Seattle Awarded The 32nd NHL Franchise

Welcome to the NHL Seattle! The 32nd team in the National Hockey League will begin play in the 2021-22 season. The Board Of Governors approved the Seattle franchise at a press conference with Gary Bettman. The Seattle Metropolitans were the first American team to win a Stanley Cup in 1917. In 1974 the NHL awarded Seattle a team but it collapsed and never came to fruition and pulled the plug after failing to purchase the California Seals but finally with a price tag of $650 Million hockey is back in the Emerald City home of the Seahawks in NFL, Mariners in MLB, Sounders in MLS, Starbucks and the original grunge movement with Nirvana. NHL Commissioner Gary bettman said “Today is an exciting and historic day for our league as we expand to one of North America’s most innovative, beautiful and fastest-growing cities 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.” The ownership group, led by majority stakeholder David Bonderman and iconic Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer and CEO Tod Leiweke formerly from MLSE, will pay a $650-million US expansion fee. The Vegas Golden Knights paid a $500-million fee two years ago. Owners were hoping to start in 2020 but want to do things right including a full $800-million renovation to KeyArena the former home of the NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics who moved to Oklahoma City and now known as the Thunder. The Seattle Franchise will play in the Pacific Division in the Western Conference and Arizona will move to the Central Division. Seattle will follow the same rules for the 2021 Expansion Draft as the Vegas Golden Knights did in 2017. Bovada has issued some odds on potential team names based on registered domains by lawyers working with the organization. What name suits Seattle? Join the conversation with your thoughts on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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