It’s time to unleash the Kraken.
According to John Hoven of Mayor’s Manor, a name has allegedly been decided for the NHL’s 32nd franchise team: The Seattle Kraken.
“From everything that I’ve heard, it looks like Seattle Kraken is going to be the name,” Hoven said on NHL Network Radio."I was a little bit in shock personally, just because we had been told several times previously that was not the name that they were going for. It looked like they were leaning toward Sockeyes.”
Hoven said he initially thought the franchise was leaning toward the Sockeyes, but it has since come out that there is a sexy, contemporary, new adult, sports romance series called Seattle Sockeyes already. The interesting twist is the plot of the book series, written by USA Today bestselling author Jami Davenport, is about a billionaire determined to bring professional hockey to Seattle.
NHL Seattle released a statement via Twitter on Wednesday addressing the rumors:
People on Twitter certainly had mixed reactions to the reported name, but the NHL Seattle franchise is not confirming the name...yet.
Totems, Emeralds, Rainiers, Sockeyes, Renegades, Sea Lions, Seals, Evergreens, Whales, Cougars, Eagles and Firebirds were also on the list of potential names the Seattle ownership group registered for the expansion franchise.
The Seattle NHL expansion team plans to open a remodeled Key Arena next June just in time for its team to start playing in the 2021-22 NHL season.