Seattle closer to getting NHL expansion team following meeting at league headquarters


The target of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan to convey a NHL growth group to the town in the future several a long time is one particular stage closer to reality, pursuing a selection from the league’s entire Board of Governors on Tuesday to transfer ahead with a recommendation.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman stated the nine-proprietor govt committee has advisable transferring forward with options to increase a crew in Seattle, and the closing vote to approve the franchise could consider spot in December.

Seattle Hockey Associates – the likely possession team — alongside with Durkan introduced their scenario to the committee on Tuesday in New York Metropolis. The new Seattle club would convey the league to 32 teams and would stick to the start of the very thriving Vegas Golden Knights franchise in 2017.

Past 7 days, the Seattle Metropolis Council unanimously voted to approve options for a privately funded $700 million renovation of KeyArena, the past main obstacle the city confronted in its bid for a staff. Construction is contingent on the city very first buying a NHL franchise, but whether conditional approval from the league is plenty of to start out operate on the arena remains to be seen.

Seattle is the most significant marketplace in the United States with out a winter qualified athletics team, since the departure of pro basketball’s Seattle SuperSonics to Oklahoma City in 2008. The Sonics had been in Seattle since 1967, and their relocation was traumatic for the city’s sports admirers.

Year ticket deposits for the proposed NHL club had to be reduce off previously this calendar year just after booming fascination.

“Seattle’s a location you want to have hockey, and if you have hockey in Seattle, everybody’s likely to do superior,” Durkan reported.

Bettman expects the closing vote to just take put in the subsequent few of months until any unforeseen obstructions hinder the process, these as building challenges on the arena. He also noted that far more details demands to be gathered right before the board fulfills in early December, as effectively as clarity concerning which 12 months the enlargement team would start off perform.

Durkan stated she hopes to have the staff prepared for the 2020-21 season.

The Connected Press contributed to this report.