Edmonton native Ryan Rishaug: ‘there’s so many reasons why the Golden Eagles’ should be new name

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TSN reporter Ryan Rishaug was born and raised in Edmonton.

He has deep ties to the area and wants to see the EE Football Team named appropriately. The Green and Gold franchise asked for name submissions from fans as the organization works through the process of selecting a new moniker and over 13,000 votes were received.

One of the names that’s gained some traction is ‘Elk,’ though Rishaug isn’t a fan.

“While it is representative of our region, and there’s a lot of reasons why there’s some synergy there and it works, in my opinion, it just doesn’t sound good, and it’s not the right animal. An Elk doesn’t represent attacking, you want an animal that’s representative. Elk doesn’t sound right and it’s not the right animal to me,” Rishaug said on TSN 1260 radio.

The EE Football Team would not share the exact amount of votes cast for each option with 3DownNation, but did provide the top 10 list. Edmonton is working on a new name to be unveiled in the early spring of 2021. Rishaug sees a clear front-runner.

“A Golden Eagle is an actual thing. You Wikipedia it and it says they use their agility and speed combined with powerful feet and massive sharp talons to snatch up a variety of prey. They maintain a home range of territory that may be as large as 200 kilometres squared — that almost encompasses Calgary,” Rishaug said.

“They build large nests in cliffs and other high places which they may return for several breeding years. They’re monogamous and may remain together for several years or possibly for life. They have good values. There’s so many reasons why the Golden Eagles specifically.”

The board of directors made the decision to discontinue the use of the word “Eskimo” in the team’s name in July. It’s going to cost the franchise over $1 million dollars for the new name. The 43-year-old Sherwood Park native likes ‘Golden Eagles’ because it pairs perfectly with the current double E and colour scheme.

“The double E lives, the golden double E is even more relevant. You’ve got the font as gold which rounds it all out: Edmonton Golden Eagles. It hits better than Elk. If you want to shorthand it you can just say Eagles. It’s versatile, I like it,” Rishaug said.

“While the double EE can live on, the colour scheme can live on, they also have a marketing opportunity to come up with a really cool eagle logo. Another jersey that they can do that will be outside of the double EE an additional logo for the organization and the franchise.”

Rishaug believes the Golden Eagles name could open a new revenue stream for the team to capitalize on.