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KRAKEN THEME NIGHT: BLACK HOCKEY HISTORY NIGHT

Seattle, WA – The NHL’s newest team, Seattle Kraken, faced one of the original six teams, the Boston Bruins on Monday night at Climate Pledge Arena. The theme for the night was Black Hockey History Night. The jersey and graphics where designed by Barry Johnson. Barry adapted the S logo to include the Pan African Flag colors. The secondary logo connects the anchor with a peace sign to represent love, equality for all, and non-violence in the face of inequity and civil rights issues. He hopes that the symbols and colors all tie together to remind people today to continue to fight for the rights of future generations.

The house band of the evening was Kalimba, a Seattle tribute band to Earth, Wind and Fire.

“Lift Every Voice and Sing” was performed by Chyee Howelli on vocals and Medearis Dixson on saxophone. Lift Every Voice and Sing is often referred to as the Black National Anthem and was written as a poem by NAACP leader James Weldon Johnson in 1900.

Tommie Burton sang the national anthem with assistance from Kraken fans on the words “sea” and “red”.

Kraken fans welcomed the return of former Kraken, Morgan Geekie #39, during a video montage shown on the twins in the first period.

The Hero of the Deep award was presented to Michelle Merriweather who is the president and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle. Michelle leads a team dedicated to empowering communities of color to thrive by providing economic, educational and employment support services. At 94 years old the Urban League is one of just a few organizations whose impact in Seattle has been felt across generations.

1st Period: It appeared that Justin Brazeau #55 knocked over Kraken Goalie, Philipp Grubauer #31, but no penalty was called. This changed the momentum for the Kraken and the Bruins quickly scored the first goal of the game by David Pastrňák #88 at 5:53. 1st Intermission: Garfield High School Cheer Team performed for the crowd.

2nd Period: The Kraken came out aggressively and Jordan Eberle #7 scored the first goal for the Kraken at 4:45. The second goal for the Bruins was again scored by David Pastrňák at 17:08 in the second period.

3rd Period: The Kraken tied up the game (2-2) with a goal from Vince Dunn #29 at 5:29. The Kraken challenged what appeared to be a goal by Morgan Geekie #39 and it was determined to be goalie interference and declared no goal at 9:14.

The third goal for the Kraken came off a dart by Will Borgen #3 that Oliver Bjorkstrand #22 directed in to the net at 14:30.

At 17:08, it appeared that David Pastrňák #88 scored a hat trick and many Bruins fans threw hats on to the ice. However, it was announced later that the goal was awarded to Charlie Coyle #13. The period ended in a tie of 3 to 3. Shots on goal were 26 for Seattle and 30 for Boston.

Overtime and Shootout: Both teams looked good during the 3 on 3, however neither scored and the game went on to a shootout. The Kraken went first and Kailer Yamamoto #56 was the only player to score a goal. The other Kraken players that attempted the shoot out were Tomas Tatar #90 and Matty Beniers #10. The Bruins had the following players attempted shots but were denied from Grubauer: Charlie Coyle #13Charlie McAvoy #73, and David Pastrňák #88.

Seattle Kraken win 4 to 3!

You can catch up on the post game details in the original article on Come as You Are Hockey, here.

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