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Seattle Kraken players take in view from Climate Pledge Arena seats, in attendance for the Battle in Seattle

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 6, 2021

The Seattle Kraken’s Brandon Tanev watches Gonzaga fall to the Alabama Crimson Tide last Saturday at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle.  (Tyler Tjomsland/The Spokesman-Review)
The Seattle Kraken’s Brandon Tanev watches Gonzaga fall to the Alabama Crimson Tide last Saturday at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle. (Tyler Tjomsland/The Spokesman-Review)
By Justin Reed The Spokesman-Review

Sporting a red beanie and exuding more energy than his entire row combined, Brandon Tanev – or “Turbo” as he is so aptly nicknamed – was in attendance for the ‘Battle in Seattle’ between No. 3 Gonzaga and No. 16 Alabama in Climate Pledge Arena.

Tanev, a left winger for the Seattle Kraken, was a spectator for the first time inside Climate Pledge, where he is usually seen gliding and outhustling opposing NHL skaters to the puck and crushing them against the boards.

He has seen a few NBA games, but it was the first high-talent college basketball game he has watched in person.

The Kraken’s 2021 expansion pick from the Pittsburgh Penguins was with five teammates, absorbing the energy a few rows back from the action on the court.

“It’s awesome, I mean the city of Seattle is a great sports town and we’re seeing it once again,” Tanev said. “It is an unbelievable crowd, good to be a part of it.”

It was the first time in almost six years the site of the old Key Arena has had this level of men’s basketball talent to help rattle the six-decade-old roof stationed atop the new bones of Climate Pledge.

The 29-year-old forward is from Toronto, Ontario – coming from the same province as three players on the court from the Bulldogs and the Crimson Tide combined roster.

GU’s Andrew Nembhard is from Aurora, while AU has Charles Bediako, from Brampton, and Keon Ambrose-Hylton, also from Toronto.

Tanev was fired up to see fellow Canadians contributing to two top-25 programs.

“We have a few great players in the NBA, it is great to see a couple Canucks in here playing basketball,” Tanev said.

The six Kraken players were cheering for the Bulldogs, joining the over 18,000 fans in the arena mostly supporting the cross-state Zags.

When asked about his favorite player – excluding his countrymen – Tanev said he is a fan of top-ranked recruit Chet Holmgren.

“He’s a great player and looking forward to watching him more,” Tanev said.

It may be a coincidence that Holmgren’s home state of Minnesota is nicknamed ‘The State of Hockey.’

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