The reaction was swift and immediate.
Following the announcement, the Kraken live stream turned into an infomercial for the team. For hours there were interviews with team officials, all reveling in the moment.
With everything going on, it was easy to miss some stuff. With that in mind, here’s what you may have missed while dreaming of buying merch.
Who’s going to coach the Kraken?
In between all the logo love there was a bit of hockey talk.
Kraken general manager Ron Francis was on the live stream in an interview with Ross Fletcher.
Asked about hiring a head coach, Francis said that the team was “comfortable sitting tight” and waiting for the current NHL season to complete.
The NHL will re start it’s paused season with a 24-team post season beginning August 1st and will end early in October. While every year there are coaches who become available after the season, what does Francis’ statement say about Gerard Gallant or Peter Laviolette — two top coaching options who are available now?
Palm Springs update coming?
Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke appeared on the live stream late in the day and dropped a couple nuggets about the Kraken’s American Hockey League plans for Palm Springs.
The arena project in the desert has been on hold and the short timeframe to get it started, and built, in time for the start of the 2021-2022 season is in jeopardy.
While somewhat cryptic, Leiweke mentioned that he would have some “good news” regarding Palm Springs soon. Hopefully that news will be some dry, cracked desert ground being broken.
He also joked that with the NHL team becoming the Kraken, there was no plan to name the Palm Springs affiliate the Squid. Although, that would be fun.
The near leak of the Kraken
In these modern times, its amazing that the logo, colors, and jersey designs were kept secret for as long as they were.
ESPN’s Emily Kaplan penned a fantastic piece on the naming process and some of the steps the team took to keep it secret. The name was kept under tight lock and key.
That diligence was almost undone by a mis-delivered parcel.
Tod Leiweke hopped on KJR Sports Radio Thursday afternoon and detailed how Kraken gear nearly ended up in the wrong hands.
Wow. Leiweke says they shipped some Kraken gear to Ron Francis' house. Box went to the wrong address. Had to pay a courier to go fetch it before someone opened it up and leaked the name!— Dave “Softy” Mahler (@Softykjr) July 24, 2020
What would you have done if you opened a package on your doorstep and it contained a Kraken shirt?
Will we see a Metropolitan or Totems sweater afterall?
Third jerseys have long been a trend in the NHL.
With the jersey reveal Thursday it was easy to let the mind wonder to what Seattle will throw out when it came to alternative sweaters.
The anchor patch, with the Space Needle brilliantly hidden in the negative space, on the shoulders of the main jerseys scream to be made into an alternative sweater. That is one way the team could go.
But, could we something that is more of a throwback?
Tim Leiweke hinted that we could see just such a thing.
Tim Leiweke on Hockey Central just said there's a third and fourth jersey coming (eventually) for Seattle, w/ nods to history. So that'll be cool.— Justin Bourne (@jtbourne) July 23, 2020
Does ‘nods to history’ mean Metropolitans? Totems? Both?
Local players react to the Kraken
Fans outside of Seattle – and many local casual fans – may not realize some of the hockey history that Seattle already has.
After the announcement Thursday, players who either grew up here, or who played WHL hockey locally, chimed in to offer congratulations. It was a fun reminder of the tradition already baked into the Seattle hockey scene.
Playing 4 years of Junior in such an amazing city, it’s long overdue but really exciting to see @NHLSeattle_ made a reality! Best of luck except for when they’re playing us @Capitals of course 😏 Everyone will find out soon enough that Seattle is a Hockey Town! pic.twitter.com/IW95gryOLd— Brenden Dillon (@BDillon04) July 23, 2020
Welcome to the league @NHLSeattle_ and congratulations to the city of Seattle. It was a great spot for me with the @SeattleTbirds and extremely happy for the northwest to have some more hockey! pic.twitter.com/5VUma2mr5o— Nathan Thompson (@NateThompson44) July 24, 2020
Congratulations to @NHLSeattle_ on announcing their new team name the Kraken! Having spent 2 years playing in Seattle for the @SeattleTbirds, I always thought an @NHL team would thrive there! Excited for the people of Seattle, you deserve this!!— Brooks Laich (@brookslaich) July 23, 2020
Here’s what @ClimatePledgeWA used to look like for @SeattleTbirds. Thank you for launching my career as an equipment manager. #whl #Tbirds #welcometotheNHLSeattle @NHLSeattle_ @BDillon04 pic.twitter.com/T6YxZxybkl— Cheese (@ouestfromage) July 24, 2020
Gritty being Gritty
The Philadelphia Flyers mascot – also known as the greatest masot ever – couldn’t resist a chance to chime in on the Kraken.
You wouldn’t expect anything else from the Gritty one. Seattle will have a tough chore to find a mascot to rival him.
The NHL clubs react
Every other team in the league tweeted and congratulated the Kraken for their release into the NHL world Thursday.
But, perhaps the best content was the ‘group chat’ that the team shared.
Seattle is now Kraken City
As the sun set on what was a memorable and long day, the city showed its support and love for the Kraken.