We finally know what the Seattle NHL franchise will be called after nearly two years.

The Seattle Hockey Partners were granted an NHL expansion franchise on December 4th 2018, but the team’s nickname, logo and team colors were just released on Thursday.

So, after a lengthy wait, what did the owners group decide to name the team?

The team will be called the Seattle Kraken!

It was always likely that the team’s nickname would be maritime related due to Seattle’s maritime history, but Kraken wasn’t initially favored to be chosen as the team’s nickname.

Looking Back at the Betting Odds

As most of you know, bookies release betting odds on just about everything.

Back in 2018, several bookmakers posted up odds on what the team’s nickname would be. Initially, the favorite was Totems at close to even money. Kraken was priced at #4 in the market and you could have got 7/1 odds betting on the Kraken to be chosen as the team’s name back then.

One of the other nicknames priced ahead of the Kraken at the time was Sockeyes (5/1).

I actually thought Sockeyes would have been the best choice for the team’s nickname, as it’s more closely related to Seattle history compared to the Kraken. However, both names are great and a lot of research went into choosing the nickname, so I’m sure it’s what most Seattle fans wanted.

The Seattle Hockey Partners launched an interactive platform in May 2019, allowing fans to submit potential team nicknames. They also ran focus groups and monitored social media.

Reportedly, “Release the Kraken” was proving to be popular among fans.


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What About the Logo and Team Colors?

I think the logo is great and the team jerseys look awesome. I love the colors they used.

The light blue tones pop on the jerseys and it looks like the jerseys are winners with fans too. The team’s merchandise has been selling very quickly online since releasing.

Fanatics started selling Seattle Kraken merchandise on Thursday night and they stated that Kraken merchandise sales are more than 50% higher than Golden Knights merchandise sales over the initial 24 hours on the market. They also stated that Seattle Kraken was the best-selling team across all sports on the Fanatics network on Friday. The fanbase in Seattle is hungry for hockey.



When Will the Seattle Kraken Enter the NHL?

Seattle won’t play in the NHL until the 2021-22 season, but there will be plenty of news to cover over this next year, as the Kraken prepare for the team’s upcoming expansion draft.

The expansion draft rules will be the same as they were for the Vegas Golden Knights.

As you may remember, the Golden Knights set multiple records in their inaugural season. They also made it to the Stanley Cup Finals. Can the Kraken have the same success in 2021-22?

Only time will tell, but for now we at least now the name of the new NHL franchise.

Let us know in the comments what you think of the name “Kraken”.

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