Courtesy Seattle Kraken
Courtesy Seattle Kraken

The Seattle Kraken last week announced the preseason schedule for their inaugural NHL season, with the team playing home and away games against the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames. The games will take place between Sept. 26 and Oct. 5. The schedule is as follows:

• Seattle Kraken vs. Vancouver Canucks, 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena

• Seattle Kraken vs. Edmonton Oilers, 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at Angel of Winds Arena, Everett

  Seattle Kraken vs. Calgary Flames, 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at accesso ShoWare Center, Kent

Tickets for each game will be sold by each individual WHL team. The Seattle Kraken will donate a portion of ticket revenue to One Roof Foundation with a goal of raising over $500,000 to expand youth access to hockey. The Kraken is working with the Thunderbirds, the Silvertips and the Chiefs, along with the Tri-City Americans and the Portland Winterhawks to grow the game across the region.

“These games represent the opportunity to see our roster come together for the first time outside of training camp,”  Seattle Kraken GM Ron Francis said in the press release. “It will be an honor to play them in hockey communities across the state, and I know our players will be excited.”

Tickets will go on sale to the general public at noon Friday via for Everett, for Kent and for Spokane. Seattle Kraken Season ticket members whose packages previously included preseason games at Climate Pledge Arena will be offered an account credit. The Seattle Kraken’s Expansion Draft is July 21, followed by the NHL Entry Draft on July 23-24. The puck will drop for the inaugural season at Climate Pledge Arena in October.


Seattle Kraken name assistant coaches

Last week, the Seattle Kraken announced the hiring of Paul McFarland and Jay Leach as the first assistant coaches to join Head Coach Dave Hakstol’s staff for the organization’s inaugural season, according to a Kraken press release.

McFarland joins Seattle from Kingston of the Ontario Hockey League, where he was the head coach and general manager of the Frontenacs. He will primarily be responsible for the team’s forwards and power play. Leach, most recently the head coach of the Providence Bruins in the American Hockey League, will be responsible for the team’s defensemen, according to the press release.

McFarland, 35, returned to Kingston as head coach in May 2020 before having the title of general manager added in August. Before returning to the OHL, he spent three seasons as an NHL assistant coach with the Florida Panthers (2017-18 and 2018-19) and most recently with the Toronto Maple Leafs (2019-20).

Prior to his NHL experience, McFarland coached Kingston to a record of 111-71-22 and three straight OHL playoff berths from 2014-17. He began his coaching career with the Oshawa Generals as an assistant from 2012-14 and coached the OHL All-Stars as an assistant twice in the Junior Super Series.

Leach, 41, joins the Kraken after five years with Providence (AHL), spending each of the last four seasons as the team’s head coach, compiling a record of 136-77-26. His team made the playoffs in both of his full seasons and ended the last two shortened campaigns in first place in the Atlantic Division. Before joining Providence, Leach spent 2015-16 as an assistant coach for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, and was an assistant coach for Adler Mannheim of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in Germany, helping the team win the 2014-15 championship.

The former defenseman played 11 professional seasons from 2001-13, recording one goal and two assists in 70 NHL games with New Jersey, San Jose, Montreal, Tampa Bay and Boston. He appeared in 499 career AHL games with the Albany Devils, Worcester Sharks, Lowell Devils, Portland Pirates, Norfolk Admirals, Providence Bruins, Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Springfield Falcons, and was a three-time AHL captain. He was originally selected in the fifth round (115th overall) by Arizona in the 1998 NHL Draft.