NHL Talking About Expansion Fees to Seattle: Report

Jun 12, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; (CAPTION CORRECTION) NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly at a press conference before game one of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY SportsAccording to the Seattle Times, the National Hockey League and potential ownership groups of a  future potential Seattle hockey team have been discussing expansion fees recently. This comes when NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said that “Seattle will certainly be an intriguing marketplace from the league’s perspective”. These events have led many to concur that the NHL will look to add the team for the 2014-15 season.

With the proposed Seattle arena suitable for both NHL and NBA games likely to move forward, Seattle will likely become the NHL’s 31st team either next year or the year after.

Although they currently do not have a professional hockey team, Seattle has always been a hockey town. The Seattle Metropolitans played in the professional Pacific Coast Hockey League from 1915 to 1924 and were the first American hockey team to win the Stanley Cup (1917). There are also currently two major junior teams in the Seattle area, the Seattle Thunderbirds and Everett Silvertips.

I believe that a Seattle hockey team will be overwhelmingly successful, not only because of its hockey history, but because it is a sports-mad market that loves its Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders.

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