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:
While we’re aware of some fishy rumors surrounding our team name, please rest assured we’re doing our due diligence by scouring the depths of the ocean, the tallest mountains, and the densest parts of the forest to find the right name for our great, green city.— Seattle Kraken (@NHLSeattle_) January 29, 2020
People on Twitter certainly had mixed reactions to the reported name, but the NHL Seattle franchise is not confirming the name...yet.
Seriously Seattle!?!— John Koetsier (@johnkoetsier) January 29, 2020
That is a horrible name for an ice hockey team ... almost as bad as "Mighty Ducks" was for Anaheim. (It was since changed to just "Ducks.")
Seattle Sockeye would have been MUCH better ...
Kraken would work for eSports, not the NHL.
How can anybody hate that great possible name for Seattle franchise?— Samuel Tirpak (@SammyT_51) January 29, 2020
You want effing Sockeyes which sounds like softball u15 team? Or Totems which is just awful?
Kraken is the best.
News: According to multiple rumors, the NHL’s newest franchise is expected to be named the Seattle Kraken. Release the Kraken!! 🐙— Kyle Cannillo (@KyleCannillo) January 29, 2020
(Not the actual uniform just a concept) pic.twitter.com/GJpPsUijzt
I'm still holding out hope they'll be called the Seattle Grunge, but reportedly the new NHL team will be the Kraken. 👇 https://t.co/5R2TWklv59— David Schoen 📰🗞🏒 (@DavidSchoenLVRJ) January 29, 2020
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.