Seattle’s NHL team will debut in 2021
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.