Seattle’s NHL franchise posted a teaser video promising the organization will come to life on Thursday, July 23 at noon. According to the Seattle Times’ Geoff Baker, it will be a live-streamed press conference for a “significant” announcement.
The video features three fishermen sailing out into the Pacific. When they lift their net out of the water, they find a special surprise.
07.23.2020 – 9:00am PT
The 32nd franchise comes to life. pic.twitter.com/4J8k0UTEn3
— NHL Seattle (@NHLSeattle_) July 23, 2020
A goal horn! And some broken bits of crab.
The video appears to hint on or play off of earlier reports in January that the team would name itself the Seattle Kraken.
The Seattle franchise has slowly begun to take form as announcements were paused due to the coronavirus pandemic and the NHL’s suspension of the 2019-20 season. In June, the team announced that Amazon acquired the naming rights of their building and would name it Climate Pledge Arena, to promote saving the planet.
Seattle’s general manager will be Ron Francis, who was named to the position a year ago.
🎊 One year ago today, we hired our first-ever General Manager, @RonFrancis10. 🎊
So what exactly has our GM been up to this past year, and what's in store for the year ahead?
— NHL Seattle (@NHLSeattle_) July 18, 2020
Seattle was originally named to be a new franchise in December 2018. They will join the NHL during the 2021-22 season.
What do you think Seattle will name itself?
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