It’s official: professional hockey is coming to Seattle. The NHL board of governors voted Tuesday to approve the expansion program for the NHL Seattle team to bring a team to the league to the 2021-22 season.
The statement was expected for quite some time as it’s been no secret the league was actively searching for a house for its 32nd team. When the Seattle club begins play, it will join the Pacific Division, together with the Arizona Coyotes moving from the Pacific into the Central Division. There are seven squads in the Central.
Totems projected as the team name that was likeliest When it comes to the name for Seattle’s new NHL franchise, BetOnline has introduced chances for the event. The sportsbook has tabbed Totems as the -105 favored, together with Emeralds (+400), Rainiers (+700), Sockeyes (+700) and Kraken (+700) topping the list.
The team will play at Seattle Center Arena, since the former KeyArena is scheduled to undergo a privately financed $800-million renovation. The stadium opened in 1962 and was the home of the NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics before them relocating to Oklahoma City in 2008.
With two teams in the four major North American pro sports leagues now in Seattle (the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and the MLB’s Seattle Mariners), it was a no-brainer for the NHL to bring a team there, particularly after the overwhelming victory of the latest expansion franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights. There’s no lack of interest encircling baseball in Washington, as a season-ticket deposit driveway was held by the potential ownership group on March 1 and secured 32,000 deposits in the first 31 hours.
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