Revisiting the Edmonton Oilers’ 2020 Trade Deadline
The 2020 NHL Trade Deadline found the Edmonton Oilers in unfamiliar territory. Despite having the services of superstar Connor McDavid for several seasons, they had only been in contention once, in 2016-17. This time around they were above .500, in and out of first in the Pacific Division, and an Oiler not named McDavid was […]
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Stanley Cups, NHL Awards & Hot Dogs – Phil Kessel is Hall of Fame Worthy
Phil Kessel has won two Stanley Cups. He’s had six seasons of 30-plus goals, and had a streak of 11 years at 20 or more broken by the COVID-19 shutdown. He was a highly touted Boston Bruins draft pick at fifth overall in 2006 and was traded for multiple first-round picks when the transaction that […]
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The Myth of the Kraken – History of the NHL’s Newest Logo
You’re a Viking living a good life. You’ve got a farm and a nice longhouse. You’ve accidentally discovered steel in the most metal of ways, mixing the bones of your ancestors in with molten iron. You’re raiding again, sailing the endless oceans looking to plunder, and you’ve got nothing to fear from the gods, after […]
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Kraken Will Have to Work to Build an Engaged Fan Base
The Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League have at times been accused of pumping fan noise into their stadium at home games. (from ‘LOUD & CLEAR ; GIANTS HEAR NFL CHECKING NOISE MADE IN SEATTLE,’ New York Post, 09/21/2006) They weren’t, but the raucous crowds in the 72,000-seat facility are so loud that they […]
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Climate Pledge Arena is Setting a New Standard for Environmentalism
The future home of the Seattle Kraken will be known as Climate Pledge Arena. The partners – Oakview Group, Amazon, and the NHL franchise itself – announced the arena name in June of this year, and, according to the partnership, it is more than just a name. As part of the renovation of the old […]
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Seattle Kraken Have Some Cracking Choices for Their First Head Coach
Sometimes it’s hard to know who the best candidate is going to be for a coaching job in the NHL. It can be a choice between a veteran with visible warts or an unproven rookie without a track record at the pro level to support the hiring decision. The veteran has often left another franchise […]
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More Than Words – The Seattle Kraken Find Their Broadcast Voice
The voice of the Seattle Kraken has been identified. Everett Fitzhugh has been hired to call goals, penalties, and hopefully someday a Stanley Cup. The timing makes sense, it couldn’t have happened much sooner since a team with no name hardly needs a broadcaster. And now that the reveal has happened, the voice of the team can […]
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