National Hockey League votes to give expansion franchise to Seattle

National Hockey League votes to give expansion franchise to Seattle

National Hockey League votes to give expansion franchise to Seattle

Seattle will be placed in the same division with Vancouver, the closest team by geography, so that means Arizona will be moved out of the Pacific and into Central starting with the 2021 season. That won't be the first opportunity to see the team in person, however.

The Seattle Metropolitans, which played in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association league from 1915 to 1924, were the first American team to win the Stanley Cup, lifting the title in 1917.

In this April 11, 2018, file photo, part-owners Jerry Bruckheimer, left, and David Bonderman pose with Tod Leiweke and a hockey stick during a news conference naming Leiweke as the president and CEO for a prospective NHL expansion team in Seattle. The Central Division, which now has seven teams, is the only division in the league that doesn't have eight members.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan took a bit of the suspense away by making the announcement to the crowd about 10 minutes before the official word came from Commissioner Gary Bettman.

The Expansion Draft for the new team will be held in June 2021 and will not include the Vegas Golden Knights (in other words, they will not be forced to lose a player in the draft), the draft will be held with the same rules as the league used for the Vegas draft in 2017 so...

A team in Seattle balances the Eastern and Western Conferences at 16 teams apiece, but also requires realignment to even out the Central and Pacific Divisions.

What are we calling this thing?

The new team's name has not yet been decided. "We needed to make the team more competitive".

"Right now everything we've done is kind of geared toward 2020", Seattle Hockey Partners senior adviser Dave Tippett said. The group reportedly filed for trademarks on a whole slew of potential nicknames in January, but rumors on Tuesday focused on an old name: Metropolitans, the same name of an old Seattle team that in 1917 became the first American squad to win the Stanley Cup (10 years before the championship trophy was exclusively awarded to the National Hockey League champion). Seattle franchises nearly all have a shade of green included, so don't be surprised if that's part of the scheme.

WATCH BELOW: Seattle Hockey Partners video on KeyArena renovations. The ownership group, the plans for the arena - it's all of the above. Believe it or not, there are no permanent public ice rinks inside the Seattle city limits, but that will change with the training center, which will feature a grand total of three rinks.

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