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05 December, 2018, 05:29 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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"I think what we saw with the season ticket uptake in Seattle when they wanted to get a team shows that they're going to have a huge number of fans", he added. In 1917, the Seattle Metropolitans of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association became the first American team to win the Stanley Cup (back then, the victor of the PCHA played the victor of the NHL for the cup).

Bettman said Arizona typically draws better against Central teams. Seattle has had multiple other minor-league teams, and come close to adding an NHL franchise at various times prior to this year.

There was a hint of disappointment since the date to start play was pushed back to 2021-22. Even after Vegas made a surprising run to the Stanley Cup Final in its inaugural season, Bettman said in May that he had received "no pushback whatsoever" from other league owners about repeating the same process for Seattle.

The NHL is dealing with some uncertain situations as it prepares to finalize the Seattle expansion.

Before considering expansion, the board opens its annual two-day December meeting Monday with updates on the state of the league's business and hockey operations.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman addressed the Coyotes move as part of the expansion announcement Tuesday.

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Play is expected to begin in 2021, depending on the progress of arena renovations for Seattle's first major winter sports team since the NBA's SuperSonics left town in 2008.

The board of governors is also expected to hear reports on sports gambling, social media and player engagement, this season's global schedule and an update on next season's trips overseas. In October, the board's executive committee voted unanimously to push the expansion bid forward.

The Board of Governors also approved a realignment plan that will shift the Coyotes from the Pacific Division to the Central, joining the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets, giving the National Hockey League four divisions with eight teams each; the Central now currently has seven teams.

Seattle became the League's 32nd team after the NHL's Board of Governors voted unanimously to approve the expansion application from the NHL Seattle group. The vote is expected on Tuesday. That figure dwarfs the previous record $500 million paid by the Vegas Golden Knights ownership group before their 2017-18 debut season.

Renovations to the downtown arena that will be the team's home are scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2020.

The addition of Seattle will give the Western Conference a 16th team to mirror the East. That will trigger a realignment that will send the Arizona Coyotes to the Central Division.

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