Ghost Pirates: Savannah pro hockey team name unveiled

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Savannah’s professional hockey team now boasts a name fit for the haunted city it dwells.

The Savannah Ghost Pirates.

They’ll be the first tenant of Enmarket Arena, which is scheduled for completion in 2022.

Savannah’s mayor and hockey management unveiled the name and logo Wednesday in the apropos Ghost Coast Distillery.

“We really dug into people that live here, and people that know the city, and realized that two things Savannah is famous for — one is ghosts, the other is pirates,” said Bob Ohrablo, team president. “So we put them together, and here we go. “

“Spirits” and “Spectres” seemed to be the top guesses on social media. But WSAV Sports Director Andrew Goldstein quickly ruled out those names.

WSAV Sports caught up with Ohrablo, who’s also the president of the Jacksonville Icemen, on the podcast last month. He mentioned “Spectres” would be difficult to trademark.

The trademark process delayed the announcement, Ohrablo added. A naming contest was held at the start of the year, which garnered over 3,000 submissions.

One of the most memorable suggestions: “Frozen Bananas.”

“I think we’ll leave the Bananas to the Savannah Bananas, who do it very well,” Ohrablo said.

So, what’s next for the Ghost Pirates?

The team is expected to announce its NHL partnership early next year. Then, it’s on to naming a coach.

“I’d prefer to have somebody that has experience coaching in the ECHL as a head coach or assistant coach,” said Ohrablo on the podcast. “The first thing we look for is someone that’s going to stock the team with players with a lot of passion and someone that’s going to stock the team with players represents us well.”

That announcement could come in March or April.

Ohrablo explained that most players in the league don’t become free agents until July. The 2022-23 season is set to start in October.

Savannah isn’t a total stranger to hockey. The annual Enmarket Savannah Hockey Classic has proven its success but the pro team will need to draw fans for an entire season, not just a weekend.

Ohrablo said they’re working to bring in fans beyond the city.

“Being the only pro hockey team in the region, we’ll have quite a large base to draw from,” he said.

If you’re looking to score a seat for the Ghost Pirates now, the team is taking deposits towards season memberships.

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