Prior to puck drop against the Vancouver Canucks in the clubs’ second preseason meeting against one another, the Seattle Kraken debuted their new mascot in delightfully bizarre fashion.
The Kraken shared their new mascot — named Buoy — with their home fans for the first time by suspending him from the rafters and lowering him to the ice while he danced in the air, and no, we’re not kidding:
Buoy’s look is inspired by the Fremont Troll, a well-known public sculpture in the Fremont neighbourhood in Seattle. Here’s a better look at Buoy, including further details on his look:
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The Kraken also released this video, which includes their “mascot search” with the mayor of Seattle making a cameo, along with some local athletes, including MLB pitcher Paul Sewald of the playoff-bound Mariners.
The reaction to Buoy so far has been a mixed bag, with some fans liking the design, and some making their displeasure loudly known.
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But hey, not everyone liked Gritty at first, either.
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