Freeze, Ice, Yeti among Utah names in fan survey

Freeze, Ice, Yeti among Utah names in fan survey

Ownership of the NHL’s team in Utah has given fans 20 choices to vote on for the franchise’s new name, according to a survey sent out Wednesday by Smith Entertainment Group.

The options provided to choose from are Frost, Ice, Powder, Mountaineers, Freeze, Mammoth, Black Diamonds, Blast, Caribou, Blizzard, Swarm, Hive, Outlaws, Yeti, Squall, Fury, Glaciers, Canyons, Venom and HC, which stands for Hockey Club.

Owner Ryan Smith has said the team will have a name starting with Utah. The inaugural season will feature jerseys with the name of the state on them, with a name, logo and colors to debut for 2025-26 after work done by the branding company Doubleday & Cartwright.

“Utah’s NHL team is a community asset, and we want to make sure that the community has a say in what the name is,” said Smith, whose group also owns the Utah Jazz. “Utah has shown up for this team from the moment the NHL awarded us the franchise less than three weeks ago, and it is only fitting that our fans get the rare opportunity to help name the team they’ll be cheering for.”

Voting is open through May 22, with additional rounds expected.

SEG bought the Arizona Coyotes from former owner Alex Meruelo for $1.2 billion and are relocating the team to Salt Lake City. Utah will start play in the Jazz’s downtown arena, Delta Center, with SEG planning improvements over the summer to outfit the arena for hockey, including building a hockey-specific locker room and setting up 12,000 unobstructed seats for hockey games next season.

Utah has the sixth pick in the NHL draft after not moving up in the lottery won Tuesday night by the San Jose Sharks.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.