Seattle Kraken sign first player

SEATTLE — The Seattle Kraken announced Wednesday the signing of their first player, 21-year-old center Luke Henman of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the Quebec Major Juniors Hockey League (QMJHL), to a three-year entry-level contract.

Henman is currently in the midst of playoff hockey for the QMJHL against the Victoriaville Tigres, where the second-round series is tied at a game apiece.

“Luke is a smart, skilled player with strong leadership qualities,” said Seattle Kraken general manager Ron Francis. “He brings solid character, which this organization values, and we look forward to working with him as he continues his development.”

For the 2020-21 season with the QMJHL, Henman scored 43 points on 16 goals and 27 assists while only tallying 20 penalty minutes in 32 games, leading his team in points and second on goals.

The six-foot, 172-pound forward played two seasons for Dartmouth of the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League, where he helped the team capture their 2015-16 league championship.

The Seattle Krakens’ inaugural season starts in September.