Yes, the National Hockey League is coming to the Emerald City.
Even with the 2021-2022 season set to be the new franchise’s debut though, the forthcoming team has neither a name nor a color scheme. Given the money to be made from pro sports merchandise, it’s not crazy to think that both those things could be coming in the near future.
So what could the future Seattle NHL team look like?
Historically, the Seattle Metropolitans (the city’s first NHL team) rocked striped sweaters with dark green, red and ivory as their primary colors. Despite the old-school ties, don’t plan on seeing those colors make a return – the Minnesota Wild currently use them.
The Totems used kelly green as their base in the 60’s, but that seems to have been claimed by the Dallas Stars as well.
Well, if history is a bust, maybe the team will take some more contemporary cues.
Generally, teams that share a city tend to stick to somewhat similar colors. The Seahawks, Mariners and Sounders share a use of some form of green or blue. But Seattle’s basketball teams, the Storm and the dearly-departed Sonics, boast prominent use of yellow.
There’s not a single NHL team that uses a green even remotely close to the Seahawks’ neon shade, so it could show up on Seattle ice. On the other hand, combining basketball’s green and yellow would also stand out.
But amidst all the actual sport-based influences, it’s possible that nature could play the greatest role. With “Sockeyes” considered a strong contender for the team’s eventual name, will Seattle have the first NHL team with pink-accented uniforms?
Only time will tell.
Click through above to see some of the possible influences on Seattle’s future NHL jerseys.