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Vancouver Canucks set to face Kraken at Seattle's home opener

Last Updated Jul 21, 2021 at 6:26 pm PDT

The Seattle Kraken NHL hockey flag flies on top of the Space Needle, Wednesday, July 21, 2021, before the Kraken's expansion draft event. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Summary

The face-off between the Canucks and the Kraken will likely kickstart a new rivalry in the Pacific Northwest

The NHL will announce the complete 2021-22 season schedule Thursday night

The Seattle Kraken will host the Vancouver Canucks in their home opener Oct. 23, the team announced during Wednesday’s expansion draft.

The matchup will give Pacific Northwest hockey fans the first taste of what should be an exciting rivalry. And as COVID-19 restrictions start to lift, expect fans from both sides of the border to pack Climate Pledge Arena.

The Kraken selected 30 players, one from each team except the Vegas Golden Knights, in Wednesday’s expansion draft. The team also holds the No. 2 pick in Friday’s NHL Draft and is expected to be busy in free agency, which should help them ice a competitive team right off the jump.

The NHL will announce the complete 2021-22 season schedule Thursday night.

Seattle’s NHL team was officially born April 30, becoming the league’s 32nd team for the 2021-2022 season.