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NHL Seattle: Commissioner Bettman Meets With Mayor Jenny Durkan
(Photo by Mayor Jenny Durkan)
Las Vegas–NHL to Seattle took another step forward today as Mayor Jenny Durkan met with Commissioner Gary Bettman.
Recently the Oak View Group was given the go ahead to formally apply for NHL Expansion but Tim Leiweke camp has yet to complete application.
That does not matter at this point because NHL to Seattle seems to be something that is most likely going to happen for hockey fans in the Emerald City.
Today the Mayor of Seattle took time and met with Commissioner Bettman and talked about the prospect in bringing the NHL to her city.
Below is the following statement from Mayor Durken after her meeting with Bettman.
“Bringing the NHL to the new Seattle Center Arena is an opportunity of a lifetime for Seattle,” said Durkan. “There’s no doubt that Seattle is the best sports town in the country with passionate hockey fans. I’m looking forward to working with the ownership group and the NHL to help bring a team — and the Stanley Cup — back to Seattle. We will continue to protect taxpayers and seize great opportunities.”
Looks like Seattle wants to move with some kind of urgency given the success of the Vegas Golden Knights who are currently 31-11-4 in the league standings with 66 points in second place behind Tampa Bay who has 67 points (32-12-3).
With the Golden Knights the league’s 31st franchise as of the 2017-18 season the NHL wants to add another team into the fold and make it a 32 member club with Seattle as the odd on favorite. The Oak View Group will need to follow the same model that Bill Foley and his group had done before them in order to make this a reality for hockey fans in the cascades.
The NHL has set the expansion fee price for $650 million US to the Oak View Group and the city of Seattle also approved a $660 million renovation project of Key Arena that is scheduled to be reopened in the 2020-21 season.