After all the rumors have finally been put to rest as this morning the NHL announced that Seattle will become the 32nd NHL franchise.
In honor of the newest NHL team, Let’s look back at the past 20 years of NHL expansion.
- NHL heads to Tennessee and Introduces the Nashville Predators
- For the second time ever the NHL heads to Atlanta and introduces the Thrashers
- The NHL has a huge year expanding to Ohio and Minnesota and introduces the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Minnesota Wild
- The NHL becomes the first ever pro sports league to have a team in Las Vegas with the Vegas Golden Knights
Just one of those teams have relocated, the Atlanta Thrashers moved to Winnipeg in 2011
The expansion fee cost Seattle’s owners 650,000,000, 150 million more than Vegas’ 500,000,000 expansion fee.
Seattle is also making major renovations to Key Arena that will cost 750,000,000 but all that money is being privately funded and the expansion has cost the City of Seattle and taxpayers nothing.
In an interview with Sportsnet, Gary Bettman said the choice to expand to Seattle was a no brainer.
“When we look at expansion…we look at ownership, we look at the market, we look at the area, and we look at weather or not the move will positively impact the league, and on all those criteria Seattle checked the box in a big way.”
The NHL and Seattle’s owners has yet to announce a team name, but a few have been proposed, which begs the question, what do you think the team name should be?
You can vote here -> https://twitter.com/Shortyjordie_/status/1070764876526608384