Meet Buoy the Troll, the first-ever Seattle Kraken mascot
Oct 1, 2022, 6:59 PM | Updated: 7:05 pm
(Photo courtesy of the Seattle Kraken)
As the Seattle Kraken worked their way through their inaugural season, there were many firsts for the franchise.
There was their first game in Las Vegas, there was their first goal by Ryan Donato, there was their first home game at Climate Pledge Arena and prior to the season, there was their first draft pick in Matty Beniers.
But missing from Seattle Kraken games was a mascot.
Well, at their latest preseason game on Saturday night against the Vancouver Canucks, the Seattle Kraken introduced their first mascot, Buoy the Troll.
inspired by the Fremont Troll, It’s Bouy the troll pic.twitter.com/CUzkFXN6MX
— Andy Eide (@AndyEide) October 2, 2022
Leading up to the reveal, the Kraken released a video of three children video chatting with local Seattle sports players such as Paul Sewald of the Mariners and Breanna Stewart of the Storm about what the team’s mascot should be. Eventually, the thought was the mascot should be based around one of the city of Seattle’s top landmarks.
Enter Buoy the Troll, who is named after the Fremont Troll under the Aurora Bridge.
Oh Buoy, this is going to be good! 😉
— Seattle Kraken (@SeattleKraken) October 2, 2022
“We are proud to introduce Buoy and mark another milestone moment for the Seattle Kraken,” Katie Townsend, Kraken chief marketing officer, said in a press release. “We are rooted in the local community and everything we do is inspired by the wonderful place we live. Buoy was inspired by the Fremont Troll and is a big fan of the Seattle music scene!”
Buoy, as you’d imagine, shares many of the same colors as the Seattle Kraken’s jerseys, and also has an earring with the team’s secondary logo, an anchor modeled after the space needle. And, per the Kraken, Buoy has “hockey-flow-style hair” and “a removable tooth.”
“Over the last two years we worked to develop Buoy’s unique identity that captured the look and feel of the Kraken brand while being kid-friendly and approachable,” said Lamont Buford, vice president of entertainment experience and production of the Seattle Kraken. “Buoy’s hair is a nod to hockey flow and the waves of Puget Sound. You’ll notice there is a removable tooth just like a hockey player, an anchor earring for our secondary mark and then a mysterious tentacle indicating an encounter with the Kraken. Buoy is so much fun and I look forward to everyone meeting the newest member of our team.”
Fans can meet Buoy for the first time on Sunday at the Kraken Community Iceplex. To follow Buoy on Instagram, use the handle @NHLbuoy. For Twitter and TikTok, use @SEABuoy.
yoohoo 👋 pic.twitter.com/wQaPFYm1fx
— Buoy (@SEAbuoy) October 2, 2022