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Kraken expect practice facility to be ready summer of 2021

Seattle will enter NHL as 32nd team in 2021-22 season

by Andrew Eide / Independent Correspondent

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Kraken said their practice facility remains on schedule to open in the summer of 2021.

The primary NHL rink, locker rooms, training areas and front office space at Northgate Ice Centre are expected to be ready by mid-July, according to Todd Humphrey, Kraken senior vice president of digital and fan experience.

Seattle will begin play in the 2021-22 season as the 32nd NHL team.

"It's important because if the NHL gets back to a regular schedule we need to have an expansion draft, an amateur draft, rookie camps, etc.," Humphrey said Tuesday during a media tour. "So it's coming at us quick."

Built north of downtown, the second phase of the 167,000-square-foot facility is expected to be completed in September and will include two community rinks, a pub, theater, medical center, and pro shop.

There will be 1,200 seats overlooking the Kraken practice rink, including 200 in the pub.

"This should be the center point for hockey in Seattle," Humphrey said. "We have a big focus on grassroots, learn to skate, learn to play, the youth programs all the way to the adult programs. So as a community, this should be a place where you can come and really experience hockey.

"... We're excited to launch this; it's going to blow people's hair back."

Climate Pledge Arena, where the Kraken will play home games, is expected to be completed in late summer 2021.

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