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SEATTLE – Hockey fans filled bars and parking lots across the city as the NHL’s newest team, Seattle Kraken, filled its roster.

Hundreds of hockey fans filled Gas Works Park on Wednesday to participate in the highly anticipated Seattle Kraken roster announcement.

A total of 30 hockey players were selected to join the Kraken for the inaugural season. One player was selected from each NHL team, except for Las Vegas, where the final expansion release took place.

Meanwhile, viewing parties were taking place all over the city.

It’s really happening, I can’t believe it, said Seattle resident Sean Lee, as he stood at a guard party that took place at Dicks Drive-In in Queen Anne.

I mean, this is history in the making for Seattle, said Sean’s friend, Cameron Wong.

In Greenwood, fans flocked to the local hockey-themed watering hole, The Angry Beaver.

The company reached capacity before the expansion design even began.

Total party, it’s a total party there now, said owner, Tim Pipes. I think we’ve all been waiting for this day for years; I’m really looking forward to Christmas in Seattle today for hockey fans.

Every time a design choice was announced, the crowd cheered.

The festivities were streamed live to fans around the world via a new fan-created podcast, Kraken Fancast.

This is like Christmas today, players got, were so psyched, said Kraken Fancast host Chris Porter.

We were supposed to have a team in October, it’s around the corner and I’ve been waiting. I’ve lived here for 23 years, waiting for an NHL team, and here it is, Porter continued.

The excitement surrounding the first season has already given The Angry Beaver a boost. A welcome sight, after a tough year of pandemic-related restrictions and closures.

I’m a survivor, I’m a hockey player, you know? You’ll come off the ice again if you get knocked down, so I’m excited, Pipes said. Everyone gets together and the excitement about the Kraken club starting in October, it’s just, I’m over the moon.

Pipes said he expects the Kraken-powered business boom to continue once the season kicks off in October.

I think in October, when the puck falls in the Climate Pledge Arena, I expect a 25% increase or maybe more in my business, Pipes said.

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