Seattle Officially Announced as NHL's 32nd Team

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"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". Its front office is expected to be led by Dave Tippett, a former coach who would lead the search for the club's first general manager and staff. Tippett signed on to the project because of a connection to president and CEO Tod Leiweke, a major force in delivering an National Hockey League team to Seattle.

The prospective ownership group began selling refundable season ticket deposits of $500 to $1,000 each on March 1. The Seattle Metropolitans, which seems to be an early leader in the clubhouse as far as pure speculation goes, played in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association from 1915-1924.

It's more about when than if, given the success of the Vegas Golden Knights' expansion and the $650 million the new owners will pay to join.

The NHL's newest franchise will join Major League Baseball's Seattle Mariners and the WNBA's Seattle Storm in the city. The group led by majority owner David Bonderman, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and president and CEO Tod Leiweke had been hoping for play to begin in 2020, but uncertainty over completing arena renovations in time means Seattle will have to wait another year for the return of a major winter sports team. But the deeper they got into discussions with league officials the more they came around to the value of having another year to get ready. Now, an expansion draft will be held in our building.

The Seattle Metropolitans? So, we'd have the Seattle Metropolitans and the New York Metropolitans?

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Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan was a big supporter of getting pro hockey back to Seattle, which was home to the 1917 Stanley Cup champions.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says it was an easy decision to approve Seattle expansion for 2021, not 2020, because of concerns about when downtown arena renovations will be done. This will cause a minor re-alignment for the league, with the Arizona Coyotes, who play most of their games in the Mountain Time Zone (the state of Arizona doesn't use Daylight Saving time), moving to the Central Division upon Seattle's arrival. And ultimately, for our fans, this will be a good thing. The board is also expected to be briefed on collective bargaining talks and the tentative settlement of a concussion lawsuit involving retired players. Nevertheless, the idea of Pacific Northwest hockey rivalry between Seattle and Vancouver is pretty cool. So a team for them that's close, I think it's great for the area.

But for those in Seattle it's been an excruciating process full of stops and starts, and several failed arena projects.

A lot about Seattle is different from 2008, when the Sonics moved to Oklahoma City.

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