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Eberle Makes Seattle Kraken History with First-Ever Franchise Hat Trick

Jordan Eberle scores the first-ever franchise hat trick for the Seattle Kraken. He spoke after the game about making history.

Congratulations to Jordan Eberle who scored the first-ever franchise hat trick on Thursday evening for the Seattle Kraken. Perhaps only outshined by four-goal performances by both Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins and Brock Nelson of the New York Islanders, Eberle’s hat trick might actually mean more since it was the first for the NHL’s newest team and sealed the victory over the Buffalo Sabres.

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Eberle had a message for Kraken fans after the game. “Hey Kraken fans, thanks for coming out tonight. Obviously a great night. I hope everyone had fun and thanks for being a part of history.” With his three goals, Eberle now has five goals and seven points on the season. He’s second in team scoring and second in goals. He told the media after the game, “It’s obviously an honor, it’s really cool. I’ve had a couple, but this being the first in Kraken history, it’s pretty special.” He admitted he thought out being a part of history right after he scored the third goal and said it’s neat to be a part of that. His name will forever be an NHL trivia question.

Eberle was selected by the Kraken from the New York Islanders in the NHL expansion draft and he’s being counted on to provide consistent scoring for the team as one of their proven forwards. He’s doing just that early and this is the fourth hat trick of his career and first hatty since Feb. 21, 2020 vs. Detroit.

While William Karlsson did so in 2018 for the Vegas Golden Knights, scoring hat tricks in a team’s inaugural season is actually fairly rare. Only nine players have done so since 1967.

The Kraken are now 4-6-1 on the season. While it’s not the start the Golden Knights had in their inaugural year, it’s certainly a decent start for an expansion team that looks to be competitive out the gate. Eberle is certainly making the Kraken look like they knew what they were doing when they selected him to be in their top six.

Not to be ignored, Philipp Grubauer’s assist on Jaden Schwartz’s goal marked the first point recorded by a goaltender in Kraken franchise history as well. It was a night of firsts.

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