National Hockey League officially awards new expansion team to Seattle

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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. The ownership group is set to build a sprawling training center in the Northgate neighborhood that it hopes will become a hub for the growth of hockey in the region. The NHL wanted to see them sell at least 10,000 of them, which they sold in 12 minutes. They eventually capped deposits at 32,000, and now have a waiting list. Now, an expansion draft will be held in our building. Las Vegas will be exempt from the draft because of its relatively new standing in the league (it began play just last season), so Seattle will be picking players from the exact same number of teams the Golden Knights did.

"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", Bettman said in a press release.

Seattle Hockey Partners will pay NHL owners $650 million to join.

Seattle pushed to begin play in 2020-21, but the National Hockey League rejected the proposal based on trepidation about the $700 million renovation to downtown KeyArena being completed on that schedule.

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

"Part of the DNA of this ownership group is we're extremely competitive", said Leiweke. "We believe it will be one of the finest arenas in the world". The NHL will also realign its two divisions in the West for the 2021-22 season: Seattle will play the Pacific, home to its closest geographic rivals like Vancouver, Calgary and San Jose, and the Arizona Coyotes will move to the Central Division. In a geographically sensical move, the league announced Arizona will shift from the Pacific Division to the Central in order to make room for Seattle.




A three-quarters vote of the current 31 owners is needed to confirm Seattle as the league's newest franchise.

The Seattle franchise must select one player from each presently existing club - all except Vegas - for a total of 30 players (not including additional players who may be acquired as the result of violations of the Expansion Draft rules). Seattle franchises nearly all have a shade of green included, so don't be surprised if that's part of the scheme.

Seattle's original professional hockey team, the Seattle Metropolitans of the old Pacific Coast Hockey Association (no, *not* the NHL) was the first USA -based team to win the Stanley Cup back in 1917.

Seattle, the 18th largest city in the United States, has not had a winter sports team since the NBA's SuperSonics left for Oklahoma City in 2008.

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