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Seattle's original professional hockey team, the Seattle Metropolitans of the old Pacific Coast Hockey Association (no, *not* the NHL) was the first US -based team to win the Stanley Cup back in 1917. NHL Seattle CEO and president Tod Leiweke told 710 ESPN Seattle's Danny, Dave and Moore in October that the name (and presumably colors, logos and merchandise) will probably be unveiled in the spring. The ownership group, the plans for the arena - it's all of the above.

The NHL officially is headed to Seattle.

It's more about when than if, given the success of the Vegas Golden Knights' expansion and the $650 million the new owners will pay to join.

The Seattle franchise will enter the league for the 2021-22 season as a member of the Pacific Division.

The NHL's 32nd team was unanimously approved in a vote and will begin play in 2021-22 in a renovated Key Arena. Now, an expansion draft will be held in our building. KeyArena will be gutted, essentially resulting in a brand new stadium at Seattle Center, in the shadows of the Space Needle.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan was a big supporter of getting pro hockey back to Seattle, which was home to the 1917 Stanley Cup champions.

The Seattle ownership group already seems to possess a top-end sense of occasion, including flying Beverley Parsons, the niece of original Seattle Metropolitans owners Frank and Lester Patrick, in for Tuesday's announcement.

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"At an expansion draft that will take place in June of 2021", Bettman said.

National Hockey League general managers will be a little more leery about the players made available in the expansion draft after watching Vegas go all the way to the Stanley Cup Final in its first year last season. And ultimately, for our fans, this will be a good thing. The Arizona Coyotes will move to the Central Division once the Seattle franchise begins play to balance out the league's conferences. The board is also expected to be briefed on collective bargaining talks and the tentative settlement of a concussion lawsuit involving retired players. With just 230 kilometres separating the two cities, Seattle will ease the Canucks' brutal travel schedule and create the first natural geographic rivalry in franchise history.

Seattle, the 18th largest city in the United States, has not had a winter sports team since the NBA's SuperSonics left for Oklahoma City in 2008. So a team for them that's close, I think it's great for the area.

A ground-breaking ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday in downtown Seattle.

Leiweke got his start in hockey with the Minnesota Wild.

OK, OK, let's get to what you really want to know: What is going to be the team's name and colors? Obviously, Seattle's a great city.

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