Seattle becomes NHL's 32nd team after league approves expansion bid

NHL Seattle

The NHL Board of Governors unanimously voted in favour of awarding Seattle an NHL franchise on Tuesday, becoming the league's 32 team. 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.

In October, the Seattle ownership group and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan made a two-hour presentation to the National Hockey League executive committee in NY. The team will follow the same expansion draft rules as Vegas did in 2017, selecting a player from each club (except for Vegas) for 30 total players. The expansion has been in the works for awhile, and the team will debut in the 2021-22 season, playing home games at Seattle Center Arena.

A Seattle franchise would mean the addition of a 16th team to the Western Conference, matching the number in the East.

The following two tabs change content below.

The Vegas Golden Knights paid $500 million when they joined the league in 2016.

"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.

Carper releases statement on passing of George HW Bush
On Wednesday, family and friends will gather at the National Cathedral in Washington for an 11 a.m ET memorial service. The number is a reference to Bush's place in the roster of America's presidents.

Seattle has a lot going for it, including some semblance of a hockey culture as a longtime home to multiple WHL franchises in the area.

League commissioner Gary Bettman made the announcement on Tuesday at a press conference following the conclusion of the board of governors meetings. In March, the Seattle ownership group launched a season-ticket drive and said it reached 25,000 deposits within the first hour.

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.

"Right now everything we've done is kind of geared toward 2020", Seattle Hockey Partners senior adviser Dave Tippett said. Next steps will include moving forward on arena and practice facility plans and piecing together a hockey operations department that Tippett will likely be in charge of.

Western Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals (such an unprecedented accomplishment for an expansion team that my memory of how far the Knights' run went was initially incorrect because it still seems like insane talk). Obviously, Seattle's a great city. The move gives Seattle the major winter sports franchise it now lacks and puts hockey in a market where the NHL believes it will thrive.

Related News:

  • New TMZ video of Kareem Hunt during nightclub incident

    New TMZ video of Kareem Hunt during nightclub incident

    He'll play next season, after he serves his (potential) suspension and things calm down a little bit". It's not a win-win situation for anybody, the young lady (in the Cleveland incident) included.
    Drummond, Griffin lead Pistons to 107-88 rout of Bulls

    Drummond, Griffin lead Pistons to 107-88 rout of Bulls

    The Warriors were unable to make much headway in the final period, thanks in large part to 6-for-26 shooting from 3-point range. Atlanta is playing without backup point guard Jeremy Lin (left ankle sprain) and Alex Poythress (left ankle contusion).
    Media coverage contrasts George HW Bush's era with Trump's

    Media coverage contrasts George HW Bush's era with Trump's

    I loved to hear him surprise people with his wild side - explaining the pure joy he felt as he flew and jumped out of planes. Bush is the last president to have served in World War II, and as a fighter pilot, his plane was shot down over the Pacific.
  • WDOK (Star 102)/Cleveland Drops Christmas Song Due To Complaints

    Comedian Jen Kirkman said it was not about coercive sex but a woman "who knows her reputation is ruined if she stays". The song was written by Frank Loesser and his wife at the time, Lynn which they performed together at many parties.
    Amazon Tests Its Cashierless Technology for Bigger Stores

    Amazon Tests Its Cashierless Technology for Bigger Stores

    Amazon is reportedly considering using the technology in its Whole Foods stores, the supermarket chain it bought past year . Amazon Go stores are created to let you shop without a wallet or having to stand in checkout lines.
    Fed Chairman Powell says economic challenges remain

    Fed Chairman Powell says economic challenges remain

    And Powell said the Fed's gradual increases balanced the risks between raising too much and not enough. There was a bright spot, Preliminary Industrial Production rose 2.9% versus a 1.3% forecast.
  • What's Next for NASA's OSIRIS-REx Probe at Asteroid Bennu?

    What's Next for NASA's OSIRIS-REx Probe at Asteroid Bennu?

    In mid-2020, scientists will direct Osiris-Rex to drop down to the object and grab at least 60g of regolith, or "top soil". After departing Bennu in 2021, OSIRIS-REx is slated to return home with the asteroid sample on board in September, 2023.
    Only you can save us from climate disaster, Attenborough tells UN

    Only you can save us from climate disaster, Attenborough tells UN

    In the weeks leading up to the event, the United Nations asked people to send their thoughts on climate change . Guterres said in order to achieve that, global emissions from 2010 levels to 2030 must be halved.
    Marvel is reportedly planning its first movie with an Asian lead

    Marvel is reportedly planning its first movie with an Asian lead

    Callaham has had a hand in co-writing Wonder Woman 1984 , and he's now at work on a sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Marvel is fast-tracking a Shang-Chi movie, which will be the studio's first film featuring an Asian protagonist.
  • Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer Has Decided To Retire

    Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer Has Decided To Retire

    And, of course, Meyer beat hated rival MI all seven times he faced them, including the last three with Jim Harbaugh as head coach. Meyer is coming off back-to-back Big Ten championships and is heading into a January 1 Rose Bowl matchup against Washington.
    Steve Waugh calls Australia Tests a 'significant chance' for India

    Steve Waugh calls Australia Tests a 'significant chance' for India

    Middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari made 53. "He's my brother and my best mate". If you can get through these ones, you can get through anyone in the world.
    G-20 agrees on trade, migration, US goes own way on climate

    G-20 agrees on trade, migration, US goes own way on climate

    Language regarding immigration was also allegedly watered down to appease Trump. He has even threatened to withdraw the United States from the global body.


Most liked

Priyanka Chopra- Nick Jonas Wedding
Today, the couple's sangeet ceremony will take place and Priyanka will be performing a special song with her mother Madhu Chopra . She is reported to be among the first global guests to have flown in to be at NickYanka's high profile marriage ceremony.

Guardiola defends Klopp over Merseyside derby celebration, and demands more from Sterling
He has been brilliant for us. "Thankfully, because it is better for the heart if football games are decided earlier". We wanted to show that by bringing strikers on. "We went to a top team away from home and conceded late".

Quora data breach exposes 100 million users' personal info latest news today
If you used Quora anonymously, you shouldn't be affected as the company said they don't store any data about anonymous posters. D'Angelo says that passwords should be safe, given that they were hashed, but still warned users not to reuse old passwords.

Usman Khawaja's brother arrested over alleged terror hit list
The 39-year-old was arrested in Parramatta, west of Sydney , at 8.30am today, a New South Wales police spokesperson said. Australian police now say they "regret" arresting Nizamdeen.

Israel to expose Hezbollah attack tunnels from Lebanon
In 2012, Israel became aware of Hezbollah's "plan to conquer the Galilee", as it was termed by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. There have been outbreaks of violence between Israel and Hezbollah across the Israel-Lebanon border, which is heavily fortified.

Another injured Redskins QB: Colt McCoy hurts leg, Mark Sanchez goes in
However, if they're going to overtake the Cowboys and win the division, they will need to do so while being led by Mark Sanchez. McCoy took over and made his second straight start after the gruesome season-ending leg injury to Alex Smith .

Priyanka, Nicks sangeet videos and pictures are spectacular
Ralph Lauren , who designed custom-made outfits for the wedding, took to Twitter to congratulate the bride and groom. In July, they announced their engagement and they celebrated Thanksgiving together in India with Chopra's family.

Trump Threatens to Kill NAFTA - Again
Both chambers would need to sign off on the agreement before it could make its way to Trump's desk to be signed into US law. MacNaughton said Canadian diplomats will rev up their machine to lobby members of Congress for their support.

Nvidia announces Titan RTX
On the plus side, at $2,500, the Titan RTX is actually cheaper than the $3,000 its predecessor launched at, so there's that. That said, the Titan RTX will still use the same GeForce drivers that power the GTX 20 series, 10 series, and so on.

YouTube top earners: The 7-year-old making $31.7m
Asked by NBC why kids liked watching his videos, Ryan - who is now 8 - replied: "Because I'm entertaining and I'm amusing ". The report states that almost 96 percent of his revenue came from ads while the remaining amount came from sponsored posts.

Mets, Mariners making significant progress on Robinson Cano trade
The 36-year-old Cano served an 80-game suspension last season after violating baseball's drug policy. The 24-year-old right-hander recorded an MLB-high 57 saves, along with a 1.96 ERA and 0.79 WHIP.

George Bush Senior dies at the age of 94
During World War Two, he was an aviator against the Japanese before being shot down in September 1944 while on a bombing raid. In 1980, he became Vice President of the U.S. after losing the primaries to Ronald Reagan, who later won the general election.

Solihull Moors land FA Cup tie with Arsenal
Woking, one of two non-league sides guaranteed to be in the third round, will host Premier League team Watford. We will have full details of the draw across our media channels from 7.30pm on Monday night.

Minister of Media meets Editors in Chief and writers in Algeria
It said MbS was "responsible for the death of a large number of children and civilians in Yemen" as well as that of Khashoggi. Louisa Hanoune, head of the opposition Workers' Party, described his visit as a "provocation".

Ronaldo hits 100 wins as Juventus soar into last 16
All players want to play, but we need to work. "It is up to all players to be at 100 percent, so the coaches pick them". Manchester United , Manchester City, Roma , Ajax and Juventus also advanced to the last 16 with one game to spare.