Seattle Kraken introduced

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Seattle NHL team announced their team name on Thursday. They will be known as the Seattle Kraken.

The professional hockey team will join the NHL during the 2021-2022 NHL season. The Kraken will be a part of the Pacific Division in the Western Conference.

Seattle Kraken
Seattle Kraken (Photo by the Seattle Kraken)

The Kraken will play at Climate Pledge Arena, formerly known as Key Arena. When the team does play, they will be the first professional hockey team in Seattle, Washington since 1975 when the Seattle Totems played in the Western Hockey League.

When the Kraken debut, they will be the first new franchise for the team since the Seattle Dragons in the XFL. The Dragons — who were found in 2018 — did not play until the 2020 season before the season was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This is the third major sports franchise to call Seattle home. Besides the Kraken, the Seattle Mariners play in Major League Baseball and the Seattle Seahawks play in the NFL.

The area used to have an NBA team called the Seattle SuperSonics before they were sold and eventually relocated. The franchise — who previously called Seattle home — is now known as the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Howard Schultz, the SuperSonics former owner, failed in his attempt to update KeyArena with $220 million in public funding. There was a “good faith effort” by Professional Basketball Club LLC, an investment group led by Clay Bennett, an Oklahoma City businessman, to get a $500 million arena, Bennett informed the NBA that the team would move to Oklahoma City.

There was a group called “Save Our Sonics,” who attempted to block the relocation of the team, but ultimately, the team relocated to Oklahoma City.

Hockey has been big in Seattle since 1915 when the Seattle Metropolitans played in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. In fact, the Metropolitans were the first-United States team to win the Stanley Cup in 1917, before the franchise folded in 1924.

This new team is owned by the Seattle Hockey Partners, which includes David Bonderman, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Tod Leiweke.

At this time, the team does not have a head coach. Yet, they still have time to hire their inaugural head coach.

Ron Francis — who was hired early on by the Kraken — is the team’s GM. He has been on the job for more than one year.

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