Nov 23, 2016

Welcome, Seattle: Countdown to puck drop

The National Hockey League will welcome Seattle into the fold, with the team beginning play in October of 2021. Check out all the news, updates and analysis from TSN Hockey as the NHL welcomes its 32nd franchise.

NHL announces Seattle expansion

The National Hockey League will welcome Seattle into the fold, with the team beginning play in October of 2021. Check out all the news, updates and analysis from TSN Hockey as the NHL welcomes its 32nd franchise.


Ron Francis
First Big Hire

Francis named NHL Seattle's first GM

Ron Francis has all kinds of eye-popping statistics attached to his Hall of Fame career. And his leadership ability spurred the Seattle group to hire him as general manager of the yet-to-be-named team - well ahead of their schedule.

Bill Daly, Gary Bettman, Tod Leiweke
Lots on the way

Bettman: Seattle to host draft, All-Star Game

Jan. 9, 2019 - On his first trip to Seattle since the city was granted the NHL's 32nd franchise, Commissioner Gary Bettman announced a couple more rewards for the future franchise's investment.
NHL in Seattle - Artist's rendering
If you build it...

Arena construction begins in Seattle

Dec. 5, 2018 - The celebration outside the building Seattle's NHL team will eventually call home Wednesday came with all the formality of a groundbreaking event with the principals taking turns giving remarks and ceremonially shovelling dirt.
Ray Ferraro - Atlanta Thrashers
From Six To 32

A look at the NHL's expansion history

Dec. 4, 2018 - With the announcement that the NHL will add Seattle as its 32nd team for the 2021-22 season, it's worth taking a look at the NHL's expansion history.

It Becomes Official

NHL in Seattle
Welcome, Seattle

Seattle officially approved as the NHL's 32nd franchise

Dec. 4, 2018 - Say hello to Seattle. One hundred years after the Stanley Cup resided in the city, NHL hockey is finally coming to the U.S. Pacific Northwest with play to begin in October of 2021.
Seattle practice facility
We're talkin' about practice

Seattle NHL group unveils $70 million training centre plans

Oct. 8, 2018 - The ownership group looking to bring an expansion NHL team to Seattle unveiled plans Monday for a $70 million training facility in the northern part of the city.
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Almost There

Seattle one vote away from becoming NHL's 32nd home

Oct. 2, 2018 - NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league’s executive committee unanimously recommended to proceed with Seattle’s bid in the form of a full Board of Governors vote on Dec. 3 in Georgia.
Tod Leiweke Jerry Bruckheimer David Bonderman
Making The Case

Prospective Seattle owners make pitch to NHL

Oct. 2, 2018 - The final sales pitch for an NHL expansion team in Seattle is on. Members of Seattle's potential ownership group and Mayor Jenny Durkan are presenting their case to the Board of Governors' executive committee at the league office.
Seattle Key Arena
The Rebuild

Seattle's KeyArena renovation plan approved

Sept. 24, 2018 - The Seattle City Council has unanimously approved plans for a privately funded $700 million renovation of KeyArena, clearing one of the last major hurdles in the city's bid to land an expansion NHL franchise.
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Council Approval

Council committee approves agreement for Seattle arena plan

Sept. 14, 2018: The Seattle City Council committee created to review plans for the renovation of KeyArena has unanimously approved the final transaction documents, setting the stage for full council approval of the arena plan.
NHL in Seattle - Artist's rendering
More On Board

Seattle NHL group completes arena deal, adds local partners

Sept. 5, 2018 - The ownership group for Seattle's prospective National Hockey League franchise announced that they had come to an agreement with the city to help renovate the KeyArena, the facility that would play host to the franchise.
Dave Tippett
Experience Added

Dave Tippett joins NHL Seattle expansion group

June 18, 2018 - Former NHL coach Dave Tippett has signed on as senior adviser for the group looking to put an expansion team in Seattle. 
Jerry Bruckheimer, David Bonderman and Tim Leiweke
President and CEO named

Seattle NHL expansion group brings in Tod Leiweke

Apr. 11, 2018 -  During his first stint in Seattle, Tod Leiweke helped develop the Seattle Seahawks into a benchmark franchise. He's returning to the Northwest this time with a chance to build a franchise from scratch.
Seattle launches season-ticket campaign for new NHL team Article Image 0
Going, Going, Gone

Seattle hockey fans scoop up 25,000 season-ticket deposits in half an hour

Mar. 1, 2018 - Consider any question about hockey’s popularity in the Pacific Northwest answered as 25,000 down payments of either $500 or $1,000 were collected in the first hour of Seattle's ticket drive, TSN Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli writes.
Artist's rendering of proposed renovated KeyArena in Seattle
Sent In

Seattle submits application for NHL franchise

Feb. 13, 2018 - NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed that Seattle has submitted an expansion application for an NHL franchise, according to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun.
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Green Light

NHL gives Seattle green light to pursue expansion franchise

Dec. 7, 2017 - The NHL has invited a prospective Seattle ownership group, led by billionaire David Bonderman and Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer, to formally apply for expansion as the league’s 32nd club, commissioner Gary Bettman announced.

Starting Off

Tim Leiweke
A Familiar Name

City of Seattle chooses Tim Leiweke group to do arena renovation

June 7, 2017 - For more than a decade, Seattle has spun in circles in the quest for an upgraded sports arena, never finding a solution that didn't face multiple obstacles. Seattle may have finally found its path to an answer and with it the culmination of a saga that could land either an NHL or NBA team in the city.