Inside the Seattle Kraken Guide to Living in Seattle
When normal people moving to a new city, they comb through the Internet to understand the trivialities of life. Things like where to live, what to do, where to shop. When you’re a hockey player in the NHL and you sign with the Seattle Kraken, you get a personalized guide is given to you with all these things: 72 spiral-bound pages, with dividers.
The Seattle Kraken Family Resource Guide is the product of approximately six months of work by Sadie Klingman, Executive Assistant, Hockey Operations. It all started in January, when Klingman (Kraken employee # 13) asked other sports teams to share what they once had in place for their new players – counterparts from the 49ers and Vegas Golden Knights have been particularly helpful, she notes. Then came a deluge of research, company Slack threads, and internal reviews before the guide was released into the hands of gamers shortly after the expansion project.
Although Klingman declined to name specific businesses that she included (trust me, I asked), she noted that the main requests were for things like neighborhoods, schools, and doctors. You know, normal life stuff.
“Tthe guys are really focused on hockey, and it’s okay be their number one priority, ”says Klingman. “That’s what I’m here for, it’s to help with all the other details. Most of my communication regarding relocation is with wives and girlfriends. They are the unsung heroes of this whole process.“
So what is really in this treaty? A range, if you want:
- Seattle Kraken Values (“We worked with our brand team to really showcase what we value as a company and organization. “)
- Team history
- Tribal history of the Pacific Northwest
- Land recognition agreement
- Food and drinks (classified by district and price level: casual, intermediate, high-end)
- Day trips
- Live music venues
- Neighborhoods (“We really focused our recommendations on Seattle to be close to Climate Pledge Arena and our training facility to make getting around as easy as possible for the guys.”)
- Resettlement resources
- Short-term accommodation
- Private schools
- Public schools
- Childcare and activities
- health and wellbeing
- Spas and Gyms
- Grocery Stores (“That’s a big deal. If you’re moving from the East Coast or Europe, you don’t know what the common grocery stores are here.”)
- Caring for an animal
- Home Care
- Continuing education (“For [partners] who want to move on with college or finish their studies. “)
- ESL interpreters
- Event planning
- Community and volunteering
- Climate engagement arena
- Hockey operations
- Team Directory
- Sponsors and partners
While this is purposely a book of Kraken-endorsed recommendations, Klingman notes that she and others provide “extra color” when speaking to family members and gamers. But she adds, “No, we didn’t have a blacklist in the guide.” Well, there’s always next year.