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Calling All Depositors: Seat Selection Begins

Hold on to your hat tricks, Kraken ticket depositors. In a one-two punch summer so far revealing the arena title and team name, now comes the third and most exciting score-selecting your seats from the NHL's most innovative ticket plan

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ /

It's time, it's real and it's personal. Calling all Seattle Kraken ticket depositors. The general seat selection process begins Tuesday and it features more than 40 different seating options and prices as part of the most innovative ticket plan ever rolled out for sports fans. 

Depositors will receive emails Tuesday outlining next steps for their very own opportunity to pick their seats-every one with eye-popping views-and bring the renowned Seattle-high-decibel noise to Climate Pledge Arena. The wait is officially in the penalty box. 

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NHL By Northwest

The first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs features a Pacific Northwest top goalie duel, several shifts of pivotal players with PNW roots, plus some 'double-Northwesterners'

by Andy Eide / @AndyEide /

As a young boy growing up in the Edmonton suburbs, Philadelphia Flyers goalie Carter Hart hung posters of Montreal goalie Carey Price on his bedroom walls. The first time Hart, who turns 22 on Thursday, faced Price in the opposite net was the 2018-19 season as a 20-year-old still early in the meteoric rise of his NHL development. Hart gave up three goals in the first 10 minutes and was pulled.

Hart and his No. 1 seeded Flyers teammates will be looking for a much different result when Philly faces Price and No. 8 seed Montreal Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. And the league's first round is bursting with Pacific Northwest connections.

For starters, both Hart and Price got their start playing major junior hockey here in Washington. Price starred for the Tri-City Americans while Hart stopped pucks for the Everett Silvertips. They are just two of an impressive number of players with Northwest ties who will be on the ice this week. 

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WaFd Bank Weekly Warmup: Aug. 10

As the NHL moves to the round of 16, one more stick tap and support for Minnesota d-man Matt Dumba, upside-down bracket results in both conference, plus which of the eight exciting gets the No. 1 pick in October's 2020 NHL Draft

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ /

The NHL postseason continues this week with a final 16 teams playing in what is officially called the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But fans who watched the Qualifying Round and round-robin seeding from Aug. 1 through Sunday know the league's postseason is aleady in full-beard and high-suspense mode.

Let's drop the WaFd Bank Weekly Warmup puck to size up the next round of matchups.

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Bank on It

WaFd Bank and the Seattle Kraken announce partnership that has deep, century-plus roots to both the health and prosperity of our communities, championships and hockey

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ /

The spring of 1917 was a busy and formative season for the Seattle region. In March, Gov. Ernest ordered the Washington National Guard to mobilize. Those troops were drafted into federal service after the U.S. joined World War I in early April. 

Later in the March, the Seattle Metropolitans won the Stanley Cup, becoming the first U.S. team to wrest the trophy from Canadian teams. After losing first game 8-4 to the defending Cup champion Montreal Canadiens with the legendary Georges Vezina in goal, the Metropolitans came back to win three straight games in the best-of-five series. The scores were 6-1, 4-1 and 9-1, all four games played in front of a noisy, energetic (naturally) crowd. 

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Memory Makers

Three new additions to the Kraken, Jonny Greco, Lamont Buford and Everett Fitzhugh, are ready to rock Climate Pledge Arena with indelible memories as leaders in game presentation and broadcast

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ /

Remember this day because three new additions to the Seattle Kraken will be making your days and rinkfuls of memories for many seasons ahead.

The Kraken announced Friday the hiring of its first team broadcaster, Everett Fitzhugh, plus two highly respected and accomplished fans-first executives, Jonny Greco as senior vice president of game presentation and live entertainment and Lamont Buford as vice president of game presentation.

