National Hockey League to accept $650million Seattle expansion application

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Bettman went on to say that Seattle is the only city now being considered for expansion. The Breakers, meanwhile, were the city's original Western Hockey League team.

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.

On Thursday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman dropped some big news on the hockey world, announcing that the NHL would be accepting an expansion application from the city of Seattle.

Bettman said the expansion fee has been set at US$650 million for Seattle, which would become the league's 32nd team.


The process will be similar to Las Vegas relocation.

Thursday's board of governors meeting also saw Dallas billionaire Tom Dundon sign an agreement to buy a majority stake in the Carolina Hurricanes from Peter Karmanos Jr. "We have agreed as a league to take and consider an expansion application and to let them run in the next few months a season-ticket drive".

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.

How a Seattle NHL franchise would work in terms of conference allocation or expansion draft players or even a team name has not yet been brought to the table, but the fact that Seattle has reached this point gives the city a step in the right direction of gaining a team.

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