I have seen a lot of people ask names for the NHL team in Seattle. I have seen names such as Sockeye, Steelheads, and Totems. Names that I think do not have flavor in Ice Hockey, I thought a good name would be using a local marine animal for the name. I present to you the Seattle Seals.
Now some of you will disagree with this name, but I think it really fits the overall theme of Ice Hockey and Seattle. Lots of teams are named after maritime animals and they sound pretty impressive, such the Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, and Anaheim Ducks. Now I think the word "Seal" is a good addition to this tradition because sometimes if you see a cartoon with funny animals in it if there's a hockey scene you will see like Penguins, Seals, and Polar Bears playing the sport. I think also that SEAls rhyme with SEAttle, just like the SEAhawks. Also, most people outside the Seattle area would find the name Seal more memorable and marketable (it is short and easy to say).
I think the name "sockeyes" would sound silly to people outside the pacific northwest, they would imagine a pair of socks in place of eyes. Steelheads also sound like un-hockey like. I mean those things are fish, FISH of all things! Fish are not intimidating, they are like the bottom of the food chain. Also, let's not forget that sockeyes and steelheads are eaten by Seals. Sure seals also have predators themselves but they are also top predators of their habitat in some ways. I mean there are some species of Seals that eat PENGUINS! (look it up on youtube) and some species of Seals you do not want to mess with!
I think Totems sound like a junior hockey name, most people are not gonna take the name "Totems" seriously, it's like naming your team the "Statues" or "Arcs". It has to make sense with the climate of Hockey and how there is a trend of naming a team after aquatic animals.
You may disagree and that is ok, but I stand with my belief that the name "Seattle Seals" is the perfect name.
Feel free to discuss why you disagree or agree, but you have to be constructive and back up your arguments.