Ah, what’s in a name?
For NHL teams, a sense of identity. A description of a team philosophy. A tribute to the team’s hometown or state.
That’s what is in a name.
The Carolina Hurricanes wear on their chests the power and ferocity of the fearsome storms that plague the Carolina coastline annually.
The Colorado Avalanche pay tribute to the beautiful Rocky Mountains while referencing the sheer force of their own natural disaster.
The Toronto Maple Leafs, who may not scare anyone with their nickname, pay tribute to the symbol of the Great White North.
For a hockey franchise, few things are held more dearly than the team name. But not every team seems to have gotten it right.
Here are eight teams that, much to the dismay of their loyal fanbases, may want to consider a name change.