"Seattle's one of the fastest-growing cities in the country", Commissioner Gary Bettman said recently.
"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", NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.
Maybe the biggest question surrounding the team at the moment is what they'll be called. After an hour, they had sold 25,000. "What did they feel on March 1 when they put down deposits without knowing anything?" Vegas does not get a cut of the money and is exempt from the expansion draft.
The Vegas Golden Knights paid $500 million when they joined the league in 2016.
"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", Bettman said. The group led by majority owner David Bonderman, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and president and CEO Tod Leiweke had been hoping for play to begin in 2020, but uncertainty over completing arena renovations in time means Seattle will have to wait another year for the return of a major winter sports team. The Arizona Coyotes will move to the Central Division once the Seattle franchise begins play to balance out the league's conferences.
The Seattle Metropolitans? So, we'd have the Seattle Metropolitans and the New York Metropolitans?
NHL Announces Expansion to Seattle for 2021-22 Season
"We will keep the historic roof, and everything else will be new", Leiweke said, adding that construction begins tomorrow. "We wanted to bring it to 2020-21 because we want to get going right away, but it's not fair to the fans or to the players to not have a 100 percent finished arena when we start".
Seattle will play in the Pacific Division, meaning the Arizona Coyotes will move to the Central Division. Seattle will be getting Cup Crazy in June 2022? With just 230 kilometres separating the two cities, Seattle will ease the Canucks' brutal travel schedule and create the first natural geographic rivalry in franchise history.
The NHL had been at 30 teams since 2000 before deciding to expand to Las Vegas in 2016.
A three-quarters vote of the current 31 owners is needed to confirm Seattle as the league's newest franchise. The Seattle Metropolitans were the first American team to win the Stanley Cup, defeating the Montreal Canadians in 1917.
Of course, everyone wants to know what the team's name will be.
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