When? Where? Name? A look at Seattle's NHL expansion team

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But the process can officially start now after Tuesday's announcement and Tippett is excited to get the ball rolling.

Seattle Hockey Partners President and CEO Tod Leiweke speaks after the NHL Board of Governors named Seattle as the league's 32nd franchise, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Sea Island, Ga. Seattle will have the same expansion draft rules as the Golden Knights, and one extra year to scout and prepare for that draft, which Tippett says they plan to take full advantage of.

They will play at the Seattle Center Arena, formerly the KeyArena, which is set to have a $700m (£550m) renovation.

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

"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", said Gary Bettman.

The owners will pay a $650 million expansion fee, up from the $500 million the Vegas Golden Knights paid to join the league just two years ago.

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If you didn't know, Seattle did have an National Hockey League franchise back in the NHL's early years and actually won the 1917 Stanley Cup as the Seattle Metropolitans.

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The news means that Seattle will have a representative in three of the four United States major leagues, with the Seattle NHL outfit set to join the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL) and the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB), along with the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer (MLS). "I am delighted to announce that this morning, the Board of Governors unanimously approved a plan of expansion that will bring a National Hockey League team to Seattle, Washington to play beginning in the 2021-22 season". "He's one of those guys who you think will keep getting better and better every single day".

"I love Seattle", Bonderman said. That desire only grew after the ownership group secured the rights to build a new downtown arena a year ago and then sold deposits for 32,000 season tickets in a single day last March. "If it were someplace else, I wouldn't have done it". The league's most recent addition gives the NHL an even 16 franchises in the Eastern and Western conferences and will provide the Vancouver Canucks a natural geographic rival.

According to Station Index, Seattle is the U.S.' 14th largest TV market, and it's the largest city without a winter sport. Today is a great day for the fans and we owe them so much.

This means that should those guys still be Chicago Blackhawks during the 2021 season, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith will all have to be protected leaving only five forward spots and one defensive spot left open. "That's why today happened". The city has been home to minor league hockey clubs since then.

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