Minor league teams in all sports focus on marketing to bring fans into stadiums. One way that these teams gain media attention and help raise revenue is through their team name. Team names help acquire fans, sell merchandise and give the team identity. In seemingly desperate attempts at coming up with a name, many teams have failed miserably. Here are the worst minor league hockey team names of both past and present teams.
– Greenville Grrrowl (1998-2006 ECHL)
What could be more masculine than adding extra r’s to the word growl? The only surprise in the team folding is that it actually lasted a full eight seasons with such a bad name.
– Denver Cutthroats (CHL)
The fact that a cutthroat is a type of trout does not make this name any better. Naming a hockey team after a fish that has a double meaning as a cruel and violent act, is just plain wrong.
–Columbus Cottonmouths (SPHL)
The Columbus Cottonmouths are nicknamed the ‘Snakes’, but why did they decide to go with a specific type of snake with an odd name? Yes, the snake is associated with the region, so why didn’t they just name the team the snakes? No fans want to yell out “Cottonmouths! Cottonmouths!.” Just hearing cottonmouth makes me very thirsty. I guess the name may help increase sales of sodas and beer.
– Fayetteville FireAntz (SPHL)
The unnecessary z is enough to make the list, but is there anyone that likes fire ants? I have stepped in a fire ant hill before, and although it hurt, a little bit of ice, which happen to be in every ice hockey rink, fixed it right up.
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Honorable Mentions: New Orleans Brass, Wheeling Nailers, Charlotte Checkers
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