The Seattle Kraken are on the rise!

The newest NHL franchise finally gets its name and uniforms
Seattle Kraken Who's got eight arms and is ready for some hockey? The KRAKEN! (Wikimedia Commons)

Back in December of 2018, the NHL made a big announcement. Seattle would be getting the league's newest team. At the time, we only knew that the team would start playing in the 2021-22 season. We didn't know its name or anything more.

For a long time, a couple of the frontrunner names—including Thunderbirds and Totems—leaned heavily on the strong history of Indigenous Peoples in the area. But given the recent news about the Washington NFL team and the Edmonton CFL team both changing their names, that did not seem like the way to go.

Finally, last week, this upcoming hockey team received its name:

The Seattle Kraken.

Are you ready to learn more about the NHL's 32nd club? Of course you are!

From the sea to the ice

According to ancient Scandinavian legend, the Kraken was a giant squid-like monster that rose from the depths of the sea to attack ships. So, NOT a friendly fella.

We think this makes it a terrific mascot for a city like Seattle—a seaport that is well known for its spooky rainy skies and deep, tempestuous waters. Let the video below set the scene for you...

New jerseys and logo revealed

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The Space Needle is Seattle is not only flying the flag of the Seattle Kraken, it's a part of the team's logo! (Getty Embed)

As a part of learning the team's name, we also got to see its logo and uniforms. Here's their team sweater below.

And here's the logo up close.

We love the way the tentacle winds up the 'S'. And yikes, that eye is creepy. It's watching you! But maybe even better is the secondary logo that appears on the shoulder.

At first glance, it's an anchor. But if you look closer, it holds a Seattle landmark inside it: the tower known as the Space Needle. Can you see it?

All in all, we give the Seattle Kraken a solid 9/10 for its name and look. Those jerseys have a classic hockey vibe with a dash of modern flare. And honestly, is there a beast out there that's more intense than a kraken?

The rest of the league better be ready!

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  1. I am a big hockey fan and have waited so long for the name and logo to come out!
    I think the Seattle Kraken is a great name.
    I am also so glade that hockey started up to!

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