The NHL Board of Governors voted unanimously to approve Seattle’s expansion team on December 4, 2018. Seattle will begin to play in the 2021 – 2022 seasons as a member of the Pacific Division in the Western Conference; therefore the Arizona Coyotes will shift from the Pacific Division to the Central Division to balance out the four divisions at eight ...
On July 23, 2020, the franchise officially announced their team name, the Seattle Kraken, as well as their team colors, branding, and home jersey. The event was held under the banner of “Release the Kraken,” a phrase popularized by the 1981 film Clash of the Titans and the 2010 remake.
History of the Kraken
The Seattle Kraken is a professional ice hockey team based in Seattle. The Kraken compete in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a member of the Pacific Division in the Western Conference and began play during the league's 2021–22 season. They play their home games at Climate Pledge Arena.
In December 2018, the NHL approved a proposal by Seattle Hockey Partners to grant an expansion franchise to the city of Seattle. In July 2020, Kraken's name and branding were revealed. The Kraken is the first professional hockey team to play in Seattle since the Seattle Totems of the Western Hockey League played their last game in 1975, and the first Seattle hockey team to compete for the Stanley Cup since the Seattle Metropolitans, who won the cup in 1917 and folded in 1924. On October 26, 2021, the team raised a banner commemorating the 1917 title team.
2021 – Present / National Hockey League
2021 – Present / Seattle Kraken
Kraken – "Kraken" was a name that was already popular with fans prior to its official adoption. The franchise's promotional materials state that it was adopted to honor the maritime culture of Seattle, as well as in reference to the Giant Pacific octopus, the largest species of octopus in the world, which can be found in the waters of the Pacific Northwest.
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2021 – Present / Climate Pledge Arena
2021 – Present / David Bonderman, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Tod Leiweke
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