Will begin play in 2021-22 season; also unveil colors, logo

Seattle has released the Kraken, unveiling its long-awaited name, logo and colors in an event at Climate Pledge Arena.

When the NHL expansion team begins play in 2021-22, its name will be the Seattle Kraken after the mythical, mysterious and mighty sea beast.

The primary color is deep sea blue. The secondary colors are ice blue, shadow blue, boundless blue and red alert.

The logo honors the Seattle Metropolitans of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, who became the first team from the United States to win the Stanley Cup when they defeated the Montreal Canadiens in 1917, months before the NHL was born. It is an “S,” like the Metropolitans logo, but with a tentacle and red eye.

“Seattle’s a city with a deep maritime history,” Kraken general manager Ron Francis said. “I think this name embodies a connection with the sea and a curiosity of what lies beneath it. It’s a natural tie to Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.

“In theory, it reflects the power and aggression in the game of hockey. We’re hoping that’s the kind of tenacity our players show every time they take the ice. So I’m excited by it.”

Seattle was named as the NHL’s 32nd team on Dec. 4, 2018. It is expected to participate in an NHL Expansion Draft in June 2021.

Meet the Seattle Kraken