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Join in for Juneteenth

The Northwest African American Museum, Seattle Parks and Recreation and our pro sports are collaborating on a fun-for-the-whole-family 'Jamboree" Saturday from 12 noon to 6

by Bob Condor / @SeattleKraken / NHL.com/Kraken

There is one more appropriate reason to celebrate Juneteenth this weekend. President Joe Biden signed legislation Thursday to make Juneteenth a federal holiday, marking June 19 as a national day to commemorate the end of formal slavery in the United States.

The Northwest African American Museum has rolled out Juneteenth events all week, with Saturday presenting a highlight afternoon with its Juneteenth Jamboree in partnership with the City of Seattle Parks and Recreation. The NAAM family fun is scheduled for 12 noon to 6 p.m. at Judkins Park (2150 S. Norman St.). Find out more here

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'Pride' Preview

Almost here and long anticipated, the first annual Seattle Pride Classic presented by Symetra skates into existence this weekend. Four teams, 56 players, hundreds of likely fans, two co-founders and a Kraken team broadcaster will mark the occasion

by Bob Condor / @SeattleKraken / NHL.com/Kraken

It is now just days until the first puck drop of this weekend's first-ever Seattle Pride Classic presented by Symetra, but the hockey event is years in the making. 

Co-founders Steven Thompson and Joey Gale started talking about the Seattle Pride Hockey Association (SPHA) practically from when they first met at local hockey skills clinic in the fall of 2018. They planned the inaugural "Classic" for last June, Pride Month 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic benched the rollout. 

But like the resilient hockey players they both are, Thompson and Gale absorbed the knockdown, then stayed upright in pursuit of the end goal-in this case, the four-team, 56-player event at Olympic View Arena in Mountlake Terrace Saturday and Sunday.

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Symetra First Shifts: Christa, Meet Luke

Kraken's first signed professional player, Luke Henman, takes time from training to meet a first fan who had a hockey session of her own to attend

by Bob Condor / @SeattleKraken / nhl.com/kraken

Symetra First Fan Meets Henman

Symetra First Fan Meets Kraken First Player Henman

In the 4th edition of our Symetra First Shift series, we invited Christa Bashinski to be the first fan to meet first-ever Kraken player Henman.

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Walking into the Kent Valley Ice Centre for a hockey lesson, Christa Bashinski jumps on a video call. Not out of the ordinary for her, but the voices and images were far from the usual. She is about to be the first fan to meet the first signed Kraken player.

The first voice is Kraken team broadcaster Everett Fitzhugh checking in with Bashinski, a long-time youth player for the Washington Wild Female Hockey Association. "Great to meet you!" says Bashinski.

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WaFd Bank Weekly Warmup: June 14

As the Stanley Cup Playoffs go to semifinals, two No. 4 divisional seeds, New York Islanders and Montreal, are still playing-and succeeding

by Bob Condor / @SeattleKraken / nhl.com/kraken

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are down to four teams after a 16-squad first round.

Let's drop the WaFd Bank Weekly Warmup to discuss the final quartet:

 

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Flying High

Seattleite and mountaineer Andrew Hughes brings his Kraken fandom-and a flag to show it-to peaks far (Everest) and local (Rainier)

by Bob Condor / @SeattleKraken / nhl.com/kraken

When Andrew Hughes attended the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, as a lover of the outdoors, he discovered an indoor passion while there. A friend took Hughes to see the U.S. men's hockey team play, explaining the sport's rules and strategies over three periods.

"I was hooked from that game," says Hughes, proving a long-held belief that seeing hockey in person, especially at higher levels of the sport, unequivocally wins over fans. "My brother [who lives in Canada] is a huge Canucks fan, so we have seen games together too."

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Your new go-to spot is…

by Seattle Kraken / @SeattleKraken / nhl.com/kraken

Kraken unveil '32 Bar & Grill'

Kraken announce new name of bar-restaurant

Statement from Seattle Kraken on new name of bar-restaurant at Kraken Training Center

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Today, we can announce the new name of our bar-restaurant at Kraken Training Center. We are pleased to unveil '32 Bar & Grill.'

As many of you know, we changed the name and after some weeks of deliberating we reached the perfect name. It is fitting that we honor the number 32, as 32,000 fans made it possible for us to become the NHL's 32nd franchise, and the freezing point for ice which our players and community will skate on at the facility is - you guessed it - 32 degrees.

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Summer 'Classic'

The first-ever Seattle Pride Classic 2021, presented by Symetra is happening June 19 and 20 to drop the puck a few days early on our sunniest season. It will be a bright weekend for SPHA's founders and participants

by Bob Condor / @SeattleKraken / nhl.com/kraken

Last June, Steven Thompson and Joey Gale were standing down on holding the first-ever Seattle Pride Hockey Association invitational event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the co-founders of SPHA were far from standing still.

The evidence comes into full view next weekend, June 19 and 20, when the Seattle Pride Classic 2021, presented by Symetra, drops the puck at Olympic View Arena in Mountlake Terrace for the first of what no doubt will be many 'Classics' in the Junes of our future. This year's version will feature four teams and 56 players.

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'High' Time for Tickets

Kraken announces latest ticketing option, the 'High Tide Waitlist,' for fans who want to secure a spot in line for future Kraken season tickets, plus see a game at Climate Pledge Arena during the inaugural season

by Bob Condor / @SeattleKraken / nhl.com/kraken

As a franchise, the Kraken is committed to being a fans-first organization. It started even before 32,000 depositors supported the team on March 1, 2018, to overwhelmingly prove to NHL leadership and team owners that Seattle is the ideal 32nd member of the league.

The commitment continued with the Kraken's ticket sales and ticket operations teams seating 32,000 depositors through a variety of full- and half-season plans, a process completed in March. The franchise is forever indebted to those depositors while also welcoming all fans to feel part of the Kraken family.  

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'Where You Find Your Friends'

Two decades ago, Andy Cole founded the Greater Seattle Hockey League. This fall, the GSHL partners with the Kraken to form a newly named adult hockey league with familiar values - and pals

by Bob Condor / @SeattleKraken / nhl.com/kraken

Kraken & GSHL Partner Up

Kraken & GSHL partner to create Kraken Hockey League

Seattle Kraken and Greater Seattle Hockey League join forces to create new adult hockey league - Kraken Hockey League.

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When Andy Cole moved to Seattle from the East Coast 31 years ago, he brought his love for hockey along with the suitcases. The sport turned out to be an incredible way to make new friends in a new city and, in his case, carve out an influential role in Pacific Northwest hockey.

Cole founded the Greater Seattle Hockey League in 2001 because he wanted to help others find ice time to play and teams to join. The GSHL is now the largest adult ice hockey league in the region with 2,000 adult female and male players.

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WaFd Bank Weekly Warmup: June 7

The second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs is a study of contrasts in competitiveness of each series, plus a major surprise (we're talking about you, Montreal)

by Bob Condor / @SeattleKraken / NHL.com/Kraken

Two NHL postseason series are knotted at two games each while the other pair of final-eight matchups feature elimination games from here out. The 16th and last team to qualify is one Monday night win from advancing to this spring's Stanley Cup semifinals.

Let's drop the WaFd Bank Weekly Warmup puck to name names. 

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