Seattle Is Getting a Hockey Team

Seattle already enjoys huge support for the NFL's Seahawks on both sides of the border

The NHL's Board of Governors unanimously approved the vote in Sea Island, Georgia on Tuesday to grant to city of Seattle, Washington with the league's 32nd team, which will begin play in the 2021-2022 season.

"I have business cards I'm going to have to toss out that say Seattle 2020", joked team president and CEO Tod Leiweke, who said he expects the venue open in March or April 2021. To accommodate the newest team, the Arizona Coyotes will be moving into the Central Division, finally balancing the NHL's conferences and giving each division eight teams.

We took a look at a potential 2020 expansion draft for the Devils over the summer, but the Totems/Sasquatch/Teen Spirits/TBD will not begin playing until the 2021-22 season.

"Seattle's one of the fastest-growing cities in the country", NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said recently.

That's Detroit's share of the $650 million expansion fee that Texas private equity billionaire David Bonderman, 76, will pay to own the NHL's 32nd franchise. According to the NHL, the Seattle Metropolitans, who played in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, won the cup in 1917.

Labor uncertainty also hovers over all things National Hockey League because owners or players can vote in September 2019 to opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement one year later - right before the beginning of the 2020 season.

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The news means that Seattle will have a representative in three of the four United States major leagues, with the Seattle NHL outfit set to join the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL) and the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB), along with the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer (MLS).

Should be great to have 32 teams in the league and Seattle deserves more sports teams. The as-yet unnamed franchise will be the Emerald City's first major winter sports team since the NBA's SuperSonics left town in 2008. That's when we all knew that this was the right idea.

The addition of Seattle will give the Western Conference a 16th team to mirror the East.

After the National Hockey League said it would consider the potential ownership group's expansion application at this time past year, a season-ticket drive to gauge interest resulted in a jaw-dropping 32,000 deposits, including 10,000 purchased in the first 12 minutes. "If it were someplace else, I wouldn't have done it". More than 100 years later, they'll have that chance again. Leiweke said arena renovations will cost $800 million and the addition of a state-of-the-art practice facility makes it a total investment of over $1.5 billion. "That's why today happened". "By the time it gets here, you'll have a pretty good idea of where you think teams are going to fall".

Tippett has a hand in all those projects and is also working to settle Seattle's American Hockey League affiliate.

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