Wednesday, January 19

Meet the Kraken: full list, opening games for the NHL’s newest team

Let’s get Kraken, Seattle.

The NHL’s newest franchise hits the ice for the inaugural season opener Tuesday night against the Golden Knights. Tons of questions abound for this Pacific Northwest-based club, none bigger than “How will they do it?” Will they be like the old expansion teams that fight night after night? Or will they follow their first opponent, Vegas, and make a deep run at the Stanley Cup?

Here is everything you need to know about the Kraken.

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When is Kraken’s first NHL game?

  • Date: Tuesday, October 12 (vs. Lightning)
  • Weather: 10 pm ET
  • Television channel: ESPN (US) | SN, TVAS (Canada)
  • Stream: ESPN + (USA) | fuboTV | SN NOW (Canada)

At the NHL return to ESPN night party, the Golden Knights will host the Kraken in their first game. John Buccigross will handle play-by-play tasks, while Brian Boucher will serve as analyst. AJ Mleczko will act as a reporter on the track, and Linda Cohn and Kevin Weekes will be in the studio.

When is the Kraken’s first home game?

  • Date: Saturday, October 23 (vs. Canucks)
  • Weather: 10 pm ET
  • In the USA: ESPN +, Hulu, fuboTV
  • In Canada: CBC, SN1, CITY, TVAS2

The NHL’s next big rivalry begins at the Climate Pledge Arena when these teams, separated by just 142 miles, go head-to-head.

Who is the captain of the Kraken?

They may be a young franchise, but the team has one of the strongest leadership groups in the league. Mark Giordano, the former Flames captain, received the first “C” in team history. He will have Jordan Eberle, Yanni Gourde, Adam Larsson and Jaden Schwartz as alternate captains.

Seattle Kraken List 2021-22

Here’s the 23-player roster from Kraken Opening Day:

Mason Appleton F Jets Expansion project
Alex Barre-Boulet F Flash of lightning Exemptions
Nathan Bastian F Devils Expansion project
Ryan donato F Sharks Free agency
Jordan eberle F Islanders Expansion project
Morgan geekie F Hurricanes Expansion project
Marcus johansson F Wild Free agency
Kole lind F Canucks Expansion project
Jaden schwartz F Blues Free agency
Riley sheahan F Sabers Free agency
Brandon tanev F Penguins Expansion project
Alexander Wennberg F Panthers Free agency
Alexander True F Sharks Expansion project
Will borgen D Sabers Expansion project
Dennis Cholowski D red wings Expansion project
Vince dunn D Blues Expansion project
Haydn Fleury D Ducks Expansion project
Mark Giordano D Calls Expansion project
Adam Larsson D Greasers Expansion project
Jeremy lauzon D Bruins Expansion project
Carson soucy D Wild Expansion project
Chris driedger GRAM Panthers Expansion project
Philipp Grubauer GRAM avalanche Free agency

The following players are on the injured list and / or not included on the list:

Colin blackwell F Forest ranger Expansion project
Joonas Donskoi * F avalanche Expansion project
Yanni Gourde F Flash of lightning Expansion project
Jarnkrok Street * F Penguins Expansion project
Jared McCann * F Maple Leafs Expansion project
Jamie Oleksiak * D Stars Expansion project

* In COVID-19 protocol.

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