Possible Las Vegas NHL Team Name Finalists Revealed And They’re A Whole Bunch of Eh…
August 11 / Geoff Magliocchetti / SportsGrid
Looks like they're really trying to "hawk" some hockey fans in Las Vegas.
Via sportslogos.net, three rumored finalists for the names of the National Hockey League's upcoming 31st franchise have emerged, with all them playing around the theme of the aviary predator. According to the site, the trio of finalists are said to be the Desert Hawks, the Red Hawks, and the Nighthawks.
As Selena conveys so well above, those names are really just a whole bunch of meh. There's not anything wrong with them, per say. Of those three, I prefer Nighthawks, but for major professional sports' first ever team in Las Vegas, I expected something with a little more...showbiz to it. Granted, any references to gambling, casinos, etc. were definitely a no-go, but surely there was something other than these generic aviary names? Red Hawks, for example, sounds like a small-town high school team. Desert Hawks is cool, but I don't exactly think "desert" when I think hockey. Nighthawks is the clear best of the bunch, but again...just sounds a wee bit too generic. If anything, it'll at least immediately start a rivalry with the Chicago Blackhawks, commonly referred to as the Hawks throughout the hockey lexicon.
The teams owner, Bill Foley, confirmed that the original rumored name, Black Knights, would not take effect in an interview last month, and these new reports appear to confirm these remarks. The team is not slated to begin play until the 2017-18 season, but Foley has stated in the past that he is eager to get the team name and uniforms out sooner rather than later, so as to build interest and support for the new franchise, the NHL's first expansion club since the 2000-01 season, when it welcomed in the Minnesota Wild and the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Twitter, predictably, was snarky about the rumored names.