National Hockey League approves Seattle expansion team for record $650M fee

NHL Seattle

NHL Greenlights Seattle Expansion Franchise AFP

1967: Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota North Stars (moved to Dallas in 1993), Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues, California Seals (moved to Cleveland in 1976, merged with Minnesota in 1978) - 12 teams in National Hockey League.

October 2021 is what you'll want to circle on your calendar - well, once you buy your 2021 calendar, I should say. That won't be the first opportunity to see the team in person, however.

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

A team in Seattle balances the Eastern and Western Conferences at 16 teams apiece, but also requires realignment to even out the Central and Pacific Divisions. Many expect the Arizona Coyotes to be moved to the Central Division in 2021 when Seattle enters the league. The Central Division, which now has seven teams, is the only division in the league that doesn't have eight members.

In this April 11, 2018, file photo, part-owners Jerry Bruckheimer, left, and David Bonderman pose with Tod Leiweke and a hockey stick during a news conference naming Leiweke as the president and CEO for a prospective NHL expansion team in Seattle. The rules for the latest expansion draft, including how many players teams will be allowed to protect, will be announced at a later date. 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. The Golden Knights reached the Stanley Cup Finals in their first season.

What are we calling this thing?

"That's the key to getting your team up and running and keep sustaining your team, you've got to have good scouts to help you out". "We needed to make the team more competitive".

The Seattle Hockey Partners will pay NHL owners $650 million to join. Seattle franchises nearly all have a shade of green included, so don't be surprised if that's part of the scheme.

You may recall that back in January of this year DetroitHockey.Net found that the ownership group registered a series of potential names as domain names, those names were the: Cougars, Eagles, Emeralds, Evergreens, Firebirds, Kraken, Rainiers, Renegades, Sea Lions, Seals, Sockeyes, Totems, and Whales.

A lot about Seattle is different from 2008, when the Sonics moved to Oklahoma City. The main rink will have seats for 1,000 fans, while the other two will seat 400. In his current role, he's been helping the team with hockey decisions like dressing room design and the construction of a new practice facility.

Latest News