The NHL is officially coming to Seattle. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced approval by the board of governors to expand to the Emerald City for the league’s 32nd team following meetings Tuesday. The new Seattle franchise was unanimously approved in the governors’ vote and will begin play in the 2021-22 NHL season.
https://t.co/9Zvs0kAF2R pic.twitter.com/jj9Hpse8xr — NHL Seattle (@NHLSeattle_) December 4, 2018Seattle’s ownership group led by billionaire David Bonderman and a number of minority partners, including Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer, will pay an expansion fee of US$650 million. The Vegas Golden Knights, which began play in the NHL last season, paid an expansion fee of $500 million in 2016. With Seattle joining the NHL, the governors approved a new division alignment with the new club joining the Vancouver Canucks and other rivals in the Pacific division.
The Arizona Coyotes will move to the Central division and with 32 teams, the NHL will have an even split of 16 teams between the Western and Eastern Conferences.
Great to welcome Seattle to the NHL!— Francesco Aquilini (@fr_aquilini) December 4, 2018
I've got a feeling this will become a classic rivalry. https://t.co/VKNr32iqyF