NHL Expansion Vote is today
The NHL Board of Governors will vote on whether or not to allow Seattle to build an expansion franchise to join the NHL by the 2020-21 or 2021-22 season.
SEA ISLAND, Ga. -- The NHL Board of Governors is scheduled to vote on Seattle's expansion franchise application Tuesday.
The Board reconvenes Tuesday to vote on the Seattle expansion application. It's possible the League will be able to give a firm start date for the franchise if it is approved. The team could start as early as the 2020-21 season, but it's more likely it would begin in the 2021-22 season.
Tied to the expansion application vote is the division realignment that would be necessary to bring Seattle into the Pacific Division, which currently has eight teams. The Central Division has seven teams.
Realignment wouldn't go into effect until Seattle's first season.
"If we're going to do a realignment, it's only in the context of expansion," Commissioner Bettman said. "We're not envisioning anything broader than that."
Seattle is officially a hockey town come 2021-2022.
SEA ISLAND, Ga. (Dec. 4, 2018) – The National Hockey League announced today that it has granted an expansion franchise to Seattle. The League’s 32nd franchise, which will begin play in 2021-22, was approved in a unanimous vote by the NHL’s Board of Governors during a meeting today in Sea Island, Ga.
Ownership of the Seattle franchise will principally reside with David Bonderman. The franchise will play its home games at Seattle Center Arena, which is currently undergoing renovations.
The Seattle franchise will pay a $650-million expansion fee. That fee will be distributed in equal shares to 30 of the NHL’s presently existing clubs (all except Vegas, which entered the League with an expansion fee of $500 million in 2017-18).
“Today is an exciting and historic day for our League as we expand to one of North America’s most innovative, beautiful and fastest-growing cities,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “We are delighted to add David Bonderman, Tod Leiweke and the entire NHL Seattle group to the National Hockey League family. And we are thrilled that Seattle, a city with a proud hockey history that includes being the home for the first American team ever to win the Stanley Cup, is finally joining the NHL.”
The Seattle franchise will begin play in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in 2021-22. The Arizona Coyotes will move to the Western Conference’s Central Division that season. There will be no other changes to the NHL’s alignment.
Seattle will also get the same expansion draft rules that Las Vegas had.
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- Seattle Cougars
- Seattle Eagles
- Seattle Emeralds
- Seattle Evergreens
- Seattle Firebirds
- Seattle Kraken
- Seattle Rainiers
- Seattle Renegades
- Seattle Sea Lions
- Seattle Seals
- Seattle Sockeyes
- Seattle Totems
- Seattle Whales