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New NHL Utah Team Unveiled: Franchise Details Revealed

The Utah NHL hockey team will begin its inaugural season in 2024-2025. It is the first NHL franchise in the Beehive State.

The team will play its home games at the Delta Center, which will be adapted to house both the NBA’s Utah Jazz and the new hockey franchise.

The move came about after Jazz owners Ryan and Ashley Smith essentially moved the now-defunct Arizona Coyotes. In April, approval was granted by the NHL Board of Governors to acquire the Coyotes’ assets. And thus, a Utah hockey franchise was born.

At least that is certain. What not addressed is the name of the team. Until now. And for the upcoming season, it’s going to be pretty boring.

The team name is… *drum roll*… Utah.

Cue the sad trombone.

“For the inaugural season in 2024-2025, the team will wear jerseys that say ‘Utah,’” NHL.com wrote.

The club will not implement a new team name until the 2025-2026 season.

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Utah… Just Utah

What’s going on with the state of Utah and their struggles with choosing names for their professional sports teams? When Utah’s NBA team moved from New Orleans to Salt Lake City in 1979, they simply kept the nickname “Jazz.”

It’s been almost 50 years guys. While we’re sure there are good jazz clubs in Utah, people don’t particularly associate the combination. Maybe something more suited to the hometown team in Salt Lake?

And now we have an NHL team that will simply be called “Utah.” Not anything as cool as the “Utah Hockey Team.” Similar to what the Washington Commanders did during the transition to their new team name.

Just ‘Utah.’

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What should Utah’s NHL hockey team be called?

While the first rumors of Utah getting an NHL team surfaced last June, it seems the ensuing months weren’t enough to come up with a new name.

Fortunately, there is a plan in the works for at least the season after the next.

For the 2025-2026 season, the team is asking fans to vote on their new name. It includes these 20 picks, according to Sportslogos.net:

  • Black diamonds from Utah
  • Utah explosion
  • Snowstorm in Utah
  • Utah Gorges
  • Utah Caribou
  • Utah freezes over
  • Utah Monarch
  • Utah rage
  • Glaciers of Utah
  • Utah H.C
  • Utah Beehive
  • Utah ice cream
  • Utah Mammoth
  • Utah Mountain Climbers
  • Utah Outlaws
  • Utah powder
  • Utah storm
  • Utah swarm
  • Utah gif
  • Utah Yeti

Granted, there may be a problem with the University of Utah, but the NHL team is missing an opportunity by simply using the name “Utes.”

Every time players score a goal via an assist, the team can celebrate how the ‘two Utes’ performed. Joe Pesci’s head could appear on the jumbotron as the crowd goes wild.

Hey, it’s better than the Utah Caribou.

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