Fan voteA kids movieOwner decided the name
A kids movie
After Disney released the cult classic '90s kids movie, "The Mighty Ducks" starring Emilio Estevez in 1992, the NHL looked to capitalize on the popularity by awarding a franchise to Disney in 1993. The club was called the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, complete with the same logo from the film. When Disney sold the team in 2005, the team name was changed to Anaheim Ducks. The picture is of Ducks legend, Paul Kariya in 1993 sporting the original Ducks logo.
Because of Wile E. Coyote...duhBecause Arizona has coyotesFan vote
The original Winnipeg Jets moved to Phoenix in 1996 and Coyotes was the winner in a name-the-team contest that attracted more than 10,000 entries. Scorpions was the runner-up. The Coyotes were called the Phoenix Coyotes from 1996-2014. Since the beginning of the current NHL season (2014-15), they changed their name to the Arizona Coyotes.
Owner's demandsFan voteThe name is made up
Grocery store tycoon Charles Adams brought a franchise to Boston. Adams asked his GM Art Ross to come up with a nickname, with one of the requirements being that the team's colors would be the same as his grocery store chain's: brown and yellow, while name had to reflect an untamed animal displaying speed, agility, and cunning. Eventually, Ross came up with “Bruins”, an Old English word used for brown bears in classic folk-tales.
Fan voteBecause they play in BuffaloBecause it's the name of a fencing weapon
When Buffalo entered the league in 1970, owners and brothers Seymour Knox III and Northrup Knox wanted the nickname for their new team to be unique. The brothers sponsored a name-the-team contest and decided on Sabres, with a buffalo featured prominently in the team's logo.
Fan voteBecause Calgary is a warm cityBecause of history...HISTORY!
The Flames played in Atlanta from 1972 until 1980 and their nickname was a reference to the city being burned to the ground during the Civil War by General William T. Sherman. When the team moved, new owner Nelson Skalbania decided that ‘Flames’ would be a good fit for an oil town like Calgary, and the flaming ‘A’ logo was replaced by a ‘C’.
Hurricanes is a good hockey team nameOwner decidedFan vote
The Hartford Whalers moved to Raleigh, NC in 1997, new owner Peter Karmanos, Jr. named his team after the devastating storms that regularly ravage the region.
Owner decided because of his military historyBecause the name sounds coolThe name is meant to be a nod to Native Americans
Owner decided because of his military history
World War I veteran and coffee tycoon Frederic McLaughlin was Chicago's owner when it entered the NHL in 1926. McLaughlin named the team after the 86th Infantry Division in which he served. The "Black Hawk Division" was named after Chief Black Hawk of the Sauk Native American tribe, who fought the Illinois militia in 1832. The nickname was officially changed from Black Hawks to Blackhawks in 1986.
Fan voteBecause Colorado gets lots of snowManagement of team decided
Management of team decided
Rockies, the nickname for Colorado's hockey team that left for New Jersey in 1982 (now the NJ Devils), had been adopted by Denver's baseball team by the time the Quebec Nordiques left Canada for Denver in 1995. Management originally wanted to name the team Extreme, but received all sorts of negative feedback, and justifiably so. Avalanche, which eventually beat out Black Bears, Outlaws, Storm, Wranglers, Renegades, Rapids, and Cougars, drew some criticism, as well, given their deadly nature. A member of the marketing group responsible for naming the team replied: "This is the NHL, a rough and tough sport, and Avalanche is something that matches the 'on the edge' feel they want to create. Hey, Cougars and Bears kill people, too. People shouldn't get so excited about Avalanche being a disrespectful name or something. It's just a name."
Because Blue Jackets is a cool name for an American hockey teamFan voteManagement of team decided
Blue Jackets was the winning entry in a name-the-team contest. According to the team's website, the name "celebrates patriotism, pride and the rich Civil War history in the state of Ohio and, more specifically, the city of Columbus." Ohio contributed more residents to the Union Army than any other state during the Civil War.
Mostly kept team name after relocationBecause Texas is the LONE STAR stateBecause the Dallas Cowboys have a STAR as their logo
Mostly kept team name after relocation
When the Minnesota North Stars, whose nickname was decided by a fan contest, moved to Texas in 1993, they ditched the "North" and didn't feel compelled to replace it with "South" or "Lone."
Owner's decisionFan voteBecause you can eat wings at a hockey game
After purchasing the Detroit Falcons in 1932, owner James Norris renamed the team after the "Winged Wheelers," the nickname of the Montreal Hockey Club for which he once played. Norris chose a winged wheel as the team's logo, a nod to Detroit's growing reputation as the heart of the automobile industry.
