Watch: Seattle welcomes Kraken, boos Bettman at home opener
The Seattle Kraken finally played in front of their home fans at Climate Pledge Arena for the first time in franchise history, and the crowd didn't disappoint.
Kraken CEO Tod Leiweke fired up the expansion team's supporters during the pregame festivities. The executive also revealed the club is retiring No. 32 to represent the NHL's 32nd current team and thank the 32,000 fans who made season-ticket deposits on the first day they were available.
In case there were any remaining doubts about Seattle being an NHL market, Kraken fans put that to rest by doing what all of the league's most vocal fanbases do best.
The high energy continued when the Kraken took the ice at home for the first time.
Here's how the opening faceoff looked and sounded.
The Kraken faithful went wild when Seattle defenseman Vince Dunn netted the team's first-ever goal in a home game.
The Kraken and the Vancouver Canucks were locked in a 2-2 tie late in Saturday's contest before Canucks forward Conor Garland spoiled Seattle's party by scoring the eventual winner with just over four minutes remaining.
The expansion squad opened its inaugural campaign on a five-game road trip. The Kraken went 1-3-1 in those contests, earning their first-ever win by defeating the Nashville Predators 4-3 on Oct. 14.