Report: Seattle NHL team name leaked!

Washington State governor Jay Inslee let the franchise’s new name slip during an official statement.

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According to a report from Seattle based QFOX13 News, the name of the NHL’s 32nd franchise may already be decided.

While making a public statement about a proposed high-speed rail system between Seattle and Vancouver, Washington State governor Jay Inslee briefly mentioned the Seattle expansion bid and talked up the potential rivalry between the two West Coast cities. That’s when he dropped an absolutely BOMB on hockey fans… he revealed the team name.

Check it out:

"We cannot wait to get on a high-speed rail line to come up and have the greatest hockey rivalry in North American which is the Seattle Totems versus the Vancouver Canucks,” Inslee said at the press conference.

The Seattle Totems. Has a nice ring to it, no? It’s certainly very “West Coast” and does have a strong tradition behind it. The original Seattle Totems operated from 1944 to 1975 in the old Western Hockey League, a professional league back then which pre-dates the current WHL junior hockey league. The Totems won three WHL championships and were slated to become one of the NHL’s newest expansion franchises for the 1976-77 season, however their expansion bid was pulled due to financial concerns. Now over 40 years later, the Totems may finally get their day in the NHL.

While we cannot confirm officially that Totems will be the name of the franchise if granted approval by the NHL’s board of governors, we can confirm that it’s one of the 13 registered names by the Seattle group’s management team. 

The complete list:

Seattle Cougars
Seattle Eagles
Seattle Emeralds
Seattle Evergreens
Seattle Firebirds
Seattle Kraken
Seattle Rainiers
Seattle Renegades
Seattle Sea Lions
Seattle Seals
Seattle Sockeyes
Seattle Totems
Seattle Whales

Given these choices, we’re partial to Totems. Mostly due to its history, but it’s also reflective of the cultural and identity of the Pacific Northwest. Which is your favorite?

Don Cherry chokes back tears, can’t finish his Coach’s Corner segment 

On last night’s edition of Coach’s Corner during CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada broadcast, legendary analyst Don Cherry was in classic form. Being St. Patrick’s Day and all, Cherry wore a bright green suit jacket adorned with shamrocks and a white and green striped tie. Looking’ good, Grapes!

Grapes covered a range of topics last night including Alex Ovechkin’s 600th NHL goal, Matt Duchene’s recent surge, blocking shots, Evander Kane and the recent uptick in fights across the NHL. Pretty standard Coach’s Corner fodder. Grapes’ last thought of the evening though went out to two young children children who were killed this past week. As Cherry honoured both Ryan McBeath and Roy Pejcinovski he struggled to keep his composure, his voice audibly shaking and his mouth unable to speak clearly. It was raw and emotional… frankly it was unlike we’ve ever seen Cherry before.

Watch for yourself:

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McBeath was a 17-year-old assistant captain with the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs in Red Deer, Alberta who was killed when his vehicle collided with a semi-truck on Alberta’s Highway 27.

As for Pejcinovski, the 15-year-old star goalie for the Don Mills Flyers AAA team in Ajax, Ontario was murdered, along with his mother and sister in a targeted attack.

Police have charged a 29-year-old man with second degree murder in the gruesome case. The man is believed to have been in a relationship with the Pejcinovski’s mother, but is reportedly not the father of the murdered children. 

Wow… all we can say is rest in peace. We’re just as speechless as you, Grapes. RIP. Gone but never forgotten.