Gov. Jay Inslee May Have Accidentally Revealed Seattle Totems NHL Team Name

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2018

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at the panel Pathways to Prosperity during the National Governor Association 2018 winter meeting, on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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With Seattle potentially on the verge of landing an NHL expansion franchise, the governor of Washington may have accidentally revealed the team's name Friday.

According to Q13 News, Governor Jay Inslee made mention of the Seattle Totems when talking about the possibility of a high-speed rail between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

"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.

Q13 News added that "Totems" was one of 13 possible names that Oak View Group registered for the franchise in January.

Seattle officially filed an expansion application in February, and it subsequently received 25,000 deposits for season tickets.

If Seattle uses the "Totems" nickname, it will pay homage to a team of the same name that played in the Western Hockey League from 1958 through 1974.

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