Twitter had the best 'alternative' names for Seattle's new National Hockey League team

Twitter had the best 'alternative' names for Seattle's new National Hockey League team

Seattle is officially getting its NHL hockey franchise, which will join the league as its 32nd team for the 2021-22 season after the NHL's Board of Governors unanimously approved the addition Tuesday morning. The team's ownership group - led by by billionaire businessman David Bonderman - said they'll take their time deciding on a team name, but that certainly hasn't stopped early speculation and input. The team will look to build on the success of the Golden Knights, which became the first National Hockey League expansion team to reach the Stanley Cup Finals last season.

Play is expected to begin in 2021, depending on the progress of arena renovations for Seattle's first major winter sports team since the NBA's SuperSonics left town in 2008. The Arizona Coyotes will move to the Western Conference's Central Division when Seattle joins the league.

The following two tabs change content below. That figure dwarfs the previous record $500 million paid by the Vegas Golden Knights ownership group before their 2017-18 debut season. It's a city with disposable income and the itch to spend it on a new team.

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"There's going to be a built-in rivalry (with Vancouver)", said Tod Leiweke, Seattle Hockey Partners president and CEO. Even after Vegas made a surprising run to the Stanley Cup Final in its inaugural season, Bettman said in May that he had received "no pushback whatsoever" from other league owners about repeating the same process for Seattle. A season-ticket drive last spring had to be cut off at more than 30,000 deposits.

Seattle will draft one player from every team's roster except for Las Vegas.

"Seattle's one of the fastest-growing cities in the country", Commissioner Gary Bettman said recently.

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Seattle is the largest US city without a major winter sports team since the NBA's SuperSonics left in 2008.

That's a sign revenues are continuing to rise after the success of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights. The move gives Seattle the major winter sports franchise it now lacks and puts hockey in a market where the NHL believes it will thrive.

The Ottawa Senators' downtown arena project is in danger of falling apart, and Arizona Coyotes owner Andrew Barroway is looking for a partner as he tries to secure a long-term home in the desert. Next steps will include moving forward on arena and practice facility plans and piecing together a hockey operations department that Tippett will likely be in charge of.

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