New NHL Divisions: Metropolitan All the Rage on Twitter After Schedule Release

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IJuly 19, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 19:  Kimmo Timonen #44 and Scott Hartnell #19 of the Philadelphia Flyers guard Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins at Wells Fargo Center on January 19, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Hockey fans were anxiously awaiting the announcement of the names to the new divisions that were created as part of the NHL's realignment plan for the 2013-14 season.

Unfortunately, the league came up with some of the most boring names possible, three of which were used for many years under the previous conference setup.

The one new name, Metropolitan, is the one receiving the most criticism on Twitter.

Let's take a look at some of the best reactions to this crazy and unexpected division name from the Twittersphere.

One of the strangest things about the division names was that the league kept all of the old Atlantic Division teams together, but it didn't put them in the Atlantic Division. Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia shares his thoughts.

The Score, like most of Twitter, couldn't believe the NHL would actually name one of its divisions Metropolitan.

One of the teams joining the Metropolitan Division is the Columbus Blue Jackets, a franchise that spent the first 13 years of its existence in the Western Conference. Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Post-Dispatch shared this tweet.

The Metropolitan Division is also home to several of the teams that produce incredible ratings for the NHL and its national television partner NBC Sports. Here's a tweet from Boston Bruins blog Days of Y'Orr.

Ryan Lambert of Yahoo Sports! is not a fan of the new Metropolitan Division.

When most sports fans hear the word "Metropolitan," they probably think of the MLB team that just hosted the 2013 All-Star Game, the New York Mets. Ted Starkey of SB Nation offers a suggestion.

Adam Proteau of The Hockey News is one of the funniest NHL journalists on Twitter.

This Twitter user makes an interesting video game comparison.

As Sportsnet Ticker points out, not all of the teams in the Metropolitan Division are from large cities.

The Hockey News' Ken Campbell asks a question many NHL fans had on their minds Friday afternoon.

I have never been a fan of teams hanging division championship banners, but I cannot wait to see which team(s) decides to hang a Metropolitan banner in the next few years. Here's a tweet from Twitter user Matthew Michno.

I think it's safe to say that Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review wants the NHL to change the Metropolitan Division name.

The best reaction to the Metropolitan Division came from Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby, per Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press.


It's possible the NHL could change this division name at some point in the future, especially after the abundance of criticism it has received. But a change before the season seems unlikely. 

Although, it's disappointing that the league came up with three geographic names and a weird one instead of choosing to call the divisions after former NHL legends. That would have been a far better decision.

What are your thoughts on the name Metropolitan? Please share your opinion in the comments section below.


Nicholas Goss is an NHL Lead Writer at Bleacher Report. He was also a credentialed writer at the 2011 and 2013 Stanley Cup Final, as well as the 2013 NHL draft.