SEATTLE — Hundreds of Seattle Kraken fans cheered for their team in a crowded Queen Anne Beerhall Monday night the team's historic season came to an end.
Despite the Kraken’s 2-1 loss to the Dallas Stars in Game 7 of the second round in the NHL playoffs, fans are thanking this team for a hard-fought season that's been exciting to watch.
“It’s our second year in the league, so it’s pretty cool to see us get this far,” Cooper Curry said.
When the Kraken finally scored its first and only goal in the third period, fans stood watching the less than 20 seconds remaining of the game.
“I’m disappointed, but I couldn’t be more proud of our boys,” Sam Otto said.
This team, in its second season, has created a whole host of new hockey fans.
“We’re both transplants to Seattle, so we’re new fans, and we’re ready to cheer them on forever!” Callie Doyle explained while standing next to her friend.
The games brought together friends and family, growing Seattle's hockey culture.
“Everyone’s come out and support on a Monday, in the middle of May, on one of the hottest days of the year. This is awesome. This is cool to be part of,” Gary Dunn stated.
“Seattle is a hockey town. Let’s go!” Gavin Anderson added.
The disappointing end to a memorable season comes with hope for next year.
“Hopefully, we’ll be better, and hopefully we’ll be better at power plays because they are not doing it, you know, capitalizing on power plays,” Allison Rook said.
The support for the Kraken was felt across Seattle. Hundreds of fans also caught the watch party at Climate Pledge Arena.