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Date and location revealed for Vancouver Canucks, Seattle Kraken’s first matchup

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We now know when the Vancouver Canucks and their likely future division rival the Seattle Kraken will have their first face-to-face matchup.

The teams are scheduled to first meet in a pre-season game at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, home of the WHL Spokane Chiefs, on Sunday, Sept. 26.

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The expansion Kraken are playing a series of home games hosted by different WHL clubs in Washington state.

Canucks fans who want to watch the game at the 12,000-14,000 seat arena may be out of luck, as the Canada-U.S. border remains closed to recreational travel, with no timeline for reopening.

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But the two clubs will face off again on Canucks home ice at Rogers Arena on Oct. 5.

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Who will take the ice for the Kraken remains unknown. The team’s roster won’t be determined until the July 21 expansion draft.

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When the NHL’s 2021-2022 regular season starts, the Kraken will play at Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena, which is expected to open in mid-October.

The full-season schedule has yet to be announced.

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