The National Hockey League's 32nd franchise has officially unveiled its nickname ahead of its inaugural season in 2021-22.
The franchise will pay an expansion fee of $650 million, which will be equally distributed to 30 NHL teams. This excludes the Vegas Golden Knights, which entered the NHL in the 2017-18 season with an expansion fee of $500 million.
Starting with the 2021-22 season, the Kraken will play as part of the Pacific Division in the Western Conference. To make room for Seattle, the Arizona Coyotes will move to the Central Division in the Western Conference, which will be the only change in the NHL's alignment.
Next summer, the Kraken will hold an Expansion Draft that will follow the exact same rules as Vegas did back in 2017. However, the Golden Knights will be exempt from this Expansion Draft and will not be required to surrender a player from their roster.
Seattle has a history of hockey with the Seattle Metropolitans that existed from 1915-16 to 1923-24. In 1917, the franchise become the first U.S.-based team to win the Stanley Cup after defeating the Montreal Canadiens for the title.