COVID-19: Seattle hockey bar battles for survival with its Kraken team still a year away

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The time will come when Vancouver Canucks fans can discover the fun of visiting a nearby rival city en masse, like their Whitecaps counterparts have been able to do for years.

The Seattle Kraken will join the NHL for the 2021-22 season. And a Seattle bar is hoping to be ready for the arrival of the world’s biggest hockey league, not to mention fans from the Great White North.

“Folks in Seattle are really looking forward to a Vancouver-Seattle rivalry,” Tim Pipes, the Toronto-raised owner of the Angry Beaver, said in an email to Postmedia on Friday.

He’s looking forward to it too, if he can get his bar through the next nine months or so.

In good times, his Canadian- and hockey-themed bar bops.

COVID-19 has been hard on bars on restaurants the world over and the Angry Beaver, which Pipes opened in 2012, has been no exception.

Washington state imposed new restrictions for indoor dining on Nov. 18. Those rules will be in place till at least Dec. 14.

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