Seattle’s NHL team will be known as the Seattle Kraken. The name pays homage to the cities’ maritime history, ocean wildlife, and follows a color scheme similar to that of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and MLB’s Seattle Mariners. Initially, I thought the name was kinda dumb as it sounds a bit cartoonish. But upon further reflection, I think it’s actually pretty cool. Especially for a hockey team. 

A little background on the name “Kraken": It comes from Scandinavian mythology. According to the legends, the “Kraken” is a giant octopus that wrecks ships off the coasts of Norway and Greenland. While the “Kraken” is said to live in the Atlantic/Arctic oceans, members of the Enteroctopus genus (a.k.a. giant octopus) live in the Pacific ocean off the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Alaska, Russia, Japan, and Korea. So, naming their team after a giant octopus does work for Seattle. 

One side note is that the NHL’s return to Seattle paves the way for the NBA to do the same. The NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder, leaving the name SuperSonics and green/yellow color scheme behind in Seattle. Hopefully the Sonics will return to Seattle because they were truly a beloved team by the Seattle community. 

Back to the name “Kraken”: What do you all think of the name? Is it cool or a bit cheesy?