At long last, the Seattle Kraken were released onto their home ice.
After five road games to start the 2021-2022 NHL season, the league's newest franchise played in the friendly confines of Seattle's Climate Pledge Arena on Saturday night against the Vancouver Canucks.
Seattle's fans have waited a long time for the team's home opener. In December 2018, the NHL approved the expansion team, and in July 2020, the instantly legendary Kraken name and logo were revealed.
"Release the Kraken" was an early rallying cry for employees of the club before Kraken became the team's name.
The NHL's newest potential rivalry got off to a hot start on Saturday night in Seattle. Although the final result was a 4-2 loss to the Canucks, the atmosphere was electric and the fans were fired up.
Here are some of the best scenes, moments and plays from the Kraken home opener:
Seattle's fans and teams showed support
Let's gooo @SeattleKraken!!!— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) October 24, 2021
Scenes from pregame skate
the boys are ready. 😤 pic.twitter.com/iGPnLWFu5p— Seattle Kraken (@SeattleKraken) October 23, 2021
Getting the job 'Dunn' in period No.1
Vince Dunn etched his name in the history books -- and the hearts of Kraken fans-- with Seattle's first goal at Climate Pledge Arena to end the opening period.
HE GOT IT DUNN AND THIS BUILDING IS GOING CRAZY!— Seattle Kraken (@SeattleKraken) October 24, 2021
KRAKEN WITH THE LEAD!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/rgvPAwPAdx
Starting off the final frame with a bang
The visiting team managed to tie things up in the second period, but Kraken captain Mark Giordano's 48-foot shot allowed Seattle to regain the lead in the final period.
we got too excited on this tweet. 😅— Seattle Kraken (@SeattleKraken) October 24, 2021
*presses shift + 1*
Kraken lead 2-1!
A budding rivalry
The Kraken are already looking to even the score against their new foe.
we still have three more games to settle the score. 🤝— Seattle Kraken (@SeattleKraken) October 24, 2021