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Seattle NHL expansion says nickname announcement not imminent

Team releases statement after Kraken revealed as potential choice

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The Seattle NHL expansion team said Wednesday "no announcement is imminent" for its nickname after rumors surfaced that the choice would be Kraken.

"At NHL Seattle, we are thrilled by the growing excitement about our team, and we can't wait to share every detail with our fans," the team said in a statement given to The Seattle Times. "However, we will not be commenting on any rumors. Please check our social channels for more updates."

Seattle also tweeted it was aware of the "fishy" rumors. Kraken is a fictional sea monster.

Tweet from @NHLSeattle_: While we���re aware of some fishy rumors surrounding our team name, please rest assured we���re doing our due diligence by scouring the depths of the ocean, the tallest mountains, and the densest parts of the forest to find the right name for our great, green city.

Seattle, which was approved to become the NHL's 32nd team on Dec. 4, 2018, this August was targeting its nickname announcement for late January. The Seattle Times reported that the target is now likely late February or early March.

Seattle is expected to select players in the NHL Expansion Draft and NHL Draft in June 2021 and is scheduled to begin play in the 2021-22 season.

"I had names a year ago that if pressed into launching in 2020, we would have been ready," CEO Tod Leiweke said in August. "But we're so much better positioned because we're now learning not just what we are, but what we're not, and that's really going to inform the name."

Last January, The Seattle Times polled its readers on what the nickname should be, with Sockeyes defeating Totems in the final with more than 140,000 votes cast overall. Kraken was fifth behind Metropolitans and Steelheads.

"It's inspiration from fans, it's lawyers making sure that we're trademarking properly, but it's also us having in our gut a feeling about what we want to be when we grow up," Leiweke said.

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