The Seattle NHL club is an expansion professional ice hockey team situated in Seattle, Washington that will begin play in the 2021-22 National Hockey League (NHL) season. The team will be owned by Ice Edge Holdings and will be called the Seattle Kraken. The franchise was announced on September 18, 2019 as a part of the NHL's annual draft lottery.
The Kraken will be the first major sports team based in the state of Washington since the SuperSonics left Seattle for Oklahoma City in 2008. The NBA's SuperSonics were founded in 1967 and relocated to Oklahoma City four years later. The Sonics played in Seattle until they were forced to relocate due to financial difficulties. The team became the Trail Blazers in 1977 after previously being known as the San Francisco Warriors and Denver Nuggets.
In the NHL, only three teams have been established without having played a single game yet still taken part in the playoffs: the Ottawa Senators (1892-1993), the Winnipeg Jets (Manitoba Hockey Club), and the Tampa Bay Lightning (1997-present).
The Kraken will be the second American ice hockey team after the Colorado Avalanche to be named after a sea creature (the first being the marine-themed Vancouver Canucks).
It will be the first professional hockey club to play in Seattle since the Western Hockey League's Seattle Totems played their final game in 1975. The Colorado Avalanche are relocating their American Hockey League (AHL) franchise to become the inaugural owner of the new NHL team, which will begin playing in 2017.
The last professional hockey team from Seattle was the Washington Capitals' top farm club, the Baltimore Skipjacks, who played in the Eastern Hockey League from 1974 until 1977. The Skipjacks were based in Baltimore but spent most of their time on the road due to not having a stadium of their own. They averaged about 1,500 fans per game during their two-year history before being replaced by the Maine Mariners in 1979.
The last major league team from Seattle was the Seattle Pilots in 1969. An expansion team, they played only one season before being moved to Milwaukee to form what is now known as the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team. The Milwaukee Admirals, who have won three Memorial Cups as of 2016, will be entering their third season in the Minnesota Wild organization as an affiliate team.
An NBA team has never left Seattle and an NFL team hasn't come close either. The Seattle SuperSonics left Seattle in 2008 after 38 years of existence to move to Oklahoma City.
In December 2018, Seattle was awarded an NHL expansion franchise. The Climate Pledge Arena, previously the KeyArena, will host the 32nd franchise in the National Hockey League, and the first since the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017. The team's first season will take place in 2021–2022. The announcement was made at a press conference held at the Royal Canadian Mint in Toronto.
The NHL has approved a proposal by Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan and NBA governor Larry Stone to name the team after a group of investors who pledged $150 million for a new arena and community center. If the deal is completed, the team would be called the Seattle Kraken.
On October 15,2011, the National Hockey League's Board of Governors approved a change to its existing "fan protection" policy, which allows teams to relocate if there is no agreement on sale terms with existing owners. The Portland Pirates were relocating to become the second Seattle-based team in the NHL, following the Metropolitans' move to Kansas City in 1952. The board also approved a plan by Minnesota businessman Mark Blechner to purchase the bankrupt Tampa Bay Lightning franchise and relocate it to Seattle.
The Seattle Kraken, the National Hockey League's newest franchise, is set to debut in the 2021-22 season. Despite the fact that the Seattle Kraken logos and branding were available months before the game's October release, they are not in NHL 21. However, a listing on the PlayStation Store lists the game as containing "NHL 21: The Seattle Kraken Edition."
In addition to the new team logo, uniforms, and colors, this edition of the game will also feature updated arenas for every current NHL team, including the Pacific Division-rival San Jose Sharks. The arenas have been remodeled with more modern amenities such as luxury boxes, video boards, and other features found in current sports facilities.
Seattle has been seeking an NHL team since the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim left after one season. When the Kraken debuted, it was confirmed that two new teams would be joining the league in 2021, resulting in a 32nd franchise. This means that either Seattle or Quebec City will be getting a new team next year. The Golden Knights were awarded their first franchise prior to the 2017-18 season when Vegas relocated from Las Vegas due to concerns about hockey being able to be supported by fans there.
In 2018, a group led by Bill Foley purchased the Vegas Golden Knights to keep them in Vegas.
The National Hockey League (NHL) Thirty clubs from Canada and the United States compete in the competition. The Washington Capitals were founded as an NHL expansion club in Landover, Maryland, and played in Maryland for twenty seasons (1974-97) until moving to downtown Washington, DC for the 1997-98 season. Two teams have relocated since then: the Nashville Predators moved to Tennessee in 1998 and became the first franchise outside of North America, while the Vegas Golden Knights arrived in Las Vegas in 2017.
Maryland has never had a team in the NHL, but the state did once boast two teams in the American Hockey League (AHL), one in each of its major metropolitan areas: the Baltimore Clippers, who played in Maryland Stadium in Baltimore from 1972 to 1976, and the Philadelphia Flyers' affiliate, the Maine Mariners, who played in Lewiston from 1969 to 1972. The Clippers were originally established as an NHL farm team of the Chicago Black Hawks, while the Flyers acquired their affiliation with the Mariners by trading away their AHL rights to do so. The Black Hawks sold their Baltimore farm team after three seasons to avoid conflict of interest with their parent club's presence in Illinois, and moved their operation to Wisconsin where it remains today as the Green Bay Gamblers.
In addition to these teams, several other franchises have called Maryland home at some point during their existence. The Baltimore Clippers and Portland Buckaroos both played in the original Baltimore Civic Center from 1967 to 1968.
The NHL expansion Seattle Krakens, set to begin play in 2021, will be the city's only club contending for the Stanley Cup. The Metropolitans were founded in 1915 as an expansion team by Pacific Coast Hockey Association owners Frank and Lester Patrick. They immediately became one of the most successful teams in hockey history, winning four PCHL championships in five years before jumping to the NHL in 1917. The Metropolitans played in Seattle for 10 seasons, until 1923, when they moved to New York City where they have remained ever since.
After the NFL began admitting African-Americans in 1946, many whites in the region felt that hockey should do the same. So when the NHL announced that it was expanding into the Western United States, with plans to add a 9th team in Seattle, there was outrage from fans and politicians who believed that hockey wasn't fair or masculine enough to be accepted in the region. The only people who supported the idea were the Patricks, who saw an opportunity to bring in more revenue by attracting new fans. On November 11, 1972, after months of speculation, the NHL Board of Governors approved the Patrick proposal at their meeting in Lake Placid, New York. The decision came down to the wire: the vote was tied at 4-4 when real estate developer Jack Kent Cooke broke the deadlock in favor of bringing a team to Seattle.