Seattle Starbuckaneers and other poor choices for the new National Hockey League team name

Seattle Starbuckaneers and other poor choices for the new National Hockey League team name

Seattle Starbuckaneers and other poor choices for the new National Hockey League team name

"Today is an exciting and historic day for our League as we expand to one of North America's most innovative, handsome and fastest-growing cities", NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.

Seattle has been unanimously approved by the NHL's Board of Governors in Sea Island, Georgia, to start the 2021-22 season as the league's 32nd team.

The team will follow the same rules used for the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017 for the 2021 expansion draft.

Seattle will play in downtown at what was KeyArena, which is being redeveloped for a privately financed $700 million arena under a plan approved by the city earlier this year. Player contracts need to be done with an expansion draft in mind, so the iffiness around the Seattle's building readiness in 2020 - including the potential for myriad problems at a site the builder does not own - prompted a pumping of the brakes.

"Today is an exciting and historic day for our League as we expand to one of North America's most innovative, attractive and fastest-growing cities", NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.

Seattle Hockey Partners will pay NHL owners $650 million to join. In 1917, the franchise become the first US -based team to win the Stanley Cup after defeating the Montreal Canadiens for the title. There is, of course, the chance that a franchise moves from a current locale to Seattle but the dynamics are always challenging with a move like that, meaning National Basketball Association fans in the state of Washington might be holding their breath a bit longer than they'd like.

Like most any expansion team, the Seattle To Be Determined's will engage in an expansion draft to construct their team.

"I've been at this eight years so it's going to be another two years for 2020, another one for 2021, I can do it", Barr said.

When Canadians think of Seattle, much of what we know comes from media and entertainment.

While there are always a few visiting fans in the stands at Rogers Arena, those in the tourism industry are hoping to see larger groups travel to Vancouver once the Seattle team gets going in 2021. Even when he was running the Seahawks, Leiweke believed Seattle was ripe for the National Hockey League and the response to the season-ticket drive only strengthened that belief. Obviously, Seattle's a great city.

The yet-to-be-named Seattle club will play in the Western Conference's Pacific Division.

"We're not looking right now and I think for the foreseeable future at any further expansion", Bettman said. "If it were someplace else, I wouldn't have done it". "As we went through application process and got more and more information and did our due diligence process on the Seattle market, it certainly became even more attractive". Houston, Quebec City and Toronto have all been touted as possible new homes someday, but they'll also have to wait.

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