The Seattle Kraken haven’t even dropped the puck as an NHL franchise, but that doesn’t stop them from trying to make a difference in their community.
Earlier this week, the Kraken announced they have teamed up with Black Girl Hockey Club to create a co-branded team beanie, or toque, where all of the net proceeds will go to the Black Girl Hockey Club’s scholarship program.
The beanies went on sale Thursday morning and they were sold out in four hours.
The initiative coincides with Black History Month where the Kraken continue a partnership with BGHC, which took BGHC's "Get Uncomfortable" social media pledge "to disrupt racism on an off the ice" last October.
The BGHC scholarship aspires to fund Black females across the globe "to pursue their interest in hockey, a sport where they are often underrepresented" with awards made three times a year.
The first local scholarship was awarded to Maealie Glanzer, who was a recipient of a $1,000 BGHC Winter 2021 Scholarship. Glanzer plays defense for the Whatcom County Amateur Hockey Association as well as the Seattle Junior Lady Admirals, level 12U. She "dreams of going to the Olympics with the USA Women's Hockey Team one day" and hopes to inspire other Black girls and boys to try the sport, according to the BGHC official announcement.
The Kraken plan to release more merchandise in the coming months.
Now this is a cause we can all get behind!