I have been waiting for this day to come, the day when we found out Seattle’s new hockey team’s name,logo,colors,and uniforms. It finally arrived and I couldn’t wait to write this review.
First,let’s start with the name of the team, the Kraken, which was prematurely announced a few months back before team officials would not confirm that this would be the name of their team. Now,it’s official!
But,what the heck is a kraken? And what,if anything,does it have anything to do with the Pacific Northwest?
A kraken is a mythological sea creature, with its origins in Scandinavia folklore. According to the legends, the kraken lives in the Northern Atlantic Ocean off the coasts of Norway and Greenland, terrorizing any seafaring vessel which may have had the misfortune to pass by. The franchise’s promotional materials state that the name was adopted to honor the maritime culture of Seattle, as well as in reference to the Giant pacific octopus, the largest species of octopus in the world, which can be found in the waters of the Pacific Northwest.
I like the name a lot, however,I still would’ve pluralized it,but given that I have heard the name in its current form, I am used to it now.
The logo was also introduced, which is a light blue letter S for Seattle,of course, but paying a nod to the first United States team to win the Stanley Cup, the Seattle Metropolitans in the 1910s. Inside the S is a tentacle in navy blue which gives a hint to the monster lurking in the shadowy waters as well as the red eye of the beast.
A secondary logo features an anchor mashed up with the Space Needle in a medium blue.
Also unveiled were the uniforms, with the home jersey being navy blue in base color with the other shades of blue as sleeve stripes and the red stripe around the waist and sleeves with the secondary logo on the shoulders. The numerals are white and trimmed with light blue. The away jersey is white with the same sleeve stripes as the home set and the red stripe around the waist and sleeves with the secondary logo on the shoulders. The numerals are navy blue trimmed in light blue.
Official team colors include four different shades of blue and red, the team refers to them as Deep Sea Blue, Ice Blue, Boundless Blue, Shadow Blue, and Red Alert.
What I Like: The team name,the logo,and the uniforms. This is a job well done by Seattle and the NHL as well as Adidas,who helped in the design of the team’s identity. This was well worth the wait.
What I Don’t Like: I wish they had gone with a green and dark red color scheme,but what they went with works just as well!