Seattle NHL franchise chooses Kraken as name

Seattle NHL franchise chooses Kraken as name

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Just a couple of years ago, it was revealed that the team would be given an expansion franchise in the National Hockey League, which was met with a lot of excitement.

After the NHL Seattle franchise teased the long-awaited announcement on Wednesday, fans finally know what the team's nickname is.

It's been a long wait but after much anticipation and fan speculation, the NHL's newest franchise will be called the Seattle Kraken. The challenge now is to build a competitive one, an issue Seattle general manager Ron Francis addressed here.

This arena also plans on being the first arena to ban single-use plastic and have functional zero waste, make rink ice from rainwater and refrigerants with zero greenhouse gas emissions while using electric zambonis to clean the ice surface.

The announcement of the name was hoped for around the National Hockey League all-star break, but COVID-19 and then civil unrest in Seattle prompted by the death of George Floyd pushed it back.

It's been almost 100 years since the collapse of the Seattle Metropolitans, the first US-based team to win a Stanley Cup in 1917. A Kraken was featured in some of club owner Jerry Bruckheimer's movies, though its roots are on the other side of the world in Norse mythology.

Puget Sound, off the coast of Washington, is home to the largest octopus on the planet, the giant Pacific octopus. With Seattle also known as the "Emerald' City, that was also in the mix".

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