Seattle Kraken in the game as EA Sports’ ‘NHL 22’ features new hockey team and new arena

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Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, as depicted with a crowd and hockey action in the new “NHL 22” video game from EA Sports. (EA Vancouver Image)

Hockey fans dying for a look inside Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena, the soon-to-be home of the Seattle Kraken, can turn to a video game announcement today to get their fix.

EA Sports dropped a reveal trailer for “NHL 22,” its premiere hockey video game, and it’s nice to see the Kraken represented among some of the storied franchises in the league.

Climate Pledge Arena — the reimagined venue in Seattle’s Lower Queen Anne neighborhood — shows up for a brief couple seconds at the 1:37 mark of the trailer (below). Fans are going wild in the up-high view inside the packed stadium; center ice bears the team’s giant ‘S’ logo.

EA also shared a video game image of Mark Giordano, a Kraken defenseman who the team picked up from the Calgary Flames in the NHL expansion draft this summer. It’s a great look at how another Seattle sports team and its unique branding will come across in a video game.

The Kraken tweeted that “NHL 22” is “about to get a whole lot better” with the inclusion of the team.

Seattle Kraken player Mark Giordano in “NHL 22.” (EA Vancouver Image)

The Kraken are scheduled to kick off their inaugural season on Oct. 12 in Las Vegas. The team plays four more games on the road before opening at home on Oct. 23 against the Vancouver Canucks for the start of what is hoped to be a new and lasting Pacific Northwest rivalry.

“NHL 22” launches Oct. 15 on PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X, and is now powered by EA’s Frostbite game engine.

“For the first time ever, experience hockey on one of the industry’s most powerful game engines bringing unrivaled visual detail to every hit, deke, and shot,” the company said.

Watch the reveal trailer for “NHL 22” below.