By Douglas Smith @DFresh39 on August 30, 2014
The best bet for a second team in Toronto would be not to use the city name. It will ultimately come down to where the team calls home in southern Ontario. There are some options including Markham and Hamilton. The safest thing to do would be to just use the province name and find something that everyone can relate to as the nickname. Here are some options for one of the potential new NHL teams.
Muskrats are all around Ontario and Markham is one of the places the team could be located. There are some options there as a temporary home, but none are big enough to be NHL arenas. It's what some may consider a cute option, but really not a good one. The name flows well, but the chances of the team being located in Markham seem slim to none.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are a football team, so this could cause confusion. However, there is nostalgia at work here. The Tigers were an NHL team in the 1920s after the Quebec Bulldogs were sold. After the team dissolved, the name stayed with minor-league teams. Hamilton is even closer to Buffalo, so the Sabres would not like this move.
This would be a good fit. Lynx is used by a WNBA team, but the Canadian Lynx is a beautiful creature that looks even better in the snow. There is a lot more flexibility here and the logos could have some great designs.
This one is along the same lines as the Lynx. It is easy to relate to and the name allows for easy connections. A lack of obscurity is a good thing in this situation. The logo work would have to be smart here because a moose can look goofy. Just think about the popular cartoon Bullwinkle.
This goes back to a proposal from 2009 from Herbert Carnegie and Andrew Lopez. They suggested a $ 1 billion plan for a new franchise in the Greater Toronto Area that would have started play in 2012. They had plans for a 30,000-seat stadium in the Downsview Park area which is north of the city. The name definitely has the aura of prestige.
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