A first look at Seattle's National Hockey League expansion team

A first look at Seattle's National Hockey League expansion team

Now that it's been officially announced that Seattle is getting an National Hockey League team by 2021, there's hope for a slight boost in tourism locally.

Barr was among fans watching Tuesday morning as Seattle was awarded an NHL expansion franchise following a unanimous vote by the Board of Governors in Sea Island, Georgia, ending a lengthy dance between the league and the city that will finally see professional hockey return to the city.

KeyArena, which was home to the NBA's SuperSonics before they moved to Oklahoma City in 2008, is primed to undergo a massive $800-million renovation.

If Seattle is approved as expected, a realignment plan would likely move the Arizona Coyotes from the Pacific into the Central Division in the new 16-team Western Conference. The rules for the latest expansion draft, including how many players teams will be allowed to protect, will be announced at a later date.

"Today is an exciting and historic day for our League as we expand to one of North America's most innovative, attractive and fastest-growing cities", NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.

Seattle's ownership group will pay a $650 million expansion fee to join the league. In 1917, the franchise become the first USA -based team to win the Stanley Cup after defeating the Montreal Canadiens for the title. "The league's expansion decision was only made possible because Seattle will possess the three pillars essential to the success of any franchise: terrific and committed ownership, a thriving market and a state-of-the-art venue".

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Just one year after watching the expansion Vegas Golden Knights take the NHL by storm en route to the most unexpected Stanley Cup Final appearance in NHL history, the league is running it back with a fresh new market.

"I've been at this eight years so it's going to be another two years for 2020, another one for 2021, I can do it", Barr said. While that particular development has been in the works for a long while, the obvious parallel from an National Basketball Association standpoint would be the potential for an organization heading back to Seattle in tandem for the first time since the SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City.

"They've always felt that we should have a little more time to build the arena right", Bruckheimer said. Obviously, Seattle's a great city. "If it was someplace else, I wouldn't have done it".

As a result, I think this makes the core's contract situation even tougher for the Chicago Blackhawks management to work with.

More than 30,000 fans have already paid a deposit on season tickets. "That's why today happened". The amount of wealth now in the Seattle market is part of the reason Tim Leiweke, Tod's older brother and the CEO of event facilities giant Oak View Group, has regularly calls the city one of the most enticing expansion opportunities in pro sports history.

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