OT: Seattle officially getting NHL Team

NHL votes to give expansion franchise to Seattle

"Today is an exciting and historic day for our League as we expand to one of North America's most innovative, lovely and fastest-growing cities", NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.

When does the puck drop?

Seattle has been unanimously approved by the NHL's Board of Governors in Sea Island, Georgia, to start the 2021-22 season as the league's 32nd team.

"Seattle, the National Hockey League is thrilled to welcome you", said National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman. We're weeks, even months, from anything actually going down but why not go on a trip to fantasy land and see what could a Seattle hockey team look like?

"It's a great day for the city of Seattle", Tippett said.

Groundbreaking for Seattle Center Arena will be December 5 at 3 p.m.

NHL Seattle met the NHL's required 10,000 season ticket deposit goal in just 12 minutes and has already met its cap of 32,000 depositors for season tickets. "And we all agreed that it was better to get the building done right".

"We're going to take our time", Leiweke said of the name.

Dave Tippett, an adviser for the ownership group who had a front row seat for all the behind the scenes work that went into the pitch to the National Hockey League, joined the fans in Seattle while his bosses were in Georgia.

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The belief at the moment is that the arena will be ready to open for concerts and the WNBA Storm in the spring of 2021, starting the revenue stream that must pay off construction debt over the 39-year length of the lease.

"Every year it'll change a little bit", Tippett said. I really like the usage of the Seattle Seahawks colors here. "If it were someplace else, I wouldn't have done it".

The to-be-named Seattle team will reside in the Pacific when it begins play in 2021, while the Coyotes will shift to the Central Division.

"It was at the end of the day the simplest, most logical and least disruptive option we had available to us and I think it'll work well for the Coyotes", Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said.

A date has not yet been set for a hockey expansion draft for Seattle to populate its first roster, but the NHL did say it will follow the same rules and format that were in place for Las Vegas' expansion draft in 2017.

"Everything we thought and expected (about Hayton) has come true", Arizona general manager John Chayka said, according to theScore's John Matisz. More than 100 years later, they'll have that chance again. "That's why today happened". Basketball is embedded in the DNA of the region thanks to 41 years of the SuperSonics and a lengthy history of producing NBA talent. Seattle is one of my favorite cities and it's a pleasure to be here. Amazon has taken over an entire section of the city, joined nearby by satellite offices of Google and Facebook.

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

The new Seattle team, which still doesn't have a name, will have big shoes to fill after the instant success of the Vegas Golden Knights last season. Those numbers are unprecedented for any expansion team in professional sports. It could also be Kansas City, which built an arena in 2007 and is still without a major-league tenant.

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