Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Seattle becomes NHL's 32nd team after league approves expansion bid

NHL Seattle NHL Greenlights Seattle Expansion Franchise AFP
| 05 December, 2018, 03:55

And with Tuesday's formal news that the league was expanding, again, but this time to Seattle, a second Quebec team and eighth in Canada will remain very much a fantasy. Approval requires a three-quarters vote.

That will likely be answered this week.

"We are delighted to add David Bonderman, Tod Leiweke and the entire NHL Seattle group to the National Hockey League family".

"They know we want it in 2020", Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan said in October.

It will play home games at the Seattle Center Arena, formerly known as the KeyArena, which is undergoing $700 million in renovations. Nearly nothing, except the iconic roof, will remain of the old place.

"And we are thrilled that Seattle, a city with a proud hockey history that includes being the home for the first American team ever to win the Stanley Cup, is finally joining the NHL". But that is not the goal.

The nine-member executive committee that heard Seattle's presentation in October voted unanimously to move the matter to the full board, which is meeting in Georgia.

The new team will play in the Pacific Division of the NHL's Western Conference. That will trigger a realignment that will send the Arizona Coyotes to the Central Division.


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Seattle is the largest USA city without a major winter sports team since the NBA's SuperSonics left in 2008.

NHL Seattle met the NHL's required 10,000 season ticket deposit goal in just 12 minutes and has already met its cap of 32,000 depositors for season tickets. Chris Bradford asked Grant about the NHL's newest franchise. That isn't expected to be an issue now, despite the record expansion price tag.

Bettman explained the new franchise will be stocked under the same rules as the ones that were in place for the league's 31st expansion team - the Vegas Golden Knights. Seattle has had multiple other minor-league teams, and come close to adding an NHL franchise at various times prior to this year.

From Sea Island, Seattle will be off the races. That team lasted from 1915-24.

Let's go through some facts, figures and key dates that will help you prepare for the arrival of Seattle's next pro sports team.

"The Totems", Oshie said in September.

A world-class practice facility is in the works. "There's an bad lot going on between Boeing and the whole computer industry and all the rest of that stuff", NHL Players' Association executive director Don Fehr said. But the process can officially start now after Tuesday's announcement and Tippett is excited to get the ball rolling.

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