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WaFd Bank Weekly Warmup: June 29

With free agency on hold, hockey fans can ponder which team will get the No. 1 pick in the NHL - it won't be bottom-of-the-standings Detroit

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ /

As we traverse into the second half of the calendar year, hockey fans are usually anticipating the start of NHL Free Agency--along with celebrating three provinces (Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) joining to become a country on Canada Day July 1 and Independence Day here in the states July 4. But 2020 will be different. Much, much different. 

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


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Seattle Pride Skates into Play

As co-founder of the new Seattle Pride Hockey Association, Steven Thompson is well-equipped to stand for inclusion in the sport at the local level

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ /

As a school kid growing up in Seattle, Steven Thompson's dad took him to see Seattle Thunderbirds games in the Western Hockey League, including any number on the Seattle Center campus. He remembers his dad most always purchased seats along the front-row glass, making it tradition for Thompson to bang on the glass when T-Birds skated his way. 

Fast-forward to the 2015-16 season, when Thompson's passion for hockey aligned with the Thunderbirds rise in the WHL standings and the starring play of forward Mathew Barzal, currently a top player with the NHL's New York Islanders. 

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Conversation Among Allies

Leaders from four local organizations committed to LGBTQ+ inclusion for hockey players and fans share personal experiences plus forward-thinking ideas

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ /

NHL Seattle Pride Roundtable

NHL Seattle Pride Roundtable, presented by Symetra

NHL Seattle teams up with Symetra, You Can Play & Seattle Pride Hockey Association for a roundtable discussion on Pride, inclusivity & allyship

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As a toddler growing up in Minnesota, Joey Gale skated on frozen ponds, leading to a childhood of organized youth hockey and "a decent amount" of pond hockey, the latter of which is pure yore for any of us who love the sport.

Gale moved to Seattle for an advertising job in 2018, happy to discover the Greater Seattle Hockey League (GSHL) afforded good reason to bring his hockey bag, skates and sticks. 

"I have vivid memories growing up of going to the pond with my mom, dad and brother," says Gale during the "Pride Roundtable" presented by Symetra that posted Wednesday and is available for on-demand viewing (also included with this article). "Growing up, there were certain challenges that I faced. In the locker room there's lot of banter, some language that gets used and eventually takes a toll. As a gay guy, I almost felt like an imposter in really masculine sport."

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What's in It for Fans-and the Earth

Climate Pledge Arena will serve up many ways to appreciate how the venue will enhance the game and concert experience while, happily, with very little environmental impact

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ /

How fans and our planet will benefit from the zero-carbon Climate Pledge Arena is a matter of what you will see and experience attending a game or concert-and what you won't see but can still appreciate.  

For starters, fans walking up to the arena's doors will spot solar panels on the roof of the 36,000-square foot atrium that fronts the arena. Those panels, plus more on the roof of the 1st Avenue parking structure, are part of powering the arena with 100 percent renewable energy.  

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Making the 'Climate Pledge'

Oak View Group, NHL Seattle and Amazon announce unprecedented partnership to build a zero-carbon 'Climate Pledge Arena' and commit to carbon-neutral operations and events

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ /

Welcome to Climate Pledge Arena

Amazon, NHL Seattle Announce Climate Pledge Arena

NHL Seattle will play in the first carbon-neutral arena in the world.

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The new arena under construction at Seattle Center has a name: Climate Pledge Arena, as announced by Oak View Group, NHL Seattle and Amazon Thursday in what promises to be nothing short of a transformational partnership for the city and Pacific Northwest, sports and entertainment industries and the planet.  


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NHL Draft

2020 NHL Draft Lottery procedure

Drawing will involve 15 teams; seven already eliminated, plus eight that lose Qualifier series

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / Staff Writer

NHL Tonight: Draft Lottery

The crew covers the upcoming draft lottery

The guys on NHL Tonight share how the draft lottery will work with the upcoming return to the season

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The NHL will hold the first phase of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery on Friday (8 p.m. ET; NHLN, NBSCN, SN, TVAS).

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Celebrating Pride

NHL Seattle to team up with Symetra, Seattle Pride Hockey Association and You Can Play for a roundtable discussion on the nature of allyship, inclusivity in hockey and more

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ /

As a warmup for the upcoming virtual "Together for Pride" weekend here in the city, NHL Seattle and its first founding partner, Symetra, will present an online "Pride Roundtable" that will be posted Wednesday. 

The discussion covers NHL Seattle's work with the LGBTQ+ community in the Pacific Northwest, insightful perspective from local LGBTQ+ hockey players, plans for the new Seattle Pride Hockey Association and a must-watch conversation about allyship as it applies to our lives in 2020.

The Pride Roundtable, presented by Symetra, will premier on June 24, 2020 on and NHL Seattle social media handles.

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Expanding the LGBTQ+ Conversation

As the this June's Pride celebration goes virtual, NHL Seattle and partner organizations look for deeper, year-round engagement with underrepresented communities

by Erica L. Ayala / @elindsay08 /

Seattle is known for many things: Jimi Hendricks, coffee, the Space Needle and one day it's new NHL team. The city is also known for its Pride celebration, according to You Can Play director of partnerships and development, Jonas Worth. All the more reason when he first met with NHL Seattle last November, he was adamant the club foster relationships with local organizations. 

"I said, 'Look, when we come in, it's not going to be about You Can Play," says Worth. "It's gonna be about the local LGBTQ organizations that you connect with and you [must] have a year-round commitment to them." 

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WaFd Bank Weekly Warmup: June 22

NHL narrows the field of possible 'hub' cities for planned 24-team postseason, while the other seven teams look to the Draft and, in one case, a coaching decision

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ /

As the NHL looks to finalize its plans to open training camps in July and begin play-in rounds later in the summer, there are lots of ongoing discussions between the league and the NHL Players Association in a continuing effort to act as partners in resuming the 2020 chase for the Stanley Cup. 
Here at NHL Seattle, we are thrilled to welcome our founding partner WaFd Bank into the fold for the newly minted WaFd Bank Weekly Warmup. Many stick taps to WaFd Bank, the exclusive bank of NHL Seattle, for the support. 
Now let's drop the puck on our first edition of the WaFd Bank Weekly Warmup:


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Learning Curves

Hockey dads populate all points of the sport's continuum; some fathers share their love and skills while others embrace the game via sons and daughters who play

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ /

There are no boundaries to the hockey fatherhood.

Take, for instance, the fathers playing outdoor hockey at the Great Puckaroo Roundup in Winthrop this past January who learned the sport as adults because their sons and daughters play in youth programs. There were husband-fathers playing alongside wife-mothers, the latter taking up the sport before the spouses. 

Andy Cole, who founded the Greater Seattle Hockey League and dreamed up the Puckaroo tournament as another dimension to the nearly 3,000-member GSHL, says a good number of fathers and mothers are converts from other sports who took up the game because their kids played. 

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