Fan voteManagement decidedBecause Edmonton is the "Oil Capital of Canada"
Edmonton is the Oil Capital of Canada
Edmonton, the capital of Alberta, is also the oil capital of Canada. Edmonton began play in 1972 in the World Hockey Association (WHA) and retained the name Oilers when it joined the NHL in 1979.
Because of the Florida pantherBecause Panthers is a cool sports nameBecause no other NHL team are named after cats
Because of the Florida panther
The Florida Panthers were named as a reference to the endangered species of the same name that inhabits Florida. The Panthers became Florida's second NHL team (after the Tampa Bay Lightning). The Panthers joined the NHL as an expansion team in 1993 and play in South Florida in the town of Sunrise, which is about 40 minute drive from Miami. When Panthers president Bill Torrey revealed the nickname, he told reporters: "A panther, for your information, is the quickest striking of all cats. Hopefully, that's how we will be on the ice." However, things haven't worked out well for the Panthers, LOL.
Owner decided after fan voteBecause Kings sounds coolMayor of Los Angeles chose the name
Owner decided after fan vote
Jack Kent Cooke, who owned the Los Angeles Lakers and later the Washington Redskins, settled on Kings as the team nickname from entries submitted in a fan contest. The Los Angeles Monarchs played in the Pacific Coast Hockey League during the 1930s and Cooke's new team adopted the same royal color scheme as the Lakers. The color scheme of the Kings has been changed multiple times since 1988.
Because of Minnesota's brutal weatherFan voteBecause of Minnesota's abundant wild life
Minnesota was awarded an expansion team after the North Stars left for Texas in the early '90s. In 1998, Wild was chosen from a field of six finalists, which also included the Blue Ox, Northern Lights, Voyageurs, White Bears, and Freeze. The Wild began play in 2000.
Because it's Montreal/QuebecCanadian/Canadien prideTo appeal to Montreal's francophone population
To appeal to Montreal's francophone population
In 1909, John Ambrose O'Brien created the Club de Hockey Canadien. Ambrose wanted his team, a charter member of the National Hockey Association, to appeal to Montreal's francophone population and he hoped to drum up a rivalry with the city's established team, the Wanderers. The Canadiens are often referred to as "The Habs" or "Les Habs," an abbreviation of "Les Habitants," the name for the early settlers of New France (Quebec).
Owner's decisionFan voteBecause Predators is a cool name
A vote by the fans helped determine Nashville's nickname, a reference to the saber-toothed tiger remains that were discovered during an excavation in the city in 1971. The Predators were established in 1998.
Because of The Devil/Satan/LuciferBecause of a former hockey team's nameFan vote
The hockey Colorado Rockies relocated to the Garden State in 1982. The New Jersey Sports and Exhibition Authority sponsored a statewide newspaper contest to determine the new nickname and some of the other finalists included Americans, Blades, Coastals, Colonials, Gulls, Jaguars, Meadowlanders, and Meadowlarks. While some fans objected to the winning selection on religious grounds, the Devil (in this case) is non-religious folk history in New Jersey. According to legend, a harmless creature known as the Leeds Devil, or the Jersey Devil, roamed the Pine Barrens in the southern part of the state from 1887 until 1938.
Fan voteBecause Islanders brings out Long Island prideBecause it was just common sense... they play on Long ISLAND
Islanders was selected as the nickname for New York's 3rd hockey team (after the NY Rangers and Buffalo Sabres), because they play their home games on Long Island (Uniondale). Beginning next season, the Islanders will move to a different part of LI (Brooklyn) and play at the Barclays Center. Brooklyn (along with Queens) is geographically apart of LI, though not politically and socially because Brooklyn is one of the 5 boroughs of NYC.
Fan voteOwner's decisionThey were dubbed as Rangers because NYers were trolling
They were dubbed their name by trolling NYers
In 1925, the New York Americans joined the NHL and played their home games at the old Madison Square Garden. Tex Rickard, the boxing promoter and ex-gold prospector who built and owned the arena, decided he wanted his own NHL team, which he was awarded in 1926. Rickard's team was immediately dubbed "Tex's Rangers" as a pun referencing the paramilitary force founded in Texas during the 1830s (Texas Rangers). The NY Americans folded in 1942, while Tex's Rangers remain.
They play in Canada's capital city. So, it's common senseFan voteBecause people in Ottawa love senators
The original Ottawa Senators, founded in 1883, won 11 Stanley Cups. When an NHL team returned to Ottawa in 1992 after a nearly 60-year hiatus, the nickname, a reference to Ottawa's status as Canada's capital city, was an obvious choice.
