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Before stepping on ice, Kraken teach hockey to Seattle kids

The Kraken have already begun introducing the basics of hockey to schools and youth programs in the area before the team even takes the ice for its first NHL game.
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Seattle artist RC Johnson poses for a photo, Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Seattle while showing an image on his phone of characters he created for a floor hockey curriculum developed by the new Seattle Kraken NHL hockey team that can be used to teach hockey skills to elementary-aged students. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Kraken have already begun introducing the basics of hockey to schools and youth programs in the area before the team even takes the ice for its first NHL season this fall.

The Kraken are doing something a bit different from what other teams have done in the past. 

A former teacher who works in the Kraken front office has developed a hockey curriculum that meets elementary school-level physical education standards. 

The ball hockey program is expected to be used in a handful of schools in the Seattle area beginning this school year.

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