The Angry Beaver bar in Greenwood is a hub for hockey fans and jerseys of yore.

A Seattle Totems puck from the 1960s.

1917 The Seattle Metropolitans of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association become the first American team to win the Stanley Cup. They played for (and lost) the Cup two more times before the team disbanded in 1924 after their home rink, the Seattle Ice Arena, was converted into a parking garage.

1928 Civic Ice Arena at what is now the Seattle Center opens. Professional hockey returns to the city under various monikers: 

  • Eskimos (1928–1931)
  • Sea Hawks (1933–1941)
  • Ironmen (1944–1952)
  • Bombers (1952–1954)
  • Americans (1955–1958)
  • Totems (1958–1975)

1974 The NHL awards an expansion team to a group led by Seattle lawyer Vince Abbey, but the deal falls through when the attorney misses deadlines to pay the $180,000 deposit and $6 million franchise fee.

1977 The Kamloops Chiefs, a junior ice hockey team from British Columbia, move across the border and are renamed the Seattle Breakers. In 1984, the team is sold and rebranded again into the Seattle Thunderbirds, a junior hockey team that competes in the Western Hockey League today.

Fighting is a universal part of hockey, even for WHL teams like the Seattle Thunderbirds.

1990 An ownership group consisting of Microsoft’s Chris Larson, former Totems coach Bill MacFarland, and then-Sonics owner Barry Ackerley submits an application for an NHL expansion team. The fee is $50 million, and the attempt fails when Ackerley rescinds the bid without Larson and MacFarland’s knowledge.

2003 The Western Hockey League expands, adding the Everett Silvertips to its franchise roster.

2021 Seattle Hockey Partners, comprised of David Bonderman, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Tod Leiweke, pays the final installment of a $650 million expansion fee to the NHL. The Seattle Kraken officially becomes the league’s 32nd team.

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