Red Wings get cash windfall from NHL's Seattle expansion

05 December, 2018, 05:28 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • NHL votes to give expansion franchise to Seattle

It's official. The NHL Board of Governors voted unanimously to approve Seattle as the 32nd NHL franchise for the 2021-22 season on Tuesday.

"There's obviously a lot of good teams in all the divisions, but I think it will be cool to play St. Louis a little bit more, being from there", said Keller, who grew up in Chesterfield, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, and leads the Coyotes with eight goals and 18 points. I'm interested to see how this expansion goes and the rules for the draft. While the NHL Seattle group originally hoped to drop the puck in the 2020-21 season, the fact that breaking ground on the new arena under the iconic roof at Seattle Center was delayed until NHL approval of the team made that hope a long shot, and the league decided it was better to be safe than sorry by pushing the debut back one year.

Also as part of the expansion, the coyotes will move to the central division.

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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.

Seattle Hockey Partners will pay NHL owners $650 million to join. Even when he was running the Seahawks, Leiweke believed Seattle was ripe for the National Hockey League and the response to the season-ticket drive only strengthened that belief.


For context, the Golden Knights ran a season-ticket drive in 2015 and received 5,000 deposits in the first two days.

Washington Capitals star T.J. Oshie was raised in Everett, Wash., just north of Seattle, and he didn't hesitate when asked what he would name the team.

While the club's ownership will no doubt reinforce their strong desire to keep the club in the desert, it makes sense that rumours will crop up and fans will unfortunately need to prepare for it being mentioned more often in the future. As for colors, Leiweke indicated that the usual Seattle scheme of blue and green is likely out of the question because it's what the Canucks use, and speculation is that black and red could factor in prominently considering how much it has been used already by the NHL Seattle group.

WATCH BELOW: Seattle Hockey Partners video on KeyArena renovations. "There's a group of owners involved, Jay Deutsch and Jerry Bruckheimer, but we're going to listen to our fans and we're going to do it right".

Seattle has become a city of transplants due to the booming local economy. 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.

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