More than a week after playing their first NHL game, the Seattle Kraken finally played their first home game on Saturday. Fittingly, the Seattle Kraken hosted their natural regional rivals, the Vancouver Canucks for the first round of NHL hockey at Climate Pledge Arena.
In the end, the Canucks stole a 4-2 win. That stings, as the Kraken played well, but beyond the result, the team’s first home game was a slam dunk. (Shawn Kemp was in attendance, and would probably agree.)
Before player introductions, Tod Leiweke noted that the Kraken — the NHL’s 32nd active franchise — proved viable when they drew 32,000 depositors for tickets. With all that in mind, the Kraken retired the number 32 before participating in that first-ever home game.
Watch the three-minute-long Kraken intro in the video above.
As another great treat, Heart’s Ann Wilson belted out an impressive rendition of the U.S. national anthem.
Ann Wilson sings the National Anthem, and the crowd hits another level.@SeattleKraken @ClimateArena pic.twitter.com/QDfJliXpk4
— Chris Daniels (@ChrisDaniels5) October 24, 2021
Gary Bettman also welcomed the Seattle Kraken during this first home game.
Kraken first home game the latest in a number of firsts
So, Saturday, Oct. 21 represented the Kraken’s first home game. The first overall Seattle Kraken game happened on Oct. 12. Here is a quick list of some other Seattle Kraken firsts:
The first goal scored in Climate Pledge Arena goes to Vince Dunn! pic.twitter.com/SYbcyEwL9A
— SB Nation NHL (@SBNationNHL) October 24, 2021
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