There can only be one official and proper name for Seattle’s NHL team.
Meet your Seattle Kraken.
After the NHL Seattle franchise teased the long-awaited announcement on Wednesday, fans finally know what the team’s nickname is.
The 32nd franchise came to life on Thursday in a 9:00 a.m. livestreamed press conference. Check out the exclusive announcement below.
Get ready, Seattle.— Seattle Kraken (@NHLSeattle_) July 23, 2020
It's real. https://t.co/FHP7UB3E95
"Every day for the past two years, we thought about this moment," NHL Seattle CEO Tod Leiweke said.
Here's a closer look at the team's uniform, logo and more.
The Kraken has been released!— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) July 23, 2020
From the designers at Adidas to team owners and marketing execs, here's the behind the scenes story of how the Seattle NHL team's name, logo, colors & branding came to be. https://t.co/cOLvxylok9 pic.twitter.com/KzAG6q9o8k
The white Kraken jersey is so clean. pic.twitter.com/zf410rhHfi— Matthew Bové (@Matt_Bove) July 23, 2020
Speculation began nearly 20 months ago when the franchise was officially awarded in December 2018. Since then, rumors about the name have run rampant.
While fans seem to cling to nicknames like Sockeyes and Steelheads, there’s a huge push to unleash the Kraken in the Emerald City.
The Seattle ownership group officially registered Totems, Emerald, Rainiers, Renegades, Sea Lions, Seals, Evergreens, Whales, Cougars, Eagles and Firebirds to a list of 13 potential names for the city’s expansion team.
The Kraken will play in a remodeled Key Arena, now known as Climate Pledge Arena, which is set to open in October 2021. The team’s first NHL season will follow.
Fans have long awaited the opportunity to bring an NHL team to the Emerald City for some time. On March 1 2018, Seattle ownership launched a season ticket drive that surpassed the NHL’s season ticket goal of 10,000 in just 12 minutes, and so far, the NHL to Seattle movement has 40,000 depositors on the waiting list.
It’s been nearly 100 years since the collapse of the Seattle Metropolitans, the first US-based team to win a Stanley Cup in 1917. The Seattle Totems, the city’s professional ice hockey team from 1944-1975, won three championships in the Central Hockey League, but fell apart after acquiring a substantial amount of debt.
Now, the Seattle Kraken will get an opportunity of its own to once again bring the Stanley Cup back to the the Puget Sound.