Seattle NHL Expansion Application Approved by NHL, Can Start Season Ticket Drive

Seattle NHL Expansion Application Approved by NHL, Can Start Season Ticket Drive

Bettman says Seattle is the only city being considered for expansion at the moment. If Seattle franchise works out, the team will not begin playing until the 2020-21 season.

The Seattle City Council on Monday approved a memorandum of understanding with Los Angeles-based Oak View Group in a $600 million privately financed project to renovate the facility, formerly the home of the NBA's SuperSonics.

The league's Board of Governors agreed to consider an expansion application from Seattle during their annual meeting in Florida on Thursday.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the franchise fee for the 32nd club has been set at $650 million USA, up significantly from the $500 million United States the Vegas Golden Knights paid to join the league this season. Previously, the city of Las Vegas paid $500 million for the Golden Knights expansion team that took the ice for the first time this season.

There has been no talk of when the Seattle franchise would come to be, only that it would have to pay a fee of $650 million to enter the league.

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Although Seattle has never had an NHL team, the Seattle Metropolitans, who played in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association from 1915-24, won the Stanley Cup in 1917, defeating the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 in a best-of-5 series, the NHL said.

"It was a unanimous vote and we think we are going to bring hockey back to Seattle!"

That decision directly influenced Bettman's decision to allow an expansion team in Seattle.

There are 31 National Hockey League franchises with the Western Conference holding 15 and the Eastern Conference having 16.

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