Seattle gets NHL expansion team

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Seattle's original professional hockey team, the Seattle Metropolitans of the old Pacific Coast Hockey Association (no, *not* the NHL) was the first US -based team to win the Stanley Cup back in 1917. Its front office is expected to be led by Dave Tippett, a former coach who would lead the search for the club's first general manager and staff. Tippett signed on to the project because of a connection to president and CEO Tod Leiweke, a major force in delivering an National Hockey League team to Seattle.

The Ottawa Senators' downtown arena project is in danger of falling apart, and Arizona Coyotes owner Andrew Barroway is looking for a partner as he tries to secure a long-term home in the desert. They officially applied for a team three days later. The team's ownership group - led by by billionaire businessman David Bonderman - said they'll take their time deciding on a team name, but that certainly hasn't stopped early speculation and input.

The NHL's newest franchise will join Major League Baseball's Seattle Mariners and the WNBA's Seattle Storm in the city. Play will begin in 2021 to allow enough time for arena renovations. Vegas does not get a cut of the money and is exempt from the expansion draft. "This is an organization that's going to be built around our fans, and as we thought about this on behalf of our fans, we realized that perhaps we wouldn't open the season with our fans in our new building, perhaps the training centre wouldn't be ready".

Seattle's hockey history includes the Seattle Metropolitans of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association winning the 1917 Stanley Cup.

They may still hire a general manager as soon as this coming spring, which would give the successful candidate two seasons to prepare for a June 2021 expansion draft.




That's a sign revenues are continuing to rise after the success of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights.

The Seattle ownership group already seems to possess a top-end sense of occasion, including flying Beverley Parsons, the niece of original Seattle Metropolitans owners Frank and Lester Patrick, in for Tuesday's announcement. The board is also expected to be briefed on collective bargaining talks and the tentative settlement of a concussion lawsuit involving retired players. The Arizona Coyotes will move to the Central Division once the Seattle franchise begins play to balance out the league's conferences. It creates a nice geographic rivalry with Vancouver. There has been a hole in the winter calendar there since the NBA's SuperSonics relocated to Oklahoma City in 2008.

Maybe the biggest question surrounding the team at the moment is what they'll be called.

Of course, everyone wants to know what the team's name will be. Obviously, Seattle's a great city.

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