Flint’s new Ontario Hockey League franchise, formerly the Plymouth Whalers, has yet to be branded with an official name, but that could be changing very soon.
According to MLive’s Aaron McMann, five potential names have emerged to the forefront:
Public records show IMS Hockey Corp., the company that recently purchased the Plymouth Whalers with plans to move the team to Flint’s Perani Arena, has registered “Flint Tropics,” “Flint Pride,” “Flint Phoenix,” “Flint Sparks” and “Flint Vikings” with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
Applications for the Tropics and Pride were filed on Jan. 30, three days prior to the OHL approving the sale and relocation of the Whalers, while the Phoenix, Sparks and Vikings were filed Friday, Feb. 6. These filings give IMS Hockey full use of the names through Dec. 31, 2020.
Alongside the registry of those five names, the team kicked off a team naming contest last Wednesday, promising season tickets and autographs to the individual whose team name, colors, and logo idea were ultimately used. The contest is set to end Wednesday, February 11th with a team name and logo reveal set nine days later on February 20th. So far, over 1,200 submissions have been made (the full list can be seen HERE).
Perhaps in an attempt to pay homage to Flint’s former IHL franchise, IMS Hockey Corp. also registered the naming rights to the Flint Generals on January 9th. However, a Generals franchise already exists within the OHL (in Oshawa, Ontario) and the league dismissed the possibility of having two teams sharing the same team name within one league.