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NHL team in Utah has only 6 finalists left for a name

There are still six candidates in the running for a name for the NHL team in Utah.

Smith Entertainment Group announced Thursday that the selection has been narrowed down to Blizzard, Mammoth, Outlaws, Venom, Yeti and Utah Hockey Club or Utah HC.

These are the options fans can choose from after the process began with 20 possibilities and resulted in 520,000 votes. The public has until the end of the day on June 20 in round two to decide the name.

Owner Ryan Smith has said he expects the jerseys to feature Utah in the inaugural season. When he took control of the franchise, he told the Associated Press that the name would include Utah in some way.

Last week, SEG filed eight logo/wordmark applications that include the state name or Utah Hockey Club in light blue and black. This could be the name or a placeholder until branding firm Doubleday & Cartwright develops long-term branding with a logo and color scheme that will be in effect for the 2025-26 season.

Smith's group, which owns the NBA's Utah Jazz, bought the team formerly known as the Arizona Coyotes for $1.2 billion and moved it to Salt Lake City. Keeping the Coyotes name was not an option because former owner Alex Meruelo gets to keep the logo and has the ability to bring the franchise back if he can build a suitable arena in the Phoenix area.

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