Seattle Kraken name Dave Hakstol as first head coach in franchise history

The Seattle Kraken on Thursday announced Dave Hakstol as the first head coach in franchise history. 

The NHL approved a proposal to grant an expansion franchise to Seattle in 2018. In July 2020, the team revealed the Kraken as the mascot as well as branding and team colors. Luke Henman recently become the first player in franchise history when Seattle inked three-year entry level contract with the center on May 12.

Hakstol coached at the University of North Dakota for 11 seasons. He was named the Philadelphia Flyers’ head coach in 2015, becoming the first head coach to go directly from the NCAA to the NHL since 1982. Hakstol led the Flyers to three winning records in his first three years, but was fired after a 12-15-4 start to the 2018-19 season.

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