When the Seattle Kraken enters the NHL fold, a new era begins. That new era isn’t exclusive to just the expansion of the league’s number of teams. With the Kraken comes a more progressive NHL.
A new culture and a paradigm shift are long overdue in the world of sports. The Seattle Kraken front office features women who are ready to compete for a Stanley Cup.
Cammi Granato, a 1998 Olympic gold medalist in women’s ice hockey is now a scout for the Seattle Kraken. Her brother, Tony Granato, is the current head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers hockey team. She knows hockey and has the hardware to prove it, including a spot in the Hockey Hall Of Fame.
Mike Milbury, who called women in sports a distraction, invited Cammi to attend the New York Islanders training camp in 1997, but Granato declined. In 2019, Granato became the second female scout in NHL history when she accepted her position with the Kraken.
The Seattle Kraken has all the tools at their fingertips to make a strong impression in their debut season with a diverse front office. Cammi Granato brings a wealth of hockey experience to a new franchise. She also has a spirit of giving back; something that is always well-received in hockey circles.
Just a couple of seasons ago, the Vegas Golden Knights became the most successful expansion team in NHL history. The Kraken can mimic that recipe. Already, Seattle has gone far beyond the Golden Knights as far as the hype is concerned.
That is just one of the three women steering the Seattle Kraken through the NHL’s heavy seas.
The director of hockey strategy and research is Alexandra Mandrycky, and Namita Nandakumar is a senior analyst.
These two women, alongside Cammi Granato, have made all the right moves to generate incredible buzz for a new professional hockey franchise. They’re doing it their way, and the Kraken are flourishing. Everyone wins when women elevate in professional hockey’s grandest setting.
By the numbers, women make up for nearly half of the Seattle Kraken’s managers and directors, almost a third of vice-presidents and senior vice-presidents, and just about 41% of the total staff.
Markedly, these hirings are not about being politically correct, because hiring to fill a quota does not change the story. Firstly, women who are on the Kraken’s staff have more than earned their keep. In fact they’ve broken through the ceiling.
As the Seattle Kraken makes history in joining the NHL, they’re also on the right side of history. When the 2021-2022 NHL season arrives, the Kraken will finally be let loose.