The Seattle Kraken hadn’t even played their first home game before they retired a number.
The NHL’s newest franchise honored their fans – and their place in the League – by raising number 32 to the rafters of Climate Pledge Arena before their first-ever home game against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.
Seattle Kraken CEO Tod Leiweke addressed the crowd before the game, congratulating them for their 32,000 ticket deposits made in a single day at the birth of the franchise.
“You did it. And we will never, ever forget,” Leiweke said. “And tonight, we will retire the number 32. We will never forget what you’ve done. We will always be reminded as that jersey flies from the rafters of this beautiful arena and we honor you.”
Leiweke also mentioned the significance of the Kraken being the 32nd team in the NHL.
There was also just one more bit of business Leiweke had to get out of the way.
“Let’s go Kraken!” Leiweke shouted.