SEATTLE KRAKEN

Was Kraken’s Winter Classic jersey leaked by NBA team, wrestling company?

Nov 19, 2023, 2:38 PM | Updated: 7:59 pm

Seattle Kraken...

Matty Beniers, Adam Larsson, Vince Dunn, Tye Kartye and Jordan Eberle of the Seattle Kraken. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

(Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

We’re just a little over a month away from the Seattle Kraken hosting the NHL’s annual outdoor Winter Classic at Seattle’s T-Mobile Park, and we’ve yet to see an official reveal of their uniform for the game.

Unofficially, though, the Kraken’s sweater has apparently leaked – in one of the weirdest ways you could possibly imagine.

Bump & Stacy Interview: Seattle Kraken’s Oliver Bjorkstrand

On Friday night, two Utah Jazz players – Jordan Clarkson and Walker Kessler – arrived for their NBA game against the Phoenix Suns wearing conspicuously striped Kraken sweaters. The Jazz social media team understood the assignment, captioning a post with pictures of Clarkson and Kessler with “what’s kraken???”

The Kraken themselves have never worn these sweaters on the ice, and the look of them seems tailor-made for the Winter Classic, which traditionally features teams in special throwback-style gear.

How does a team in its third NHL season turn back the clock? Well, the sweaters worn by Clarkson and Kessler feature two apparent nods to the Seattle Metropolitans, the hockey team that played from 1915-24, and notably became the first American club to win the Stanley Cup championship in 1917. The red “S” logo with “Kraken” written inside of it is very clearly an homage to the Metropolitans’ similar logo, while the navy, light blue and white stripes of the sweater are much like the Metropolitans’ famous red, forest green and white sweaters.

Lending credence to the assumption that these are what the Kraken will wear outdoors for their nationally-televised game at noon on New Year’s Day are two other apparent leaks.

First, in August there was a leak of hats for both Seattle and its Winter Classic opponent, the defending Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights, and the Kraken cap featured the same logo as the sweaters the Jazz players wore.

Second, the Jazz players weren’t the only people to get in front of a camera this weekend while wearing the Kraken sweater. On Saturday, All Elite Wrestling broadcaster RJ City wore the same thing during a preview show for the company’s Full Gear pay-per-view event. And wouldn’t you know it, his AEW broadcast partner (and fellow Canadian – because hockey) Renee Paquette wore a Golden Knights sweater that was in the same style as the hats leaked in August.

Was this all a bit of planned viral marketing? It seems that way, and if I had to guess, I would think this has probably been in the works for nearly two months. That’s because the Jazz were at Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena, home of the Kraken, on Oct. 10 for a preseason game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Do you know what else was at the CPA just over a week before? AEW, which was at the arena on back-to-back nights on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 for its weekly show Collision and the WrestleDream pay-per-view. All pretty good opportunities to make arrangements to get sweaters to people who would wear them on camera, don’t you think?

One other thing that adds fuel to the fire – the Winter Classic will air on TNT, which is also the home of NBA and AEW programming.

The Seattle Kraken (7-8-4) are currently tied with the Anaheim Ducks for fourth in the Pacific Division with 18 points in the standings, boosted by a 4-3 win Saturday night in Vancouver over the rival Canucks. The Golden Knights (13-3-2) lead both the Pacific Division and Western Conference with 28 points.

The Kraken have a three-game homestand this week with 7 p.m. games against Calgary (Monday), San Jose (Wednesday) and Vancouver (Friday).

More: Seattle Kraken to play Vegas in NHL Winter Classic

Seattle Kraken

Seattle Kraken trade target...

Zac Hereth

Kraken reportedly interested in former first-round pick

The Seattle Kraken were recently linked to Carolina Hurricanes centerman Martin Necas as a trade target during an NHL Tonight segment.

12 days ago

New Seattle Kraken coach Dan Bylsma...

Zac Hereth

Morosi: Why Dan Bylsma is ‘best possible’ coach for Kraken

NHL insider Jon Morosi explains why he believes new head coach Dan Bylsma was the right hire for the Seattle Kraken.

19 days ago

Seattle Kraken GM Ron Francis...

Mike Salk

Salk: Who Seattle Kraken can target in crucial offseason

Seattle Sports co-host Mike Salk analyzes the Seattle Kraken and two offseason additions the team could make to improve.

21 days ago

Seattle Kraken Philipp Grubauer...

Brent Stecker

Potential Sonics return may have played role in Kraken coach change

The Seattle Kraken may have shown more urgency in letting Dave Hakstol go because the NBA could be close to bringing the Sonics back to town.

22 days ago

Seattle Kraken coach Dan Bylsma...

Brent Stecker

NHL insider: Why Dan Bylsma was chosen as Kraken coach

Longtime NHL insider Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet in Canada shared a few things that led the Seattle Kraken coach job landing with Dan Bylsma.

23 days ago

Seattle Kraken coach search Dan Bylsma...

The Associated Press

Dan Bylsma rediscovers the joy in coaching, lands Kraken job

“I think I needed to discover the joy of coaching again and changing a little bit in establishing relationships with the players,” new Seattle Kraken coach Dan Bylsma said.

23 days ago

Was Kraken’s Winter Classic jersey leaked by NBA team, wrestling company?