Seattle Is Awarded an N.H.L. Expansion Team - The New York Times Seattle Is Awarded an N.H.L. Expansion Team - The New York Times

Seattle Is Awarded an N.H.L. Expansion Team - The New York Times

04 Dec, 2018

That group is led by David Bonderman, a billionaire investment banker; Jerry Bruckheimer, the Hollywood producer; and Tim Leiweke, a longtime sports executive.

They said in February that they hoped to bring an N.B.A. franchise back to Seattle, as well. The effort to get an N.H.L. team has gone on several years, though the league insisted Seattle would not be considered until it had a viable arena. The N.H.L. is attracted to Seattles growing stature. The region is home to corporate giants like Amazon and Microsoft, and the Pacific Northwest is a relatively untapped area for the N.H.L.

In a quirk of history, the first American team to win the Stanley Cup came from Seattle. The Seattle Metropolitans, founded by Frank and Lester Patrick, played in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. At the time, the winner of the P.C.H.A. played the winner of the National Hockey Association, the precursor to the N.H.L., for the Stanley Cup.

In 1917, the Metropolitans beat the Montreal Canadiens in a best-of-five series. The Metropolitans again played for the Cup in 1919 and 1920 before folding in 1924. Since then, Seattle has had multiple minor league hockey teams, including the Thunderbirds of Western Hockey League, who play in Kent, Wash. Seattle was awarded an N.H.L. franchise in 1974, but the offer was rescinded because the ownership group ran into financial troubles. Another bid fell through in 1990. Now that the N.H.L. has awarded Seattle a team, the ownership group must start work on the redevelopment of the arena, open a practice facility and hire front-office employees and a coach. A team nickname must be chosen, and tickets sold.

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