Releasing the Kraken: A Look At the Seattle Kraken’s Historical Home Opener

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On December 4. 2018, the National Hockey League awarded Seattle, Washington, an expansion franchise, the second such team to join the league’s existing teams after the Vegas Golden Knights began play in the 2017-18 season.

Just under three years later, the Seattle Kraken played their first game in Seattle at Climate Pledge Arena, marking a historical night in NHL and franchise history, a moment in every franchise’s history that begins the relationship between a team and its fans.

What’s Kraken?!

The Kraken, while in their inaugural season as an NHL club, started their first home game by retiring the jersey number “32”, in honor of the 32,000 season ticket depositors that surpassed the 10,000 goal set, as well as being the 32nd franchise in the league.

With the historic night for the city, some of Seattle’s most well-known celebrities and sports figures were in attendance to show support for the Kraken’s home opener, including the Seattle Seahawks’ (National Football League) Russell Wilson, DK Metcalf, and Bobby Wagner, the Seattle Storm’s (Women’s National Basketball Association) Sue Bird, and rapper Macklemore (a Seattle native).

The Kraken faithful sold out Climate Pledge Arena, with 17,151 fans in the seats to see their team take on the Canucks.

Before the game, Hockey Hall of Famer and member of the Kraken’s scouting department, Cammi Granato raised the team flag over the iconic Seattle Space Needle.

 

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The first home goal in Kraken history came at the 19:56 mark of the opening period, with defenseman Vince Dunn scoring his first goal of the season with 3.2 seconds left in the frame.

The Kraken would ultimately lose their first-ever home game 4-2; Dunn and Kraken captain Mark Giordano scored the home team’s two goals.

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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