The NHL Seattle team name will be known by the end of the day.
The NHL Seattle team name will be known by the end of today, Thursday, July 23.
This news was confirmed by a teaser video posted on their social media late last night, which features a handful of people on a fishing boat in the Pacific Ocean who haul up a goal horn.
What was unexpected, however, was that a yellow Labrador Retriever was part of the crew.
Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that NHL Seattle will have a team dog right off the bat, especially as it was fully grown, but it’s an encouraging sign that the team will fit in well with hte rest of the hockey dogs culture around the league.
The Kraken is widely regarded as the top choice – Kraken are a type of squid-like mythical sea monster from Scandinavian folklore, and the singular and plural are the same word, like “deer” or “moose.”
Another likely contender is Sockeyes, which are a kind of salmon, provides a pleasing bit of alliteration through consonance (a poetry term for the same consonant sound repeated), and “Sockeyes” would be fun as a hockey name as well, referring to the game’s physical nature and history of fights.
The 32nd National Hockey League team will reveal their name at 9 a.m. PT, and they will play in Climate Pledge Arena, the former home of the NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics (as KeyArena). Their inaugural season will start in 2021-22.
The first American team to win the Stanley Cup were the Seattle Metropolitans of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association in 1917, though the city has never had an NHL team yet, instead serving as a minor league city at the Triple-A level with the American Hockey League.
One of their earliest rivals based on geography will be their fellow Pacific Division foe Vancouver Canucks, though it remains to be seen who their on-ice rivals will become. To make room, the Arizona Coyotes will shift into the Central Division.
The last NHL expansion team to date has been the Vegas Golden Knights, Bark-Andre Furry, Sir Winston Da Doodle and many more hockey dogs of Twitter and Instagram, so this could potentially lead to much more canine support, though it’s highly unlikely NHL Seattle will match the Knights’ storybook debut in 2017-18.
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