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‘Yeti’ amongst 6 finalists for Utah NHL crew identify

Ryan Smith tells McAfee how he was able to bring an NHL team to Utah (2:17) Utah Jazz and Utah hockey team owner Ryan Smith explains to Pat McAfee how quickly he was able to bring a hockey team to the state. (2:17) Kristen Shilton, ESPN NHL reporterJun 6, 2024, 12:45 PM ET Close Kristen

‘Yeti’ amongst 6 finalists for Utah NHL crew identify

Ryan Smith tells McAfee how he was in a position to deliver an NHL crew to Utah (2:17)

Utah Jazz and Utah hockey crew proprietor Ryan Smith explains to Pat McAfee how shortly he was in a position to deliver a hockey crew to the state. (2:17)

  • Kristen Shilton, ESPN NHL reporterJun 6, 2024, 12:45 PM ET

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      Kristen Shilton is a nationwide NHL reporter for ESPN.

The NHL’s latest franchise in Utah is shut to selecting its identify.

Smith Leisure Group — which owns the still-to-be-coined crew — introduced Thursday the six potential nicknames Utah will tackle earlier than its inaugural season begins in 2024-25: Utah Blizzard, Utah Hockey Membership (Utah HC), Utah Mammoth, Utah Outlaws, Utah Venom and Utah Yeti.

The finalists had been decided via a primary spherical of fan voting. SEM stated in Thursday’s information launch that 520,000 votes got here via in that wave, with greater than 60% of them touchdown on the six names remaining. Followers can vote on their selection once more via June 20.

Utah’s crew will put on jerseys of their first season with “UTAH” scrawled throughout the entrance to symbolize the membership’s roots throughout the state and dedication to its new fan base. When the identify is set upon, SEG will create a brand, mascot and branding to match that may seem on sweaters for the 2025-26 season.

SEG is inheriting the previous Arizona Coyotes, who had been relocated to Utah in April. The Coyotes had been unable to discover a everlasting, NHL-caliber area to play out of within the foreseeable future, and the NHL in the end had to purchase the franchise and re-sell it to Ryan Smith, proprietor of the NBA’s Utah Jazz.

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The NHL’s Utah crew will play out of Delta Enviornment, the Jazz’s residence, for this coming season, with renovations anticipated sooner or later to make the venue extra hockey-friendly.

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