Seattle gets an NHL team

Official: Seattle gets 32nd NHL franchise

Seattle will get a new NHL team from the 2021/22 season. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Tuesday that the NHL's club owners have unanimously approved a 32nd franchise.

The name of the new team is still open.

Behind the new franchise is a group of investors called Seattle Hockey Partners, which includes film producer Jerry Bruckheimer. According to media reports, investors are paying the NHL $ 650 million.

The team will play at the KeyArena, home of the Seattle Supersonics basketball team, until they moved to Oklahoma City in 2008. This will be extensively renovated for up to 700 million dollars. Seattle will compete in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference. The Arizona Coyotes will be transferred to the Central Division.

Like the Knights, Seattle will also put together its roster via an expansion draft. The team must each select one player from all other franchises, which in turn may protect a certain number of players from being selected.

Seattle now has NFL, MLB, and NHL teams

With the Seahawks (football), the Mariners (baseball) and the new ice hockey team, Seattle is represented in three of the four major American leagues. The NHL was the 31st team to include the Vegas Golden Knights, who have been playing since 2017.

The Knights were an incredible success story in their first year and even made it to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Seattle hopes that the renovated arena will also attract an NBA team back to the American Northwest in the coming years. In 2008 the Sonics moved to Oklahoma City, and the city has had no NBA team ever since. Expansion is currently not officially an issue in the NBA.