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Before Expansion Draft, Kraken coach Hakstol raises flag at Space Needle

As Seattle gets ready to shape its roster, city embraces team with banner

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / Staff Writer

The Seattle Kraken are once again marking their territory.

Just ahead of the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft Presented by Upper Deck, head coach Dave Hakstol raised a Kraken banner to the top of Seattle's most iconic landmark: the Space Needle.

"It's absolutely gorgeous up here. You can see the entire city of Seattle," Hakstol said in a video posted by the team. "We get the opportunity to raise the flag at the top of the Space Needle. Let's go Kraken!"

Tweet from @SeattleKraken: The @space_needle is ready for the #SeattleDraft thanks to #SeaKraken head coach @hakstol2 who raised our flag this morning!

The official account of the Space Needle shared some eye-popping photos of the day.

Tweet from @space_needle: Are you ready, Seattle? Head Coach Dave Hakstol raised the #SeaKraken flag this morning as the city eagerly awaits tonight���s @NHL #ExpansionDraft!

The Kraken seemed to like the pictures.

Tweet from @SeattleKraken: 😍😍😍

The flag was also raised to the top of the Space Needle last summer by mayor Jenny Durkan.

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