(Saanich Braves)

A local Junior B Hockey team has taken to seeking input from the community on their new name, following the recent announcement that they made plans to change it out of respect for Indigenous communities.

Owners of the Saanich Junior B Hockey team, formerly the Saanich Braves, have released a list of potential team names after reaching out to the people of Victoria on their favourites.

“We’ve had an overwhelming response from the community and from the world of sports in recent weeks as we have begun the work of renaming our team,” said Edward Geric and Norm Kelly, team owners.

“We started with a huge list of names that mostly came from the community and we’ve even had some very creative folks develop logos and jersey designs. We’ve now shortened the list to five names that we think would represent our team really well and we want feedback before we make our final decision.”

According to the team, the potential names are:

The Saanich Summit – a strong and steady team, the Saanich Summit are connected to their natural surroundings and stand in the way of their opposition as they strive for the top.

The Saanich Riptide – energetic and action-oriented, the Saanich Riptide is an unpredictable, powerful team that surprises their opposition with their speed and skill.

The Saanich Predators – a throwback for the team owners and local hockey lovers who remember The Victoria Predators, a team of high performance players managed by the same ownership group. The Saanich Predators play with honour, using stealth, strength and teamwork to thrive against their opponents.

The Saanich Squid – clever and quick, the Saanich Squid adapt to anything their opponents throw at them on the ice and proudly play in a place surrounded by the ocean.

The Saanich Defenders – a team that knows there is strength in numbers, the Saanich Defenders work together, look out for each other and build momentum the opposition can’t handle.

What are your thoughts, Victoria?

The Saanich team has stated that the public has until September 4 to share their thoughts on the shortlist of names.

Based on feedback, a new name and logo will be created and announced in the coming weeks.

To provide your input, visit the team on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or email SaanichJrBHockey@gmail.com.

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