Seattle Kraken announced as newest National Hockey League franchise
Nicholas Sarysz, Section Editor
The outbreak of COVID-19 has had a major impact on everyone’s lives, including athletes. However, some positive news came for hockey fans over Twitter on July 23rd, when the official page of the upcoming National Hockey League (NHL) team announced that they will officially be named the Seattle Kraken. Along with the name announcement came the release of their logo. Following this release was the excitement of many popular sports figures, including Seahawks stars Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson.
Once their new team name went public, the Seattle Kraken released their website, seattlekrakenhockey.com. There, fans could find the origins of the name, which was originally formulated as an idea two years ago, gaining over 215,000 fan votes since. The website carried on to describe the anatomy of their logo. It explained that the Seattle Metropolitans were the very first team to hoist the Stanley Cup, and that the “S” logo pays tribute to their accomplishments. Within the “S” of their logo is a single tentacle, which symbolizes the dark waters of the Puget Sound. With this, their logo also includes “the eye of the beast,” which is the last thing that the Kraken’s prey sees before being struck. Lastly, the “S” is detailed with a bevel, which represents the clean bevel of a vessel carving through the water, symbolizing the city of Seattle, which was built on the water by bold adventurers. The logo includes the colors deep sea blue, ice blue, boundless blue, shadow blue, and red alert.
Before the announcement of the Seattle Kraken’s name, Amazon and the Oak View Group announced their partnership with the City of Seattle to bring Climate Pledge Arena. Their plan is for the arena to be the first net zero carbon certified arena in the world. The arena, formerly known as KeyBank Arena, is still in the process of renovation but will be ready for the team’s first face-off.
The Seattle Kraken is set to make their debut in the 2021-2022 NHL season, and much like the Las Vegas Knights, will have to acquire their roster through an expansion draft. In the expansion draft, the Kraken will have the opportunity to draft one player from each team in the league (excluding Las Vegas). Of course, not every player will be up for grabs for the Seattle Kraken, as each team will have the opportunity to protect seven forwards, three defensemen, and one goalie. Alternatively, each team can choose to protect eight skaters (forward/defensemen) and one goalie.
The Seattle Kraken roster is unknown, and their future success is nearly impossible to predict. However, with General Manager Ron Francis leading the charge, Seattle has high expectations surrounding them. The team is set to play their first slate of preseason games in Sept. 2021, but their first meaningful game is set to tip off in Climate Pledge Arena in Oct. No matter what the future holds for the Seattle Kraken, hockey fans in the Pacific Northwest will have plenty of excitement for many years to come.