NHL Notebook: A look at potential names for the soon-to-be relocated Coyotes and Macklin Celebrini wins 2024 Hobey Baker Award

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Aleena Aksenchuk
21 days ago
The conversation around the Arizona Coyotes’ possibility of relocating has become more realistic every day, and although there’s still plenty to unfold, the possible move already has people imagining a suggested name for the franchise.
Over the past week, rumours of the Arizona Coyotes being sold to Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith have come to life, meaning the Coyotes could be on the verge of moving to Salt Lake City, Utah, to settle into a new home. 
Daily Faceoff’s latest roundtable contributors sought to answer the question of what could be the suggested name for the soon-to-be franchise.
The Utah Dynamite
Although intrigued by the idea of playing with the excellent quality beer the city produces, Scott Maxwell opted to land on the Utah Dynamite. 
Napoleon Dynamite creators Jared and Jerusha Hess went to Brigham Young University’s film school in Utah,” said Maxwell. “And that’s where they began to create the iconic film.”
The Utah Scorpions
Mike Gould doubts whether an NHL team will work in Salt Lake City, but he opted to go with the Utah Scorpions. 
“It has a good ring to it,” said Gould. “There are plenty of scorpions in Utah, and it would give them the opportunity to adopt a pretty striking and unique colour scheme.”
The Utah Swarm
Alongside the nickname The Hive for the Delta Centre, the Utah Swarm fits nicely with the State being known to some as the Beehive State.
“With the hive symbolizing hard work, co-operation and industry. Sounds a lot like the type of values a coach would want to preach to a hockey team,” said Matt Larkin. 
The Utah Dragons
Although contributor Steven Ellis wanted to go with a comedic name like the Utah Pickles, he decided upon the Utah Dragons. He emphasizes a yellow and purple colour scheme, an entertaining mascot, and an elaborate pre-game entrance. 
“[The Dragon is] the most menacing monster around, but there’s almost nothing across the board for North American pro sports,” said Ellis.
The Utah Yeti
Frank Seravalli would like to see Smith contact the ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies owners and try to get the go-ahead to purchase their trademarks, name, and logos. 
However, if sticking with something hockey fans already know isn’t in Smith’s cards, then Seravalli votes for the Utah Yeti.
“Yes, there is some brand confusion potentially with the cooler and drinkware company,” said Seravalli. “But they could mutually benefit. There’s all sorts of logo and graphic options for the Yeti and it sounds mean and awesome.”

Top draft prospect Macklin Celebrini wins 2024 Hobey Baker Award

Macklin Celebrini, the star player from Boston University and likely first overall pick of the upcoming 2024 draft has won the prestigious Hobey Baker Award for the 2023-24 season as the best men’s NCAA hockey player.
The award was announced via Twitter, congratulating Celebrini, who beat out Boston College’s and Anaheim Ducks prospect Cutter Gauthier, as well as North Dakota’s and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Jackson Blake to become the first 17-year-old to receive the prestigious award.
Throughout the 2023-24 NCAA hockey season, Celebrini has consistently demonstrated his skills, scoring an impressive 32 goals in 38 games. This achievement is unparalleled among U-18 players, and only two players have managed to surpass Celebrini’s 64 points during the campaign.
The 17-year-old sits third in college scoring, earning himself the Tim Taylor Award as rookie of the year to add to his collection.
The Hobey Baker is awarded annually to the most outstanding NCAA player. Celebrini now joins a list of notable players, including Columbus Blue Jackets forward Adam Fantilli, who won in 2023 with the University of Michigan Wolverines, Montreal Canadiens forward Cole Caulfield (2021), Colorado Avalanche forward Cale Maker (2019), and Las Vegas Golden Knights forward Jack Eichel (2015) amongst others who have received the honour.
Celebrini is now the fourth Boston University player to win, following in the footsteps of former NHL players Chris Drury (1998), Matt Gilroy (2009), and Eichel, who won it in his freshman season before joining the Buffalo Sabres.
In addition to his collegiate achievements, the consensus first-overall pick at this year’s draft also led Canada in scoring at the 2024 World Junior Championship with four goals and eight points back in late December to early January.
Despite the Boston University Eagles’ elimination on Thursday by the Denver Pioneers, the NCAA will crown a national champion on Saturday with the Boston College Eagles facing off against the Pioneers in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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