It’s official, Utah has an NHL team. Yes, it finally happened.

It’s been years in the making and that dream became a reality on Thursday as the National Hockey League Board of Governors voted to approve the sale of the franchise from Arizona to Utah.

So long Arizona Coyotes and hello Utah ____ (Yetis? Outlaws? Blizzard?).

Luckily there is still plenty of time to figure out the name of the team/logo with the regular season just coming to a close.

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“It’s OK if we take the full process and don’t rush it, because we’re going to have it forever,” Ryan Smith told ESPN. “And look, it’s not ideal for me. I would love to come in and have it all picked out and ready to go.”

With the Beehive State now home, the new Utah hockey franchise will play at the Delta Center, a facility the Smiths own and which is also home to the Utah Jazz. According to Smith, they are going to work on improvements over the summer to outfit the arena for hockey, including building a hockey-specific locker room. The Delta Center will have 12,000 unobstructed seats for hockey games next season and the goal is to expand that even more (17,000+) over the coming years.

But just how popular is hockey in Utah? It’s more than you think.

According to Smith, within the first two hours, more than 6,000 deposits were made. A couple hours later, that number jumped to 11,000. Considering the Coyotes were playing in front of 3-4K fans before, the environment these players are about to get in the Delta Center is going to be special.

Here’s all the reactions to the historic day as Utah adds another professional sports team to the Beehive State.

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