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Summer of Stanley: Aug. 6

Our new weekly series will cover the ongoing 2020 Stanley Cup postseason-hey, what's with these No. 12 seeds?-plus recall past summers when players toured with pro sports' most authentic trophy

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ /

Summer is usually travel time for the hockey's coveted Stanley Cup as players and coaches on the NHL championship team are all afforded one day to show off the Stanley Cup in family, community and hometown gatherings. But this summer the Cup is round-tripping between Toronto and Edmonton as 24 teams converge on those NHL hub cities hosting postseason play to determine a title winner by early October.  

But, hey, that doesn't mean our new Summer of Stanley series, presented by Alaska Airlines, can't take you on smooth, entertaining rides as the best playoffs in sports unfold in the weeks ahead. Just the opposite. This series' itinerary includes weekly landings in Toronto and Edmonton, with the last two postseason rounds, the conference finals and the Stanley Cup Final, played exclusively in Edmonton-where the Kraken's official airline partner has been flying since 1995.  

Look for stories beyond the scores about top-quality hockey (in August and September!), plus some looks back at memorable trips for the long tradition of Stanley Cup celebrations. Like a star NHL player rushing up ice to make a winning play, we are first in line to take off with this Thursday's debut of Summer of Stanley, presented by Alaska Airlines. 

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Vancouver Tames the Wild

The favored Canucks, instant rivals for the Kraken, evens its series with Minnesota, in our second 'Game of the Week,' as voted by Twitter followers. The scoresheet features young VAN stars in the making

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ /

Quick start: You know Vancouver Canucks head coach wanted to get the hop on Minnesota Tuesday night after dropping the opener of this Qualifying Round series. But even Green figured it would take longer than 24 seconds to get on track as the favored team in this best-of-five tussle. Tanner Pearson scored that quickly with a primary assist from VAN captain Bo Horvat.  

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Game of the Week: Wild vs. Canucks

Minnesota shut out Vancouver's scorers in Game 1, but can the Wild D hold off Elias Pettersson and Co.? We're featuring the game live on social media

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ /

Opening faceoff: No. 10 seed Minnesota vs. No. 7 Vancouver, Game 2, best-of-5 series, Qualifying Round, 7:30 p.m. Minnesota leads the series, 1-0. Winner plays No. 4 in Western Conference (will be determined by results of top seeds round-robin tournament). 

Vote is In: Our social followers clearly skewed to the Kraken's instant rival Vancouver in the vote on which Tuesday game to highlight. Possible scouting mission for future PNW battles? Or maybe props to Matt Dumba and his historic stand against racism before Saturday games started in hub city Edmonton. 

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WaFd Bank Weekly Warmup: Aug. 4

Minnesota's Matt Dumba, representing the Hockey Diversity Alliance, delivers an indelible, historic message to the NHL and hockey fans before postseason play begins in Edmonton

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ /

As the 2020 NHL postseason kicks into high gear this week, eight teams will advance by Sunday night to be among the final 16 teams battling for the Stanley Cup. Eight other squads will exit the "bubbles" in hub cities Toronto and Edmonton with the consolation that losing in the Qualifying Round means your franchise will have a 1 out of 8 or 12.5 percent chance of picking No. 1 in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Let's drop the first WaFd Bank Weekly Warmup puck in August:  

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Continuing 'Life Dreams'

Kraken, YouthCare, other nonprofits team up to end youth homelessness, create brighter futures for Black, Indigenous and People of Color young people

by Erica Ayala / @elindsay08 /

Kraken, YouthCare Community Focus

Kraken, YouthCare share Kraken community initiatives

VP of Community Engagement Mari Horita and CEO and President of YouthCare Melinda Giovengo discuss Seattle's community initiatives and impact

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When the Seattle Kraken announced the team name July 23, they promoted a commemorative line of "Release the Kraken" gear that fans were quick to purchase online at 

Importantly, the Kraken committed all net proceeds from the first 30 days of sales to local nonprofit YouthCare to end youth homelessness, along with nonprofits Community Passageways and the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle serving the underserved Black, Indigenous and People of Color in the Greater Seattle region.

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