Long months are ahead before the as-yet-unnamed team plays its first game, but work is already underway and the effort can begin in earnest now that the NHL Board of Governors has officially awarded Seattle a franchise.
The Seattle team will join the Western Conference's Pacific Division with the Arizona Coyotes being bumped over to the Central Division for the 2021/22 campaign. With expansion comes an expansion draft (set for June 2021).
"Seattle's one of the fastest-growing cities in the country", NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said recently.
The cost for league entry went up 30 percent for Seattle to $650 million, as compared to the $500 million paid by the Vegas Golden Knights to enter the NHL last season. According to the NHL, the Seattle Metropolitans, who played in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, won the cup in 1917.
"When you're a year or two out, everything continues to evolve", Tippett said.
The news means that Seattle will have a representative in three of the four United States major leagues, with the Seattle NHL outfit set to join the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL) and the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB), along with the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer (MLS).
That means Tippett will watch the rest of this season with an eye on the new team's future and he will sketch out the beginnings of a hockey operations department.More news: Mueller to detail ex-NSA Flynn's cooperation in Russian Federation probe
"We're going to take our time", Leiweke said. Its economy has boomed in the past decade since the departure of the NBA's SuperSonics to Oklahoma City.
The belief at the moment is that the arena will be ready to open for concerts and the WNBA Storm in the spring of 2021, starting the revenue stream that must pay off construction debt over the 39-year length of the lease.
Translation: If Adam Boqvist, Nicolas Beaudin, Ian Mitchell or anyone else makes their National Hockey League debut ( 9+ National Hockey League games) any time not this season, they will be automatically safe without having to be one of those players listed as "protected". "He's one of those guys who you think will keep getting better and better every single day". "This is just a great thing for Seattle and I'm so honored to be part of it".
Seattle is now home to a Western Hockey League team, the Seattle Thunderbirds.
With the National Hockey League headed to the city, Seattle now has a franchise in three of the four major American sports.
The 2021-22 season. Seattle would have loved to have its team take the ice for the 2020-21 season, but arena renovations may not be done in time and no one wants to risk it.
And unlike Quebec City, its location in the northwest of the United States allows the NHL to add balance to a league that is Eastern Conference heavy, while also providing a natural rival for the Vancouver Canucks.