Utah NHL Team Name Narrowed Down to Six Options

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Six names were “fan favorites” during the first round of fan voting for NHL Utah’s team name, including the Blizzards and Utah Hockey Club. The second round of voting is open until June 20th.

Utah’s NHL franchise, owned by Smith Entertainment Group, opened up the second round of voting for the team name. The first round closed on May 22nd, and more than 520,000 votes were cast, and six names made up 60 percent of the total vote. The second voting pool is open until June 20th and only allows each voter to vote once and pick one name, whereas during the first round, you could pick up to four names.

The six names still in the running are:

Utah Blizzards
Utah Venom
Utah Outlaws
Utah Yeti
Utah Hockey Club (Utah HC)
Utah Mammoth

The first round of voting consisted of 20 names, here are the ones that didn’t make the cut:

Utah Hive
Utah Freeze
Utah Ice
Utah Swarm
Utah Frost
Utah Black Diamonds
Utah Caribou
Utah Powder
Utah Fury
Utah Blast
Utah Canyons
Utah Glaciers
Utah Mountaineers
Utah Squall

After the franchise comes to a decision on the team’s name, they will begin crafting the logo, mascot, jersey, and the remainder of the brand, set to debut in the 2025-26 season. In the meantime, the players will wear a jersey that simply reads “UTAH” for the 2024-25 season. The same group that filed applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Utye LLC, for the original 20 team names, applied for trademarks for eight logos and words. They all featured black and white, while four of them featured a glacier blue, similar to the shade the former WHL Kootenay Ice used.

The Smith Entertainment Group said they will announce details on the finalization of the name selection process in the coming months.

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