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Seattle Anounces the Name of NHL Team

After a long wait, the ownership group for Seattle’s NHL team has announced the new franchise’s name – The Seattle Kraken.

The new logo is an “S” with a tentacle in the negative space, as well as a red eye for the creature.

The S design is an omage to the old Seattle Metropolitans, who in 1917 became the first American team to win the Stanley Cup. Eleven years later, the New York Rangers became the first NHL team to with Lord Stanley’s trophy.

Even though I was a baseball and football player growing up, I have always loved the speed and aggressiveness in hockey. I enjoyed playing NHL 99 for my PlayStation2, creating a team and players so that I could have a “Seattle hockey team”.

With the NHL returning to the Pacific Northwest, I am excited. There is already a natural rival in the Vancouver Canucks just three hours north of Seattle. The success of the Las Vegas Golden Knights has also sparked a hope for the Kraken to be competitive quickly.

Bernie Morris of the Seattle Metropolitans. (Public Domain)

Sports have been a part of my life from the very beginning. My parents used to joke that I was born with a bat and ball in my hand. I remember going to many Mariners games in the summers to watch The Big Unit (Randy Johnson), The Kid (Ken Griffey Jr), and ‘Gar (Edgar Martinez). I watched Steve Largent catch TD passes on TV. The Glove (Gary Peyton) and the Reign Man (Shawn Kemp) had a connection in Key Arena that rivaled many in the NBA. I have had the privledge of some of the biggest stars in the MLB, NFL, and NBA through the 80s, 90s, and 2000s.

Every once in a while we would get tickets to see Seattle’s minor league hockey team – The Seattle Thunderbirds. I did not know much about Seattle’s hockey history going to the T-Bird games. It wasn’t until after his career was over that I found out one of those young players I watched in Seattle was long time Detroit Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood.

Hopefully, my kids will be able to say they saw NHL greats here in Seattle to go along with their other Seattle sports heros like Ichiro, Felix Hernandez, Russell Wilson, and Marshawn Lynch.

There is a buzz in the Puget Sound about this new NHL franchise. I can’t wait to see the Kraken hit the ice!

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