National Hockey League agrees to accept and consider Seattle expansion application


MANALAPAN — The Board of Governors agreed to consider an expansion application from Seattle, commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday. The commissioner also noted that Seattle would be on the hook for a $650 million expansion fee should it be accepted as the 32nd team.

Bettman says expansion application for Seattle is basically the same as #Vegas except for price BUT also may consider option for relocation in 2020-21 if it comes to that instead. "This is a process that we go through".

Bill Foley paid a $500 million expansion fee for the Vegas Golden Knights.

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There's no guarantee that Seattle will land a professional hockey team, but it's now up to sports fans in the rapidly growing city to demonstrate that they'd be willing to support a team - beyond the Seahawks or the Mariners - with their season-ticket dollars. That means a team likely wont be playing in Quebec Citys 18,259-seat Videotron Centre in the foreseeable future.

The NHL previously deferred an application for expansion from Quebec City in June 2016.

The NHL is focused on evening out the conferences to 16 teams each before expanding more teams in the East.

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Calgary and Arizona are still struggling with arena problems, but the National Hockey League will see how Seattle's ticket drive goes before ever considering relocating one of those teams to Washington state. It was Backes third game back after he missed 12 straight following surgery to remove part of his colon to help treat his diverticulitis, a disease characterized by inflammation in the intestinal tract.

The news came one day after Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan signed a memorandum to renovate the KeyArena, NBC affiliate K5 News reported.

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