In case you've been living under a rock, it is almost certain that the Atlanta Thrashers will be packing their bags and heading north to Winnipeg.
At this stage, there are three options for the team in terms of their name. The first is to keep the Thrashers name. The second is to rename the team after the beloved Winnipeg Jets. The third and final option is for the team to assume an entirely new identity.
Keeping the Thrashers name or changing to the Jets are both satisfactory options, but neither of them are without their pitfalls. The Thrashers name, in hockey, is synonymous with failure and underachievement. I don't believe that the new Winnipeg franchise wants to continue this tradition.
The Jets name is also somewhat related to the Phoenix Coyotes, and considering there is already the New York Jets in the NFL, the name is rather uninspiring.
I think Winnipeg should have a new identity, a fresh face. I think they should have something original and unique.
But what, you might ask. Well, here's my five best ideas for a new name. I would like to point out that the logos provided are certainly not the logos that I think the new franchise should use. They are simply examples. Enjoy!
The Hammers. A fearsome name that's just so applicable to hockey.
Hammer the guy into the boards. Hammer a slapshot into the back of the net. Hammer home that game-winning goal.
Also, the Winnipeg Hammers rolls off the tongue quite nicely. It's definitely unique in American sports, as the only other professional sports team I know with the name 'Hammers' is West Ham United in the English Premier League.
Plus, a threatening silver with splashes of black or white would be different to any other team.
First and foremost, I am aware that the Colorado Rapids are a team in the MLS. I am also aware that should the Winnipeg team be called the Rapids, their logo would need to be a lot cooler than this one.
Nevertheless, Winnipeg Rapids is a great name that just rolls off the tongue. I personally know nothing about the city of Winnipeg and its heritage, but according to Wikipedia, it sits on a low-lying flood plain, which to me says it's possibly vulnerable to rapids.
The other bonus is the colour scheme can be absolutely anything you like.
In the new NHL, where the emphasis is more on fast-skating and finesse, as opposed to toughness and grit, I think this name fits the bill.
I know what you're thinking, and I hate the Twilight saga as much as anyone. If that didn't exist, this would be a fantastic, unique name for a hockey team. But alas, it does, and currently, it isn't.
But what about in a few years time when some other ridiculous fad has taken over? When vampires are once again perceived as fearsome and threatening? Perhaps this is the shot in the arm the world needs to remind them that vampires aren't feminine nancy boys.
It could also be an opportunity to make hockey more appealing to females, something that the NHL has been trying to accomplish for some time now.
Personally, I don't think the Winnipeg management would consider this, but it does have its upsides.
Now this is a name with some potential!
Everyone loves the Chicago Bulls logo. This is a minor tweak that would make the new Winnipeg franchise an instant classic.
The name Minotaurs is unique. It could even be the Manitoba Minotaurs for those who appreciate alliteration. The new name for the stadium could be the labyrinth. The possibilities are endless!
The only downside is the similarities to the Chicago Bulls, which does decrease its originality. However, a different colour scheme and a hockey style logo would provide the remedy for that.
I don't want to be an anti-dentite, but seriously, what's more frightening than going to the dentist?
In my opinion, this name has it all. It's certainly original. It's certainly unique.
I think the name Dentists is so applicable to hockey. Half the players are missing teeth for starters. Maybe kids play hockey as an excuse to not have to go the dentist. And who could forget Wolf 'The Dentist' Stanson from the Iceland team in the Mighty Ducks 2 movie?
Most importantly, the fans could all wear doctors coats and re-enact the 'white-out' that Winnipeg is famous for.
The major flaw with this name is that it will absolutely polarise fans. I think people will either love it or hate it. The last thing Winnipeg wants to see is locals being turned off the NHL due to people hating the name.
Jets? Thrashers? Minotaurs? Dentists?
Let me know what you think!