The City of Seattle is one step closer to adding a new professional sports team by submitting an application for a new NHL team and also putting down a $10 million dollar down payment.
Seattle’s official expansion fee, as set by the NHL back in December, is set at $650 million dollars. The NHL’s 31st team, the Vegas Golden Knights, had a $500 million expansion fee when the team sought a franchise back in 2016.
The NHL’s next step, according to TSN’s Pierre Lebrun, is to review Seattle’s application before recommending it to the Board of Governors.
While we’re getting closer to another expansion team, we are still a ways off from seeing Seattle take the ice. In December, the city of Seattle approved a $600 million renovation of KeyArena, the city’s multipurpose arena that would be used for hockey. Renovations on the arena are set to be completed by 2020, which is likely the benchmark for when we’d see a Seattle team at the earliest.
In January, a report surfaced with a list of 13 potential names for the upcoming Seattle team, including the Evergreens, Kraken, Seals, and Firebirds. With the leaked list of names, and this recent news from NHL insiders, we’re rapidly closing in on adding a 32nd team to the NHL.
For those who do now know Seattle owns the first ever Stanley Cup win for a USA team when the Seattle Metropolitans won the 1917 Stanley Cup Championship.