The wait to find out the name of the NHL’s newest team is finally over.
On Thursday, NHL Seattle CEO Tod Leiweke and other executives of the team announced that the NHL’s 32nd franchise will be named the Seattle Kraken.
The Kraken’s inaugural season in the league will be in the 2021-22 season.
This announcement comes nearly a month after the franchise released the name of their home arena on June 25. KeyArena in Seattle was purchased by online shopping giant Amazon, and renamed Climate Pledge Arena. The arena’s name is an homage to the Climate Pledge, an initiative that Amazon launched last year to pressure other companies to join them in being carbon neutral by 2040.
Seattle was officially announced as the NHL’s 32nd franchise in December of 2018. It will be the first professional hockey team to play in Seattle since the Seattle Totems of the Western Hockey League played their final game in 1975.
The next step for the Kraken is to announce team colours and a logo. The franchise also needs to name a head coach and participate in an expansion draft in order to pick their team. On July 18, 2019, ex-Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis was named as the team’s first General Manager.
The Seattle Kraken will play in the Pacific Division of the NHL’s Western Conference, with the Arizona Coyotes shifting from the Pacific Division to the Central Division in order to balance out each of the four divisions at eight teams each. In the fall of 2019, the franchise announced that their minor league AHL affiliate team will be based in Palm Springs, California.
As soon as the Kraken announce their team colours and logo, you can almost bet that hockey fans in the northwestern USA will be scooping their jerseys off of store shelves.
Featured photo courtesy of Nick Cotsonika / NHL.com
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