You're thinking of the 'real' devil. It's almost along the line of baseball's Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The NJ Devils are named after a supposed NJ cryptozoological animal along the likes of Bigfoot, Yeti, Loch Ness monster, Ogopogo etc.
How about Lizard Kings? Hockey seems to have this thing for teams with "King" in the name. Also the logo is god awful.
I believe the Victoria team name (Salmon Kings) is a play on the term "King Salmon" which is an American expression for what we refer to as Spring or Chinook Salmon.
My favourite has to be the Jacksonville Lizard Kings of the ECHL and their second logo. As far as bad the Lubbock Cotton Kings logo makes the Salmon Kings look brilliant by comparison and the Renfrew Creamery Kings?????
I don't like corny names either, like the Thrashers.
Then again, I wouldn't want to give a professional team a name that I would give to a peewee team, like River Rats.
They were kinda handcuffed with the name. If only Calgary had changed that name when the team moved up north, the new Atlanta team would almost definitely have been called the Flames (a reference to when the city was almost completely burnt to the ground during the American Civil War then was rebuilt in a fairly timely fashion). It was a great team name for Atlanta, but unfortunately they couldn't have it this time around.
"Thrashers" wasn't the best option IMO, but it fits well enough. The brown thrasher is the state bird of Georgia. Also, it's fairly unique amongst team names (and it fits in with the bird-themed names of two other pro teams in Atlanta, the Hawks and Falcons). I guess all of this was good enough to go with Thrashers.
It could be better, but it could be a hell of a lot worse.
Never really liked Columbia Inferno, though it's a rare name for a team, I guess. And they have a silly logo
And 67'ers... I've never understood why a team should be named after some date in history. And besides, this date is a sad reminder...
Sarnia Sting is just plain stupid. I liked Sting very much, he composed a bunch of great songs. He is the only Sting I think of when I hear the word "Sting". By the way, is there a team named The Police? It would be cool if they played versus Sting
By the way, some of the european teams have terrible names. I think it is ridiculous when a team has abbreviation as a name. I just don't get it how a team can be called HV-71 (though the team itself is great). CSKA is lame, although there it has tradition...There was a ukrainian hockey team ШВСМ (SHVSM if transcribed in English)
And I don't like how every city with a steel factory names its team Metallurg.
Traktor and Krylya Sovetov (Wings of Soviets) are one of the stupidest ever
London Racers (too bad they ceased operations)
Grand Rapids Griffins
Detroit Red Wings
Las Vegas Wranglers
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies
Baton Rouge Kingfish (defunct)
Albany River Rats
Vcitoria Salmon Kings
The song is still played at Leaf games to open the season and it is the regimental song of The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada and The Royal Westminster Regiment. Smythe served overseas with the 40th battalion and joined the Royal Flying Corps in WWI. He spent 14 months a German POW and was awarded the Military Cross. He left the Leafs to serve overseas in WWII as a major.
The name fits pretty well with his history and personality.