The name game
This link about the origins of NHL team names on the Dallas Stars' site is making the rounds on blogs today, but I think it's also worth a link here (in case you missed it).
The best part of the piece, I'd say, is that we get a chance to see some of the names that could have been. Like the Colorado Outlaws, Columbus Justice, Minnesota Blue Ox, Phoenix Scorpions, San Jose Fog and St. Louis Apollo.
It's a good thing fan contests usually weed out the ugly ones.
N.B. There's one mistake in the piece, however, where the writer mentions Conn Smythe may have drawn inspiration for the name 'Maple Leafs' from Canada's flag. The Canadian flag was inaugurated nearly 40 years after Toronto's NHL team was named.