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Kraken vs. Canucks: Professional hockey returns to Seattle Saturday in a brand-new arena

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Ted S. Warren
The Associated Press
The floor and seating areas of Climate Pledge Arena are shown Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, during a media tour ahead of the NHL hockey Seattle Kraken's home opener Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks in Seattle.

Nearly three years after being awarded an expansion franchise in the National Hockey League, the Seattle Kraken has its home opener Saturday night against the Vancouver Canucks in the new Climate Pledge Arena. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick look at the rebirth of professional hockey in Seattle.

Kirsten Kendrick has been hosting KNKX’s Morning Edition since 2006. She handles all aspects of the show - from news selection and writing to audio production. Kirsten has worked in radio for 30 years. She was born in Ohio, grew up in Indiana and attended high school and college in North Texas. In addition to being a journalist and active in the public radio host community, Kirsten is also sports lover. She and her husband live in Seattle with their son and their dog.