Seat­tle’s NHL team will de­but in 2021

China Daily (Canada) - - WORLD -

Seat­tle was awarded a Na­tional Hockey League ex­pan­sion fran­chise on Tues­day.

The NHL board of gov­er­nors voted unan­i­mously to ap­prove the league’s 32nd fran­chise, which will start play in 2021-22 as a mem­ber of the Pa­cific Divi­sion.

Adding Seat­tle trig­gers divi­sion re­align­ment that will bump the Ari­zona Coy­otes to the Cen­tral Divi­sion.

“We thought it made the most sense when we looked at all of the other con­ceiv­able pos­si­bil­i­ties,” com­mis­sioner Gary Bettman said of the re­align­ment.

Seat­tle’s cost to join the league was $650 mil­lion — 30 per­cent more than the Ve­gas Golden Knights paid two years ago.

As cham­pi­ons of the Pa­cific Coast Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion, the Seat­tle Metropoli­tans won the Stan­ley Cup in 1917 by de­feat­ing the NHL’s Mon­treal Cana­di­ens in a chal­lenge se­ries.

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