So, would the Metropolitans live on in Seattle, or is time for a name change? We asked readers for ideas, and we got some pretty great suggestions in return.

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The Seattle City Council approved a $600 million renovation of KeyArena on Monday, paving the way for a potential NHL and NBA franchise. We all know what the NBA team would be called if and when a pro basketball team returns to the city, but what would would an NHL team be called?

You may remember, Seattle also once had a pro hockey team — and a pretty notable one at that. Just over 100 years ago, Seattle’s Metropolitans won the Stanley Cup over the Montreal Canadians, giving Seattle its first ever pro sports championship. Seattle was also the first American city to claim the trophy.

So, would the Metropolitans live on in Seattle, or is time for a name change?

We asked readers for ideas, and we got some pretty great suggestions in return. A couple of the more popular suggestions included: The Metropolitans (of course), The Sockeyes, The Thunderbirds and The Totems.

A couple other more creative names included: The Seattle Freeze, The Drizzlies, The SeaPucks and The Vegetarians.

One team, and oh so many good names to choose from.

Here’s a look at some of the top suggestions:

This comes from Liz Delia, who teaches sports management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As part of a project to create a mock organization, Delia’s class decided on a Seattle NHL team called the Steelheads — based off the state fish. Here’s a rendering of the mascot.

(Isenberg School of Management / University of Massachusetts Amherst)
(Isenberg School of Management / University of Massachusetts Amherst)