National Hockey League to accept $650million Seattle expansion application

National Hockey League to accept $650million Seattle expansion application

The NHL board of governors has agreed to allow Seattle to begin its preliminary motions to gauge if it is a viable location - starting with an application for expansion and then a season-ticket drive, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters in Florida.

Calgary and Arizona are still struggling with arena problems, but the National Hockey League will see how Seattle's ticket drive goes before ever considering relocating one of those teams to Washington state.

Bettman said the process of setting up a team in Seattle would be similar to what happened for Las Vegas, according to K5. If approved, Seattle would become the league's 32nd team.

A new arena is now being built in the city with the hope of attracting National Hockey League and NBA teams as its first occupants.

Also at Thursday's board of governors meeting, Dallas billionaire Tom Dundon signed an agreement to purchase a majority stake in the Carolina Hurricanes from Peter Karmanos Jr.

On Wednesday, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan signed an agreement with a developer to renovate KeyArena so the venue could be ready for an National Basketball Association or NHL team.

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"Obviously, there a lot of differences between Seattle and Quebec City, not the least of which is our conference alignment", Bettman said.

Bettman says he doesn't know where this leaves Quebec City other than to say right now they're only looking at Seattle for possible expansion.

There are 31 National Hockey League franchises with the Western Conference holding 15 and the Eastern Conference having 16.

OVG would privately finance a $600 million remodel of the aging arena.

With files from the Associated Press.

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