According to many hockey media outlets, Jim Balsillie has offered a enormous $212.5 million in an effort to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes. The deal is hinging on the condition that if he does take over the Coyotes he will be able to move them to Ontario.
So with that in mind lets take a look at some names for the prospective franchise.
- The GTA Commuters
- The Toronto Better Leafs
- The Ontario Gretzkys
- The Toronto Blackberrys
- The Toronto Screw Bettmans
No, but now seriously a look at some real suggestions.
The North Toronto Coyotes
The obvious choice would be just to keep the current name. The North Toronto comes from the rumours that a new team will be placed in a city north of Toronto.
The (North) Toronto Seneca or Mohawk
I have drawn the names Seneca and Mohawk from the original native tribes that lived in the Toronto area before the Europeans settled in North America. This could be a great team name because it draws deep from the roots of Toronto's history.
This name could also been seen as too similar to the Chicago Blackhawks. The "North" could be removed due to the NHL's history of naming teams in a common city (NY Islanders and NY Rangers).
The Toronto Silver Railers
As a gesture towards fans sitting in sports bars (because all the seats will be taken by corporate sponsers) across Toronto watching the hockey games, the new team could be named in honour of the first bar ever opened in Toronto. The Silver Rail was opened at Yonge and Shuter in 1947.
Just imagine the team skating around the ice with a big, silver "S" and "R" on their chests.
The Toronto Yorkers
As known by most residents of Toronto, the city was formerly known as York. A simple choice would be to name Toronto's new team after it's old name.
The Toronto Simcoes
Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada John Graves Simcoe is credited as the founder of the city of Toronto (then York). By naming them the Simcoes it would be another way to honour Toronto's History.
The Hamilton Steel Workers
There is always the option that the team could be moved to Southern Ontario, ideally Hamilton. Hamilton workers would be able to relate to the name and like the the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers it would show the city's main industry.
The Golden Horseshoe Mustangs
This is in the event that the team is placed somewhere in the Golden Horseshoe area. By naming the team after a region rather then the city, the team could develop a broader fan base. Also by naming the team the "Mustangs" it helps go back to the fact it's in the Golden Horseshoe but it also stands for a tough, wild and unpredictable animal.
So while we wait for a new team, I want to hear your thoughts on a name. Put your suggestions in the comments section below.