Today the Seattle Kraken made Luke Henman the first player in the history their franchise. The Kraken signed Henman as a free agent from the QMJHL’s Blainville-Boisbriand Armada after his NHL rights with the Carolina Hurricanes expired. Henman was drafted in the 4th round (96th overall) by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2018. Current Kraken GM Ron Francis was the Hurricanes GM in the year leading up to Henman being drafted.
According to the Kraken’s press release, Henman responded to the signing saying “I am super-excited and honored.” The 21-year-old center had 43 points in 32 games serving as team captain of the Armada this season.
Henman has already earned a special place in Seattle Kraken franchise history. He’ll be the answer to a trivia question, a social media trend, and for a brief period of time, the face of a franchise.