On October 23, when a sea of S-emblazoned jerseys pack into Climate Pledge Arena to watch the Kraken take the ice, Seattle hockey fans will be at peak joy. Beers will be consumed. Hugs will be had. Tears may even be shed. Pro hockey is here, and with it comes many a prime pre-gaming spot, branded (and brand-adjacent) gear, and new ways for clumsy adults to show their stuff. Here's everything you need to cheer like a true Seattle Kraken fan. 

In This Feature:

Where to Watch Hockey If You Didn't Score Kraken Tickets

From Kraken practices to WHL games to a good ole hockey bar, this town has options aplenty for watching hockey.

09/29/2021 By Angela Cabotaje

What Hockey's Diversity Problem Means for Fans Like Me

The NHL says hockey is for everyone. But can the Seattle Kraken actually make good on its diversity and inclusion promises?

09/28/2021 By Angela Cabotaje Photography by David Jaewon Oh

Release the Seattle Kraken Merch!

From custom jerseys to cute tanks to cozy knit hats, we've got you covered for the inaugural season of Seattle's new NHL team.

09/28/2021 By Zoe Sayler

The Clumsy Adult's Guide to Ice Skating at Kraken Iceplex

A clumsy adult's guide to renting skates, hitting the ice, and not falling over too much.

09/27/2021 By Allison Williams

Where to Eat and Drink Before a Kraken Game

Headed to a Kraken hockey game? Here’s where to meet up with friends for a beer or dinner before the puck drops.

09/27/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

When Was the Last Time Seattle Had a Hockey Team?

A tape-to-tape history of hockey in Seattle, before the Kraken.

09/30/2021 By Angela Cabotaje

The Kraken Front Office Made a Guide to Seattle

The 72-page book is meant to help Kraken players relocate here, with details about the best neighborhoods in Seattle to the best grocery stores.

09/30/2021 By Angela Cabotaje

How Did the Kraken Get Its Eye?

Deciphering the jerseys, logos, and other branding of Seattle’s NHL team during the 2021 inaugural season.

09/30/2021 By Zoe Sayler

Not a Hockey Fan? The Kraken Want to Change Your Mind

And if you already root for another NHL team, well, they want your love too.

10/01/2021 By Angela Cabotaje