It’s official: professional baseball is coming to Seattle. The NHL board of governors voted Tuesday to approve the expansion application for the NHL Seattle team to bring a team to the league to its 2021-22 season.
The statement was expected for quite some time as it’s been no secret the league was actively searching for a home for its 32nd team. When the Seattle club starts play, It Is Going to combine the Pacific Division, with the Arizona Coyotes moving in the Pacific into the Central Division. There are seven squads from the Central.
Totems projected since the team name that was likeliest When it comes to the title for Seattle’s new NHL franchise, BetOnline has released chances for the occasion. The sportsbook has tabbed Totems as the -105 favorite, with Emeralds (+400), Rainiers (+700), Sockeyes (+700) and Kraken (+700) topping the list.
The team will perform at Seattle Center Arena, as the prior KeyArena is scheduled to undergo a privately financed $800-million renovation. The arena opened in 1962 and has been the home of the NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics before them moving to Oklahoma City in 2008.
With 2 teams in the four major North American pro sports leagues now in Seattle (the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and the MLB’s Seattle Mariners), it was a no-brainer for the NHL to deliver a team there, especially after the overwhelming success of the latest expansion franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights. There is no shortage of curiosity surrounding hockey in Washington, as a season-ticket deposit drive was held by the possible ownership group on March 1 and also secured 32,000 deposits at the initial 31 hours.
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