National Hockey League to consider Seattle expansion application


NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the NHL Board of Governors has agreed to accept and consider the application from Seattle and allow the Bonderman group, which is tied to the KeyArena expansion, to conduct a season ticket drive.

The cost of the team would be $650 million, and Commissioner Bettman said the National Hockey League is looking at only Seattle for possible expansion.

There has been no talk of when the Seattle franchise would come to be, only that it would have to pay a fee of $650 million to enter the league.

Seattle plans to have a new arena ready by 2020 with the intent of luring National Hockey League and NBA teams as anchor tenants.

Hockey is fairly popular in the Pacific Northwest, with several semi-pro teams such as the Wenatchee Wild, Tri-City Americans and Seattle Thunderbirds.

He made the announcement after the first day of the board of governors meeting in Manalapan, Fla.

Bettman also said that Seattle is the only place being considered for an expansion team at this time.

Bettman said the process of setting up a team in Seattle would be similar to what happened for Las Vegas, according to K5.

After the news that the Seattle City Council had approved the renovation plan to KeyArena, Seattle immediately became the hottest free agent of all the cities on the market.

"Obviously, there a lot of differences between Seattle and Quebec City, not the least of which is our conference alignment", Bettman said.

Durkan recently signed an agreement with a developer to renovate KeyArena so the venue could be ready for an National Basketball Association or NHL team.