle hockey team name.
The Fish Throwers/Lobbers (My favorite)/Launchers/Flingers:
Another thing that comes to mind when thinking of Seattle is the fish market. At the Pike Place Market, workers throw fish back and forth. Any of these could be a very interesting name choice, but may draw criticism from animal rights activists, so it would face an uphill battle. If Seattle is going to go with one of these, my choice would be the Fish Lobbers.
How cool would it be for the Seattle to get an expansion team in the NBA and NHL, with the NBA team being named the Sonics and the NHL team the Boom? It would be really cool to have the Sonic and Boom banners up in the same arena. That would be an electric atmosphere.
Airplanes have been a big part of Seattle since after World War II. In fact, Boeing was headquartered in Seattle at one point in time. If Winnipeg didn’t already have “Jets,” that would be perfect for the new Seattle team. So, in the unlikely case where the NHL approves a second “airplane” themed team, the Airliners may be the way to go. But I think that is very unlikely to happen.
These are some of the names that we think should be used if Seattle gets a new NHL expansion team. Vote for the one that you think is the best. If you have a better one, comment at the bottom of this post with what you think would be best!