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Key Arena was a basketball centre where the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League played before moving 50 km south to the ShoWare Centre in Kent, Wash.

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Derek Van Diest

Leon Draisaitl (29) of the Edmonton Oilers celebrates his power-play goal with teammates against the Seattle Kraken while playing in his 500th NHL game, at Climate Pledge Arena on Dec. 03, 2021, in Seattle. Photo by Steph Chambers /Getty Images Article content

SEATTLE — Edmonton Oilers forward Derek Ryan smiled when asked about the old KeyArena, which stood on the site of the newly minted Climate Pledge Arena, home to the expansion Seattle Kraken.

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KeyArena was home to the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League before they moved 32 km south to the ShoWare Centre in Kent, Wash.

Ryan, 34, a native of Spokane, Wash., played in the WHL for his hometown Chiefs and made numerous trips to play the Thunderbirds at KeyArena in his junior days.

“You’re aging me a little bit, yeah, I remember the old KeyArena,” said Ryan prior to the Oilers facing the Kraken on Friday. “I’m trying to remember what it was even like in here, to be honest, but it doesn’t look anything now like it did then. I remember it being pretty dark…

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