Utah’s new NHL franchise limits name selection to six

What immediately comes to mind when you think of Utah?

Keep in mind that the state’s NBA franchise is nicknamed the Jazz, something most don’t associate with swinging Salt Lake City. But the new National Hockey League franchise, which is bringing the Arizona Coyotes to the Beehive State, has narrowed its choices to six state-appropriate nicknames.

Smith Entertainment Group, the team’s owners, today announced the six names for the team that will bow this fall. They are the Utah Blizzard, Utah Hockey Club (Utah HC), Utah Mammoth, Utah Outlaws, Utah Venom and Utah Yeti. No, the Bees didn’t make it.

The finalists were determined through an initial round of fan voting. SEM said in Thursday’s news release. They claimed that 520,000 votes had been cast, of which more than 60% went to the six remaining names. Fans can vote for their choice again until June 20.

Even if the name is selected, the team still has some work to do. The Utah team will wear jerseys with “UTAH” on the front in their first season. Once the name is finalized, SEG will create a logo, mascot and matching branding that will appear on jerseys for the 2025-2026 season.

The NHL’s Utah team will play from the Delta Arena, home of the Jazz, next season.

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