Seattle NHL team gives fans chance to vote on name, jersey colour, more


NHL commissioner Gary Bettman holds a jersey after the NHL Board of Governors announced Seattle as the league's 32nd franchise. (Stephen B. Morton/AP)

We’re still a couple years away from seeing the still-unnamed Seattle team make its official NHL debut, which means plenty of work is being done behind the scenes.

One initiative the franchise has been working on, a unique fan website, was unveiled Thursday.

A link was tweeted out by the verified NHL Seattle account, as well as board member and minority owner Mitch Garber.

The site has an FAQ section, photo gallery, links to their social media channels, plus a timeline feature where you can scroll through an infographic of notable announcements while looking ahead to important upcoming dates for the franchise.

Several pages give users the chance to vote on what type of nickname, jersey colours, in-stadium music, goal horn sound and food options the team should adopt when everything is up and running.

For example, one question asks: “What type of team names do you like the most?” The four options to choose from are: “mythical creatures,” “animals,” “historical references” and “anything that eats Canucks.”

There is also a place at the top of the homepage where fans can submit questions or comments.

Earlier this month, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press that Seattle is among the contenders to host the 2021 NHL Draft ahead of the team’s inaugural season.

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