|2021–22 Seattle Kraken season|
|Home arena||Climate Pledge Arena|
|Colors||Deep sea blue, ice blue, boundless blue, shadow blue, red alert|
|Media||Root Sports Northwest|
Sports Radio 950 KJR
|Owner(s)||David Bonderman, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Tod Leiweke|
|General manager||Ron Francis|
|Head coach||Dave Hakstol|
|Minor league affiliates||Charlotte Checkers (AHL)|
Palm Springs (AHL in 2022–23)
The Seattle Kraken are a professional ice hockey team based in Seattle. The Kraken will compete in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a member of the Pacific Division in the Western Conference, beginning with the league's 2021–22 season. The team is owned by Seattle Hockey Partners, consisting of David Bonderman, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Tod Leiweke. They will 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, the Kraken's name and branding were revealed. It will be 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. The Kraken are scheduled to play their first game on October 12, 2021, against the Vegas Golden Knights and their first home game on October 23, 2021, against the Vancouver Canucks.
The NHL Board of Governors voted unanimously to approve Seattle's expansion team on December 4, 2018. Seattle will begin play in the 2021–22 season 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 teams each. An expansion draft was held on July 21, 2021, in a similar manner to a previous expansion draft held in 2017 for the Vegas Golden Knights, who were themselves exempt from the 2021 expansion draft.
On July 23, 2020, the franchise announced their team name, the Seattle Kraken, as well as their team colors, branding, and home jersey.
The team will play home games at Climate Pledge Arena. The arena, at Seattle Center, is a $930 million redevelopment of the former KeyArena and Seattle Center Coliseum which had been optimized for basketball to suit the former Seattle SuperSonics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Amazon.com bought the naming rights to Climate Pledge Arena and chose to name the venue after its environmental goals.
The Kraken's three home preseason games prior to the 2021–22 season will be held at Spokane Arena, Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, and the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent, which are all home to Western Hockey League (WHL) teams. Tickets will be sold by the host WHL teams.
Everett Fitzhugh will serve as the team's radio play-by-play announcer. Fitzhugh had previously done play-by-play for the ECHL's Cincinnati Cyclones. He will be the first full-time play-by-play announcer of African-American heritage in NHL history. Games will be broadcast on 950 KJR with some games on 96.5 KJAQ.
Kraken games will be broadcast regionally on Root Sports Northwest for the team's first five seasons. Former Hartford Whalers and Carolina Hurricanes broadcaster John Forslund will serve as the team's television play-by-play announcer. J. T. Brown will be the television analyst.
Minor league affiliates
The team's yet-to-be-named minor league affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL) will be based in Palm Desert, California. Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and delays in building their new arena, the affiliate will not begin play until the 2022–23 season.
The Charlotte Checkers, the primary AHL affiliate of the Florida Panthers, will also serve as the AHL affiliate for the Kraken during the 2021–22 season due to the delay in the Kraken's AHL team. The Checkers, an independently owned AHL team, had been the affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes while the Kraken's general manager Ron Francis was working for the Hurricanes.
Players and personnel
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