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Breaking Angles: Meet the Kraken

The 32nd NHL franchise has officially been announced, and will live in the Pacific Northwest. Keeping with the city’s sea theme, meet the Seattle Kraken.

Kraken. by LeGrimlin is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Breaking Angles: Meet the Kraken


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The NHL announced it’s newest expansion team: the Seattle Kraken.

I’m not going to lie to you. I was hoping that Seattle would settle on my personal favorite pick, the Seattle Salmon. However, we will be wrestling next season with a mythical creature instead of an alliterative pink fish. The team owners shared the new logo and name in a very dramatic promo video.

So for everyone wondering: what the hell is a “Kraken”?

Basically, the kraken is a mythical giant squid. Primarily found in Scandinavian and Norse folklore, the kraken is said to have legs as tall as a ship’s mast and pulls ships below the ocean surface by wrapping its many limbs around the hull. Some legends say it is so large that its body can be mistaken for an island. Others say it is the largest sea monster in existence, stretching a mile and a half across. When it came up or down in the water, a whirlpool formed around the creature, sucking ships down into the depths.

Modern studies assume these myths speak about what we actually call a giant squid. These creatures can be up to 15 meters long, a far cry from the miles the legend speaks of. Despite the discrepancy, the kraken maintains a strong hold on fearsome folklore and its name is attached to many brands and items. Ever hear of “Kraken Rum“?

Do we like the name?

The Turf staff was split on the new team entirely. Some like the name and hate the logo/jersey. Some are reversed. Me? I think it’s just bad all around. Call me old fashioned but I want an NHL team that is a tangible, real thing. I am not a fan for the same reason I am against the “golden” of “golden knights”. It feels like Seattle is trying way too hard to be new and edgy in an old league. I’m not into mixing myths and high intellectual ideas with my hockey. I prefer something that is exactly what it is upfront, while the Kraken say their team name is about “what lurks below the surface.” But, it will be a fertile ground for many puns so I guess that’s something.

More will be announced about the expansion draft and the upcoming season but until then #releasetheKraken.

Sarah Jane, Sarah, or SJ-depending on the source-is a director, educator, theatre artist and now, sports blogger. She lives in Queens with her darling, not-so-sports-fan boyfriend. She played ice hockey growing up for the NJ Quarry Cats and various other teams. Being team captain her last two seasons is the most important achievement of her life to date. She proudly also was about a quarter of the size of her opponents and often led her team in both penalty minutes and enthusiasm. She's a Pittsburgh Penguins and Steelers fan (thanks, Momma!) and a New York Yankees fan (thanks, Poppa?) and was given zero choice on all three of these teams. Other hobbies include reading non-fiction books, cooking, and being spunky. Check in with her for all your greater hockey needs!

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