Because the name Flyers is pretty flyRandomly because it sounds niceBecause Philadelphia is a cool city
It sounds nice
The team sponsored a name-the-team contest after Ed Snider, then-vice president of the Philadelphia Eagles, brought hockey back to the City of Brotherly Love in 1966. Snider's sister, Phyllis, reportedly suggested the name Flyers, which sounds good when paired with Philadelphia but doesn't have any real meaning.
Penguins are the perfect name for a hockey teamThe wife of one of the part owner's of the team came up with the nameBecause PENGUINS!!!
It was the wife of a part owner
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sponsored a name-the-team contest, but Carol McGregor, the wife of one of the franchise's part owners, Jack McGregor, was the one responsible for the nickname. In his book, Pittsburgh Penguins: The Official History of the First 30 Years, Bob Grove describes how Carol McGregor came up with the name. "I was thinking of something with a P. And I said to Jack, 'What do they call the Civic Arena?' And he said, 'The Big Igloo.' So I thought, ice ... Pittsburgh ... Penguins." More than 700 of the 26,000 contest entries were for Penguins.
Owner's decisionSharks is a awesome name for a hockey teamFan vote
Sharks was chosen from 2300 entries in San Jose's name-the-team contest. The other finalists included Rubber Puckies, Screaming Squids, Salty Dogs, and Blades. Blades was the most popular entry, but ultimately rejected because of its gang implications. When the nickname was chosen, seven shark species made their home in a stretch of the Pacific Ocean off the California coast called The Red Triangle.
Fan voteBecause St. Louis is a jazzy cityBecause of a song
It's because of a song
The Blues 1st owner Sid Saloman Jr. selected the nickname Blues in 1967 after W.C. Handy's song, "St. Louis Blues." Mercury and Apollo were two of the other nicknames that were considered.
Because of a thunderstormFan voteBecause Lightning sounds cool
In 1990, a thunderstorm served as inspiration for then-president of the Tampa Bay Hockey Group, Phil Esposito. Phil decided to name his team the Lightning. Esposito said that, in addition to being a natural characteristic of the Tampa Bay area, Lightning expressed the fast action of a hockey game. The Lightning started playing in the NHL in 1992.
Because they are in Canada...duh. There's a maple leaf in the flag and is a national symbol of CanadaOwner chose the name based on multiple reasonsMaple Leafs goes nicely with Toronto
Owner chose the name
Conn Smythe purchased Toronto's hockey team in 1927 and one of his first orders of business was renaming the team. The franchise began play as the Arenas in 1917 changed its nickname to St. Patricks in 1919 to attract Toronto's Irish population. Smythe eventually decided on Maple Leafs, for a couple possible reasons. Smythe fought in the Maple Leaf Regiment during World War I, and there was a former Toronto hockey team called the East Maple Leaves.
Fan voteBecause of a comic book/cartoon characterBecause of history...HISTORY!!!
A comic book/cartoon character
Johnny Canuck, was as a Canadian political cartoon character in 1869, who was reinvented as a comic book action hero who fought Adolf Hitler, among other villains, during World War II. Canuck is slang for Canadian. Some consider Canuck to be an offensive and derogatory word but in Canada, Canuck is not seen as offensive. Basically, the Vancouver Canucks are the Canadian equivalent of the New York Yankees but with less money. Yankees or Yank is a derogatory slang word for American. Yankee is a word that some Southern Americans use to describe their Northern counterparts. Yank is used particularly by some Britons (British people) and Australians to describe any American. The cartoon guy in the picture is Johnny Canuck.
It was the name of a former DC hockey teamOwner decided name after fan voteCongressmen and women decided the name in the Capitol
Owner decided name after fan vote
Washington owner Abe Pollin decided on the perfectly suited nickname Capitals after staging a name-the-team contest. They play in Washington D.C., the CAPITAL of the United States of America. It was an obvious choice.
Because of a former hockey team that played in WinnipegBecause Winnipeg is the "Aviation Capital of Canada"Because of the New York Jets of the NFL
Named after a former Winnipeg hockey team
The original Winnipeg Jets, formed in late 1971, got their moniker from a team of the same name that played in Canada's Western Hockey League. The current Winnipeg Jets is actually the second incarnation; the original Jets relocated to Phoenix, Arizona in 1996 and became the Phoenix Coyotes (now, named the Arizona Coyotes). The current franchise was originally located in Atlanta, GA and was named the Atlanta Thrashers (named by Ted Turner after Georgia's state bird, the brown thrasher). The Trashers were sold to a Canadian group, True North Sports & Entertainment, in 2011, and relocated to Canada (obviously, Winnipeg).